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What does drinking red wine have to do with houseplants? Gnatnix™ Review

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I am very fond of plants thus I often overwinter tropical plants to use in my garden the next season.  I am also fond of red wine.  Turns out I sometimes  have unwanted house guests who are also fond of red wine.  These unwanted guest can sneak into my home when I overwinter tropical plants inside during the winter months.  I am speaking of fungus gnats that sneak in with my plants.  These little gnats seems to love red wine so much that if a glass of red wine is left untended when gnats are around they will soon be swimming in the wine.   This is very annoying and also embarrassing when drinking wine with invited guests.  There are ways to prevent this from happening.  You could switch to white wine.  Gnats, like me, have a strong preference for red wine.  Instead of switching to white wine I have chosen to prevent the gnats from propagating.  

Gnat Nix for your holiday gift basket

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For some folks holiday shopping is a joy. Yet for others it can be an ordeal. What to get? Will it fit? Will they like the color? Will they use it? If you fall into the former (or later, for that matter) category, I’ve got good news if you are looking for something special for a gardener. There are plenty of choices that won’t break the bank, and for this exercise let’s get creative and think outside the box.

Good buys: New fungus gnat control

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New Jersey Star Ledger 

By Valerie Sudol 

Fungus gnats are a nuisance for many houseplant lovers and are especially apparent when container plants are brought inside for winter.

Potting soil may have been colonized by these common pests during the summer. When exposed to warmer indoor temperatures, containers can produce a bumper crop of gnats, which look like small mosquitoes.

Aquaponics: The Potential to Produce Sustainable Food Anywhere

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Aquaponics offers flexibility of design - fish and plants can be produced almost anywhere, including roof tops.

 

What is aquaponics?

Aquaponics is the marriage between aquaculture and hydroponics. Essentially it is a "clean and green" method of growing fish and plants together in a closed system. The fish are reared in tanks and their water is pumped to the plants that are growing in soiless conditions. The plants take up the waste produced by fish for growth and the water is returned to the fish. The two systems actually benefit from each other.

Rolling Greens

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Photograph by Linda Rosier, NY Daily News/Getty Images

 

Curt Ellis (pictured) and Ian Cheney won rave reviews for their 2007 documentary King Corn, about the drawbacks to industrial agriculture. They built on that success by filling up the back of a 1986 Dodge Ram with soil and planting tomatoes.

Hortidaily Says Growstones are a Dream Substrate

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By Boy de Nijs

Growstones in Bato buckets in a commercial greenhouse trial in 2009 with tomatoes.  Growstones in Bato buckets in a commercial greenhouse trial in 2009 with tomatoes.

 

Crushed glass has growing media. It may sound a little crazy, yet controlled research trials done by Wageningen University and The University of Arizona/Controlled Environment Agriculure (CEAC) show that plants thrive very well on foamed glass aggregates manufactured for horticulture applications. This is how Growstone, Inc. was born in 2005. The substrate is already available for the hobby grower, but currently Growstone is looking to widen it's reach and transit into the commercial greenhouse market.

At the time the first trials were done by the University of Arizona, Paula Costa was a graduate student at Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering Department. "I was finishing my research project at the CEAC and very quickly got directly involved in setting the first informal greenhouse trials with Growstones crushed foamed glass in the Fall of 2005," says Paula who is now Growstone's R&D Director.

Learning Life Skills

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Photograph by Carlos Osorio, AP

Teens at Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit learn to grow plants in a greenhouse. The school serves pregnant and parenting teens, and teaches farming and gardening in addition to core subjects.

The Office Farm

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Photograph by Yuriko Nakao, Reuters

An employee harvests veggies grown inside an office "urban farm" in Tokyo. The Pasona Group, an employment and staffing company, established the growing area to foster a work environment that

Here’s Why You Should Start An Indoor Garden

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Landscape designer Rebecca Cole shares the top reasons (and plenty of motivation) to start a delicious urban farm
By Rebecca Cole

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Historic Roots

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Photograph from ClassicStock/Alamy

In 1943, young people tend a victory garden in New York City. During World War II, Americans were encouraged to grow some of their own food, to offset shortages caused by the conflict.