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DIY Hexagonal Garden Beds

How to make a DIY Hexagonal Garden Beds

How to make a DIY Hexagonal Garden Beds

Finished product first! This is about 4 weeks after planting. Closest middle hexagon holds sage, thyme, basil, cilantro, and lemon verbena. Next to the left holds arugula and brussel sprouts. Behind that holds more brussel sprouts, bok choy, green onions, shallots, and fennel. Right of that holds carrots and sweet onions. Right of that holds potatoes.

Got a bunch of cheap 2' cedar leftovers from a local lumber yard

Profile of each board type you need to cut. In total I needed 22 of the bottom board, 18 of second from bottom, 60 of third from bottom, and 54 of top. Top 3 boards each form panels that make up sides of garden box while bottom board forms post that holds each panel together.

All boards cut down to size.

6 boards of a given type with a post form an assembled panel.

All panels assembled.

I almost messed this part up -- half of the parallelogram-shaped panels should face one way and half should face the other way.

All assembled! I was really surprised how easily everything fit together given how little measuring I did.

On planting day.

4 weeks later (potatoes still haven't shown up in the far right hexagon, I'm beginning to get suspicious). Cost was about $130 for the wood, $40 for the screws, $60 for compost and $40 for a truck to haul the compost. Total cost $270.



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Potato DIY Tower

Use this guide to build your own potato DIY tower. With this setup you can grow and harvest a mass of potatoes. Have fun building guys and gals!

Potato DIY Tower Infographic

Potato DIY Tower Infographic

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The Best Monthly Seed Club

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The Best Monthly Seed Club

The package arrived!

The package arrived!

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What I got in the October seed pack from UOG Seed Club. 

What I got in the October seed pack from UOG Seed Club. 

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Looking forward to all these growing and having a bumper harvest.

Looking forward to all these growing and having a bumper harvest.

What I received in my October package

What I received in my October package

It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?  It sounds like the lucky packets we all cherished as children before sugar and plastic took over the world.  Now, the prevailing trends of mass production at all costs, have forced us to proactively search for healthier dietary and lifestyle options.  To most people who have neither the time, knowledge or resources to adopt a more organic lifestyle, this may sound daunting.  Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be.  In fact, you can start growing your own organic produce indoors (or outdoors) with the Urban Organic Gardener’s (UOG) Monthly Seed Box, delivered right to your door!

Let’s face it – we all long for a healthier life, less stress and more quality time with friends and family.  Increasingly, organic gardeners are discovering that growing your own organic food ticks all these boxes and gives you the benefit of being physically healthier, and financially more self-sustainable.  Relatively few adults have experienced the sheer delight of having their hands in the soil, and the excitement of anticipating the germination of something they have planted, let alone the unparalleled reward of harvesting and eating something they planted from a seed.

Organic gardening is fun and rewarding for the whole family and promotes exposure to the sunshine and fresh air, and ultimately healthier fresh food.  However, there are more serious reasons to consider growing your own organic produce.

Humans need to eat, just as surely as we need to breathe and there is growing evidence that our food is no longer fresh or organic.  The use of toxic fertilizers, insecticides, and ripening agents is well publicized and research is confirming the harmful effects these chemicals have on our bodies.  Add to this the ongoing Genetic Modification of our food, and you are probably losing your appetite already.  If not, then consider this: industrialized mass production of fresh produce is known to:

·        Adversely affect the livelihood of local farmers.

·        Exploit immigrant agricultural workers.

·        Increase the carbon footprint of the industry because of long-distance transportation.

These are a just a few reasons, but they are enough to be of serious concern.  As awareness spreads, more people are embracing organic gardening as a viable way to ensure that their families eat healthy, chemical free food, and they are having loads of fun doing it too.

When the opportunity arose to write a post about UOG’s Monthly seed club, I eagerly accepted.  Not because it was a sponsored post, but because I am a huge fan of their seed boxes.  There are several monthly seed subscriptions available, but UOG’s Seed Club by far offers the best value, even with shipping.  The UOG Seed Club puts organic gardening within financial reach of everyone and best of all, you will only get seeds that are hand-selected for you.

Irrespective of whether you are gardening in patio containers or have backyard hydroponics, UOG’s seed packs are the way to go, because the UOG team creates your tailor-made parcel each month, taking into consideration your geographical location, prevailing weather, growing season and your growing preferences.  How do they know what’s best?  Well, I think there is some magic involved (and I suspect you will too when your first seeds germinate), but just to keep it conventional, they ask you to complete a small questionnaire about your garden.  Their seeds are:

·        Superior raw quality,

·        Untreated, non- Genetically Modified (GMO) Heirloom garden seeds,

·        Most natural seeds available, and (drumroll please…)

·        Guaranteed to grow!  Yes, it no longer has anything to do with the color of your thumbs.

The UOG team carry the pressure of sourcing exciting new seeds of only the finest quality every month, at unbelievably affordable rates, and all you must do is follow the easy instructions on each seed packet’s label, and watch the magic happen.  You will receive different seeds every month, and many subscribers say they enjoy receiving seeds that they might never normally have been exposed to, especially seeds that are more expensive and would be riskier to try.  You can expect your seed box to include vegetable seeds, culinary herbs, fruits and even edible flowers.

Seeds are shipped to your door on the 5th of every month in moisture proof, clearly labeled bags that, if stored in a dry, cool, dark environment, will preserve your seeds for many years to come.  I especially love that the seed bags have their own labels and instructions because many other seed clubs post their how-to instructions online and this can be a bit frustrating when you have a dirty garden spade in your hand.

There are several subscriptions available, starting with a commitment of just $1 per month, which will entitle you to one variety of seeds per month with detailed instructions to grow.  Shipping is added at a cost of $1, and there are no hidden costs whatsoever.

Pro membership offers fully customizable plans ranging from $10 - $57.  Pro subscribers receive five seed varieties every month and their boxes also include soil, plant markers, and other surprises. Even with shipping, UOG’s Seed Club offers unbeatable value, and they even offer gift subscriptions.

Whether you are already an organic gardener, or you are keen to get started, UOG’s monthly seed sub boxes really are supreme.  The only thing that could possibly make them even more magical, (in my humble opinion) is if they were to tuck a recipe or two in, with ideas of how to prepare meals using the produce you harvest from your seeds.   While I dream about organic recipes, you can sign up for your UOG Seed Club Sub Box so long – you won’t regret it! 


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10 Awesome DIY Aquaponic Builds to Inspire You

Green Wall Style Aquaponics


Ikea Shelf Aquaponics


Classic IBC Tote Aquaponics


Classic Wooden Aquaponics with NFT


Converted Gutters


Converted Water Tank Aquaponics


Large Indoor/Outdoor Aquaponics

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Planter Style Aquaponics


Wall Mounted Aquaponics


Bathtub Aquaponics

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Fancy Acrylic Style


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How to grow an avocado tree from seed in 4 easy steps

You might have across my other popular blog post on growing an avocado tree from seed. 
Just follow these simple steps to get started.

Step 1

  • Remove the seed from the avocado and peal off the outer skin.

Step 2

  • Place the seed facing up in a jar filled with water and keep the bottom of the avocado seed always submerged.

Step 3

  • Wait until your avocado seed sprouts, be patient this can take awhile.

Step 4

  • When it reaches around 8 inches in height, it’s time to pot your tree.

 

Infographic on how to grow an avocado tree from seed in 4 easy steps.

Infographic on how to grow an avocado tree from seed in 4 easy steps.

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Raised Bed Gardening Guide

Use this guide to help you build the perfect raised bed garden for your home. Raised bed gardening makes it easier to control weeds, pest control, planting and harvesting. It's important to choose the best materials for your budget. Raised beds also make it easier on your back. Using a quality soil mix as outlined below will help you increase yeilds and quality of your harvest.

Raised Bed Gardening Guide Infographic

Raised Bed Gardening Guide Infographic

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The best fish for aquaponics

1. Environmental Conditions
First consider your your environment, is it hot, cold or tropical? Choose a fish that suits your environmental conditions.

2. Feed Sources
What food to you have access to feed your fish? Will you grow duckweed? Will you breed black soldier fly larvae?

3. Purpose
Are you wanting fish to eat or just for producing waste to feed your plants?

4. Size
How big will your fish tank be and how many fish will you stock? Is it a small desktop system, that is great for a siamese fighting fish(betta) or a big system, that would be great for delecious murray cod.

5. Is it legal?
The fish you want, could be classified as an invasive species. So remember to check with the local fishery department.


Use the infographic below to help you choose the best fish for your aquaponic system.

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IBC Tote Aquaponics Construction

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IBC Tote Aquaponics Construction

Follow these simple to follow instructions to build your very own IBC Tote aquqponics. This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get started on the journey to healthy, organic food for your family.

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How to grow bean sprouts in a mason jar

Follow these easy steps to grow different types of bean sprouts at home. Use them in salads and stir fries. Mason jars are great for this, but you can use almost any glass jar.

How to grow bean sprouts in a mason jar infographic

How to grow bean sprouts in a mason jar infographic

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Mason Jar DIY Herb Garden

This one is really simple, if you are wanting to make a simple little herb garden at home. Just follow the instruction below in the infographic.

Mason Jar DIY Herb Garden

Mason Jar DIY Herb Garden


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Mason Jar Aquaponics

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Aquaponics mimics natural eco systems. The fish feed the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. The mason jar aquaponics is a great little introduction project to the world of aquaponics. Please follow the instructions careful, and do research online on how to best take care of your betta fish.
Now there is a lot of debate about what size tank is suitable for betta fish, I’m not going to enter the debate and I will leave it up to you to make the right decision.
Please remember to check the quality of the water and do partial water changes when necessary.
Another pro tip, is to check the gravel with vinegar, if you see a reaction do not use this gravel as it will mess up the ph balance in your tank.

Any questions, just ask below. 

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Have you tried this, what was the result? 


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How to make your own little home aquaponics set up

On the weekend having moved into a new apartment and having to get rid of my old aquaponics set up.  It was time to build a new one. So I decided to go with something decorative.


What you need

  • A large net pot
  • A large glass fish bowl or vase
  • decorative rocks to hold the plant in place (larger rocks are better, as they are easy to move when you need to feed the fish)
  • Small air pump to keep the tank oxygenated 
  • Peace Lily
  • Small Fish
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