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Just Grow It: Benefits of Urban Agriculture

Just Grow It: Benefits of Urban Agriculture

The mecca of Urban Agriculture When you start to search for the top cities associated with Urban Agriculture you see some mind-blowing things.  A majority the top 10 cities do not even have a climate conducive to growing food year-round.   What is amazing is that all these cities have legislature passed to benefit urban agriculture.  They have developed city zoning codes that benefit urban agriculture.  We can learn a lot from these places- Detroit, Michigan Portland, Oregon Austin, Texas Boston, Massachusetts Cleveland, Ohio Chicago, Illinois Seattle, Washington Baltimore, Maryland Milwaukee, Wisconsin Minneapolis, Minnesota   Have you ever been to...

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Just Grow It: Using Mushroom Blocks in an urban garden

Just Grow It: Using Mushroom Blocks in an urban garden

Mushroom Compost   Nowadays more and more people are realizing the power of mushrooms.  That means there are more people than ever growing these mushrooms.  That is dope.  The medicinal and gourmet mushroom industry has more than doubled in the past 5 years.   Most medicinal and gourmet mushrooms are grown on mushroom blocks.  Mushrooms blocks are made from a form of carbon rich substrate that the mushroom mycelium can feed on and colonize.  The most common substrate mix is known as the “Master’s Mix”, created by TR Davis from Earth Angel Mushrooms.  You combine hardwood pellets and soybean hulls in...

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No more black thumbs

No more black thumbs

  I hate hearing the phrase, "I have a black thumb." First, I hate the negative connotation associated with black, that's a different story, and it also just sounds like an excuse.             There is no such thing as a black thumb.   There is such a thing as a serial plant killer but not someone who cannot garden.  You kill many plants because you don't know what to do, but you can just grow it if armed with the correct information.  I do not accept that mindset, and you should not either.  I believe certain people are born with an...

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What is Cold Stratification.

What is Cold Stratification.

Stratification is the conditions a seed is exposed to to get them to germinate.

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Urban gardeners, test your soil.

Urban gardeners, test your soil.

Do you know what is in your soil?  Without a soil test, it is impossible to know these answers.  Don not make the mistake of thinking that because you are an urban gardener you do not need to test your soil. 

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