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Vertical Gardens for $1

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At Upcycle and Company, you know how adamant we are about saving money when we garden. We like saving money almost as we like saving space. That’s why I was so excited to stumble upon John Kohler’s post at Growing Your Greens when he went to the 99 Cent Only Store to find himself the […]

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Locally Sourced, Locally Made

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At Upcycle & Company, we believe that sustainability starts at home. And that doing it right means doing it locally. That’s why we’re rabid fans of the “Grow Food, Not Lawns” movement. It’s also the primary reason Native Soil is sourced 100% locally in Southern California. We’re adamant about giving the 38 billion gallons of […]

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Certified Organic is a Marketing Campaign

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Certified Organic is a Marketing Campaign

  No two ways about it. The market for “Certified Organic” is enormous. The worldwide market has grown from $27 Billion in 2011 to more than $50 Billion today. Unfortunately, there is little to suggest that that term is little more than a well orchestrated organic marketing campaign. Mythbusting the Organic Marketing Campaign Now, there’s nothing […]

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Health Benefits of Fire Cider

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The Health Benefits of Fire Cider Can Be Had For Next to Nothing

Fire cider is one of those home remedies that people swear by. There are some serious health benefits of fire cider to be sure. The ingredients call for horseradish, a known antibacterial agent, and ginger, one of just about every Mom’s favorite anti-nausea remedy. The problem with fire cider is that for all of its […]

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4 Facts You May Not Know about Certified Organic

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It seems like everyone has fallen in love with all things “organic.” But why? The organic industry has convinced the average consumer that if a product is stamped with that “USDA Certified Organic” label, it implies that the product is healthy. That the product is somehow free of factory farming practices, chemicals, pesticides, and carcinogens. […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Canning Vegetables at Home

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  One of the most enjoyable parts of having a home garden is the harvest. You’ve survived the pests, watered correctly, balanced the nutrients with Native Soil, and now is the time to reap the glory. Now, since you’re growing naturally at home, your vegetables aren’t going to last all that long. How much kale […]

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Wastewater Facts

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Where does water that goes down the drain go? Wastewater facts.

Native Soil by Upcycle is fairly novel in the fertilizer space since it uses nothing but upcycled waste materials to create the potent blend of nutrients. One of the largest waste sources comes from wastewater treatment facilities. Every drop of water that goes down the drain ends up at one of these facilities. The general […]

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How We Save the World with Poop

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Outside efficacy, my favorite benefit of Native Soil is that it is 100% local upcycled waste. Sustainability is extremely important to the team at Upcycle. If it wasn’t sustainable, we wouldn’t do it. One of the first questions I get asked is how you found your way to making fertilizer. Our friend Rob Greenfield helped make that […]

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How to Make Cheap Sun Dried Tomatoes

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Sun-dried tomatoes are a real treat but they are expensive to buy at the store, so we made a nice big batch of cheap sun dried tomatoes right from our own garden. They’re easy to make. Let me show you how. Preparation for Cheap Sun Dried Tomatoes Wash the tomatoes in your sink first, of course, and […]

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Get Started San Diego

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We’re extremely excited to announce that Upcycle and Company has been selected as one of five finalists for Cox Communication’s #GetStartedSD start-up competition. Thursday night, Jared Criscuolo will be giving his pitch for why Upcycle is the most interesting and innovative start-up in San Diego. Learn more at http://www.coxblue.com/get-started-san-diego/ The best part is the event is […]

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What’s the Downside?

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This comic by artist Joel Pett has been making the rounds lately, but its message underscores the philosophy behind what we’re doing at Upcycle. While we’re certain the science is in and has been spoken, there are still those out there, in alarmingly powerful positions, that don’t “believe” in climate change. That said, whether they […]

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Happy Accidents

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One of the most exciting aspects of being part of a start up is the culture. The culture that says, we can do anything. We are going to beg forgiveness instead of asking for permission. It’s a pioneering attitude and, well, it leads to a lot of mistakes. Perhaps “mistake” isn’t the right work. The […]

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Native Soil on Garden America Radio

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Hello Future Friendly Gardeners. Jared, our founder and CEO, was on the Garden America radio show this past Saturday morning discussing a bit of the history and benefits of Native Soil. You may not know it, but Jared is actually originally from the East Coast. At Upcycle, we don’t hold that against him. Well, not […]

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Cheap Raised Garden Beds – Under $20

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At Upcycle, we’ve been ecstatic with the #UrbanGardening movement. The idea that you have be in possession of large swaths of land in order to grow your own food is as antiquated as harvesting by hand. The biggest issue most people run into when trying to do a little urban gardening is that the soil, […]

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Upcycle in the News – San Diego Business Journal

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The San Diego Business Journal has a new article and interview with Upcycle CEO & Founder, Jared Criscuolo. Criscuolo moved to San Diego from the East Coast seeking the sun and surf more than a decade ago. He’d surfed in the Atlantic during summers as a kid, and was looking forward to living near the ocean […]

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Cheap Raised Garden Beds

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  San Diego may have amazing weather, great tourism, and a laid back vibe, but what it does not have is quality soil. Aside from the river bed in mission valley, the landscape here is primarily decomposed granite or clay. Not exactly the most hospitable, inviting environment to grow healthy vegetable plants. Well, any plants […]

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Certified Organic is a Scam – Stop Wasting Your Money

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Seriously. Right now. Stop. If you’ve got your Amazon Fresh window open and there’s something certified organic, take it out. Certified Organic is a Scam. It’s not worth it. The term organic gets thrown around a lot. It carries with it an air of being intrinsically better for you. But is that really the case? […]

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How to Water Your Vegetable Garden for Summer Heat

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I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the Sun is going to set slightly earlier and the heat index is climbing steadily here in San Diego. As of the date of this publishing, California isn’t currently in a drought, but that doesn’t mean that conserving water, especially in our garden landscaping isn’t important. Saving water […]

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Garden Planner – Your Seasonal Garden

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One aspect of living and working in San Diego is the ability to grow basically anything year round. We don’t really have “garden seasons” like the pour souls in other parts of the country. Our Mediterranean climate means not having to worry about little worries like frost, snow, tundra… you get the point. Even so, […]

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Growing in Straw Bales

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We’ve been pretty adamant at Upcycle and Company that just about anyone can be a gardener. One of the most common objections we hear from people who would love to grow their own food, but they’re convinced they don’t have space. No outside yard means no growth in their minds. Well, they couldn’t be further from […]

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How to test soil structure

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Let’s talk about soil quality for a moment. It’s actually quite an exciting subject since, without healthy soil, you aren’t going to produce the quality food that you’re aiming for. In urban environments, there are extra pollution sources that not only erode the soil but deposit unhealthy chemicals. Therefore it is important that every home […]

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How to Grow Garden Superfoods

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Let’s be honest. Superfoods are amazing when it comes to nutrient content, complete proteins, and what they can potentially do for your health. As amazing as superfoods are, they’re incredibly expensive. Just walk down the aisles of any Whole Foods or other health conscious grocery store, and you’ll walk away with a bit of sticker […]

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DIY Vertical Herb Garden Planter Box

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Gardening at home, growing your own food, is an extremely rewarding and almost spiritual experience. That being said, for the beginner gardener, or the gardener with little space, it can seem like a large, messy, daunting task. That’s why we at Upcycle recommend getting your hands dirty a little bit at a time. One great […]

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Easy Seasonal Gardening Tips for Beginner Gardeners

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Gardening isn’t just fun; it also has many practical benefits. Whether veggies or flowers are your passion, the very act of creating a garden is immensely rewarding. Adding seasonal gardening to the mix will keep give you a reason to keep in your mind in harmony with the seasonal changes. It can even help with […]

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10 Superfoods That Will Save Your Life

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What are so called “Superfoods?” Superfoods are nutrient dense, almost magically so, foods that have so many health benefits, they take on a mystical status. Not all superfoods are created equal. Some are grains, berries, nuts, or fish. So while you can’t grow all of your own superfoods, there are plenty that you can get […]

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What Do You Require in Life?

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“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero Seems simple enough right? Sometimes life can become too complicated, so over complex that it becomes necessary to pare down to the basics. A garden and a good book. We can get on board with that sentiment. Sage […]