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Today’s Solutions: July 18, 2024

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Why morning is the best time to water your plants

When should you replenish your plants with water? Does it even matter what time? According to gardening experts, there is an ideal time to water your beloved plants: in the morning. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about the watering schedules for both indoor and outdoor plants. Read More...

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Repel unwanted insects by growing these plants in your garden

If you’re having problems with mosquitoes, gnats, and other pesky flies while sitting in your garden or patio, you don’t need to cover yourself with a sticky spray or engage in chemical warfare. Instead, try strategically placing insect-repelling plants in your garden or on your patio. From the Read More...

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The future of greenhouse technology may be tinted solar panels

Greenhouses retain heat to promote plant growth, but what if we could create tinted greenhouse panels out of solar panels to both capture the sun’s energy and shield and nurture plants? The emerging field of agrivoltaics aims to do just that and could be the future of farming.  It works by Read More...

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Coating seeds with microbes boosts plants’ carbon capture abilities

We need to capture more carbon from the atmosphere to slow climate change. While carbon capture technology is a possibility, one startup in Australia believes we can capture more carbon by planting seeds that are coated in microbial fungi and bacteria, which improve the plant’s carbon-capturing Read More...

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Why you should take your new houseplant out of its plastic pot ASAP

When you purchase a new houseplant, chances are it will come in a plastic pot. Your first order of business should be to transfer the plant from its plastic home into a bigger, more decorative container. And while it’s alright to keep the plant in a plastic pot for a little while, the best thing Read More...

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These easy-to-grow plants will help repel mosquitos from your garden

No one wants to be pestered by mosquitos while sitting in their garden. At the same time, almost everyone loves to be surrounded by lush plants. Fortunately, there are low-maintenance plants you can put in your garden that will both spruce up your garden and keep mosquitos at bay. Here you’ll Read More...

A plant audience in a theatre.

Opera house performs first post-lockdown concert for an all-plant audience

In June 2020, Barcelona’s Liceu Opera House emerged from its lockdown-induced siesta by throwing a concert to a rather unusual audience. The attendees did not need masks or gloves in the middle of the pandemic, nor did they be required to follow physical distancing rules. However, they did Read More...

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Say yes to ants: how these little creatures keep your plants disease-free

Ants may be pesky nuisances in the kitchen, but a new study indicates that the insects may be your allies in keeping your outdoor plants healthy and free of diseases. The new research, conducted by Danish scientists, revealed that ants produce antibiotics that prevent the growth of at least 14 Read More...

Evolution on a plate

Evolution on a plate

Seaweed is one of the ocean's oldest, and most delicious, treasures. Elbrich Fennema | July/August 2010 issue   To know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been. Of course, each of us has our own history, which has brought us to where we are today. But we also share a Read More...