Posts Tagged ‘plants’

Study: The 10 Best Indoor Plants for Eliminating Toxic Air Pollution

After spending most of our evolution in natural environments, we have an innate desire to interact with the natural world.  Nature plays a vital role in human health and relationships, by easing stress and enhancing physical and mental relaxation. Most of us spend about 90% of our time indoors, and this means we are not…

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Study: Indoor Plants in Hospital Rooms Enhanced Patient Recovery

Contact with nature has long been believed to increase positive feelings, reduce stress and provide distraction from the pain associated with hospital stays and researchers now say they have confirmed the beneficial effects of plants and flowers for patients recovering from abdominal surgery. A study by Seong-Hyun Park and Richard H. Mattson, researchers set out…

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Aquaponics 101: How to Grow Fish, Vegetables, Eggs, and Prawns

Aquaponics is a method of food production which utilizes two sustainable technologies simultaneously to create an abundance of food. Aquaculture – Growing aquatic creatures in water Hydroponics – Growing plants without using soil Whereas conventional food production uses chemical pesticides to fertilize and nourish plant growth, aquaponics uses the wastes from one system to fertilize…

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Green Bronx Machine Transforms Kids Lives with Urban Agriculture

Amidst New York City’s South Bronx—a place traditionally rife with gang activity, poverty and crime— a thriving population of young urban farmers are greening and beautifying neighborhoods, growing healthy food and providing it to people in need. This is the Green Bronx Machine—led by Stephen Ritz, one very inspiring man. “We are growing ourselves into…

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Will Work for Sugar: Mycorrhizae Dramatically Increases Plant Growth and Yields

Mycorrhizae are a soil fungi which symbiotically colonize plant roots, increasing their root system several hundred to several thousand times.  By extending their fungal root systems deeper into the soil, they dramatically enhance a plant’s ability to absorb water and other nutrients. In exchange for sugar from plant leaves, mycorrhizae transport nutrients and water to…

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Build a $300 Underground Greenhouse for Year-Round Gardening

Growers in colder climates need new technologies to extend the growing season so that local food can be supplied to people in any region of the globe. Underground greenhouses to the rescue! Greenhouses are typically expensive to construct, and heat throughout the winter. A more affordable and efficient alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini…

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Biochar Significantly Increases Plant Health and Restores Environment

The future of agriculture is to produce the highest quality, most health-giving foods possible, and in a way that benefits both the earth and its people.  Additionally, through the ignorant practise of modern farming, we have turned much of our once-fertile lands into desert, and now need ways to restore the soil and surrounding ecosystems. …

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Heirloom Seeds to Create a Nutritious and Delicious Food Garden

Never before has our food supply been more contaminated with pesticides, genetically modified organisms, and other chemicals that make their way onto and into our food during the growing process. Even if we buy organic, there is no guarantee that what we are getting is actually organic.  The only way to know for sure is…

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