Gardening

DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics System

DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics System

Aquaponics = aquaculture (the raising of edible fish) + hydroponics (growing vegetables and herbs without soil). You may have seen examples of this revolutionary way of growing food in some of the

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Support the OpenFarm Kickstarter to Bring an Open-Source Farming and Gardening Wiki to the Web

Support the OpenFarm Kickstarter to Bring an Open-Source Farming and Gardening Wiki to the Web

Social entrepreneur Rory Aronson is on a mission to help the everyman learn how to farm and garden anything! His recently launched Kickstarter for OpenFarm, a free and open Wikipedia-like database, is

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Spiraling Skyscraper Farms for a Future Manhattan

Spiraling Skyscraper Farms for a Future Manhattan

As the world's population continues to skyrocket and cities strain under the increased demand for resources, skyscraper farms offer an inspired approach towards creating sustainable vertical density. One

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INFOGRAPHIC: Will the Future of Farming Depend on Robots?!

INFOGRAPHIC: Will the Future of Farming Depend on Robots?!

The world's population is increasing by leaps and bounds, and it's estimated that by the year 2050, farms will need to produce around 1,200,000,000 tonnes of food in order to keep everyone fed. This will

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5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities

5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities

If there is one unifying characteristic among the weeds of the world, it's strength. Unlike many intentionally cultivated plants, weeds tend to be tolerant of the poorest growing conditions, which they

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Garden-Filled Japanese Home Fights Railway Noise With Flourishing Greenery

Garden-Filled Japanese Home Fights Railway Noise With Flourishing Greenery

K2YT's House-K is a rectilinear residence located on a corner plot next to a noisy railway. In order to create a serene atmosphere for the two resident families, the architects created enclosed courtyards

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable

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Store Your Summer Harvest in a DIY Backyard Root Cellar

Store Your Summer Harvest in a DIY Backyard Root Cellar

Creating a cellar for food storage is an ideal method for many reasons: an underground chamber doesn't see much temperature fluctuation, and during the colder months the conditions within will be nice and

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Color Calendar to Help You Keep Flowers Blooming All Year Long

INFOGRAPHIC: A Color Calendar to Help You Keep Flowers Blooming All Year Long

Summer may be on the decline up here in the northern hemisphere, but that doesn't mean that your world will be flower-less until next spring. There are many species that bloom right through autumn, and

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How Can an Outdoor Aquaponics System Survive a Frigid Winter? Use Upcycled Fridges as Tanks

How Can an Outdoor Aquaponics System Survive a Frigid Winter? Use Upcycled Fridges as Tanks

In our quest for a better aquaponics, we each face our challenges. Here in Wisconsin, we average five feet of snow in wintertime along with temperatures below -20°F, and often go two solid months without

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India’s Amazing Tree Bridges Are Made of Living Roots and Vines!

India’s Amazing Tree Bridges Are Made of Living Roots and Vines!

The town of Cherrapunji in the Khasi Hills is credited with the world record for annual rainfall of over 75 ft! And in this rainy, wet climate, the rubber fig tree grows with abandon. The tree has a

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Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

With all of the pies, muffins, and preserves that are being created this season (not to mention the pumpkins that'll be carved a few months from now), there will be an extraordinary windfall of seeds to

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Seed-Saving Part 1: Harvesting and Storing Herb, Tomato, and Berry Seeds

Seed-Saving Part 1: Harvesting and Storing Herb, Tomato, and Berry Seeds

Another great aspect of harvest season is that it’s the time of year when most plants go to seed, thus ensuring a strong new crop for the following spring. Those of you with food gardens have probably

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Amazing Multicolored Tree Produces 40 Different Kinds of Fruit!

Amazing Multicolored Tree Produces 40 Different Kinds of Fruit!

In a magical marriage of art and nature, Sam Van Aken has created a living fairytale tree that blooms in multiple colors and produces 40 different kinds of fruit. Artist and Syracuse University art

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NYC’s Design Trust for Public Space Launches Urban Agriculture Data Collection Portal

NYC’s Design Trust for Public Space Launches Urban Agriculture Data Collection Portal

Some people still criticize the urban agriculture movement as a cute idea with little potential to feed urban populations, or as an unnecessary intrusion on valuable city real estate. Part of the problem

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7 Easily Propagated Fruits for Transforming Your Backyard into a Food Forest

7 Easily Propagated Fruits for Transforming Your Backyard into a Food Forest

Fruit trees cost anywhere from $20 to $100, which can be cost-prohibitive for some, especially if you’re looking to establish a neighborhood-scale orchard. Some people attempt to grow their own from the

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Used Tear Gas Canisters Become a Living Garden in Poignant West Bank Shrine

Used Tear Gas Canisters Become a Living Garden in Poignant West Bank Shrine

Bilin has become a central focus of Palestinian protests against Israeli policies in the West Bank, and was the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Five Broken Cameras". The daily conflicts are

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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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This Garden Will Tell You When Pollution in Your Area Gets Bad

This Garden Will Tell You When Pollution in Your Area Gets Bad

Have you ever wondered what the air quality is like in your own yard or your immediate neighborhood? There is an easy way to tell and it also happens to make your home look amazing while doing it. The

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The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

A former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory in Japan has been converted into the world’s largest indoor farm. Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, CEO of Mirai Co., partnered with GE

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INTERVIEW: Becky Northey and Peter “Pook” Cook on the Tree Shaping Art of Pooktre

INTERVIEW: Becky Northey and Peter “Pook” Cook on the Tree Shaping Art of Pooktre

INHABITAT: What obstacles did you face in figuring out your design process, and what methods did you try before arriving at Pooktre? POOKTRE: There are many trees in our valley that have taught us much

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Miniature Star Wars Terrariums Bring Far Away Galaxies Into Your Home!

Miniature Star Wars Terrariums Bring Far Away Galaxies Into Your Home!

"Do or do not, there is no try," Yoda instructs Luke in Star Wars. Larson doesn't need to worry about trying to add a little extra wonder to an already fantastic idea. Larson's Minnesota -based workshop,

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How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

If you love plants but don't have much outdoor space to indulge your green thumb, you might feel a bit bummed about all the things you can't grow indoors. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you

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Studies Show that Americans are Growing More of Their Own Food Now than Ever Before

Studies Show that Americans are Growing More of Their Own Food Now than Ever Before

Homegrown food is so good, it has never gone out of style. However, a new study by the National Gardening Association (NGA) shows that food gardening is more in style than ever. It is so popular that

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Giant Man-Shaped Traveling Garden Teaches About Herbal Medicine

Giant Man-Shaped Traveling Garden Teaches About Herbal Medicine

Plants have been used as medicine for thousands of years, but the average person might not be aware of just how beneficial these herbal medicines can be. Earthscape is a crew of Japanese landscape

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Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

Dubbed Milly Film, the mixed-use building is designed to serve as a cinematographer’s residence, production studio, and workspace. The design began with the decision to maintain the existing structure

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DIY VIDEO: How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden with Model Summer Rayne Oakes

DIY VIDEO: How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden with Model Summer Rayne Oakes

If you've always dreamed of having a little herb garden in your kitchen, here's a video DIY from our friend Summer Rayne Oakes that can bring that fantasy to fruition today. Follow along as Summer and her

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FAIRMOUNT: DIY Garden Kit Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Go Green

FAIRMOUNT: DIY Garden Kit Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Go Green

The slightest splash of greenery can do wonders for transforming a concrete jungle into a more livable and enjoyable environment. To help city dwellers add a bit more green into their park-starved

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INFOGRAPHIC: Edible, Medicinal, or Just Bizarre, Here are 50 Amazing Facts About Plants

INFOGRAPHIC: Edible, Medicinal, or Just Bizarre, Here are 50 Amazing Facts About Plants

Plants are wonderful on so many different levels. They purify the air around us, and we can eat them, use them as medicine, build with them, and even just enjoy them for their healing, calming presence as

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