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17 Apart: How To: Plant Seeds Using Eggshells

17 Apart: How To: Plant Seeds Using Eggshells
We were excited when our Sprout Robot alert went off that it was time to start broccoli seeds indoors this weekend for our zip code. With the move and being in the midst of colder months, we are seriously lacking in the gardening department, except for our avocado sprouts (which we have an exciting update on coming tomorrow). We located our organic broccoli seed packet from last year's garden and hit up our gardening Pinterest boards (mine & hers) where we've been collecting ideas for creative planting all winter. We had one particular idea we'd seen pinned in mind and couldn't wait to try for ourselves — eggshell seed planters. Evidently, eggshells make the perfect size seed starters, are natural, biodegradable, can be planted directly into the soil after being cracked a little, and supply nourishment to the plant and surrounding soil (not to mention they're free). After saving the shells from this week's eggs, we set out to make our eggshell planters. You'll Need: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Related:  tuhkimoGardening TechniquesGardening

Sustainable Brands | The Bridge to Better Brands How to make free self-watering containers for rooting tomato cuttings Hardening off Six days after being potted and resting in the shade on the porch, the cutting is now officially a tomato plant complete with a bloom. It's time to harden it off by placing it in direct sun for a few hours a day over the next several days. Expose the plant to three hours of direct sunlight at first and work up to eight hours. If the cutting is blooming, pinch the blossom off. Ready to transplant After a full day in the sun yesterday with no wilting, my cherry tomato cutting is hardened off and ready for the garden. I'm ready to start another cutting! Learn more The advantages to using this self-watering container method are three-fold. Go get your hands dirty!

¿Papel reciclado o ecológico? Existen distintas definiciones para el papel según sus características ambientales, debemos tener cuidado y no dejarnos engañar por las palabras, que pueden llevar a confusión. La clave está en saber cuál es el que produce menos impacto ambiental. Fijémonos en estos datos: Demoledor, ¿verdad? Por ello antes de elegir qué papel comprar habrá que tener en cuenta el origen de la materia prima y el proceso de producción. El papel ecológico es aquel que ha sido elaborado mediante un proceso que reduce el impacto medioambiental; por tanto, lo será según el uso de recursos naturales, energía, emisiones al aire, eliminación de residuos, etc. en su proceso productivo. En función de cómo se ha obtenido la blancura del papel pueden ser libres de cloro elemental (ECF) o totalmente libres de cloro (TCF). El papel reciclado es aquel que utiliza como materia prima fibras recuperadas de papel o cartón. Está en nuestras manos.

16 Foods That’ll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps By Andy Whiteley Co- Founder of Wake Up World Looking for a healthy way to get more from your garden? Like to know your food is free of the pesticides and other nasties that are often sprayed on commercial crops? Re-growing food from your kitchen scraps is a good way to do it! There’s nothing like eating your own home- grown vegies, and there are heaps of different foods that will re- grow from the scrap pieces that you’d normally throw out or put into your compost bin. It’s fun. Just remember … the quality of the “parent” vegetable scrap will help to determine the quality of the re-growth. Leeks, Scallions, Spring Onions and Fennel You can either use the white root end of a vegetable that you have already cut, or buy a handful of new vegetables to use specifically for growing. Simply place the white root end in a glass jar with a little water, and leave it in a sunny position. Lemongrass Lemongrass grows just like any other grass. Within a week or so, new growth will start to appear. Ginger

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The 16 Best Healthy, Edible Plants to Grow Indoors From farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture, to urban farms and rooftop gardens, to produce delivery services, more and more people across the U.S. are embracing farm-fresh food. And for good reason: Locally grown produce tends to be better for the environment and for local communities than its store-bought counterparts. Growing food at home also ensures that growers know exactly where their food comes from and how it was grown (no need to worry about deceptive food labeling). Luckily, you don’t need to be a farmer (or even live near a farm) in order to reap the benefits of home-grown produce. General Growing Tips Before you get started, here are a few tips that will be handy to keep in mind no matter which of the plants from this list you choose to grow. Fruits and Veggies Photo: Alpha 1. How to Grow: It’s possible to grow an avocado tree from an avocado pit, but doing so may not yield edible fruit. 2. 3. 4. How to Harvest: Most lemons will ripen in six to nine months. 5. 6.

Seed Starting Tips for Beginner Gardeners - MrBrownThumb Over the past few years, I have amassed a number of posts here about growing from seed that should be helpful to beginner seed starters. While these seed starting tips are aimed at beginners hopefully, they will be of use and interest to more experienced gardeners who may not have done much seed starting in the past. These tips on seed starting cover what items you can repurpose in your home to make seed starting pots, seed germination, and the types of seed staring mixes you can use. If you find that there’s a seed starting question that has not been answered you can leave a comment below or try my seed snatcher search engine which is exclusively devoted to information on seed starting and seed saving. Organize Your Seeds Before Seed Starting The first thing I do in preparation for starting seeds is to take inventory of my seeds. Seed Starting Soils Last year I tried Jiffy-Mix from Ferry Morse and it worked fine. Seed Starting Pots Biodegradable Seed Pots Do You Need Seed Starting Lights?