Tuesday, May 09, 2017

May Is Clean Air Month: How Indoor Gardening and Responsible Cleaning Improve Air Quality At Home

Every time you buy a new carpet, fabrics, or other furnishings for your home, you might not be aware that you’re bringing some of manufacturing chemicals into your house. These chemicals contribute to the air pollution inside your home. 

Though you might not smell them, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) likely exist. These compounds easily become gases your family inhales each and every day, and they’re harmful to your health. 

Costa Farms O2 For You, Houseplants with a Purpose collection, lets you bring home earth’s natural air purifiers for health and well being for May's Clean Air month.



Since May is clean air month, here are effective tips for improving the air quality in your home.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Exclusive Sneak Peek at 2018 Garden Trends Report

It might feel like 2017 just started, but here at Garden Media Group, we are working hard on our 2018 Garden Trends Report. 

Since we’re looking into the future, we have decided to give you an exclusive sneak peek at some of the biggest trends we’re predicting for next year.

Moss is Boss

http://gardencollage.com/beauty-wellness/natural-beauty/latest-plant-based-beauty-trend-moss-moss-moss/?utm_source=Website+Newsletter+Subscription&utm_campaign=453b22ee7d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ce615d6d9f-453b22ee7d-173081921&ct=t(Scottland3_17_2017)&mc_cid=453b22ee7d&mc_eid=7c75d2d1edMoss is going to be a key player in the garden industry in 2018 – and we’re not talking about Kate. 

For your next garden or home improvement project, consider growing a smog-eating moss roofMoss naturally absorbs air pollutants like nitrous oxide and ozone. It also attracts beneficial insects, salamanders and frogs. Not only will your moss roof improve air quality, it’s also a good way to add some new pets– a win/win.

Like all of our favorite plants, moss can be beneficial in more ways than one.

Ever since people have become more aware of what they put in– and on – their bodies, we’ve seen an increase in plant based beauty products. Many shampoos, soaps and moisturizers contain lavender, rosemary and other ingredients you can grow in your garden.

However, recent studies have shown that moss contains essential nutrients and vitamins that are great for your skin too. Another benefit of your moss roof! So, when your skin feels in need of repair, just head up to your roof, harvest some moss, add it your favorite moisturizer and wait to see the glowing results.

Unicorn is the New Black
https://www.toofaced.com/p/lipsticks/la-creme/unicorn-tears-iridescent-shimmer/The unicorn trend is prominent in the fashion, food and beauty industries. Pink and purple pastel colored hair, lipstick and makeup brushes are just a few of the items unicorn lovers can don. In January 2016, Too Faced launched a lipstick with an iridescent shimmer of bluish purple called Unicorn Tears, which reached the status of Ulta’s No. 1 lipstick.

Young consumers’ demand for all that glitters, shimmers, is colorful, and name-drops a mythical creature continues to keep trending. Now, this colorful and whimsical trend is crossing over into the garden and kitchen, too.

Your food shouldn’t just taste good, it should look good too! Eat the rainbow typically refers to eating colorful fruits and veggies for a well-balanced diet. Now, unicorn noodles give this phrase a whole new meaning. That’s right – you can have pretty, pastel colored noodles for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part is the dye is all natural and can come right out of your garden.

Here’s how you can create beautiful, Instagram-worthy noodles:
  • Instead of using processed food dyes, all you need to do is grow some purple cabbage in your garden.
  • When the cabbage is ready to harvest, cook for five minutes in a pot of water. Less water will produce bright blue noodles and more water will produce lighter hues.
  • Remove dyed water from heat and add in cooked noodles. Rice noodles or gluten free options work, too.
  • Let noodles soak for 5-10 minutes.
  • For varying shades of pink and purple, add blue noodles to one of your favorite dishes and squeeze on some lemon or lime juice.
  • Before you eat and enjoy – don’t forget to post an Instagram and get ready for crazy amounts of likes.

Belly Button Beer
As the demand for unusual and craft beer flavors intensifies, so do the techniques homebrewers are using to create artisanal beers. From growing their own hops and wheat to enhancing flavors with berries and flowers, it’s no secret that home brewers love sourcing their own, homegrown ingredients. 

As the beer renaissance continues, homebrewers are taking it one step further and digging deeper to find unique flavors, even deep within their own belly buttons.

Belly-button lint can be used for everything from flavors to yeast. We've all heard of beer bellies, but how about belly-button beers?

“Belly Button Beer is a great way to come full circle with locally-sourced ingredients for home brews,” Katie Dubow, creative director of Garden Media said. “And it’s so practical. For years belly-button lint has just gone to waste. Now there’s no need to toss it, just pick it out and brew it.”

While these might seem a bit outlandish, Garden Media Group has been accurately predicting industry trends for over a decade. Today, April 1st is a wee bit early for our annual predictions, so stay tuned to find out which trends make the cut in our 2018 Garden Trends Report…

Want to learn more? See what’s trending in 2017.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Seven Romantic Flowers That Are Surprisingly Not Roses



Roses are not the only romantic flowers out there

Are you tired of always giving your sweetheart roses? Roses are beautiful and glamorous, but are over used. You know the rose is not the only romantic flower?

Here is a list of some beautiful and romantic flowers other than roses. Go through them, choose one that best suits you, give it a chance and watch as it lights up to the eyes of your loved one with surprise, delight, and joy!

Read on to see Romantic Flowers That Are Not Roses

Friday, March 03, 2017

Garden Media RevampsTrends YouTube Series for 2017

Video is the future of news consumption, and we're is streaming our way into 2017 and beyond by reviving our  YouTube video series  to deep dive into the top lawn and garden trends for 2017, offering tips for consumers to incorporate each trend into their everyday lives. 
The future of the way we consume news is video based, and we’re excited to continue providing our fans the trends in this format and help teach them how they can grow 365 days-a-year in a modern way.
A new trends video will post the first week of every month on Garden Media’s YouTube channel and social outlets with #LightsCameraGarden and #GardenTrends. The 2017 series premiered this week and looks into the Peak Season trend. It also outlines how beginners can start their own hydroponic garden.
In addition to the videos, Garden Media incorporates the 2017 trends into its #TrendingThursday Grow! Blog series.  Each #TrendingThursday post expands on the month’s video and offers an in-depth look into the trend.

For more information about the 2017 garden trends, subscribe to Garden Media Group’s YouTube channel or visit gardenmediagroup.com. And check our latest video out here! 



Monday, February 13, 2017

Five Reasons to Love Orchids This Valentine’s Day

There's no time like today to spread the love and there is more to a beautiful bouquet of
flowers than what meets the eye. For centuries, flowers have been used as a means of expressing romantic sentiments and are symbolic of a beautiful, lasting relationship between two people.
Luckily, for this day dedicated to expressing your devotion and admiration there is a better option than cut flowers, choose orchids that will last all year! Delicate and graceful, orchids are a symbol of luxury, love, strength and beauty. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Millennials in the Garden

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This is an excerpt taken from an article by Elizabeth Petersen on Millennials in the garden in the December issue of Digger Magazine. Katie enjoyed sharing trends and insights about Millennials with Elizabeth for this insightful piece.  

As Baby Boomers have retired and downsized, their long-standing financial support of the nursery industry has fallen off.

But a new generation of gardeners called Millennials is poised to pick up where Boomers left off — grabbing their shovels, growing their own food, decorating their spaces with plants and re-invigorating the nursery industry.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Zillow Porchlight: Festive Porch Decorations That Go From Fall to Winter

When it comes to all things home, Zillow Porchlight knows the best tips, tricks and ideas. 
That’s why we were thrilled to have Costa Farm’s Justin Handcock featured in one of their holiday posts.
Here’s an excerpt from their “Festive Porch Decorations That Go From Fall to Winter” story.
Read the full story here!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Give the Gift of Year-Round Gardening

The season of gifting is here and it’s time to start planning that perfect gift for friends and family. This year, think outside the “box” with garden-themed presents that provide the gift of green joy year-round.

Worried that the people on your “nice” list have brown thumbs? No problem!  These gifts are perfect for anyone from beginner to expert gardener. Loved ones can decorate their spaces, live a healthier life and even reconnect with nature.

Home and garden retailers have something for every budget and every skill level. Here are a few ideas for the health-conscious, nature-loving, food enthusiast in your life:

Monday, November 14, 2016

OPCOM Farm Makes Indoor Gardening as Easy as Plant, Pick and Plate

It's not often that you get to help a client launch its line of indoor gardening products! We did just that with   OPCOM Farm! 

OPCOMLink USA announced today its OPCOM Farm indoor gardening systems, which enable anyone to easily grow their favorite vegetables, herbs, sprouts and fruits inside their homes, year-round.

The GrowBox and GrowWall models couple OPCOM’s soil-free, hydroponic growing technology with proprietary color LED lighting tuned for optimal plant growth. These next generation indoor gardens enable 25 percent faster growth cycles, and eliminate the challenges of weeding, pests and weather normally associated with outdoor gardening.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

2017 Garden Trends Report: Grow 365 highlights eight trends that inspire clean gardening

The backyard and kitchen counter have a lot in common this year; they’re both ideal places to grow.


New changes in indoor gardening technology combined with an ever increasing demand for clean food means it’s easier than ever to garden 365 days-a-year. 

Our annual Garden Trends Report for 2017, Grow 365, introduces eight industry trends that inspire gardening year-round. It reflects consumers’ increasing desire to access healthy food, fresh air and clean medicine no matter the season.

The 2017 report mirrors what modern technology has known for years: Mother Nature doesn’t have jurisdiction indoors.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Your Space with Homegrown Fall Scents with Tips from Associa

Fall is here, which means it’s time to prepare for brisk weather and changing leaves. It’s also time to enjoy pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider and the other delicious flavors we associate with fall. And these wonderful reminders of the season are only one step away when you grow seasonal spices right on your kitchen counter top.

You don’t need a yard to cultivate a garden — you can have it all indoors.

To “pumpkin spice” your home, all you need to do is pick your favorite fall-scented plants, find a space and choose your growing medium; soil, coco coir, sand, gravel or water.

Almost any plant can be grown indoors, as long as the growing environment is suited to the plant’s needs. And you’re not limited to herbs that love cold weather. Common herbs such as dill, parsley and rosemary thrive under grow lights and can provide flavorful flair all year long.

Starting an indoor fall herb garden is simple. Maintaining a healthy growing environment is the key to success.  Read these tips from Associa and Sunlight Supply to get started.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

GWA Atlanta in Pictures

We had a blast attending GWA  Atlanta! Not only did we release our 2017 Garden Trends Report
we partied the night away at Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint. Thanks to our hosts, The Davey Tree Expert CompanyEspoma OrganicCosta FarmsSunlight Supply and OPCOM Farm and to all who came out!! We danced the night away!


And a HUGE Congratulations to Katie for receiving the first ever Emergent Communicator award. Well deserved! And congratulations to Garden Writers for a hugely successful event! Here's to many more! 

  
   
 
 


Thursday, September 15, 2016

New Study Highlights Reasons to Celebrate Indoor Plant Week with Costa Farms

National Indoor Plant Week is just around the corner - and New research from the State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego) gives us more of a reason to celebrate on September 18. 

Research shows how effectively houseplants remove multiple toxins, known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), that contribute to the buildup of indoor air pollution.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Top Outdoor Tech Trends for Labor Day

We spoke to TecHome Builder about top trends driving the outdoor market. We believe millennials are continuing to drive growth, but a new demographic is starting to catch-up. What do you think? Read the full post here


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Five Fab Reasons to Grow House Plants for National Indoor Plant Week

Houseplants are almost magical when it comes to indoor décor: They work with just about every theme and style, from modern contemporary to casual and cottagey. And they instantly make any space more comfy and cozy. But houseplants are more than just good-looking home décor.

Generations of people have enjoyed the beauty of plants in their indoor spaces. Here are some reasons to celebrate during the third week in September.