Gardening

Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won’t

Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won’t

If there are any trees in your area, you may have noticed that a couple of major changes come over them at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Branches end up laden with fruit, nuts, seed pods,

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JAILmake Studio’s awesome plantable table invites nature to dinner

JAILmake Studio’s awesome plantable table invites nature to dinner

Plantable consists of four potted table legs attached to a recycled English oak top. Each leg is hand bent and fillet brazed into a twisting trellis for greenery to grow upon. Simply plant and water your

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Reading your weeds—what’s your soil telling you?

Reading your weeds—what’s your soil telling you?

So, it's mid March, which means that the summer growing season is a few short weeks away, and many springtime plants will be popping up soon. Although you might already be starting seeds for this year's

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World’s largest indoor vertical farm will produce 2 million pounds of soil-free food in Newark

World’s largest indoor vertical farm will produce 2 million pounds of soil-free food in Newark

The multimillion-dollar deal was developed by AeroFarms in partnership with property management firm RBH Group, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, Prudential Financial Inc., and the City of Newark and

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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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6 Hard-to-kill plants for the recovering brown thumb

6 Hard-to-kill plants for the recovering brown thumb

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) Sorry for using morbidity to illustrate our point, but the ZZ plant is so hardy, it will most likely outlive you. This cockroach of the plant world thrives in almost all

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Steps is a tiny Swedish shelter with green steps that lead to a rooftop terrace

Steps is a tiny Swedish shelter with green steps that lead to a rooftop terrace

According to Belatchew Arkitekter's CEO Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, Steps 'is a small house with large spaces.' Designed entirely from high-quality Siberian larch, this home was designed to make the most out

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INFOGRAPHIC: Jumpstart your green thumb with these DIY garden projects for spring

INFOGRAPHIC: Jumpstart your green thumb with these DIY garden projects for spring

If you’re itching to bring life back to your garden after this year’s brutal winter season, you’ll enjoy Capital Garden Services’ infographic for DIY ideas on revitalizing your garden blooms. This

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HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

Most people have a pretty good idea of what pollen is. Some know it as the fuzzy, fluffy stuff that flies through the air and makes them sneeze from March to November, while others may get daubed on the

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Capsula Mundi burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

Capsula Mundi 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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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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Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots for Spring Gardening

Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots for Spring Gardening

Over the last decade there has been a dramatic increase in the availability of biodegradable plant pots, and I'm finding them everywhere from my beloved Gilbertie's Herb Gardens (which sells locally

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DIY hugelkultur: how to build raised permaculture garden beds

DIY hugelkultur: how to build raised permaculture garden beds

Although the term "hugelkultur" was coined by German horticulturalists Hans Beba and Herman Andra in the late 1970s, the actual technique has probably been used for thousands of years. Roughly translated

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EcoQube aquaponics system transforms any desk into a mini farm

EcoQube aquaponics system transforms any desk into a mini farm

http://aquaponicsfilter.com/ My name is Ryan and I’m an undergrad at UC San Diego working on a really exciting project going on Kickstarter called the EcoQube. We have had previous success with our

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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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Hey gardeners! Consider planting an extra row for the hungry this year

Hey gardeners! Consider planting an extra row for the hungry this year

Although it may be known by many different names, the "Grow a Row" program is one that's gaining popularity all over the world. The concept is pretty self-explanatory, and can make an enormous difference

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Noocity Growbeds enable urban agriculture in any space – now available via Indiegogo

Noocity Growbeds enable urban agriculture in any space – now available via Indiegogo

Concern regarding the origins of the products we consume is increasing, and cities like New York, São Paulo, and Paris are filled with mini-markets for organic produce, street fairs with local producers,

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The world’s first plantable coffee cup replenishes local flora

The world’s first plantable coffee cup replenishes local flora

In America alone, over 145 billion disposable coffee cups are discarded annually. People's coffee habits have led to a startling amount of waste, much of which fails to end up in recycling bins. Then

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Flow Hive lets beekeepers harvest honey without disturbing the bees

Flow Hive lets beekeepers harvest honey without disturbing the bees

We know that honeybees are having a rough time, so naturally we're excited to hear about Flow Hive—a new honey collection and extraction system that allows beekeepers to easily extract honey from

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DIY: How to start a community seed bank

DIY: How to start a community seed bank

Urban food gardens are popping up all over the world, and with good cause: as food prices continue to rise and the very real issues of GMO contamination become more apparent, many people are realizing how

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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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6 Surprising Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors in Containers!

6 Surprising Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors in Containers!

Mulberry Tree Unlike its similar sounding friends, the blueberry or strawberry, the mulberry is a tree. If you start one from seed, it could be 10 years or more before you see fruit, and that's not very

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AvoSeedo makes growing avocado trees easier than ever

AvoSeedo makes growing avocado trees easier than ever

  If you've ever tried to grow an avocado tree from a pit, you've probably noticed how finicky they can be to cultivate. AvoSeedo is a handy little tool that helps you grow your own tree without

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ROOT countertop garden helps you grow organic, sustainable food in your own kitchen

ROOT countertop garden helps you grow organic, sustainable food in your own kitchen

Local. Organic. Sustainable. We all know how we should be eating – but it’s not always easy or practical. What if there were a way that you could bring the farm to your table? Introducing ROOT by

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Green valentine idea: express your love with seeds

Green valentine idea: express your love with seeds

We stumbled across a gorgeous valentine gift idea over at the Mother of a Hubbard website: instead of candy, this heart-shaped box is full of seeds! Ideal for avid gardeners or foodies, this gift can be

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Flourishing urban garden sprouts in San Francisco churchyard

Flourishing urban garden sprouts in San Francisco churchyard

Even though urban gardens offer many benefits, competition for space in cities is intense. Enterprising San Francisco neighborhood activist Amy Farah Weiss, who heads up community organization Neighbors

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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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British farmer plants heart-shaped meadow in honor of his late wife

British farmer plants heart-shaped meadow in honor of his late wife

Winston Howes, green thumb and hopeless romantic, planted 6,000 oak trees in the shape of heart in his South Gloucestershire meadow 15 years ago as a tribute to his late wife, Janet. His stunning

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Hello Kitty turns Hong Kong organic garden into educational tourist attraction

Hello Kitty turns Hong Kong organic garden into educational tourist attraction

Years ago, Hello Kitty notebooks and stickers and little doll houses were coveted by little girls, and not often found in American stores. Now, Hello Kitty is everywhere you looked and as much beloved as

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Help support this 1-for-1 aquaponic farm campaign to help the hungry

Help support this 1-for-1 aquaponic farm campaign to help the hungry

Imagine living in a community that doesn’t fear of having to choose between paying for your groceries or paying your electric bill. Imagine there were open-source aquaponic farms widely available

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