Best of the Blogs Friday Feb. 4, 2011


This is a weekly feature where Suburban Hobby Farmer recaps the best gardening posts from other bloggers.

GrowBlog

Using Grow Lights for Salad in Winter
You’ve already got the grow lights because you’ve set up a system for starting seedlings. Why not grow salad greens until you’re ready to put your seedlings under the lights. Jeremy at GrowVeg.com shows us how to do it at a reasonable price (although not nearly as cheap as under the sun).

Gardening, Composting and Worm Composting

Soil Bacteria Can Increase Serotonin Levels
It may sound crazy, but Sandie’s post sites some respectable research that indicates that soil bacteria can improve your mood.  No wonder some of us are addicted to gardening.

My Suburban Homestead

A Pocket Guide to Common Natural Enemies of Crop and Garden Pests of the Pacific Northwest
This post links to a great guide to beneficial insects. Although the free guide focuses on the Pacific Northwest, many of the same beneficials are found in other parts of the country, too. It has some great photos that help when trying to identify some of the bugs you want to keep in your garden.

In the Garden Online

Planning the 2011 Vegetable Garden
Colleen Vanderlinden, author of Edible Gardening for the Midwest, is planning to grow blue tomatoes and purple carrots in 2011. She also plans to use more containers so that she can take advantage of sunny locations. Read her 2011 plan in this post.

You Grow Girl

Build a D.I.Y. Lighting System
Gayla shows us how she built an industrial strength lighting unit for starting seeds and growing plants indoors. Her post includes the cost for each component so you can make your own price comparisons.

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1. Best of the Blogs Jan. 28
2. Best of the Blogs Jan. 21
3. Best of the Blogs Jan. 14

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