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  • Atlanta Company Uses Hydroponics to Grow Food

    May 31, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    ATLANTA - Farmers are usually thought of as having a "green thumb" but a growing trend in farming is cropping up. It's farmers with "wet thumbs." Hydroponics has a funny sounding name but is a serious idea. If you saw some old shipping containers parked on an empty lot, you'd probably think they were useless, but you'd be wrong.
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  • Edmonton Growing New Agricultural Policy

    May 31, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    EDMONTON - James Samaroden grew up with all kinds of animals in the backyard of his Fort McMurray home. At various times and with permission from neighbours, his family kept rabbits, chickens, geese, ducks, goats and a sheep even though it wasn’t allowed by the municipality.
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  • The Dark Side of Horticulture

    May 30, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Ever felt the urge to go over to the dark side of horticulture -where all the flowers are black as midnight or the foliage has a punky Goth look? One of the hit plants of last summer, and one that is expected to be an even bigger seller this year, is the world's first black petunia, 'Black Velvet,' developed by Ball Horticultural in Chicago.
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  • Guerrilla Gardens Going Mainstream

    May 27, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Vancouver city officials will let residents grow crops along roadsides, as skyrocketing food prices drive a huge increase in urban agriculture. Demand for plots in city-serviced community gardens is so heavy that all 70 have waiting lists. Meanwhile, “guerrilla gardeners” are sowing seeds on vacant lots and right-of-ways, property owners are making ground available to neighbours and small-scale farmers, and apartment dwellers are growing herbs and vegetables in gardens that fit on a window sill.
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  • Gardeners Cross-Border Shop for Illegal Pesticides

    May 25, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Health Canada has issued its first-ever advisory about buying pesticides online. The federal government department was alerted by the American Environmental Protection Agency that 550 Canadians have bought a product from China called Fast Ant Bait, which contains the banned chemical mirex.
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  • Website Matches Landowners With Gardeners

    May 24, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    A new website is connecting Canadian homeowners who have unused garden plots with apartment dwellers yearning to get their hands in the dirt. Landshare Canada, launched earlier this month, already has more than 100 members.
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  • Smart Planting for the Dry Days of Summer

    May 20, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Ewan MacKenzie has his eye on the weather. He sees that heavy rain is in the forecast, but he also knows things are going to change. Summer is coming and just as sure as there are puddles everywhere in spring, there will be parched earth and thirsty gardens once we get a string of sunny days.
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  • Be Careful What You Grow in Your Pond

    May 19, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Looking for hardy plants for your new pond? Gardening guru Alison Beck has some suggestions. Beck is the author of 38 gardening books, including Water Garden Plants for Canada from Lone Pine Publishing. She also works at Salisbury Greenhouse.
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  • Gardening in the Shadow of Business

    May 18, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    MONTREAL: On a thin strip of hardy grass behind the towering John Molson School of Business (MB Building), Graham Calder hopes to plant Concordia’s next showpiece for sustainability. “Ideally, what we would do to the space is turn it into an auto-fertile, self-irrigating permaculture paradise so that Concordia can show people how easy it is to grow food in this downtown urban environment,” says Calder.
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  • Oakland Urban Farming Prompts Plan to Redo Rules

    May 18, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    It has been a tough row to hoe, but urban farming impresario Novella Carpenter appears to be on her way to legally growing chard and raising animals in Oakland. The novelist enlisted readers of her blog to help pay the roughly $2,500 for a conditional use permit, the only way the city will allow her to continue running her horticultural haven, Ghost Town Farm.
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