With its Micro Growth Systems, Aggressively Organic aims to make healthy produce readily available anywhere.

With its Micro Growth Systems, Aggressively Organic aims to make healthy produce readily available anywhere. Jonathan Partlow, CEO of Aggressively Organic in Fishers, Indiana, wanted to build a growing medium “that can go anywhere that a seed would go.” He wanted to decentralize the food supply chain. The first step in Partlow’s plan was to create a personal hydroponic system that can operate in locations as varied as apartment buildings and schools; a system that produces healthy food, is cost-effective, fights food insecurity and doesn’t negatively affect the environment. After five years of experimentation and testing, Partlow came up with the resulting product, the Micro Growth System — a small hydroponic chamber that consists of a glueless corrugated box, plastic liner, coco coir disc and nutrient solution mix. By picking and eating lettuce and leafy greens he grows in the system he created, Partlow has lost 40 pounds. He doesn’t exercise, and he drinks coffee every morning. “I walk by and I graze,” he says, “but I’m never hungry because my body’s getting nutrients.” The company has shipped the systems, along with lettuce and leafy green seeds (Partlow says different crop ...

Have you fallen out of love with your garden? If the autumn tidy-up never happened and

Have you fallen out of love with your garden? If the autumn tidy-up never happened and you’re feeling uncomfortable about inviting friends around as the weather warms up, now is the time to take action. There are so many easy ways you can update your outside space without the upheaval or expense of a complete redesign. Sometimes it can be as simple as rearranging your garden furniture, or creating new seating areas. Repainting wooden furniture or a shed also brings swift gratification, and there is plenty of magic you can work with plants, creating new beds or investing in a few large pots. The first step is simple. Just look. Take a cup of tea outside, move a bench into the sun and rethink your garden. Look critically at the space you have and start by editing out what you don’t want – throw out furniture that is falling apart, pull out unwanted plants and cut back overgrown shrubs. Be brave and imaginative, embrace change – and then spend a hard-graft Bank Holiday weekend putting your plans into action.  Old-fashioned stripes are back. Scarify the lawn to get rid of moss, give it a feed, and invest in a quality roller lawnmower like the Hayter Spirit 41 Petrol Push Rear-Roller...