Gardening

A coal mine in Scotland was turned into a vast universe made out of plants and stones

A coal mine in Scotland was turned into a vast universe made out of plants and stones

What better use for an old coal mine than a whole new universe? This is just what the Duke of Buccleuch and architect Charles Jencks did with an open cast coal mine located within Scotland’s Lowther

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Tree Church is a living, breathing chapel made of real trees

Tree Church is a living, breathing chapel made of real trees

After Barry Cox traveled the world admiring churches, he decided to build his own--out of trees. Using five different tree species and a tree spade from his work at Treelocations, the New Zealand resident

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Urban farmers in São Paulo are growing food in unexpected places

Urban farmers in São Paulo are growing food in unexpected places

Brazil’s capital of São Paulo is the most populous city in the Americas. Almost twelve million people reside within the city limits, while the Greater São Paulo area is home to more than twenty

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INFOGRAPHIC: These pollution-busting houseplants will have you breathing easier

INFOGRAPHIC: These pollution-busting houseplants will have you breathing easier

With all those nasty chemicals floating inside our homes, its no wonder that indoor air quality can be downright dismal. Gasses from things like benzene in paints and detergents, and formaldehyde in

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9 low-maintenance plants for the office

9 low-maintenance plants for the office

    Foolproof/Classics Spider Plant Jade Plant Snake Plant   Unusual Water lettuce Terrarium Air Plant   Special Needs/Light Succulents/Cactus

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why are my plants turning yellow?

INFOGRAPHIC: Why are my plants turning yellow?

Even the greenest of thumbs are sometimes puzzled by their plants’ yellow leaves. The yellow pattern on leaves can tell you a lot about what kind of nutrients your plant is missing. That’s why

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Researchers are introducing non-native insects in a desperate attempt to battle Japanese knotweed

Researchers are introducing non-native insects in a desperate attempt to battle Japanese knotweed

If you live in the US or the UK, you are probably familiar with the scourge of Japanese Knotweed, even if you don’t know it. Japanese Knotweed is one of the world’s most invasive plants and has

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NOTlab unveils modular LEGO-like planters for succulents

NOTlab unveils modular LEGO-like planters for succulents

The new Plant Experiment by NOTlabs is a limited collection of LEGO-like walnut planters. The different rectangular shapes and sizes were CNC milled from a single block of walnut and hard finished by Jean

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Top 10 cities in the U.S. for urban farming

Top 10 cities in the U.S. for urban farming

People have been growing food and raising livestock across the United States for centuries—even in cities. But it wasn't until around the 1970s that backyard produce started showing up on sidewalks as

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These biodegradable burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

These biodegradable burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

Most of us have likely had the opportunity to visit a cemetery at some point, and walked through the endless rows of cold marble headstones and weeping angel statues. An Italian design company called

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Texas-based EzGro Garden allows anyone, anywhere to grow crops vertically

Texas-based EzGro Garden allows anyone, anywhere to grow crops vertically

Larry Johnson used to be a computer guy, but he decided he wanted to work outside instead. Although he didn’t know much about plants at the time, Johnson got into vertical farming and designed a growing

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Floating Fish Dome lets fish swim above the surface of water

Floating Fish Dome lets fish swim above the surface of water

Related: Do your fish companions meander to and fro, pondering the existential significance of their life beneath the waters? Do you suspect that they yearn for a taste of life above those delicate

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The Moop: A Modern Modular Prefab Coop For Design-Savvy Chickens

The Moop: A Modern Modular Prefab Coop For Design-Savvy Chickens

There are hundreds of designs out there for chicken coops - from super simple boxes to elaborate $100k fantasy hen mansions. But not all chicken coops are created equally - and Peter Strzebniok, founder

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12 organizations fighting food waste around the globe

12 organizations fighting food waste around the globe

We all heard our mothers say it when we were young, "Don't waste your food," or perhaps, "Take all you want but eat all you take." Whether you were threatened with having your dinner sent to poor children

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World’s smallest park was started by a guerilla gardener over 65 years ago

World’s smallest park was started by a guerilla gardener over 65 years ago

Mill Ends Park in Portland, OR, is officially the world's smallest park. The tiny 2-foot-wide space is well-loved city landmark and rumored home to a leprechaun colony!

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A complete guide to growing your own bridal blooms

A complete guide to growing your own bridal blooms

So you’ve put yourself in charge of your own wedding bouquets and arrangements? You grow, girl! Some may tell you it’s an ambitious project that you should fear, but believe me: it’s a rewarding one

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Lilo is an easy-to-grow plant system that connects you to your herbs via an app

Lilo is an easy-to-grow plant system that connects you to your herbs via an app

Lilo is the perfect way to grow your own greens right at home by taking the guess work out of growing. All it takes to get going is to just insert a capsule, water it and watch it grow. A mobile app

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How one Bay Area couple plans to save the bees by planting one billion wildflowers

How one Bay Area couple plans to save the bees by planting one billion wildflowers

Bee populations have been in decline for over a decade now as the alarming phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder sees worker bees vanish from their hives. But Bay Area parents Chris Burley and Ei

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7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

Intro - western drought, particularly California (link to IH posts) Culprits - lawns, etc. What can you do? Save water and cut costs - not to mention maintenance. Drought tolerant plants and

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Peruvian cockfighting arena transformed into a vibrant garden

Peruvian cockfighting arena transformed into a vibrant garden

An old cockfighting arena received a makeover in Lima, Peru recently. 2.8x Architects have transformed the space so that one wouldn’t guess it had such a dark history. Lush, green foliage and beautiful

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Florist converts a dilapidated Detroit home into a vibrant floral display

Florist converts a dilapidated Detroit home into a vibrant floral display

Florist Lisa Waud has some grand ideas to turn a long-forgotten home in Detroit into a spectacular display of flower blossoms and growth. The Flower House will serve as a testament to the home’s

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to protect your garden with organic pest control methods

INFOGRAPHIC: How to protect your garden with organic pest control methods

Starting a garden comes with its fair share of joys and pains. Along with the fun of gardening comes the toils of dealing with hungry bugs that are looking to devour your garden one plant at a time.

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DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

STEP 1: Gather your materials Recycled containers (glass jam or sauce jars, plastic takeout containers, or yogurt cups are ideal) String or twine (cotton, hemp, or nylon). We used basic cotton twine

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Suspended green pathway is an unexpected alternative to a balcony

Suspended green pathway is an unexpected alternative to a balcony

Who says balconies need to follow the line of a building? In a new concept for a space to relax up high, Zalewski Studio have designed a wonderfully unexpected green pathway that invites inhabitants to

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INFOGRAPHIC: The ultimate guide to guerrilla gardening

INFOGRAPHIC: The ultimate guide to guerrilla gardening

Guerrilla gardening is the act of taking on a patch of neglected, bedraggled public land to make it beautiful using flowers, vegetables, and fruits. So whether you live in an apartment but still have a

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Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

California's crippling drought has forced many residents to cut back on water-wasting activities, but one company is making the best of a bad situation by helping them keep their lawns looking good by

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HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

Avocados are one of the wonderful fruits of summer. High in nutrition and flavor, nothing signals the start of summer like a zesty lime guacamole dip with tortilla chips. The next time you’re making

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Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

All across the United States, from Boston, Massachusetts to Oakland, California, seed libraries and seed swaps help local gardeners and benefit communities in numerous ways. Seed libraries allow people to

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Boston Food Forest inspires community through ecological design

Boston Food Forest inspires community through ecological design

IMAGE As a brutal winter retreats into the record books, Bostonians of all species are out and about. “Mating sparrows, wild turkeys, hunting hawks, they’re all around us as we work,” says Orion

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