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Homemade Aeroponics Unit PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008 09:11

Here is a photo of the aeroponics experiment. There is a unit called the AeroGarden that makes this a lot easier because the timer controls the light, the pump and notifies you when it needs water and nutrient. This was started back in late March. The parts were from Home Depot, Martin's (Jersey City), Home Depot (Manhattan), Drs.Foster and Smith.com (aquarium products).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2008 07:52
Aeroponics PDF Print E-mail

The word aeroponic is derived from the Latin meanings of 'aero' (air) and 'ponic' (work). Aeroponics uses air and water with nutrient for the growing of plants. Instead of being in soil the roots are suspended in the air with water sprayed or running over them. You can buy a unit that is commercially produced or make one yourself out of materials from aquarium and gardening equipment suppliers.

This method of growing works great inside in the kitchen, in the living room, where ever you have the room. The root systems are really strong on these plants cause they aren't battling the usual culprits of viruses, bacteria, fungus and insects. We started cherry tomatoes and transplanted them outside when it was warm enough. They grew well into the first frost and had almost no problems.

We will be publishing more articles of interest to aeroponic gardeners here. You can also visit AeroGarden for more info on a self contained unit that works really well.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2008 07:55
Herbal Companion Planting for Vegetables PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 July 2008 13:37

This chart augments our Companion Planting for Vegetables Chart. Now you can see what herbs will benefit your veggies.

Basilapples, asparagus, grapes, tomatoes
Chivesapples, cabbage, carrots, grape,
leeks, roses tomatoes
Cloverapples, brussel sprouts, cabbage and pears
Corianderradish and spinach
Dillbrussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, kohlrabi and leeks
Garlicapples, string beans, lettuce, peaches, pears, plums and roses
Lavendercabbage, citrus, tomatoes
Lemon Balm   potatoes, tomatoes
Mintbroccoli, cauliflower, kohldrabi, peas, tomatoes
Nasturtiumapples, apricots, cucumbers, zucchini
Parselyartichokes, asparagus, lettuce and potatoes
Sage carrots, cauliflower, grape, kohlrabi and tomatoes
Thymebeans, cauliflower, eggplant and lettuce
YarrowCorn and rasberries

Happy Gardening

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 July 2008 14:03
Info on Companion Planting for Vegetables PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 June 2008 10:32

Companion Planting for Veggies

Asparagus Tomato, Parsley, Basil  
Beans Most Veggies & Herbs  
Bush Bean Cucumber, pototo, corn
Cabbage Beets, onion, herbs, chard
strawberry, dill, tomato.pole beans
Carrot Pea, lettuce, onion, sage,
rosemary, tomato
Celery onion, cabbage, tomato
nasturtium, bush bean
Corn Beans, potato, pea,
pumpkin, squash, cucumber
Cucumber Pea, Sunflower, radish.bean,  
Eggplant Marigold, bean  
Lettuce Cucumber. Carrot, Radish, Strawberry  
Onion Lettuce, beet, carrot, cabbage beans, peas
Parsley Asparagus, tomato  
Peas Radish, carrot, turnip, bean corn pototo, onion
Potato Corn, bean, cabbage, marigolds squash, tomato, pumpkin,
sunflower, cucumber
Radish Pea, Nasturtium, Lettuce, Cucumber  
Spinach Strawberry, fava bean  
Squash Nasturtium, Corn, Marigold Potato
Tomato Onion, Nasturtium, Marigold,
Carrot, Parsley, Cucumber
cabbage, potato, fennel
Turnip Pea Potato
Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2008 11:28
Spin Farming PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 June 2008 11:35

Living in an urban area, we have all seen vacant lots, full of weeds, bottles and just sitting unutilized. How many times have you passed something like this and thought (wow, what could we do with that to make it productive?) With foodbanks reporting record numbers of people showing up who need help and under increasing pressure to find the funds and supplies, it's kind of a no-brainer. Why can't these spaces be used to help generate food for the hungry or simply to generate something positive for the community at large? It could be a good learning experience for the young people, increase the sense of community in the neighborhood,  contribute much needed food for people in need and even help generate income for the community or block association.

Well, there is an organization that is seeking to do just that. It's called Spin Farming. The acronym  SPIN stands for S-mall P-lot IN-tensive. They have already set up track records in Philadelphia and Saskatoon, Canada using their methods.

"SPIN is a non-technical, easy-to-learn and inexpensive-to-implement farming system that makes it possible to earn significant income from land bases under an acre in size. Whether you are new to farming, or want to farm in a new way, SPIN can work for you because:

  • Its precise revenue targeting formulas and organic-based techniques make it possible to gross $50,000+ from a half- acre.
  • You don't need to own land. You can affordably rent a small piece of land adequate in size for SPIN-FARMING production.
  • It works in either the city, country or small town.
  • It fits into any lifestyle or life cycle."

You can visit their website at the link below for further information on Spin Farming.



Last Updated on Sunday, 01 June 2008 11:37
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