Gardening

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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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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Nicola Spinetto Unveils Stunning Multi-level Pop Up Garden in Italy

Nicola Spinetto Unveils Stunning Multi-level Pop Up Garden in Italy

Designed in collaboration with Daniele Mainetti, this layered garden is located at the back of a family home in the town of Chiavari on the Italian Riviera. The garden measures 540 x 40 square feet, and

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Moss FM: World’s First Plant-Powered Radio Uses “Biological Solar Panels”

Moss FM: World’s First Plant-Powered Radio Uses “Biological Solar Panels”

Moss FM is the world's first plant-powered radio! The neatly arranged pots of moss form a Photo Microbial Fuel Cell that captures electrons generated during photosynthesis and converts them into

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Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green Roofs

Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green Roofs

Photo of green roof via Shutterstock The idea of someone sprinkling urine on building rooftops sounds like a major health hazard, but that's just what Amsterdam's water utility, Waternet, recently

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2.5 Acre Underground Farm Could Grow Fresh Veggies Below London Streets

2.5 Acre Underground Farm Could Grow Fresh Veggies Below London Streets

Entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring are planning to transform the passageways under London’s Northern Line into the world’s largest subterranean farm. The project, named “Growing

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Harry Yoell’s Potato Starch Plant Pots Biodegrade at the End of Their Lifecycle

Harry Yoell’s Potato Starch Plant Pots Biodegrade at the End of Their Lifecycle

Designer Harry Yoell created this set of sustainable herb pots from his own potato starch-based bioplastic. The green material is very light and strong, and once the pots have served their purpose they

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Bioglow’s Starlight Avatar is the World’s First Light Producing Plant

Bioglow’s Starlight Avatar is the World’s First Light Producing Plant

Missouri-based Bioglow has been working on light-producing plants for a number of years and finally has one that they can sell. Starlight Avatar™ is an auto luminescent plant that generates light

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Savanna Studios’ Modular Pixel Planter Also Features a Fan to Draw In Polluted Air

Savanna Studios’ Modular Pixel Planter Also Features a Fan to Draw In Polluted Air

Can an art project improve indoor air quality, educate young people, and create healthier classrooms? That's what Des Moines startup Savanna Studios is working to prove through its new Pixel project. A

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DIY: How to Build an Insect Hotel from Found Materials

DIY: How to Build an Insect Hotel from Found Materials

Some of you might think it's crazy to start thinking about gardening when winter is just getting started, but the opposite couldn't be more true! When the wind is howling and snow is piling up outside

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Build Your Own Green Garden with Togetherfarm’s Recycled Plastic Building Blocks

Build Your Own Green Garden with Togetherfarm’s Recycled Plastic Building Blocks

These playful Togetherfarm blocks made entirely from recycled plastic allow users to build their own raised garden beds in under five minutes. Inspired by LEGO building blocks, the recycled plastic bricks

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Brilliant 3D Grass Printer Can Print a Garden in Any Shape You Can Imagine

Brilliant 3D Grass Printer Can Print a Garden in Any Shape You Can Imagine

Gardening just entered the 21st century - a team of students at the University of Maribor in Slovenia developed an innovative 3D printer that can create objects out of living grass! Maja Petek, Tina

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