Trends ⅕ – Growing Food Indoors

Trends ⅕ – Growing Food Indoors  By: Rob Sproule   Section 1 Technology Making it Easier Growing 365 “Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. “ – Victor Hugo   Section 1: When I say “hydroponics,” what do you think of? I’m guessing some kind of elaborate set-up that may or may not involve marijuana. The truth is that hydroponics are not complex. It’s a matter of growing plants indoors, without soil–and it’s going mainstream. There’s a perfect storm happening. The grow-your-own movement is continuing to explode, with record numbers of people concerned about chemicals,…

February 27, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

How to Grow the World’s Hottest Wild Pepper

How to Grow the World’s Hottest Wild Pepper By Rob Sproule The Ghost How to Grow Them Why are they so HOT?   “A good spicy challenge strikes a balance between flavour and fear.” – Adam Richman   The Ghost: The 2007 Guinness Book of World Records cited the Ghost Pepper, aka Red Naga or Bhut jolokai, as the world’s hottest. It tipped the scales at over 1 million Scovilles (see below). While it didn’t sit long on the capsicum-throne, being overthrown by the Infinity pepper the next year, it holds the singular honour of being the hottest, naturally occurring…

February 20, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

Gardening in Space

  Image credit: NASA Gardening in Space By Rob Sproule Growing without Gravity The Power of Plants Space Flowers “It’s a fixer-upper of a planet but we could make it work.” – Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, speaking in May 2013 about the possibility of humans eventually settling on Mars. Growing without Gravity: Have you ever wondered how a seed knows which way is “up”? Plants are smarter than we think, and in a process called geotaxis, detect Earth’s gravitational field and send the sprout growing against it. But what happens if you remove the gravity. With humankind on the brink…

February 7, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

Feng Shui Plants – for Chinese New Year

Feng Shui Plants – for Chinese New Year By Rob Sproule A General Overview Ancient & Modern Collide Air Purifiers A General Overview: This article was a journey for me. I started, driven by my own curiosity, to see what all the Feng Shui fuss was about. Shortly into research I noticed that most of the plants recommended for good energy were also exceptional air cleaners. Does negative energy = airborne formaldehyde and other nasties? As I kept searching, the correlation got stronger. Read on and see for yourself if ancient Chinese mysticism foreshadowed our recent appreciation of preserving cleaner air…

January 25, 2017 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >