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Growing Vertical

Earlier this week I presented at the Hillsborough County STEM Academy about growing vertical. I gave a summary of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) lesson titled, “Vertical Farming: How to Feed 9 Billion People.” The lesson is alignedContinue reading

Reducing Weeds Organically

When Nate Chetelat from Gnarly Farms, an urban homestead in Tampa, Fl., came over and told me that my pond area was being overrun by gotu kola I was upset. Not because I had a weed problem, but because IContinue reading

Space Saving Herbs

Space Saving Herbs If you could only grow one group of edibles, herbs should be at the top of your list, due to their versatility in the kitchen. They are also easy to grow, due to their forgiving nature andContinue reading

Gardening with Mulch

Mulches, in addition to adding aesthetics, provide many benefits to our gardens. They suppress weed growth, retain water and nutrients in the soil, moderate soil temperature and control erosion. Additionally, organic mulches break down and improve the soil by addingContinue reading

Gardening with Cats

I love many things in life and two of those things are my cats, Julian and Princeton. No matter the external or internal factors that affect my mood my cats can always give me a boost. Not only can theyContinue reading

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Learn Seed Saving Tips

Seed saving our favorite traits in crops led to the shift from being nomads to an agrarian society which propelled our civilization exponentially. Artificial selection or selective breeding is the purposeful breeding of individuals in a population that have desirableContinue reading

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Cooking and Growing Parsley

From ancient Greece to medieval home gardeners, parsley (Petroselinum crispum) was associated with death. With a wreath of parsley placed on a Grecian tomb, the expression De’eis thai selinon, “to need only parsley,” was added. The expression was equivalent toContinue reading

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Tricks and Tips For Great Pet Photos

The days are getting longer and more sunlight means more opportunities to take great pet photos. By utilizing sunlight we can achieve more natural expressions and composition. Lighting is essential for great pet photos, and with fast moving animals, lightingContinue reading

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Build Trust in Pets

  Learning how to build trust in pets and people should be one of those items you add to your New Year’s resolutions. Recently I watched a “pet show” at a major amusement park in Tampa, Fl. The actors priorContinue reading

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pets

A 2007 study, of New Year’s Resolutions, by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol, showed that 88% of resolutions fail, although 52% of the people were confident in success. This year include your pet in the resolution which willContinue reading

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