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

Topic by Hazel Twig 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Growing Mushrooms

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

Topic by Masterdude 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


how to grow sweetpotoattos?

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

Question by drit 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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?

Question by deadeye1122 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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 10 years ago


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 3 years ago


"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 ?

Topic by chooseausername 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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 7 years ago


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.

Topic by Cavallo 12 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


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!

Topic by ZacDiggity 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Growing Veg indoor from your smartphone

Hey guys! My name is Aga, and I wanted to post an update about the project I shared a while ago. So we were looking for ways to make hydroponics fun, easy, interactive and beautiful so everyone can start growing the freshest food on earth even if they know nothing about gardening or have very little time and space.Of course we would rather garden in sun but for most of us it`s simply impossible. We are still early stages but at least now it looking good. haha! Check it out our new landing  http://getniwa.com/ We are gearing up for a Kickstarter and if our vision resonates with you would love your support! Also: check out our blog - how far we have come from the initial prototype http://blog.growot.com/ and here is me telling a bit more about the project straight from China: http://bit.ly/1eVO5Oh Thank you guys! Would love to connect with you and know what you think about the project Aga ps. this is not the spam, we are a bootstrapping startup and would love to share our solutions with the community!

Topic by Niwateam 5 years ago


can I go to Indian store and buy mung beans and Sprout them, Answered

 will I get sick because it may be contacted by mice etc and can I just wash them for it?

Question by celalboz 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What is the best kind of light to use when growing plants indoors without any sunlight?

I am wanting to grow a plant or two in my basement, and was just curious what the best artificial light to use is and how to go about doing it.

Question by CowGuy 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Check Out my New Instructable

Check out my how to instucutable on growing peppers, its not quite guerilla gardening, but its awesome! Propagating PeppersThanks!thenear1send

Topic by thenear1send 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


beet woes :(

 it is my second time in a month seeding beets and having them dwindle on me....i am in zone 8; planted radishes and cauliflower and they are doing well but the beets are not making it... Any suggestions?Thank you!

Question by miriana1981 9 years ago


I know you can take moss and yogurt or buttermilk and blend together. Then pour in grout in between outdoor tiles.

Is there a ratio of moss to liquid? Any other tips on this process?

Question by Sandra Sue 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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.

Question by MahFlower 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


AirDrop Irragation

Anyone  ever heard of this airdrop irrigation. http://www.jamesdysonaward.org/Projects/Project.aspx?ID=1722 Sounds pretty amazing, in the vid he talks about producing 1 liter h2o a day with a small one he build at home. I'm thinking the fan could be replaced with a sun pipe.

Topic by Arias Bolt 6 years ago


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 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


are my Cayenne peppers growing

Are they growing? properly 

Topic by minecraftpotato 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


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?

Question by ARJOON 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Growing tomatoes in houston texas?

What bugs, funguses should be watched for

Question by moebeth 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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?

Question by EmmettO 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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).

Topic by Rotten194 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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?

Topic by IdahoDavid 10 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


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.

Topic by Downunder35m 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


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 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Growing pumpkins primarily FOR THE SEED. What variety do you recommend? Answered

Is there a particular variety of Pumpkin that produces large, plump seeds for roasting?  

Question by bajablue 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


plastic bottle mold

 iv been growing stuff in plastic bottle and i notice that i get mold growing inside  has anyone else had this problem?

Topic by joeymmeezz 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


I've put my tomato seeds in some pots and its been 15 days already, but I don't find a single seedling coming out.

I live in LONDON and at the moment its spring.

Question by cheeksinpink 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


some thoughts

A couple quick observations from a web dev which i hope can be of use to you as i love your site: considering the state of the world economy, actually the general state of the world, and the recent interest in gardening, i think that agriculture, or gardening, or growing food, or whatever you want to call it should be one of the main topics in the top nav. right now it sits uncomfortably between 'food' & 'life'. the help-> feedback was difficult for me to find because i did not equate feedback with help, i think 'feedback' should be in the left pulldown along with forums, marketplace, and help, and then you could even break it down into different feedback categories. the google ads are styled exactly like the rest and are right up the top before everything else. they got me the first time, and that's all well and good, as you deserve the $$. maybe it's too aggressive though, and may annoy people, even if subconsciously over the long term. maybe just reducing their font-size and arranging them horizontally would strike a good balance? best, _c

Topic by polypus 10 years ago


Will grass change color like most flowers do if it grows in dyed water?

I am trying to create an eco-column for science class. My idea must be unique and I was thinking about dyeing the water and hoping that a fast-growing plant, my only idea is grass, would change colors like some flowers do. At first, I was researching white carnations because they definitely change color but realized that it would take too long to grow from a seed. If grass won't change color, are there any other fast-growing plants that will? 

Question by sminnite 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


i need to grow mini shrimps to eat in my house, what are the challenges if I want to eat them? Answered

I know I need a tank, air pump, water circulation setup, food (what kind?) brine shrimp (can i eat them?) what kind of water (distilled, salty, tap water?) success rate, danger of myself dieing because shrimp  got sick ? what is the time to grow them like one inch each? is it worth the trouble has anyone grow and eat them yet ? thanks I'm poor and hungry plus  I like shrimp..

Question by celalboz 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



is there anything special that should be done to seeds/beans (from my own plants) before planting them?

I plan to plant a bunch of different veggie plants in my backyard and have been shopping for cheap organic seeds. i have a bunch of them and have started growing them in an indoor greenhouse, but for later as i replant i was wondering if i need to do anything with the beans or other seeds before just putting them into the pots.

Question by evan_124 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Arduino can control the temp, humidity, light, CO2 into my greenhouse?

Hello, can anyone tell me if Arduino can control in a greenhouse these parameters? - temperature - humidity - CO2 - light ..? I need for a temp, humidity rate, CO2 rate and so on the Arduino activates different tools in my greenhouse. Thanks!

Topic by NeroInferno 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I'm Done

Hey everyone in the knex community, I have come to say that this message isn't pleasant. I am done with building knex guns now. I have focused more on real life and I am planning to join the military. I want to serve my country for a few years after 1 year of college. I don't want to play with knex or toys anymore, and I will focus on more important things.  So, thank you all for your consideration, especially my subscribers. You are all great people. After some time, you won't see new CODawesome knex guns. i know that I am not a popular instructables user, and I know that many people will be like "ugh, no one cares!"  This is a message for all to those who supported me in the past. Well, goodbye knex guns.

Topic by CODawesome 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Does anyone know of a VERY fast-growing vine? Answered

My family is looking to get a little more privacy in our yard, but our municiple codes are pretty tough (read: anal) around here, so basically our only options for privacy fencing are slats (upwards of $1500 for our fence) or vines. So we are looking for some VERY swift-growing vines to plant. does anyone know any vines like this? hopefully something that will grow in a hot climate. and did i mention fast?

Question by cyc4015 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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 4 years ago


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 9 years ago


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 ;-)

Topic by Kiteman 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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!

Topic by Subconscionaut 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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

I want instruction for making a grow box.

Question by cmhall6 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago