Alan Ray has written five books and is a New York Times best-selling author. Additionally, he is an award-winning songwriter with awards from BMI and ASCAP respectively. He lives in rural Tennessee with his wife, teenage son, and two dogs: a South African Boerboel (Bore-Bull) and a Pomeranian/Frankenstein mix.
For millennia, growers have tuned in to moon phases for more successful crops, and now you can, too.
Ornamental grasses and ground cover look attractive, require no maintenance, provide shade, and prevent erosion.
It’s tough to argue against Alan Ray when he says growing hydroponically is better than soil cultivation.
In case you don’t know, mites are tiny little spiders (Tetranychidae) that suck the life from your plants and the dreams from your life.
Canna Guitar forges new pathways into guitar composition, style, and innovation.
Be your own weatherman and create an environment in which your favorite plants will not only survive but thrive.
Poison ivy is not just found in the deep woods, it can also manifest in your garden. Follow Alan Ray’s advice for eradicating it.
Alan Ray has some ideas on how to combat aphids, brown fungus, early blight and black spot naturally.
A bag garden is ideal for those with little time and even less space.
With the popularity of aquaponics, you can create your own self-sustaining ecosystem on a mini scale. Alan Ray reveals what aquaponics is and why it’s taking off in a...
While it has become popular to give dogs cannabis to ease a variety of ailments, there is little research to back up how Fido might react. Alan Ray explores the...
There is little doubt the desire for purple cannabis is growing steadily. But is purple weed as special as its color may suggest?
You might have the greenest of thumbs, but that doesn’t mean you can simply grow a good crop of cannabis. Some strains are just tougher than others.
Alan Ray provides a brief biology lesson on the cannabis plant to keep you in the loop.
The Personal Food Computer (PFC) could have us creating our foods like a Star Trek replicator. Learn more about it here.
Though limited in size and variety, windowsill gardens still provide the satisfaction of growing your own food during the cold winter months.
With indoor gardening, the possibilities are endless when the elements play no role in deciding the type of garden you choose to grow.
It can be difficult to get consensus on whether aquaponics or hydroponics is better. Let’s look at the two systems.
While trimming, pruning, and pinching sound like painful procedures, they are exactly what your plants need to grow big and strong.
After the tragic death of his bonsai tree, Alan Ray did some research on which soil he should have used.
For many, growing food is an opportunity to escape technology and pursue a simple and natural pastime. But what happens when technology takes over?
Ok, while perhaps not the most intense form of gardening, housing plants in tents is fast becoming one of the more popular ways to grow. Here’s a basic overview of what...
Forget any preconceived notions you may have about mint, and get to know this versatile, fragrant plant.
Enter farmscrapers: skyscrapers with veggies on the inside and even some with trees on the outside. This revolutionary approach takes its inspiration from vertical...
Many growers are already well-acquainted with the various ways in which to set up a growing system. While hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics are all becoming more...
Soil cubes are for starting seedlings in a controlled environment before they are planted permanently.
Most herbs can be grown indoors in a small area that is easy to maintain. No rakes, no hoes, no weeding, no weather—it’s a beautiful thing.
Composting is not only satisfying for gardeners and beneficial for your garden, it helps take the pressure off your local landfill. Alan Ray breaks down the benefits of...
Greenhouses are an effective way to control the environment of your plants and protect them from a host of ill fates. The downside is that greenhouses are the perfect...
A step-by-step guide to making your own soil cubes from scratch.
Will this be the year you resolve to help protect bee populations in your community?
Unless you plan to clone your garden or buy young plants, you’re going to be growing your plants from seeds. Here are some reasons why starting from seeds is a good idea...
Much goes on in a single breath. When we humans breathe, the body inhales oxygen through the lungs. The oxygen is then circulated to cells...
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