Gardening

Grow Your Own Dinner with the Niwa Smartphone App

Grow Your Own Dinner with the Niwa Smartphone App

UK startup Niwa has developed an amazing hydroponic gardening system that allows you to perfectly control growing conditions through a sophisticated app, giving anyone an instant green thumb.

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Green Roofed Farming Kindergarten Teaches 500 Vietnamese Children How to Grow Their Own Food

Green Roofed Farming Kindergarten Teaches 500 Vietnamese Children How to Grow Their Own Food

Built in a tropical climate, the spiraling green roof can stay lush year round and likely provide more than enough food for its 500 preschool children. Two sloping ends of the triple ring-shaped structure

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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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Gorgeous Natural Swimming Pool Uses No Chlorine

Gorgeous Natural Swimming Pool Uses No Chlorine

Located in Moncada, this natural swimming pool is 130 sq meters, including the swimming area and the regeneration zone. In order to ditch the chlorine, the regeneration zone is used to filter and clean

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The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The Tipuana trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho were planted in the 1930's and they have grown into a shady neighborhood canopy for the past 70 years. In 2005, construction of a mall in the area

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Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Treating each tiny Bonsai as if it were a deep-rooted full-sized tree, Aiba creates incredible buildings that wind around the boughs and branches. Using copper line, epoxy putty, plastic, resin and stone

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9 Green Tools for a Bountiful Spring Garden

9 Green Tools for a Bountiful Spring Garden

 1. Upcycled Seed Starters The most economical way to grow food is to start from seed, but you can't just throw those little guys directly into the ground. A month or two before you want to begin your

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Got a “Black Thumb”and Can’t Keep Plants Alive? PlantLink Can Help

Got a “Black Thumb”and Can’t Keep Plants Alive? PlantLink Can Help

Sometimes it's hard to tell if your plants have had enough (or too much) water until they're either shrivelled and brown, or waterlogged and limp. Different plants have different watering needs as well,

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Hey Gardeners! Consider Planting an Extra Row for the Hungry This Year

Hey Gardeners! Consider Planting an Extra Row for the Hungry This Year

It's estimated that one in eight people suffers from hunger and malnutrition, which means that all around the world, millions of people—including children—go hungry each and every day. That means that

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DIY: How to Maximize Your Growing Space with Keyhole Gardens

DIY: How to Maximize Your Growing Space with Keyhole Gardens

The average garden wastes a great deal of usable food-growing space in the paths between beds and planters. Every inch could yield a lot of edibles, but the inefficiency of standard gardening techniques

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Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

The first Soradofarm, also known as a Machinaka Vegetable Garden, was built on top of the Ebisu station in Tokyo over four years ago. Now there are thirteen stations around the country with operating

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BOOK REVIEW: The Vertical Farm by Dick Despommier

BOOK REVIEW: The Vertical Farm by Dick Despommier

The Vertical Farm is an expanded edition of Despommier's earlier essay on vertical farming, which explains the many advantages of vertical farming. As Despommier rallies, vertical farms could enable every

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3 Houseplants to Help You Feng Shui Your Home

3 Houseplants to Help You Feng Shui Your Home

Hurrah! Spring is here! In feng shui philosophy, the spring season symbolizes new beginnings, growth, and expansion—like when the trees start to grow back their leaves. We use plants, the colors green

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For Perennial Fruit Gardens, Berries Are the Way to Grow

For Perennial Fruit Gardens, Berries Are the Way to Grow

Hardy, easy to cultivate, resistant to disease, and quick to yield, berry bushes are perfect for just about any garden environment. Whether you have a large lot in which to plant fruit-bearing hedges, or

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Re-discovering Perennial Vegetables

Re-discovering Perennial Vegetables

As the days lengthen and the sun grows stronger, many of us are champing at the bit to get our gardens started. Seed catalogues are being pored over, dog-eared, and circled, and some folks may have even

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World’s Second Tallest Living Wall Completed in Medellin, Colombia

World’s Second Tallest Living Wall Completed in Medellin, Colombia

Groncol and Paisajismo Urbano have been working on a number of projects in Colombia recently, and they just completed the Green Medellin wall. Located on the side of a residential building in the "el

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Forget Facebook: The All-Electric ‘Grass Printer’ Will Mow a Status Update Into Your Lawn

Forget Facebook: The All-Electric ‘Grass Printer’ Will Mow a Status Update Into Your Lawn

Mowing the lawn is usually considered a chore, but with a new award-winning device, it could become your new creative outlet. Recently named a 2014 Red Dot Design Award winner, the 'Grass Printer' is an

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Michael Jantzen’s California Food and Agriculture Pavilion Produces Crops and Green Energy

Michael Jantzen’s California Food and Agriculture Pavilion Produces Crops and Green Energy

Michael Jantzen's pavilion proposal is designed as a tourist attraction for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Its design is intended to sustainably celebrate the great diversity, and the

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Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Over the course of 12 months, Queens University Belfast worked alongside the Biospheric Foundation in Salford, England to design and implement a multilevel aquaponic system within an old disused mill.

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AquaSprouts’s Stylish Aquaponic Garden Lets You Grow Fresh Veggies on Your Kitchen Counter

AquaSprouts’s Stylish Aquaponic Garden Lets You Grow Fresh Veggies on Your Kitchen Counter

If you like the idea of aquaponics but aren't sure how to get started, you're in luck: AquaSprouts just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their brilliant home system, which allows anyone to grow

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Kingscross Skip Garden Turns Old Skips Into a Verdant Edible Garden

Kingscross Skip Garden Turns Old Skips Into a Verdant Edible Garden

Old skips have been transformed into a lush and verdant organic vegetable garden at Kingscross Skip Garden. Situated in the center of London on a former bus park site, the garden has been designed to be

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Grow Up! How to Design Vertical Gardens for Tiny Spaces

Grow Up! How to Design Vertical Gardens for Tiny Spaces

If you're one of the many people in the northern hemisphere who are counting down the days 'til springtime, chances are you may have also been daydreaming about gardening as well. March isn't just one of

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The World’s Diet has Changed to Rely on Just a Few Standard Crops

The World’s Diet has Changed to Rely on Just a Few Standard Crops

Researchers from the International Center of Tropical Agriculture have noticed that the global diet over the past 50 years has come to rely on a few main food types. The crops that have become popular

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Grow Yummy Shiitakes at Home with the CTAKEO Mushroom Growing Kit

Grow Yummy Shiitakes at Home with the CTAKEO Mushroom Growing Kit

CTAKEO is a mushroom growing kit made from sawdust and mycelium, designed especially for cultivating delicious shiitake mushrooms. What makes CTAKEO distinctive is that it’s decorated like a boxed

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DIY: How to Sprout Seeds and Beans on Your Kitchen Counter

DIY: How to Sprout Seeds and Beans on Your Kitchen Counter

At my local grocery store, out here in the middle of nowhere, a head of cauliflower costs $5 and a wilted ball of lettuce might run you $3. It's a far cry from the vibrant fruit and vegetable markets we

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Eco-Chic Corkit Flower Pots Are Made From Recycled Wine Corks

Eco-Chic Corkit Flower Pots Are Made From Recycled Wine Corks

Corkits are eco-friendly pots made from recycled cork and non-toxic materials that put a green twist on the traditional flower pot. Corkits are great for small plants such as herbs, spices, and flowers.

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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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Opus Garten’s Hangen Wall Planter Makes It Easy to Grow Greens Indoors Year-Round

Opus Garten’s Hangen Wall Planter Makes It Easy to Grow Greens Indoors Year-Round

For many of us, growing season is short, and we spend most of our time indoors at work or at home. Opus Garten has just launched a new line of indoor gardening products with a design that's perfect for

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EcoMow Grass-Powered Robotic Lawnmower is its Own Energy Factory!

EcoMow Grass-Powered Robotic Lawnmower is its Own Energy Factory!

EcoMow, a startup founded by engineers and business students from George Mason University, is working on an automatic lawnmower that literally creates its own fuel. Between the tailpipe emissions and

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The AquaDesigner Living Fountain Provides a Beautiful Way to Grow Food at Home Year-Round

The AquaDesigner Living Fountain Provides a Beautiful Way to Grow Food at Home Year-Round

For gardeners looking to grow their own food year-round without worrying about the harsh winter weather, aquaponics is the way of the future. With $2.5 billion spent nationwide on U.S. food gardens and a

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