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Review: Growing Up – The Ins and Outs of Up and Down Gardening by Survival Life

growing-up-250When I was looking for other reviews of the 4 Foot Farm Blueprint by Crisis Education (I found none by the way), I stumbled upon what looked like a similar eBook called Growing Up: The Ins and Outs of Up and Down Gardening from Survival Life. It’s advertised in much the same way, with a PowerPoint online infomercial, also touts the ability to grow enough food to “feed a family of 4 in just 4 square feet of space,” and is also $7. The pitch was so similar that for awhile I actually thought they might be the same product.

So, as with the 4 Foot Farm Blueprint, we went online and purchased the eBook. Continue reading

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Review: 4 Foot Farm Blueprint Ebook 2014 Edition

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(written by Jackie)

Full Disclosure: After my original review of the 4 Foot Farm Blueprint by Crisis Education, I was contacted by someone from the company. I fully expected them to ask me to soften my review or to take it down, but surprisingly, they did not. They asked me to preview their 2014 version of the 4 Foot Farm eBook before it went live to the public. I agreed. Once I gave them my pre-market notes, they sent me the final product for review. So we did not pay for the 2014 edition of the 4 Foot Farm Blueprint by Crisis Education. We were not compensated for our review and our opinions remain our own, as always.

Crisis Education and I emailed back and forth a bit. I spotted a few simple grammar and spelling issues, but knowing that wasn’t the point of me previewing the product, I tried to focus my attention on the content of the eBook itself. If you recall, the 2013 edition focused on vertical gardening using either garden towers or a wall of recycled plastic bottles used for vertical container gardening. This would work most easily outside, but they suggested you could also bring it indoors if you were able to provide artificial lighting and so forth.

The 2014 version is two-fold, with both an indoor and outdoor system.  The indoor system focuses on a hydroponic wall for growing greens and herbs year-round. The outdoor system focuses on square foot gardening, companion planting, and succession planting for everything else you may want to grow. Continue reading

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Zoo Med HydroBalls Expanded Clay Pellets for Aquaponics Growing Medium

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Zoo Med HydroBalls may be marketed as a terrarium substrate, but they’re also great for your aquaponics system, especially if you’re working with a small set-up.

For less than $10, you’ll get 2.5 lbs of clay pellets, which works out to about 12 cups of growing medium, give or take.

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They’re not only available on Amazon with free 2-day shipping with Prime, but I was able to find a bag locally at PetSmart, so I didn’t have to wait when inspiration struck for my desktop aquaponics tank.

The HydroBalls themselves remind me a bit of breakfast cereal. They’re small, relatively uniform balls of clay. The perfect size for skirting around plant roots.

The clay pellets are a bit dusty though, so be sure to thoroughly rinse them before using in an aquaponics system.

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Review: 4 Foot Farm Blueprint eBook

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Note: This review covers the 2013 version of Crisis Education’s 4 Foot Farm Blueprint. Crisis Education has released a new version for 2014. Click here to read my review of the 2014 edition. The 2014 edition is very different from the version reviewed below.

One of our Colony members posted this link to our Facebook wall last week:

Crisis Education’s 4 Foot Farm Blueprint eBook

Gotta say, we knew just from the first viewing of this video that it was a scam, but we looked at each other, shrugged, and said, “It’s for the Colony,” and pulled out the credit card. $7 with a double-your-money-back guarantee? What could go wrong? Continue reading

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