Gardening

9:18am

Wed April 9, 2014
The Salt

Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 11:28 am

Arugula plant beds inside The Plant, a vertical farm operation in Chicago.
Plant Chicago, NFP/Rachel Swenie

From plant factories fueled by the magenta glow of blue and red LED lights, to the 30-foot tall Ferris wheel for plants in Singapore, we've shown you the design possibilities for growing vegetables up instead of out.

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6:00am

Wed April 9, 2014
Agriculture

Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future

Large banks of fluorescent lamps provide the spectrum of light that keeps the floating beds of plants alive year-round in The Plant Chicago, a vertical farming facility.
Peter Gray Harvest Public Media

Farmers are making inroads supplying local food to hungry city foodies, but many producers are trying to grow more food in urban centers. City real estate is at a premium, so some producers are finding more space by using what’s called “vertical farming,” and going up rather than spreading out.

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6:18am

Sat April 5, 2014
The Salt

Newbie Urban Gardeners Don't Realize How Much Soil Is Contaminated

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Graze the Roof is a community-produced garden that grows vegetables on the rooftop of a church in San Francisco.
Sergio Ruiz/Flickr

The majority of Americans now live in cities, which means we have very little to do anymore with the production of our food.

But there's a reversal of that trend afoot, as more city people decide that they want to cultivate crops and raise some livestock. After all, there are few things more satisfying that biting than a bunch of tender, red radishes you grew yourself, or a fresh egg from the backyard.

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6:00am

Sat April 5, 2014
Garden Report

Train Your Lawn To Conserve Water And Survive Drought

As grass clippings break down they provide nutrients for your lawn.
Credit LexnGer / Flickr - Creative Commons

Lawns may have a reputation for being excessively thirsty, but spring preparation will develop deep, drought resistant roots that use less of Colorado's precious water resources. Factors like the soil type, grass type, the amount of sun or shade, and the time of year all affect how a lawn should be watered.

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6:00am

Sat March 29, 2014
Garden Report

Beekeeping Isn't Just For Professionals, Here's How To Do It

The average hive contains about 40,000 bees.
Credit Todd Martin / Flickr - Creative Commons

Many of us think of a garden as a variety of plants and flowers, but those flowering plants wouldn’t produce fruit without bees. Adding a hive of honeybees to your garden is a win-win scenario for your veggies and for the bees. Plus you get a year-long supply of honey to satisfy your cravings.

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