Gardening Could Be The Hobby That Helps You Live to 100

Dan Buettner has studied five places around the world where residents are famed for their longevity: Okinawa in Japan, Nicoya in Costa Rica, Icaria in Greece, and Loma Linda in California and Sardinia in Italy. People living in these so-called “blue zones” have certain factors in common – social support networks, daily exercise habits and a plant-based diet, for starters. But they share another unexpected commonality. In each community, people…

Indoor gardening: Add plants to every room of your home

Grow herbs or other leafy greens indoors under a Growbar LED light fixture or near a sunny window. (photo contributed) Gardeners know the benefits of digging in the soil. It elevates a person’s mood, improves mental and physical well-being and the outcome is always good – added beauty or tasty nutritional food. But many of us are stuck indoors for the winter, have a lack of space to garden outdoors…

Black Knot Be Gone Giveaway

Black Knot Disease, image by Joseph OBrien; USDA Forest Service Black Knot is a common fungal disease of plum and cherry trees.  The disease is easy to identify with distinctive wary-looking galls that completely encircle the stem.  Once a tree is diagnosed with Black Knot, it is vital to implement an effective black knot treatment program, which usually involves pruning and several applications of fungicide.  However, there is a revolutionary…

Paris-based Agricool raises $28 million to expand its urban farming tech

Agricool today announced it has raised $28 million for its system that uses specially designed trailers to grow strawberries in big cities. The Paris-based company has now raised a total of $41 million as it works to meet the growing demand for locally grown produce through technological innovation. “We are very excited about the idea of supporting urban farming toward massive development, and it will soon no longer be a luxury to…

Nature’s Way Hummingbird Feeder Giveaway

During this weekend’s giveaway (December 7-9, 2018), enter to win a hand-blown garden hummingbird feeder of your choice from Nature’s Way!  Five winners will get their choice of Ocean Sunset (Model# WWGHF1), Molten (Model# GHF5), Red Crackle (Model# MHF4), Mason Jar Blue (Model# GHF9) or Illuminated Hummingbird Feeder (Model# GHF7). Red Crackle Mason Jar Blue Each hummingbird feeder features: Beautiful, thick hand-blown glass base and lid Decorative perching ring enables…

How Atlanta Is Turning Ex-Cons Into Urban Farmers

“ATLANTA—On a 4-acre farm a few miles south of the Fulton County Jail, Abiodun Henderson swung a pickax into the soil at her feet. She kept at it until she was winded and sweating on this brisk October morning. Around her, 10 young men and women tentatively swung their own tools at the ground, loosening the soil for a set of raised beds where turmeric and ginger plants would grow…

30 Thoughtful and Affordable Holiday Teacher Gifts

Parenting Lambeth HochwaldDec 05 Your kids’ teachers work so hard day after day after day. Why not show them your appreciation for all that they do? Here, 30 heartfelt holiday gifts for teachers—that will enable you to stay on budget, too. A refreshing way to keep hydrated via amazon.com Teachers are on their feet all day and are often so busy they forget to take care of themselves. This insulated…

Why You Might Want To Consider Starting Your Own Urban Garden

The growing information about possible negative health effects caused by over-processed foods and artificial additives like artificial sweeteners has fueled interest in eating clean. Now more people are opting to eliminate artificial additives, such as flavors and preservatives, and replace them with simpler whole ingredients like fresh produce and whole grains. If you’re looking to add more clean ingredients to your diet, one answer might be to start incorporating more…

Urban farm sprouting at old Native Hospital site

The plot of land where the old Alaska Native Medical Center used to be near Ship Creek is getting a makeover. The 10-acre tract of land at Third Avenue and Ingra Street has been vacant since the hospital came down in 1992. While the overall plan for the entire space is still being discussed, the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Alaska Food Policy Council hope to bring new life…