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Hydroponic Systems

by Ashley Beaudoin, Owner of Bend’s Indoor Garden Station (B.I.G.S.) Did you know 80 percent of all cut flowers and herbs in your local store are hydroponically grown? Did you know that a plant will spend over 50 percent of its energy rooting through soil to find oxygen and nutrients? When you are in control of all the growth factors, you are rewarded by twice the growth rate, higher yields and blooms! Before you dive…

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Backyard Bees

by Kim Rivera, Backyard Bees of Bend October is, as far as local honeybees are concerned, the start of winter. November is the first month of solid seclusion in survival mode for the colony. Specially nourished bees — called winter bees — are in force, maintaining the colony’s warmth. These specialized bees create a heater effect by using wing and abdominal muscles to generate warmth. Bees cluster in the wintertime and stay in a state…