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U.S.: Mainstream Gardening Media Group Identifies 'Smoke Your Garden' As Next Big Shift

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

In yet another sign of the epochal changes in public perception towards marijuana, the mainstream Garden Media Group, headquartered in Pennsylvania, has identified "Smoke Your Garden" as the next big garden industry shift.

"With an increasing number of states decriminalizing marijuana, more people will begin growing their own and need seeds, plants and products," Samantha Arcieri of the Garden Media Group told Hemp News on Wednesday. "We’ve concluded that all products associated with the cultivation and growing of marijuana could be the next big ticket items for independent garden centers across the county."

"Garden Centers can capitalize on new laws by carrying products that help people cultivate these plants and can become leaders in the industry," the 2015 Garden Trends Report reads.

"New business opportunities range from tech companies that track seed-to-sale operations to real estate agents who find space for growers," according to the report. "Garden centers can capitalize on new laws by carrying grow lights and hydroponic supplies, plant nutrients and additives, potting soils and growing media, eco-renewable mulch, and eventually cannabis seeds and new cultivars."

"The legal marijuana market is growing at a rate poised to overtake even that of global smartphones!" according to the report.

California: Oaksterdam Grad, Hempcon Winner To Unveil 'Wicked Wicking System'

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Entrepreneur George Bianchini, an Oaksterdam University graduate, has innovated a gardening/watering system that provides him with a thriving cannabis garden in spite of the drought. This system for growing high quality marijuana as well as fruits, vegetables, and other herbs uses the exact amount of water that a plant needs, and not a drop more, according to Bianchini.

The private, ultra water-conserving garden of Medi-Cone founder and recent Hempcon winner Bianchini will be open to media on Wednesday, September 17. George himself will guide visitors through the garden's seven stations, explaining how his "Wicked Wicking System" works.

Using a wicking method that, according to Bianchini, dates back to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and combining it with modern day materials and processes, the inventor said he has created a system that decreases the amount of water lost with conventional methods to upwards of 75 percent.

Being community-minded, Bianchini plans to give the information away for free by posting an online DIY video showing do-it-yourselfers how to construct their own systems. For those less handy, kits will be made available for purchase.

George's high-CBD strain took First Place, triumphing over 25 other competitors at San Francisco's Hempcon last weekend. Additionally, he has perfected a strain that allows him to harvest 3 outdoor crops per year -- an innovation that is sure to be popular with outdoor growers.

Bianchini said he has been cultivating high quality strains since 2008 for his own Medi-Cone packaged pre-rolls.

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