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Familiar in the unknown

Do you ever catch glimpses of a paradise unknown yet familiar? At the sight of a colorful cardinal or the sound of spoons clanking in the kitchen. Those feelings of unknown yet familiar nostalgia when your windows are wide open, and you get a whiff of the outdoor aromas that awaken your every sense. The nostalgia that creeps up from simply feeling the wind caress your hair and skin. The nostalgia that sends electricity up and down your soul so powerful it is enough to fill you with life yet calm you with sleep. 

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Plants talk, plants listen.

NEXT TIME WE SMELL THAT SCENT AFTER FRESH CUT GRASS OR PICKING FLOWERS, NOW WE KNOW IT IS A PLANT SCREAMING. When a leafy plant is under attack, it doesn't sit quietly. Back in 1983, two scientists, Jack Schultz and Ian Baldwin, reported that young maple saplings getting bitten by insects release a spurt of chemicals that float through the air. You and I wouldn't notice, but these chemicals carry a slight odor that neighboring plants can detect. It's a little like a silent scream. The chemicals the plants pump through the air are a blend of organic molecules — alcohols, aldehydes, ketones and esters — known as volatile organic compounds, VOCs for short. They pump out attractants — perfumes designed to lure...

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Growing Hydroponic Micro Greens at home

For this tutorial you will need: - Seeds: You can use almost any vegetable seed to grow microgreens (some are tastier than others, though), but a lot of companies offer special microgreen seed mixes that are a great option for first-timers. They have a nice variety of tastes, textures and nutrition. Plastic food container or Recycled salad lettuce container  Paper towel or napkin  Hobby knife or box cutter  Optional spray bottle Below are all the supplies you we will need Step #1  Cut along container top with an exacto knife carefully. The sides you will need to cut are the longest lengths of our container top as shown below.  Step #2  Tuck paper towel in through slits we just cut as shown below. Step # 3 Fill container with fresh spring water allowing the flaps of the paper...

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Tune in next Tuesday and learn how to grow and enjoy the Magic of Microgreens!

Imagine a tiny little seedling, just emerged from the soil using the energy stored in a single seed. The first leaves are just beginning to unfold, and on the cellular level the tiny plant is bursting with newfound life. Cells are differentiating, nutrition levels are skyrocketing, and flavor is incredibly concentrated. There’s something so invigorating about eating one of these little life bursts, something almost magical. In a fresh cut form, microgreens can offer 50 times more nutrition at the first leaf stage when compared to the mature vegetable. Maintaining a year round supply is easy and fun using minimal light and room temperatures. We will show you how to measure seeds for your container size, prepare the microgreen soil,...

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BLOOM where you are planted

We had a little situation yesterday a thing we always call a hump or bump on the road. An unexpected outcome. We are all humans that error and get upset constantly when things don't go our way. We wanted to write this blog as a reminder for us and when you feel things don't go as expected or you may not be where you want to be in life just yet. It can be anything and everything. You may be working a day job that is not your passion and working on your dream through the night. Keeping our dreams alive is what uplifts the human spirit and keeps the fire spreading within. But how can we deal with the fact that...

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