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Gardens: so you think coffee grounds are good for plants

A real-life test and all the science explodes this popular myth<p>It’s one of the most common gardening tips going: apply spent coffee grounds around your garden for amazing results. A quick internet search for “coffee grounds + plants” will draw up close to four million hits, with consistent claims …

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Soil Minerals and Plant Nutrition | Learn Science at Scitable

All plants require 17 elements to complete their life cycle, and an additional four elements have been identified as essential for some plants …

The Science Behind Purple Kush, and the Colors of Cannabis

Let us take you through the rainbow of cannabis colors.<p>Before cannabinoid testing and genetic profiling of the cannabis plant, consumers would judge a batch of weed based on its smell, taste, and color. In fact, a whopping 93 percent of buyers make a purchasing choice contingent on the color and …

How Soil is Much More than Dirt

There’s a lot of talk about water scarcity and quality lately. The conditions of the air, too, are often addressed, declaring states of emergency in …

Some methods to help you test your soil pH without going to a laboratory - Farmers#Trend

Want to grow bigger tomatoes, taller sunflowers and all-around healthier plants this season? The secret is in the soil.<p>All great gardens start from …

Study finds that plant growth responses to high carbon dioxide depend on symbiotic fungi

Research by an international team of environmental scientists from the United Kingdom, Belgium and United States, including Indiana University, has …

SCIENCE at work » Archive » Study finds that plant growth responses to high carbon dioxide depend on symbiotic fungi

June 30, 2016<p>Research by an international team of environmental scientists from the United Kingdom, Belgium and United States, including Indiana …

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What is Biodynamic Farming? - Organic Gardening

<i>Biodynamic winery</i><p>I have heard the term "biodynamic" and wondered what was involved. Some consider biodynamic gardening or farming as voodoo science …

5 Facts You Should Know About Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilizer

We hear these two questions a lot:<p>Why can’t synthetic nitrogen fertilizer be used by certified organic farms if it’s used on conventional/industrial …

How do mycorrhizae work? Explained Simply

Have you ever had to work in a garden, or even just grow a single plant? If so, you know it’s hard work—you have to carefully cultivate growth by …

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Gnats, be gone! | Alys Fowler

Houseplants under attack? Get yourself a pinguicula, says Alys Fowler<p>Tiny little flies buzzing around my houseplants; it’s not the welcome home committee I’d wanted. Fungus gnats, or compost flies, are small, dark, short-lived gnats that love houseplants. The adults are annoying but harmless; the …

This 700-Year-Old Farming Technique Can Make Super Fertile Soil

It's folly to imagine that agricultural improvements move in a straight line; there are always things we can learn from very old techniques, whether …

Stunning discovery: Plants are crazy smart, and you’ll never guess how

A new study shows that plants are a lot smarter than we think.<p>A surprising new study published in the journal Current Biology claims that plants are …

How do plants protect themselves against sunburn?

To protect themselves against type B ultraviolet rays (UV-B), which are highly harmful, plants have developed cellular tools to detect them and build …

New insight into how plants make cellulose

A Manchester and Dundee collaboration has found out more about one of the most abundant biological substances on the planet.<p>Professor Simon Turner …

These Non-Cannabis Plants Produce Cannabinoids

Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is not the only plant that produces cannabinoids. In fact, several exquisite flowers worldwide generate …

A step closer to understanding the 'switch' that triggers flowering in plants

Scientists at the John Innes Centre have taken another crucial step towards understanding how plants initiate flowering.<p>This new development uncovers …

Grow Hack: Get Better Flavors With Indoor No-Till Cannabis Gardening • High Times

Even the indoor home cannabis gardener can take advantage of the benefits of no-till gardening. You can grow flavorful, potent organic buds in rich …

Marijuana Price Drops to $1,610

For the week ended Friday, August 5, the spot price index for a pound of cannabis decreased 3.2% from $1,664 in the prior week to $1,610. According …

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Pot Entrepreneurs Catch Heat From IRS Over $10,000 Cash Deposits

In Colorado, the IRS is auditing about 30 cannabis companies, mostly over form 8300 related to large deposits. Entrepreneurs say they're being targeted.<p>The IRS appears to be harshing the mellow of some 30 cannabis companies in Colorado.<p>That's according to tax lawyers, accountants, and business …

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Ten Awesome Things We Learned in Weed Sommelier Class

Montrose is one of the biggest weed nerds you'll ever have the pleasure to meet. He has grown cannabis in every way imaginable and has authored three …

Blue Dream Is Colorado's Most Popular Strain: Here's Why

If Colorado consumers are noticing inconsistencies, though, they don’t seem to care. Blue Dream is a staple on dispensary menus around town, where it …

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Powdery Mildew: Gardener's Supply

Powdery mildew.<p>A powdery white growth on leaves is the first evidence of this fungal disease, which affects beans, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, …

Microsoft Invests in Marijuana (Weed) Business

Microsoft is making a bet on the legal weed business. Today, it announced it would partner with LA-based pot startup ‘Kind’ to create software that …

Living circuits can handle complex computing

These gene-based machines can process both analog and digital data.<p>Gene-based circuits are about to get decidedly more sophisticated. MIT scientists have developed a method for integrating both analog and digital computing into those circuits, turning living cells into complex computers. The …

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A new study might have found one of the only long-term physical health risks linked to smoking marijuana

Long-term marijuana use may actually not be so bad for your health, according to new research.<p>In a long-term study that traced the health of 1,037 New Zealanders — all either marijuana or tobacco smokers or abstainers — from birth to 38, researchers assessed over a dozen physical health issues and …