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Herbal Remedies

Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018 by

by The Zero-Waste Chef I just returned from a visit with my family in Canada, where my daughter MK attends the University of Guelph in Ontario. While I was at MK’s, she showed me a list of herbal remedies she keeps affixed to the inside of one of her kitchen cupboard doors. She refers […]

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White Clover Can Be an Annoying Weed. It May Also Hold Secrets to Urban Evolution.

Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 by

White clover, bane of the green thumb, is one of the toughest and most rapidly evolving species of flora.CreditMirai Takahashi It’s considered a nuisance or a weed when it pops up in luscious suburban lawns, long the bane of gardeners and homeowners sodding, sprinkling and nurturing the greenest of grasses. But in other […]

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Animals and fungi enhance the performance of forests

Posted on Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 by

Spiders and other animals are important for forest ecosystems. Credit: Jula Zimmermann A new study shows that, in addition to the diversity of tree species, the variety of animal and fungus species also has a decisive influence on the performance of forests. Forest performance comprises many facets besides timber production, such as […]

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These low-tech indoor gardens bring vegetables to your kitchen

Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 by

While some indoor farming companies operate in sprawling buildings–like Aerofarms, with a 70,000-square foot, tech-filled farm inside a former steel mill in Newark, New Jersey–a small startup called Aggressively Organic is focused on increasing indoor farming one square foot at a time. The startup wants to make small kitchen gardens affordable enough to be […]

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These wild animals can help guard your garden

Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 by

When you grow plants for food, you’re part of a cultural revolution that dates back more than 10,000 years. It might not seem very revolutionary today, but agriculture helped our hunting-and-gathering ancestors sow the seeds of civilization. It was almost like humanity had finally begun to wean itself off the wilderness. As much as […]

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‘Sexy plants’ on track to replace harmful pesticides to protect crops

Posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 by

“Sexy plants” are on the way to replacing many harmful pesticides, scientists say, by producing the sex pheromones of insects which then frustrate pests’ attempts to mate. Scientists have already genetically engineered a plant to produce the sex pheromones of moths and are now optimising that, as well as working on new pheromones such […]

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8 bedroom plants to improve your sleep

Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 by

If your slumber suffers, why not accept a simple assist from these hardworking houseplants? We seem to be a people who are always looking to complicate things, often times when a much easier solution to a problem is right in front of us. Take sleep … or lack of it. Up to 35 percent […]

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This Graphic Shows the Best Air-Cleaning Plants, According to NASA

Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2018 by

Houseplants are awesome indoor air cleaners, but some of them are more effective than others at filtering out pollutants and toxic chemicals in the air. This infographic highlights the best air-filtering plants, according to a NASA study. NASA researchers set out to find the best ways to clean the air in space stations. Their Clean Air […]

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Put the Right Plant in the Right Place and Stop Digging

Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 by

“Your garden’s so pretty! How do you do that?” my neighbor gushed. She: stylishly walking her dog; me: wet and muddy squatting down pruning broken limbs recently revealed by melting snow. I was about to explain I enjoy tending my garden and with a little effort her garden could be attractive too. […]

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Phytoremediation

Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 by

Phytoremediation is a form of bioremediation and applies to all chemical or physical processes that involve plants for degrading or immobilizing contaminants in soil and groundwater. The word (which does not roll off the tongue) actually makes sense. It comes from the Greek word phyto meaning “plant” and the Latin word remedium meaning “restoring balance.” When put together, the two […]

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