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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how to grow sweetpotoattos?

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

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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 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!!!!!!!!

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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...

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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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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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Growing tomatoes in houston texas?

What bugs, funguses should be watched for

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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 ???

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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! 

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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?

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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?)

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How do you build an indoor grow tent with a PVC pipe frame?

I'd like to build a grow tent for a space with a 2' x 2' footprint and have it be anywhere from 4'-6' tall. I'm hoping to get some good suggestions on frame design, how to include a spill reservoir and how to attach the siding (which will by mylar or some other plastic.  My ideal grow tent would be like the one in the photo, but with the footprint I need (2' x 2'). I cannot find a tent with such.

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Can I grow tomatoes (and other vegetables) in part shade (4-5 hours)?

I've recently moved into a new house (I'm not telling you where) and the backyard only receives 4-5 hours of sunshine per day. I'm wondering if my vegetables requiring full sun will still grow? I'm tired of seeing the same old "it must have at least 6-8 hours of sunlight each day" . If this is still not possible then I will consider a hydroponic system with growth lights under my stairs... I was always interested in hydroponics ever since I saw an advertisement for the AeroGarden, but I never actually tried to build a system and I definitely can't afford one.

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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?  

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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.

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What variety of garlic should i grow? Answered

I'm looking into starting some garlic in my garden this fall, and i was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on a good garlic for southern California. i'm in zone 8B, and i have read that i probably want a hard-neck garlic, but can't seem to find anything more specific than that. Does anyone have any recommendations? 

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Is anyone growing their own coffee, say around the 38th parallel? Answered

I read conflicting reports on the internet (imagine!). Some may actually do it outside. Anyone here know?

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Any ideas on how to build a floating vegetable garden for the cottage?

I'd really like to grow veggies at the cottage, but our wee little island is covered with trees and hence, too shady. I don't want to clear any trees so I was thinking a floating vegetable garden would be great! Here are some of my ideas: -some sort of floating dock-like structure holding/attached to garden beds -some kind of earth-box style planters -some sort of string/osmosis type system that could suck water out of the lake to keep the soil moist (okay, I know this is really pushing it. Maybe a pump would be more realistic). -NOT hydroponics: I'd like to grow veggies in regular soil, just out floating on the water instead of on the land! Some inspiration: http://www.homebysunset.com/home_by_sunset/2007/09/gardening-on-to.html Like the pic in the link above, but something a wee bit tidier and smaller? Any ideas how to do this on the cheap? All notions welcome! Sarah

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What LEDS do I need to make a "Grow Light" for growing plants and vegetables indoors? 110V & 12V. Thanks! Answered

Indoor Grow Light for plants and hydroponic gardening.  I need both 110Volt and 12 Volt schematics for out off grid home. My LED knowledge is very limited so I need the specs on the LEDS.

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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? 

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led help

im looking to make an led growlight. yeah yeah its not for what you think. its for my college plant bio class. i want to make a strong growlight for my semester project. im looking to make something like the 90whatt ufo like http://www.amazon.com/LED-Wholesalers-2506RBOW-Quad-Band-Hydroponic/dp/B002TZ6I14/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s;=home-garden&qid;=1281669139&sr;=8-4. the problem is i dont understand leds. ive seen the high power growlight on this site but im looking to make a large panel with regular leds. someone help. please.

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Can carefully plucked hair be grown (or kept alive) outside the body? Answered

While sitting down to actually type this out, I realized that some might read this as gross or creepy.  I'm curious however, so my question to you brilliant instructamals out there is this:  If I carefully pluck a hair from my head, is it possible or feasible to provide it an environment where it could be "kept alive" or grown?  I realize the hair itself is not actually alive, but it's the follicle I'm interested in.  If provided a sterile tray with agar, what elements would be required to save the follicle?  Hair Multiplication uses a similar method, but I can't locate any good information on it.

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How can fingernails and hair grow when your dead? Answered

How is this possible ? Hair and fingernails are organs, right ?

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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..

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What are the best plants to grow in a garden for dried potpourri, besides lavender?

I am planning to plant a potpourri garden next year in a small, raised space in Southern MN.  Anyone have any great experiences growing and drying plants that smell nice?  I'd like to start with lavender and go from there.  THANKS  :)

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Will this light work to grow plants in my homemade greenhouse? Answered

I am working on a homemade greenhouse and I wanted to use a solar light, I found one for pretty cheap at harbor freight: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=95573 will this work to help my plants grow? or does it have to be a certain type of light? thanks

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What veggies grow well in very little light? Answered

I am moving into an appartment with a decent sized patio, where hanging plants would be spectacular, if it weren't for the fact that we are on the bottom floor, and facing north. there is almost no light throughout the day. Does anyone know any fruits or veggies, or heck, even herbs, that grow in next to no light?

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What type of LEDs are used for grow LED lights?

I've been googleing about the advantage of LED grow lights and how it saves energy and how they last longer. After looking to buy them I realized they were very expensive. However, I also found a few do-it-yourself guides which I thought were pretty neat and straight forward. The only thing I didn't see was if the LEDs they used were special or just any red/blue led lights can be used. Hope to get an answer and save a few bucks but most importantly save energy, Thanks in advance !!

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How to identify mushroom / fungus growing in watermelon pot.?

  The medium used is coco peat from south India. The fertilizer used is organic seaweed imported from South Africa. I want to know whether its an infestation or beneficial for my plant growth? THE PIC:http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/f6196f211f.jpg

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I want to set up a hydroponics system but don't want to buy commercial nutrient or medium. Answered

Can i just flood the soil the plant is growing in for a temporary portion of the day? I don't have a problem with the pump, just buying the nutrient / medium. Can i just use soil and wet it down really well once a day and then drain it (out the bottom)? Would floating soil in the water being circulated through the system work? I could empty water / put more soil in on a regular basis.

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Are LEDS used in GROW LED LAMPS any different from regular, colored LEDs?

I've seen grow LED lamps for plants and flowers go for $100 to $200 on ebay and they look like simple red and blue LEDs in a lamp unit. These days anyone can do a lamp with LEDs since we have a wide variety of LEDs, drivers and casings at our disposal and at a very affordable price. Even if you add the cost of research and develpment and a healthy profit to remain in business into the cost of the device, I don't think the ratio cost-price of those lamps is fair. Those grow lamps seem to be a scam to me, unless the LEDs/drivers used on them are really more expensive than the widely available in the market. I am more inclined to think they priced their lamps artificially to cater to its intended market: deep-pocket obsessed gardeners, weed grow-op guys, fancy growers, etc. Why is that these lamps are that costly? What is the magic behind them or do they have "NASA" technology on them or what? Thanks for your input

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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

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What do you want to be when you grow up ? Answered

I dont really know yet, but i was wondering if anyone else around the 16-18 age range did ?

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I want to plant an indoor window sill herb garden, any advice?? I'm a beginner....?

I have very little experience gardening but I am tired of crappy supermarket herbs so I want to grow my own. I want to be able to have fresh herbs year round so I would like to grow inside. My kitchen window gets full sun almost all day. I need advice on where to start and what type of herbs grow best/easiest indoors.

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What plum tree can I grow in Kansas City to make umeboshi?

My wife is Japanese and she likes a fruit common in Japan called ume-boshi. It's a kind of plum. We thought we might be able to grow this tree in Kansas City and she could make her own ume-boshi, but we can't find what kind of plum tree is needed.

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i want to know if i can make or grow live food for my Betta at home? like bloodworms.. Answered

I want to know if i can make or grow live food for my Betta at home? like bloodworms.. because here at Pakistan, i live in Lahore and i did not find any live food in the whole city. so please help me out.

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Ideas for small light-grown indoor mini gardens?

 Im looking for an idea similar to the new "light-grown  aerogarden" type things that i can grow right in my room. Its quite dark and not really appropriate for growing things in, and the aerogardens are expensive. can anyone help?!

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So. I have a mohawk with shaved sides. I want my hair to grow longer quicker, like really fast. any ideas?

Ok, so I have a mohawk right?  :P  I want to make the back really long going down past my shoulders. I want to have my hair grow really fast though.  any ideas, like supplements or something cheap??  besides extensions and the eating healthy thing, cuz I already eat healthy and my hair barely grows a centimeter a month.

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