5th Annual Rose Pest Solutions Bug Rodeo 7.17.07

April 15, 2011 by Mario  
Filed under Flower Gardening

Troy-based Rose Pest Solutions is proud to bring its fifth annual Bug Rodeo to the young people of the Children’s Home of Detroit. Nearly 100 children from the organization will have the opportunity to learn about local wildlife from Rose Pest Solutions expert entomologists and make their own insect collections at the July 17 event. Children will partake in an “Intro to Entomology” course and will participate in a competitive “Bug Hunt.” With the assistance of Rose Pest Solutions volunteers, the children will assemble, examine and organize their own insect collections, with prizes awarded to the hunters finding the most unusual bug, amassing the most insect species and locating the largest dragonfly, among others.

Carolyn Herriot Presentation on ‘Food Solutions’

October 17, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Organic Gardening

July 5, 2008 – Carolyn Herriot moderates the “Percy Schmeiser, Organic Festival Presentation” in Victoria BC, sponsored by GE Free BC. Her expertise in organic gardening, educating greater food self-sufficiency and seed saving provides the path for a more sustainable community. More local control over food production and increased education about farming and gardening is the focus for a cleaner, healthier and smarter society.

Mimeos Introduction: The Green Station, Eco-Smart Solutions in Yard Maintenance/ www.mimeos.net

July 1, 2010 by Mario  
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Matt Moses of Mimeos Sustainability profiles The Green Station LA and Co-Founder Dan Mabe. The Green Station had been on a mission to not only eliminate the harmful, polluting gas and oil emissions of traditional yard maintenance practices, but have created a certification program to teach gardeners to become their own stewards of the earth. The Green Station uses all electric emission-free tools, all charged using solar energy. They implement composting and water efficient landscaping techniques to create a comprehensive sustainable maintenance solution.

Overgrown Houseplant Solutions : Tools for House Plants

June 16, 2010 by Mario  
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Learn what gardening tools are best for house plants in thisfree online gardening video. Expert: Nicole Pantaleon Bio: Nicole Pantaleon has a BS in Plant & Soil Science from the University of MA. She has been a grower at Five Acre Farm since 1996. Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-Donoso

Hydroponic nutrients Gardening Guide – Hydroponic nutrient solutions composition

March 17, 2010 by Mario  
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Nitrogen (N)

The most essential of all nutrients for leaf and stem development. Nitrogen consumption depends on a plants growth cycle and in a vegetative growth phase of plant nitrogen consumption is greatest. Hydroponic nutrients solutions labeled as “grow” or “flower” contains more concentrations of nitrogen. Nitrogen deficiency is the leading cause of plant growth in indoor hydroponic garden systems. Yellowish, soft and weak plants and leaves are tell-tale signs of nitrogen deficiency.

Half-strength nitrogen solutions are ideal for plants between growing phases. This will prevent plant stretch while it’s switching its energy over to flower development. Normal feeding is resumed once the plant reaches the flowering stage.


Phosphorous (P)

Phosphorous plays a major part in root and flower development. Phosphorous deficiency signs are slow and stunted plant growth. Phosphorous is crucial to a plants flowering stage. “Bloom” type formulas contain a 0-50-30 concentration, containing no nitrogen and high levels of phosphorous and potassium.

Potassium (K)

Different in action from the previous two nutrients, it doesn’t feed the plant directly in any specific stage of growth. It merely facilitates plant intake of other primary and secondary plant nutrients. Potassium deficiency cause irregular plant growth and susceptibility to pests and disease. Potassium inhibits fruit production and should be lessened during this stage.


Secondary Hydroponic Nutrients

Calcium (Ca)

Facilitating and filtering the absorption of other nutrients Calcium is one essential nutrient. It is also a natural base that increases the pH level is needed. Commonly used in the vegetative phase of plant growth, calcium consumption is decreased during the flowering stage.


Magnesium (Mg)

Mainly for chlorophyll production in photosynthesis, deficiency causes yellow leaves.


Sulfur (S)

Yellow leaves are a sign of sulfur deficiency and are only used in small amounts.


Iron (Fe)

Used in small amounts, iron deficiency is similar to sulfur deficiency. Yellow leaves are the general signs of deficiency. High pH causes iron absorption problems so constant monitoring is advised.


Molybdenum (Mb)

Mainly for nitrogen absorption and converts nitrates to ammonium


Boron (B)

Facilitates carbohydrate transport in the phloem, it is not essential and maybe disregarded. Boron overdose causes plant kill, it is not found in regular soils and only supplemented.