MENU

Recent
Category

By carefreelawncenter.com

4 Indoor Gardens Anyone Can Grow

By carefreelawncenter.com

By carefreelawncenter.com

EcoBeat Staff- You don’t need a big yard to get inspired about gardening! Green space in your home can have many benefits and edible garden goods are no exception. The biophilia hypothesis states that humans evolved to spend time in nature and that we seek green space. This can explain why we feel more relaxed on a hike through the woods or sitting on the grass in a park. A more simple, and often more localized way to fulfill our innate love of green is to fill your home with it. Of course you may be entirely satisfied with flowers in a vase or the occasional plant here and there but nothing can quite compare to the satisfaction of eating what you grow, most especially if it requires little effort, money and space! Unfortunately, space can be hard to come by in many living situations such as apartments. Without a balcony or even a window sill to hammer a garden box from, the pursuit of a personal urban garden may seem impossible. Fear not! There are many indoor gardening options to fulfill a variety of lifestyles, budgets and experience levels. Here are four to get your green thumb growing:

1) Micro-greens- Micro-greens are packed with nutrients and have become a very popular addition to salads. Micro-greens are simply plants in the early stage and can be found in the form of broccoli, radishes, arugula and more. With a short shelf life after full growth, they won’t take up space for too long. Micro-green kits are available for under $30 and are easy to grow. They may not be the best bang for your buck in terms of volume; however, most kits come with reusable trays so you can easily start again. Sprout People offers reliable and organic micro-greens here.

2) Sprouts- Sprouts are an option that come in many shapes, sizes, containers and expertise levels. In less than 3 days, you could have your very own addition to salads or sandwiches. Admittedly one of the less attractive options, you can hide a sprout grower in your kitchen window and brag to guests once you serve them. Growers come in many sizes but ideally you’ll want a strainer lid and a clear or semi-clear jar to grow them in indoor gardens. Try this one here.

3) Fungi’s- It’s almost impossible to kill a basic mushroom patch. For those not blessed with a green thumb, this is probably a good starting point. For kids this can be a fascinating project with quick results. A tiny mushroom “farm” can reach maturity in 10 days! Many kits are also reusable, so get ready to bless your vegetable stir fry with oyster mushrooms often. Back to the Roots provides an option blessed by Oprah herself.

4) Herb garden- If aesthetics  are your thing, then I highly recommend purchasing herb garden supplies. Many types grow all through the winter as long as they receive direct sunlight through most of the day. In addition, there are a variety of levels to chose from including regular old pots and more advanced hydroponics systems for the tech lover. Modern Sprout sells self watering herb jars and basic hydroponic systems well within the reasonable range. Herbs can be a bit more finicky but are fairly forgiving. Of course one does not need a kit to grow herbs and can start from seed. One great way to do this is to use egg shells, as long as half or more is in tact, with some soil and seed. The plant will be able to use the nutrition from the egg to grow healthy and strong. Simply pot the herbs once they are past 2-3 inches in height in a regular pot with soil, keeping the egg shell as the foundation for the roots.

Happy gardening!

Read More
Fracking Banned in NY State

N.Y. Fracking Report Gains Environmentalists Praise, Business Interests Scorn

June 24, 2015 • Energy, Fossil Fuels, Recent, Reposted Articles • Views: 856

By David Bertola Buffalo Business First For the full story, click HERE May 14 2015 – “To the dismay of those in the business community and in the oil and gas industry — but to the delight of environmentalists — a state agency released a report Wednesday saying that a seemingly infinite

Smokestacks

Paging World Leaders: World Energy Outlook 2015 Special Report Just Released

June 24, 2015 • Climate, International Action, Original Content, Recent • Views: 881

EcoBeat Staff – Emissions from energy production account for nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gases being released into the environment. Projections from the United Nations Development Program anticipate 6-8 billion additional energy consumers by the year 2100, further complicating plans

EWICON

EWICON: The Silent, Harmless Wind “Turbine”

June 24, 2015 • Energy, Original Content, Recent, Renewable Energy • Views: 726

EcoBeat Staff – One of the key arguments against wind turbines, aside from the fact that some consider them an eyesore, is that they kill birds. Studies, such as one by two federal scientists and Wallace Erickson of environmental consulting firm West Inc., have found that 214,000-368,000

Tblisi Zoo Animals Escape Flood

Zoo Animals Escape: Tbilisi Floods Ravage Georgian Capital

June 23, 2015 • Climate, Extreme Weather, Original Content, Recent, Wildlife • Views: 1191

EcoBeat Staff – Tbilisi floods this past weekend caused at least a dozen deaths and extensive damage to the city’s infrastructure. June to August is generally the dry season in the capital, which is located 1,200 feet above sea level, making this type of weather event completely

How Kenneth Lander and THRIVE Farmers Are Revolutionizing the Coffee Supply Chain

June 23, 2015 • Agriculture, Farming, Recent, Reposted Articles • Views: 23961

By Janina Grabs Food Tank For the full story, click HERE June 11 2015 – THRIVE Farmers International has an ambitious goal: to fundamentally revolutionize the mainstream coffee supply chain, which has many middlemen and a strong reliance on volatile commodity markets. THRIVE supports

Clean Water

5 Innovative Water Purification Products Changing the World

June 22, 2015 • Original Content, Recent, Technology, Water • Views: 1073

EcoBeat Staff – Clean water is fundamental for survival, yet as many as 783 million people worldwide do not have access to it. According to The Water Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on providing training and financial support for sustainable water development projects in

Should We Be Eating Invasive Species?

June 21, 2015 • Agriculture, Biodiversity, Food & Nutrition, Original Content, Recent, Water, Wildlife • Views: 512

Eating Invasive Species image source: mjwinoz CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), via Wikimedia Commons EcoBeat Staff- There’s a new eating craze in town, and it’s aimed at eliminating invasive fish species. In an effort to find innovative (and delicious) solutions, chefs

Floating Wind Turbines

How Hawaii Could Finally Make Floating Wind Farms A Reality

June 21, 2015 • Energy, Recent, Renewable Energy, Reposted Articles • Views: 722

By James Cave The Huffington Post For the full story, click HERE June 19 2015 – During the Hawaii Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force meeting earlier this month, government and industry agencies discussed two proposals to build more than 100 turbines off the island of Oahu. The U.S.

Fracking Water on Fire

Widespread and Systemic Contamination Found — at the EPA

June 21, 2015 • Energy, Fossil Fuels, Recent, Reposted Articles, Water • Views: 551

By Weston W. Wilson The Hill For the full story, click HERE. June 15 2015 – The oil and gas industry has claimed repeatedly that fracking is safe, alleging there’s never been a single case of groundwater contamination from fracking. People who live near fracking wells report a very