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While many times the baby chicks you brought home will grow into wonderful laying hens, roosters happen too! The easiest way to avoid getting roosters is to buy sex-linked chicks. This means that the sex of the bird is linked to the color of its feathers, so it's very easy to identify the difference between males and females. Of course, many of the unique and heritage breeds are more difficult to sex at an early age, so now you're stuck reading this article.  Don't despair though. If you are able to keep your rooster, you'll find that they can be...

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There are many recipes out there for mixing your own potting soil. I've tried a bunch over the years, including most of the commercially produced soils on the market like Ocean Forest or Pro Mix. I'm convinced that with a little bit of work, you can produce your own soil using many local products and not only save money but make a much better soil for your plants.  Let me give a little history on our soils and how I started the process of learning about mixing soils. It started back in 2005 when I met a man in Portland...

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I get this question a lot. Why would someone want to choose one growing container over another and how does it affect work flows and plant growth? Here's a quick comparison of the two options in an easy to read format. Containers: Pros:  Easy to move around Easy to transplant out of into another container Better for isolating or culling a plant Typically uses less soil per plant Easier to deal with pests and disease problems (soil can be removed) Easier to sanitize room for indoor environments Cons: Less space for root growth, which can be a limiting factor Potential...

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There's a ton of reasons to consider Vegan amendments for your soil and fertilizer needs. For some, it's a life choice based on the food they put in their body, for others it may be a desire to not support the current meat industry and slaughterhouses. That's definitely something I can get behind. Now just to be clear, I don't personally believe Veganic or Vegan-grown vegetables/cannabis to be inherently better than other methods of gardening. At the end of the day, the plant doesn't know if the nitrogen came from a plant or animal source. In a forest environment, you...

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 I’ve written this guide to help give an overview on how to make aerated compost teas properly using information that has been researched and microscope-tested, and based on my 10 years of knowledge in this industry. You can download a .pdf version by clicking here. What Is Aerated Compost Tea?  AACT or ACT is a process which involves taking water, compost, and a food source in a container and adding oxygen via an air pump. The reason we make ACT is to increase the diversity and biomass of beneficial aerobic microorganisms in the soil and on the leaf surface of...

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