Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Best Compost For Gardens

Bigger More Delicious Fruit Starts With Happy Worms

If you want a bigger tomatoes, fruits and greens, one of the best things to do is start off with some great soil.  Adding worm castings is natures way of supercharging the soil so your plants can make better use of it.  This video will show you how to produce the ultimate garden compost.

Here is a how to video that will show you a way to prepare a treat for your worm or vermiculture project.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

How To Build Your Own Worm Farm

and Make Your Own Compost

What is Vermiculture

Having nutrients in your soil is one of the key components to having an abundant harvest from your garden.  Watch this video to see how easy it is to build your own inexpensive worm farm.

Here is everything you want to know about compost.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Super Easy & Fun Aquaponic Project For Kids

Avocado Aquaponics Easy SetUp

Beta Fish + Avocado Seed

Just place an avoado seed in some water with a beta fish and watch how quickly it germinates.

Part 2.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Avocado Aquaponics

Beta Fish Video

This is the easiest setup you will ever see.  Its a great activity to teach kids about Aquaponics and germinating avocado seeds.  Before you transfer your beta fish, as with any aquarium, add some water to the beta's water first so that it become acclimated.  There is soil potting soil in the bottom of the tank, so you will not have to change the water as frequently.  Please post a comment and check out the video for more Easy Aquaponics.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

How To Grow Avocado Plants and Trees From Seed

Step by Step Video

What You will Need:
Ripe Avocado
A Knife
Potting Soil
Tooth Picks or Chop Sticks

Step 1:  Remove the Avocado Seed from the avocado
Step 2:  Push the toothpicks or sharpened stop sticks into the seed from three directions.  The object is to suspend the seed over water.
Step 3:  Put the seed in a container of water.  Half of the seed should be exposed to the air.
Step 4:  After 5 days, peel the bottom part of the seeds brown covering to expose the bottom of the pit.  This will allow the tap root to shoot out easier.
Step 5:  After several weeks when the leaves begin to form, gradually add layers of potting poil to the over the course of several days.
Step 6:  Monitor the growth for several weeks.
Step 7:  When the seedling seems sturdy enough, consider transplanting into a large container of potting soil.

For more tips and recipes, check out the youtube channel.  Please post your favorite recipes for avocado.

Here is a great video to graft the tree once it is has matured a bit.  This video gives a great explanation about the actual process.  This video is an excellent demonstration of how to perform the actual grafting technique.  From what I can tell, grafting allows material from a fruiting tree to be placed onto the rootstock.  The rootstock is what you've grown from a seed.  The benefit is that your grafted tree will produce better quality fruit in a significantly less time.  Therefore, getting root stock started is a fairly easy process.  Obtaining scion or bud would may take a little creativity, however the benefits appear to be enormous.

The next question is when is the best time of year to perform a graph.  From what I can tell, the better times would be when the tree is coming out of its dormante state right after winter.  This is the time that the tree will normally do its most growth.  That is the time you want to take advantage of to perform a graph.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Part 1:  Transplanting Seedlings into a non-cycled system.

This is an experiment to observe if these seedling will survive a transplant into the Food Factory System, before it has cycled.  Cycled means that beneficial bacteria has already formed in the growbed, which will help the plants absorb energy form the nutrients rich aquaponic water.

The system is stocked with 30 fingerling pure blue Tilapia.  I recently did a 90% water change after cleaning the system at the end of the summer growing season.  The plants that I have transplanted are from my back yard garden.  These plants had been planted to close together in the soil and therefore never became bid healthy plants.  I will be putting the plants into the Food Factory system in about the same growing area.  However, because the roots will be bathed in nutrient rich water, my hypothesis is that they will grow to be large and healthy, assuming they survive this transplant.

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