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Turning the soil over each year is a millennium-old tradition that has major benefits
such as aerating the soil; chopping and killing weeds;
and mixes in organic materials, fertilizers, and lime.

Monsanto & GMOs Explained – – –
(understanding the food you eat)

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Monsanto Accused in Lawsuit of Hiring
‘Internet Trolls’ to Battle Online Criticism

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Monsanto and Bayer are Maneuvering to Take Over the Cannabis Industry

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Five Reasons to Grow
Your Own Food

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How to Survive a Bee, Hornet,
or Wasp Attack

by Patrick Allan

Those buzzing insects in your backyard are more than a nuisance at your barbecue. In numbers, they’re a formidable threat. And if you’re one of the many people allergic to bees, hornets, and wasps, even a few can be dangerous. Here’s how you can avoid getting swarmed, and what to do if you get stung.

Plant Mold

Plant mold & mildew begins with condensation caused from improper venting & air circulation within a given area.
The only remedy is to calculate the open area and install circulation fans that steer the air towards a power ventilation system.
This practice is called an air pathway.

Improving Garden Soil

Improving Garden Soil. Adding organic matter in the form of compost and aged manure, or using mulch or growing cover crops (green manures), is the best way to prepare soil for planting.

These are the 10 easiest plants
to grow if you’re new to gardening

by Bethany Ramos

  • Basil
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Hosta
  • Hydrangea
  • Knockout Rose
  • Mint
  • Portulaca
  • Rosemary
  • Succulents
  • Summer Squash

Planting Information

The Dandelion

Back in 2009, a group of Canadian researchers from the University of Windsor in Ontario started investigating an abundant weed as a potential cure for cancer.

It all started when an oncologist came across something quite interesting with some cancer patients. Believe it or not, the plant we are talking about is the common dandelion!

According to Dr. Siyaram Pandey, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Windsor and principal research investigator for the project, dandelion root extract has quite a “good potential” to cause a death of cancer cells.

This extract causes cancer cells to go through apoptosis, a natural cell process where a cell activates an intracellular death program because it isn`t needed anymore. In brief, dandelion root extract causes the cancer cell to “commit suicide” without affecting the healthy ones.

Two cells perform apoptosis which is far better than chemotherapy drugs which kill one healthy cell for every 5 to 10 cancer cell, the dandelion extract.

It is important to mention that the concentration of this extract is much higher than the one which is currently available. Even though trials are still underway, this extract may be the future of cancer treatment!

4 tips to prepare soil for your garden

by Mark & Ben Cullen

if you prepare well the soil in which you plant, you are far more likely to see your gardening dreams become reality.

  1. Spread it deep. Last year’s garden used up much of the nutrition in the soil. Now is the time to replenish it with generous quantities of finished compost. Compost from your composting unit works, but generally there is precious little of it to show for all of your trekking out there with kitchen scraps. Acquire quality compost by the 20-kilogram bag at your favourite garden retailer and look for composted cattle or sheep manure that is certified by the Compost Quality Alliance. Bio Max is the trade name and this is the good stuff: it is safer to use than many other composts as it has been properly composted, or “cooked.” Spread it 3 to 5 centimetres thick and dig it in.
  2. Earthworms. Let the earthworms turn your compost under the soil for you. By merely spreading compost over existing garden beds and relaxing, you will allow the myriad colonies of earthworms in your yard to do their job: they are the foot soldiers of the garden. Within about six weeks they will have pulled the compost down into the subsoil and converted it into earthworm magic: castings, digested organic matter passed by earthworms.
  3. Add castings. For a long time earthworm castings were considered expensive and were hard to find. A fishing-worm supplier in Burlington has changed that and now you can buy a 5-litre bag of earthworm castings for about $8 at the hardware store. I mix one part castings with 10 parts compost and the results are undeniably much better than without the earthworm castings. This is garden magic: natural, organic, full of microbes and good for everything that grows.

4. Prepare the hole. You will be digging holes for larger plants that also require soil preparation. Dig the hole more wide than deep as most roots spread horizontally. A hole that is three times as wide as the root mass of the plant and two times as deep is perfect. Back fill the hole with 2/3 soil and 1/3 compost and a scoop or two of worm castings, or purchase a quality pre-mixed garden soil and add one part worm castings to 10 parts new soil. Do not backfill the hole using the existing soil if it is clay. If it is of reasonable quality to begin with, only add about 1/3 of it back into the hole by volume. Firm the soil mixture around the roots with your foot (if it is a big plant) or your hands if it is a small one.

And finally, think of building a house. Would you do it without a foundation? Not here in Canada you wouldn’t. You should not build a garden without proper — generous! — soil preparation, either. Simple as that.