• New GMO Crop Worries Organic Farmers

    March 31, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    The U.S. has just given the green light to plant genetically modified alfalfa. It's the first time a genetically modified perennial will be widely planted in North America. Carstairs organic farmer Kris Vester is worried about the prospect of such alfalfa being planted in the U.S. this year.
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  • Finding the Balance for Soils of Organic Farms and Gardens

    March 30, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Organic farming is tricky business, especially where the management of soil nutrients is concerned. Like the old cliché, it all comes down to finding the balance. In other words, in order to ensure your garden's long term fertility, the nitrogen and phosphorous that left with the summer squash must be returned in equal measure. Without the option of sprinkling a little conventional fertilizer on the soil surface, however, maintaining this balance can be particularly challenging.
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  • The Politics of Gardening: Bygone Bylaws

    March 29, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Who knew gardening represents a controversial political statement? In the summer of 2008, Hank and Vera Jones moved into their suburban Ottawa ’hood, Constance Bay Village. They had no idea creating a naturalized landscape from their lawn would immerse them in political hot water.
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  • Garden Enthusiasts Think Green Despite Frost

    March 28, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Jen Baker was preparing to head out to her garden in the city’s west end last weekend. And then snow and a cold weather alert hit the city. “Last weekend I was getting ready … I’ve been reading there are a lot of things you can start early (and) I usually don’t start until May 24,” the 39-year-old Hamiltonian said. “And now I don’t know how much longer you need to wait.”
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  • Gardeners Eat More Vegetables

    March 22, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Researchers at Texas A&M and Texas University performed a recent study that found gardeners are far more likely to consume vegetables than non-gardeners. The researchers used data collected from an online survey to determine their results.
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  • Botanicare's 15 days of Anniversary Giveaways

    March 17, 2011 | Posted by User Not Found

    First Botanicare Anniversary Giveaway starts today. Today's giveaway is (5) Spring Jason Hill limited edition posters. You must register to win. Please click the Anniversary Giveaway link to the left to enter. Good luck!
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  • Light EnerG - The Ultimate Swap out

    March 07, 2011 | Posted by Ed ..

    LightEnerG Ultimate Swap Out If you’re currently the owner of a Light EnerG™ Gold Electronic Ballast, we want you to have the latest in digital lighting technology… for free!
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  • Time to Plant Your Peas

    March 03, 2011 | Posted by Ed ..

    peas The crisp texture and sweet taste of fresh peas embodies spring. Ancient peoples foraged for peas in the wild long before they were domesticated. Romans, however, believed fresh green peas were poisonous and had to be dried before they could be eaten.
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