Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 11:28 am
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.
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.
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.
As grass clippings break down they provide nutrients for your lawn.
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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.
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.