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Culticycle Pedal Power Tractor


 

Watch as Farmhack demonstrates their Culticycle pedal power tractor.  This is quite simply one of the coolest Farm inventions I’ve seen in a while.  Alternative energy enthusiasts will love this.  Maybe the culticycle could be a solution for farming in developing nations. Survivalists may want to consider building one as a post economic collapse method of farming. Whatever the reason, I think we are going to start seeing a lot more of these.

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Automated Aeroponics Garden


 

Watch this video from Kirsten Dirksen as these students build an automated aeroponics garden kit using NASA technology.

The more I learn about aeroponics and aquaponics gardening, the more excited I get about the prospects of the future.  Maybe humankind can actually avert future food shortages with these techniques.

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5 Gallon Bucket Aeroponics DIY video for beginners


DIY 5 Gallon Bucket Aeroponics

Watch this video as Dennis McClung from Garden Pool shows how to construct your own DIY aeroponics system.

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Crops To Consider This Fall


crops to consider this fall

Cabbage field

By A. Page

After summer ends, most people start piling all of their tools in the garage and ripping out the dead or dying plants for the garden plot.  However, many people don’t realize there are plenty of crops that do well in autumn and even taste better with a frosted touch.  Some crops take more care than others, but there are a few that you can plant and essentially forget about.

 

 

Here are 5 crops to consider this fall

Garlic is one of those magical plants that can grow in just about any garden plot.  Head out to your local famer’s market and buy a few heads, or make a purchase from a trusted seed supplier.  Whatever you chose, stay away from the grocery store garlic.  This garlic is treated to prevent germination, and won’t do anything but rot in the ground.

Beats are the super food your grandma was always trying to feed you.  They make you big and strong, and can fend in your garden almost all year long.  They store nicely in the garden and can be planted as late as November.

Broccoli is arguable the easiest fall or winter vegetable.  Those who start planting in September can have crops ready for harvest by late December.  If not, you may be waiting until February to have anything worth pulling out of the ground.

Cabbage is an easy crop that takes a bit to be ready for harvest, but when it is you’ll have beautiful, full-heads of lettuce that will make great salads for months to come.  Though its difficult to wait, the 2-3 saturation period is well worth the wait.  Cabbage does much better in cooler temperatures, and won’t die when hit by frost.

Carrots are a great crop for the gardeners who lack patience.  Carrots can stored for a very long time, and are ready to be harvested when they reach a usable size.  That usable size is in the eye of the beholder.  Those who plant in September or October will have a bountiful late winter harvest.

These crops are a great addition to your existing garden, and will outlast your summer crops.  Of course there are many more options when it comes to fall gardening, but those outlined in this article are for the average gardener. If you’re feeling adventurous, look around for more exotic fall crops.  It’s important to make sure you’re checking the average yields.  Does it take 30 days or 4 months?  In addition to yield times, make sure your goal is attainable.  Some crops may do well during fall, but sometimes certain crops are categorized into fall crops by the area the specific gardener is growing.  If you take head to cover all your bases, you’ll be enjoying delicious homegrown vegetables throughout the winter.

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Tomatoes All Winter- The Best Way To Ripen


Tomatoes all winterWritten by A. Page

When summer ends and your garden is ready to be ripped up, it’s heartbreaking to throw away the dozens of green tomatoes that didn’t quite make it to the ripening process. Often times, we struggle to find efficient ways to store those green beauties. Most stick them up on the window sill and hope they turn before they rot. Surprisingly, tomatoes need no sunlight to ripen. A good majority of the time, this causes the skins to be harder and makes them more susceptible to rotting.

So, how do you store those gems for ripening?

1. Plan out how long you want your tomatoes to last you. It’s possible to harvest in September and be feeding off the same crop in January. Separate your tomatoes in groups based on your needs.

2. Inspect and wash the tomatoes under running water. You’ll want to get rid of damaged,spotted, and soft tomatoes. Save those for the window sill because the chances they will rot are pretty high and you don’t want them having an effect on your healthy tomatoes. The cool running water will get rid of fungus and lower the cross-contamination rate. Washing one by one isn’t time efficient and often doesn’t get rid of dangerous bacteria.

3. Get a series of flat, wide, and liquid proof containers to store them in. Each container should be big enough to leave about two inches in-between your tomatoes. Put a line of thick absorbent material along the bottom, so in the event that one of your tomatoes does rot, it will not be in contact with the other tomatoes. Make sure the tomatoes are clean and dry before placing them in containers.

4. Pick a few areas in your house that are clean and dry. Humidity causes rot. These areas should have temperature differences but still should rest between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooler areas is where your winter tomatoes will ripen, and the warmer areas are for autumn tomatoes.

Periodically check your tomatoes. They will ripen over a period of two weeks to three months. It’s important you check them because if one begins to rot, they all will. Once tomatoes are about half way ripe, take them to the kitchen counter and cover them will a dry towel until they’re finished. Though it takes preparation and diligence, the tomatoes from your garden are much healthier for you than anything you’ll find in the grocery store during the cold months.