Growing Mushrooms

Next year I will probably will try to grow Oyster mushrooms and maybe Shiitake mushrooms. Does anybody have any useful tips?

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Growing Grub

Here in France we suffer a lot with doryphores (Colorado Beetle). For the last few years I have grown my potatoes in straw which does seem to have reduced the number of beetles I've had to put up with. 1) A week or so before planting time (or, if you want to try and conserve water do this in winter), break open a few bales of straw and lay the wedges - tightly together - over your spud patch. 2) Soak for several days until saturated. (if doing over winter then forget this stage. The rain will do it for you) 3) Lay seed spuds over the soaked wedges and cover with loose straw. As the spuds grow just "earth up" with more loose straw 4) From time to time check the bottom is still damp. Water if required. I find that I rarely have to water 5)To harvest, or if you want just a few New Spuds, lift the loose straw and take what is wanted. 6) After all the spuds have been harvested you can either leave the straw in situ and re-use next year, dig it into the ground or move to a manure/compost heap to finish rotting down. Sorry I haven't got any pics. I didn't think of taking any as I've used this method for a few years and I've also broken my camera when I had a fall. Haz

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how to grow sweetpotoattos?

Planted in a raised furrow, do I cover the vines, or let them grow on there own?

Question by drit   |  last reply


tomatoes growing up?

My 2 hanging tomatoes (celebrity's) are growing in a big u. will they hang down from their own weight/gravity eventually? should I assit them?

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how to grow tabacco?

Iv been looking around on ilbs and i noticed thats theirs not an instructable on growing tabacoo and i was thinking maby some one might be nice and make one

Topic by lil jon168 


Growing, Harvesting Grain

Http://www.rural-revolution.com/2012/08/harvesting-wheat.html  Slowly learnin this stuff. Havent really mastered the scythe. grow grains as ground cover/erosion control/xeriscape, but plan to harvest it  for chickeN feed. Any of yall have experience to share?

Topic by Toga_Dan 


"Growing Earth" theory ...

Hi.I was wasting some time on Google Video, and I found this one.This man believe Earth (and others planets) are expanding ...According to Wikipedia, this theory is not new, and is serious. After all, if the Sun (and stars) grows, why not the "core" of planets too ?

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Grow 4 Show!

Hey everyone, I wanted to let everyone know that I have just created my very first blog and would love everyone to check it out and give me some feedback. Its all about Gardening, anything from the classic soil growing to hydroponics.  I will be updating just about everyday. lots of pictures being updated daily. Have a look and happy growing!

Topic by IIwootII 


LED Grow Lights

I've been an avid rosarian for many years, and am finally getting around to trying to grow miniatures indoors. I've been looking at some of the commercially available LED grow-lights, and they're insanely expensive, not to mention bulky and unattractive. It occurred to me that a lot of the info here would be highly relevant to such a DIY project. What I'm wondering is how many LEDs would be needed to produce around 2000 lumens in an approximately 1-foot square for one rose? I'd gladly listen attentively to anyone who can comment on this with some degree of authority.

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LED Grow Lights

The Rundown... Ok, well, I was looking into writing an instructable (assuming that I can assemble it myself) on how to make your own LED grow light. I've got a few hours of research in to it and I was trying to figure out the most cost effective to way to build my own... ( I know it's normal to spend $300 on a grow light but I just can't justify it. :-/ ) Does anyone out there have any experience with different wavelengths or can anyone recommend locations/LEDs to buy? The little bit of information that I have as of right now is all single source so anyone with a bit of experience would be a lot of help. Thanks!

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Growing Facial Hair

growing facial hair has concerned me, i want it faster. i have decided to grow a goatee, and it isn't coming along so far. If anyone is going to help me they are going to need some facts about my hairy abilities so here they are. 1 I have never shaved, but i have enough facial hair to do so 2 im Sicilian,(italy jackass) 3 im 14 4 I have a mustache going on thats about 1/2 centimeter in length 5 i do have beard hairs but not enough to call it a beard. all over my lower cheeks and chin i have rough but not very visible hair. My goal is to grow a nice beard(goatee) and or mustache is there any way to speed this up? Every forum i have seen on this most people say shavings a bitch but i don't really care. so anyone with advice id love to get it and probabaly alot of the teens here on instructables so thanks.

Topic by HOMEPIE64   |  last reply


how can i make my hair grow faster?

I recently cut it and now i regret it, i want to get it to grow long fast!!!!!!!!

Question by pianolover10124353   |  last reply


I have a tomatoe that has sprouted a seedling it's about 2 inches can I plant the whole tomatoe?

I have never seen a tomatoe that I bought from a store sprout.

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How do you make your hair grow faster?

Other than extensions, that is...

Question by Julibopper   |  last reply


I want to make an easy earth box, or grow box. Thanks?

I want instruction for making a grow box.

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Hairs are growing ultra fast? Answered

I just had a haircut 3 week ago, and noticed that my hairs have grown atleast 1 inch long now. my nails also grow very fast, is this normal, or is there something that is going wrong?

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are my Cayenne peppers growing

Are they growing? properly 

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Growing tomatoes in houston texas?

What bugs, funguses should be watched for

Question by moebeth   |  last reply


How does the economy "grow"? Answered

How does the economy "grow"? I've asked this question to a lot of people and never got a real answer. The news is always talking about the economy "growing" and that credit is the answer, but I don't understand the question. I understand the idea that you want more wealth to be flowing around and that means there is more out there to grab but what is making the economy bigger?

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Growing Tomatoes from Seed ?

I am looking for an article on How to Grow Tomatoes from Seed written by a user name (???)cat(?????).  I am able to find this article on Google , however, I am unable to get a downloaded PDF file as a Pro Membership to your site says I can do.  How do I find this article ???

Question by rlv7714   |  last reply


Grow tomatoes on your desk!

After reading about miniature gardens on the 'net, I came upon this.LinkI am now in love. Buy 30 seeds here (scroll down a bit).

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Is it possible to grow a plant in a bottle? Answered

I just got a great idea that I would like to try. I tried searching the web for similar ideas, but found nothing. So, I have decided to try it and post an instructable. My idea is to insert some garden soil into a 1.5 liter plastic bottle then drop in a seed and cover it lightly with some more soil. Then, I will punch a few holes in the bottle cap and screw it on. Will the seed germinate and grow? Thanks.

Question by j0rd4nkzf   |  last reply


Growing bamboo in northern climes

I live in the Panhandle area of Idaho. I'm very interested in growing bamboo for various projects. Has anyone had any luck with this plant in a northern climate? I have seen it grown in Portland, Ore., but its weather is milder than here. This area gets quite a bit of moisture and winters are not normally extremely cold -- compared to areas further east. Can anyone suggest a good book or website for getting started with bamboo?

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Growing roses from seeds

I have a pair of nice, perfumed roses that are getting quite old now. This season one of them produced a nice fruit containing 8 seeds. It is a light pink variety and I also obtained some seeds from a white perfumed rose. Last time I did this was with my grandfather and I was still a little kid LOL The common way of multiplying your roses is by grafting them onto a fresh stem of some wild or low quality roses. The reason for this is quite simple: A "manufacturered rose" is usually designed to look pretty and show certain other features, but not be a strong plant. When using seeds it all comes down to how strong the original mother rose was, not the stock it was crafted on. In some cases you end up with a little bush rose in other cases with something that grows so high that the stem will break in strong winds. But for the lucky few cases that do work good you are paid off with a beautiful new rose. For next couple of weeks the seeds will stay in the fridge to aid germination but if it works out I will take pics of the progress and document it all in an Instructable - but it will be about a year to finnish as roses grow slow from seeds. If I don't forget it again I will also show how to graft one rose onto another to get a bush with different varieties in one.

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Grow a plant in my locker?

Currently, this is an idea, and i am simply expanding on it. I had this great idea, mostly as a joke, why not grow a plant in a spare locker? I am currently a high school student that goes to a small school, and have way too much time on my hands. As i was looking at the empty lockers we have from students who left, or even just spares, an idea hit me. Why not put one of these lockers to good use? Why not put a plant inside of it, that can sustain most if not all of itself? Have a gallon of water in there, along with an arduino and a moisture sensor, that would end up watering the plant. I would also have an artificial light source to provide light, preferably LED. The hardest bit is the power. All of this would run off of either a SLA battery or two, or maybe a drill battery. I could swap the battery once every day, which means it would need to go for 24 hours without stopping. That, and the weekends, which would be three full days. I first thought about mushrooms, or other dark growing plants, but i find that boring, lacking a challenge. besides doing this just for jokes, i have also wanted to try out the idea of growing a plant fully indoors without the use of natural sunlight. I have never done this, so please feel free to bombard me with recommendations. Again, this is only an idea. I can only assume it's possible. Also, recommendations on parts and methods would be sweet. Some type of light that can be powered on 12-24v, and run off of a SLA or maybe even a lawnmower battery for minimum of 3 days. Also, plant. I was thinking a tomato plant? Some species that doesn't grow taller than 2.5ft? Anyway, that's the idea. If you guys could help with ideas, provide recommendations, or point me in the correct direction, that'd be sweet. Last note, i would like to keep this cheap. I am not going for some extreme garden or anything. Just a single plant, in a semi-self sustaining locker.

Topic by RocketPenguin   |  last reply


how do i grow bananas from seed? Answered

Hi, my dad brought home a big bunch of bananas from a group of bananas growing next to the shed at work. I want to try and grow more of these bananas from seed, these bananas are supposedly wild, and apparently grew there randomly out of their own accord, from what i have read, these seem to be hardy bananas, and dont particularly resemble store bought bananas. what do i need to do in order to get these from the fruit, to germination? i live in queensland and wild bananas grow and fruit everywhere so nobody give me nonesense about bananas being magical and not growing. Also, ide like to attempt to grow some banana seeds from the local fruit and veg store, these bananas look pretty much like your typical supermarket banana, however, they actually grow from a feild and arent magically produced inside a laboratory like most people on the internet seem to claim. ide imagine the process for both is the same, though the seeds in the latter banana is quite small compared to the wild ones. anyway, how do i get either to germinate, thanks.

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Grow 100 lbs of potatoes in 4 square feet

Learn how to grow 100 lbs. of potatoes* in a tiny plot with some lumber, potato seeds, and some careful watering. When I move into a new place where I can finally put my garden this is one idea I'd love to try out and see if it works.And then I will be the Spud King of my neighborhood, giving potatoes to all the kids for Halloween because that's a lot more than I normally eat. Link via Lifehacker*45 kg in .37 square meters for everyone else

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Bamboo in the UK

Does anyone know where I can buy bamboo in the UK (to use in projects)? Does anyone know where I can get some seedlings or something like that so that I can grow it? Also, I've heard it spreads a lot and I don't particularly want it all over the garden, so does anyone know an effective way of keeping it under control (and can it be grown in pots to a sufficient thickness to make stuff out of)? Much appreciated, Jamiec53

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How to start poppies from seed?

I'm hoping to get info on starting poppies from seeds. Some questions are: What temperatures are best to start the seeds? Is it best to stratify the seeds first? I have been told to plant seeds where they won't be moved-for moving them can kill em. A few years ago I had to remove poppy plant because it was growing in line of septic line-which had to be replaced. So this was apparently true as to why I lost it! I think it must have re-seeded itself and kept coming back every year. Since I have been trying to start more with not much success. Thanks

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What kind of board/setup would i need to control lighting power and add timers??

Im quite new to electronics bought a bunch of capacitors/resistors/diodes etc like a year ago with 2 picaxe 08m kits and a breadboard and never touched them since i bought them. Was wondering what kind of board i would need that could control lighting duration with a timer for my indoor "tomato plants" From my current knowledge im pretty sure an arduino board would be best. Help would greatly appreciated and a link to some tutorials about electronics would be very helpful too. Sorry for my grammar I'm not a native English speaker.

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Groasis helps trees grow anywhere

Want to plant trees anywhere, even the desert? Then the Graosis Waterboxx might be the solution. It's a container that sits around the base of a young tree. It collects both rainwater and condensation in a reservoir and the water is then wicked down to the roots. Once the tree's roots grow down deep enough to sustain itself, the box can be removed. It seems to be pretty effective, too. While testing in the Sahara desert, 90% of trees that used the Growboxx survived compared to only 10% of the other trees that were planted and watered daily. The next step is to test at 25 locations in 8 different countries.

Topic by fungus amungus 


what would be the right amount of l e ds to grow a plant ie. how many and what type of rating/ luminum's???

If you know how many batteries would be needed to power l e ds    but im sure i can fig  that out if i know how many  le ds  to grow a plant  thanks buda

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LED and wiring help :D

I am planning on making a small plant grow light for a locker but could use some assistance with some electrical components and wiring. I wanted to run a fair some of LEDs off of a battery to help grow a plant in an otherwise enclosed space. I need to find an appropriate arrangement so that I am not changing batteries all the time. I would also like the lights to turn on and off every 12 or so hours. How would I go about setting up the LEDs but even more than that how and what would I use to set up a battery powered timer?

Topic by evilghostbat 


How can I reverse the direction of rotation on an ac variable speed fan motor? (Lakewood Kool Operator Junior 8")?

Im trying to get an ac motor to go from operating clockwise to counterclockwise. Is this possible?

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3 inches of pain

Does anyone remember Gattaca? Well that movie explored the possibility of limb extensions in a fantastic manner. Apparently there's a vanity medical procedure to do this called Limb Lengthening. I'm not sure if anyone in the US does it, but for 100,000+ dollars you can add a few painful inches to your legs in Cairo.This procedure seems reasonable for midgets, or other deformities but for people 5'6" you'd think that this surgery is pure vanity. But that may not be true, a survey of CEO's of fortune 500 companies shows that they are on average ~6' tall. Another research study that followed thousands of people from birth to adulthood shows that an inch of height above the average of 5' 9" is approximately equal to a salary increase of $789 a year.What do you think? Is this vain, or a good way to get around prejudice against average/short people._BGvia:boingboing.net and http://men.style.com/details/features/landing?id=content_6838

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how can i grow crystals?

I want to grow crystals, additionally i want to grow crystals in a particular shape ive seen it been done before however i can not figure it out. Does any one have any insight?  thank you 

Question by puregoldner   |  last reply


LED Grow lights for indoor plants?

I have a lamp with a couple of multi-color changing LED light bulbs and I was wondering if any of the red/blue combination settings would work well for growing plants indoors? This is a photo of the type of bulb I have.  I have a couple of non-edible plants that I got at a craft store and I was just wondering if this type of bulb would work well and help them grow since I can't get these plants into direct sunlight.  Thank you Instructaverse! 

Question by tklene   |  last reply


Hydroponics Advice

I'm interested in starting up a little NFT hydroponics system. I just want to grow some stuff like lettuce and cucumbers, etc. Living in Florida, is my timing really bad (is now a bad time to start)? Also, with hydroponics and veggies, after a harvest, do I need to replant, or will the plants simply continue to grow? (I'm new to plants, if you can't tell) Also - where can I find supplies like an inexpensive pump, expanded clay balls, and nutrients? Any other advice that you think I might need would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

Topic by Weissensteinburg   |  last reply


mushrooms growing in my garlic plant? Answered

i have an indoor garlic plant and little mushrooms are starting to grow in the soil, is this something i need to worry about? what should i do?

Question by embochner   |  last reply


world's first smart growing system

Hey guys! we just launched a Kickstarter for the world's first smart growing system  and raised over $40,000 within 72h. We also have a maker kit for those who wants to build their own smart hydroponics. Check it out http://bit.ly/niwakickstarter And ask me any questions

Topic by Niwateam 


Can anyone provide me with information about using foggers for aeroponics?

I have read quite a bit online, but would like to hear from someone who has personal knowledge with this technology? I want to try using just the foggers. Has anyone done this? If not, I would like to know about mister systems in conjunction with foggers.

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Biocouture: grow your own clothes.

Every so often, a bit of cutting edge science makes you sit back and think; This is so simple! Why didn't they think of this earlier? Instead of using animal parts, or plant fibres, BioCouture aims, ultimately, to grow entire garments in a vat. Right now, they grow mats of bacteria and yeast in a bath of nutrients, which spin mats of cellulose fibres that can be shaped into garments, resulting in a material dubbed "vegetable leather". The use of the material is limited - it cannot be worn in the rain, and it decomposes like any other vegetable matter, but the original team of artists have turned their idea over to "proper" scientists, who are working to modify the final product to be hydrophobic and longer lasting.  Until then, the garments they produce are unique, and transient, since they can end their useful lives on the compost heap. In the mean time, this is stuff grown in bath tubs - any Maker with a spare room and a biological leaning could be producing this stuff themselves. There's a patch for the first member to grow their own Robot t-shirt ;-)

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Grow Our Own!- the big idea

Hey there Makers and Instructors! It's me, Maxwell and I have an idea to help feed people collaboratively, and I would like some advice on how to establish a collaborative barter network of people who want to or do grow food(mostly vegetables,herbs, and fruit,or even canned varieties for those who preserve) I call it Grow Our Own, or Let's Live! Participants would barter fruits, vegetables, herbs, seeds, plants, etc, and a climate of information,instruction,and encouragement. This might take place at either gatherings on weekends in specific places, personal meetings, or through a distribution system I haven't figured out yet.(advice?) There would be a system to enhance diversity, as well,so you wouldn't just end up with an enormous beefsteak tomato glut,( kind of a grow what you want, but please if there's space a little of this?) Ideally, this would increase nutrition, oxygen, biodiversity, provide useful growing information to a hungry somewhat ignorant populace , promote responsible water and waste use ,and bypass at least some economic cycle problems. I want to establish a network of smaller more local groups to also encourage people to propagate fruit, herbs, and vegetables,(especially heirloom varieties) and to instruct and engender a system of distribution and instruction. I definitely think composting is a strong part of this. I also think that trying to find unused spaces and getting permission to grow on them might help grow abundance, as long as vandalism can be avoided.Admittedly over my head. I would also like to encourage this for partial-subsistence growing in urban areas. I feel each apartment building roof, balcony and courtyard that can hold even transient plant life should be split between solar power, raingathering, and semisubsistance food growing. If this is done collaboratively, it will begin to snowball and will become more common.This would effectively improve life for some poorer people with less nutritional access due to economic factors. (If the fast food industry served actually nutritious food at it's locations at the prices it has gummed up America's vascular systems and organs, it would be one of the most effective nutritive food distribution systems in the world, instead of the casually despotic mutilator of bodies it is.(bovine AND primate) That may have sounded harsh, and I apologize if your love of a Double Supersize Mc Twinky Burger supersedes your desire to survive, that's your choice and I respect it, I was making an example, not inviting the hate. Houses with arable land now foolishly wasting water on lawns should be growing food. This not only could increase air quality and continue to localize moisture, but could reduce economic burden on many families, and therefore incrementally reduce municipal strain. This also can help mitigate graywater and reduce system load and waste. We have gotten too used to the system of aloof receivership in our modern societies. We must relearn to grow our own food, make our own things, understand the processes that keep us alive on Earth. I know you understand. Linear systems are unrealistic in a universe of cycles, let alone a world of cycles. We can live better by working together, because that's how the planet works. Sympathetic and Symbiotic processes naturally facilitate unity and if we work with what of the Earth we haven't paved over, or create more space to grow food in, we may counteract some of the damage we have done and stop so much waste. We may even teach people to eat more nutritiously, I'll bet. We must reteach ourselves to seek knowledge and wisdom rather than solace and escape, teach our children the ways of responsible stewardship of sustenance and comfort. I am going to put together what I can of the idea into a simple website soon. I want to reach people with that message, though I don't know if I am much of a frontman.So let's do it together. If we work together we can help each other survive better. Isn't that what's really important? Thank you for any advice, oh yes, and please don't assume I am Omniscient Superfarmer, I'm trying to learn too, any useful information will be appreciated! Let's Live! Cheers and Hope, have a great day! Maxwell (btw,I've already sent this, somewhat paraphrased in email form to: The Buckminster Fuller Institute.org, Pathtofreedom.org, The We Campaign, The Theodor Payne Foundation and many others, but any suggestions? You also may send it to whoever you think may help.) I admit I'm excited!

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How would I grow a giant crystal formation?

I have a 3 foot height by 1.5 foot width rectangular container of which i intend to grow a crystal formation in.  Does any one know how? That wont be toxic and wont dissolve?

Question by puregoldner   |  last reply


Home Produce

Now it is getting near to Autumn and the fruits are growing on the trees and the vegetables in the ground I was wondered what you had growing in your back garden or in your neighbourhood. PLEASE POST PICTURES!

Topic by Loosewire; SOE Operative   |  last reply


Does a Pinecone die when it fell out of the tree? Answered

Does a Pinecone still grow after it fell on the ground... and when it would die, why does it still 'shrink' ?

Question by zupperzipper   |  last reply


When life gives you lemon pips...

A friend just brought us back a lemon she picked (with permission) from a grove in a convent garden in Rome. It was very tasty, and had five pips in it.What is the best way to grow these pips on into a new bush or tree?I don't have a greenhouse, but I do have windowsills. I eventually plan for the bush / tree to end up in a large pot.(I know I could google it, but do you happen to know whether lemon trees have gender? In other words, would I need two trees to get fruit?)

Question by Kiteman   |  last reply



how to grow a pineapple indoors/ how long till it grows?

I am trying to grow a pineapple indoors for my son's science project. Does anyone know how long this takes or have any pointers?

Question by marthaphillips   |  last reply