Growing Rice – Learn About Many Types Of Rice And All About Growing Your Own

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Growing Rice

Undoubtedly, rice is the most important grain in the world. Billions of people depend on it for sustenance. Growing it in the backyard, though, is challenging — but not impossible.

You’ll have the best luck with it if you live in the South (Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Florida or southern Missouri) or in California, which are areas where you can count on a long, warm growing season. [Read more…]

Self Sufficient Greenhouse Gardening [Part 1] & [Part 2]

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Self Sufficient Greenhouse

Greenhouse Gardening [Part 1]

With skyrocketing prices at the grocery store and an unstable economy, it’s no surprise people are turning back to the ways of their grandparents and great-grandparents. Self sufficiency is needed now more than ever, and a greenhouse can provide fresh, healthy food for families virtually year round. [Read more…]

The Best Way To Use Straw Bale For Energy And Gardening

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There is a significant amount of potential profit for the grower, as well as bedding or energy potential, in the millions of tonnes of straw which is currently incorporated into the soil.

Burning straw to generate electricity or heat may seem like sacrilege to livestock farmers but it’s an expanding industry in the tillage sector across Europe and it provides growers with an alternative income stream. [Read more…]

U.S. Approves 3 New Genetically-Engineered Potatoes

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Genetically-Engineered Potatoes

Over the last few years, potatoes have been losing importance as a food crop. The crop’s prospects in the starch and chemical industry, however, have been growing for quite some time. For starch potatoes, taste isn’t what’s important. Instead, emphasis is placed on the quality and composition of the starch. An optimised starch potato could be making its way to fields in Europe soon. This new potato cultivar is genetically modified. [Read more…]

Vegetable Diseases An Aid to Identification and Control

Vegetable Diseases

Actually, dozens of diseases may afflict a vegetable garden, but fungus, bacterial,  viral and environmental factors that cause root rot are the most common to vegetable gardens planted across the United States. Diseases caused by fungus are among the most prevalent to plague vegetable garden planters and growers, and can turn a once thriving and flourishing garden into a disaster. [Read more…]

This “Farm In A Box” Can Provide Enough Food To Feed 150 People For An Entire Year

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The Farm From A Box system is designed to feed 150 people per year, and includes drip irrigation, all of the tools, and its own renewable energy setup.

How are we going to feed 9 billion people by 2050? The answer to this question — or the lack thereof — is one of the biggest issues in agriculture today. Experts estimate that we need to grow 60 percent more food than we currently produce. And as a result, there is a push to constantly create more. More miracle crops. More monocultures. More monocrops. More seeds. More food. [Read more…]

Straw Bale Gardening Mushrooms and Potatoes – You’ll Never Go Back To Growing In The Soil! Any Other Way Will Seem Silly Once You’ve Done It This Way.

Straw Bale Gardening Mushrooms and Potatoes

I should start off by saying that I have had a vegetable garden for a few years. The soil is poor, it is constantly full of weeds and my sprinkler system is on the fritz. I finally made the decision to try the straw bale garden because if nothing else, I would compost a bunch of organic material and could till it into the ground next spring. [Read more…]

Build Your Own Potato Growing Box (Effective Method to Produce a Large Quantity of Potatoes)

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Build Your Own Potato Growing Box (Effective Method to Produce a Large Quantity of Potatoes)

Don’t you mean potato grow box? Nope, that’s not a typo. As the areas of my garden devoted to perennials has gradually increased, the need to use the remaining space more efficiently has become more important. Using trellises and other vertical growing methods greatly help in this challenge.  [Read more…]

Growing Your Own Food (making your own emergency food crisis garden)

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Growing Your Own Food (making your own emergency food crisis garden)

Making your own survival garden can be preparatory or begun in an emergency situation only. Either way, an emergency seed bank is essential. In the event of a financial collapse, food prices are going to sky rocket more than they already are.  Something as simple as automobile use going up (or gas prices going down), raises the consumption of gas, which causes the need for ethanol to increase, and ultimately ethanol comes from corn; therefore corn will be more expensive from a seemingly unrelated event, like it is now.  That’s an example of a food cost increase resulting from an economic and political correlation.  The human population is another example of a cost increasing variable.  [Read more…]

How to Farm Even in a Slum

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How to Farm Even in a Slum

As the migration of people from rural areas to cities intensifies, the number of people living in slums are growing exponentially. According to the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, there are currently more than 200,000 slums, shanty towns and informal settlements around the world. Prior even to the global economic crisis of 2008, nearly a third of all city dwellers lived in slums. This number continues to grow dramatically; there will be one billion more people living in slums within the next twenty years. [Read more…]

100-Year-Old Way to Filter Rainwater in a Barrel

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100-Year-Old Way to Filter Rainwater in a Barrel

During our boiling, broiling, blistering summer of 2012 here in the Missouri Ozarks, water was a topic of conversation wherever we went. Creeks and ponds dried up (some never recovered) and the water table dropped, forcing a few neighbors to have their well pumps lowered or to even have deeper wells drilled. [Read more…]

How to Make And Use Liquid Manure Compost

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How to Make And Use Liquid Manure Compost

Manure tea – doesn’t that just sound like something you’d like to have some crumpets with? Well, no.

But your garden will most definitely enjoy a cup, so today we’re going to talk about how to make and use your very own manure tea to get the best out of your crops.

Don’t mistake manure tea with compost tea; they’re two completely different beasts. Compost tea is all about microorganisms that are beneficial to both soil and plants. Manure tea is all about the nutrients in manure. [Read more…]

Growing Gourmet Mushrooms at Home from Waste Coffee Grounds & Cleaning, and Preserving your Mushrooms

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Growing Gourmet Mushrooms at Home from Waste Coffee Grounds & Cleaning, and Preserving your Mushrooms

“Tried growing mushrooms before, and it didn’t work” – if I had money for every time someone has said that to me I’d be a very rich man…and probably no longer a mushroom farmer! Mushrooms are notoriously unreliable to grow, partly due to the mass-produced low quality kits that people often try. Almost mystical organisms, they seem to pop up in the wild in an unpredictable way, often only appearing for just 5 or 6 days before vanishing back into the ground again, not to be seen in the same spot for another year or three. Yet, despite a poor reputation amongst home growers, by using a particularly simple technique and getting a bit of insight into how mushrooms grow, it is possible to successfully grow your own gourmet mushrooms at home. So how exactly are mushrooms cultivated? How can you have success at home? And more to that point – what’s all this got to do with waste coffee grounds? [Read more…]

Sustainable Living: Innovative Ways To Grow Your Own Food!

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Sustainable Living: Innovative Ways To Grow Your Own Food!

The word, Hydroponic, comes from Latin and means working water. Simply put, it is the art of growing plants without soil.

When most people think of hydroponics, they think of plants grown with their roots suspended directly into water with no growing medium. This is just one type of hydroponic gardening known as N.F.T. (nutrient film technique). There are several variations of N.F.T. used around the world and it is a very popular method of growing hydroponically. What most people don’t realize is that there are countless methods and variations of hydroponic gardening. [Read more…]

10 Gardening Tips & Ideas every gardener should know & 10 Vegetable Gardening Mistakes and How to avoid them

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10 Gardening Tips & Ideas every gardener should know & 10 Vegetable Gardening Mistakes and How to avoid them

10 tips, ideas and hacks every gardener should know. These gardening tricks might surprise you and help you not only to grow the best plants in your garden, but also save you a lot of money. Here is the set of tips: [Read more…]

Creating a floating garden beds of straw and water hyacinths on which crops are grown – is making a comeback in the face of increased floods.

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Creating a floating garden beds of straw and water hyacinths on which crops are grown – is making a comeback in the face of increased floods.

A floating garden is built using aquatic weeds as a base on which vegetables can be base on which vegetables can be grown. This approach can extend the growing capabil grown. This approach can extend the growing capabilities of ru ities of rural communities where ral communities where land would otherwise be unavailable. It is cheap and sustainable. d sustainable.

Although floating gardens have been successful for many people there are some who cannot make use of this farming technique. Some of the landless poor do not have access to areas where the gardens could be set up. Even when areas of water are available they can be some distance away from the household. Another difficulty that can arise is that the raw materials to make the raft may not be available. [Read more…]