Gardening

Santa Monica’s Garden / Garden Project Quantifies the Benefits of Sustainable Building

Santa Monica’s Garden / Garden Project Quantifies the Benefits of Sustainable Building

Here at Inhabitat we've showcased thousands of green building and sustainable landscaping projects that save water, conserve energy, and minimize waste. But did you know just how much more efficient

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HOW TO: Extend Your Garden’s Growing Season With Cloches and Cold Frames

HOW TO: Extend Your Garden’s Growing Season With Cloches and Cold Frames

Hardy vegetables like kale, cabbage, chard, lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, turnips, parsnips, and beets will over-winter well,  and you'd likely also have a fair bit of luck with herbs such as

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God’s Loftstory: LKSVDD Transforms 1928 Church into Daylight-Filled Home with Shipping Container Studio

God’s Loftstory: LKSVDD Transforms 1928 Church into Daylight-Filled Home with Shipping Container Studio

The renovation of the church was designed as an open structure, which takes advantage of the spaciousness of the 1100 cubic meter volume. The design team at LKSVDD Architecten preserved the stained glass,

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Kasetsart University in Thailand Builds an Innovative Rooftop Garden on Campus

Kasetsart University in Thailand Builds an Innovative Rooftop Garden on Campus

After devastating floods hit Bangkok in 2011 leaving university staff cut off from food, Kasetsart University decided to build an urban farm on the rooftop of their Faculty of Architecture building to not

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DIY: How to Make Suet Winter Bird Feeders

DIY: How to Make Suet Winter Bird Feeders

What you’ll need: Rendered suet, tallow, or lard, at room temperature (most supermarkets carry it, or you can ask a local butcher to reserve some for you) A bag of mixed wild bird seed (make sure

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Bogota’s Ecotelhado Colombia is Topped With a Gorgeous Rooftop Garden

Bogota’s Ecotelhado Colombia is Topped With a Gorgeous Rooftop Garden

Ecotelhado Colombia is a beautiful hotel in the heart of Bogotá topped with a green rooftop garden. An intensive renovation transformed the roof of the 50-year-old building into a verdant space that

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Hideo Kumaki Architect’s Green Screen is a Planted Curtain That Shades Naturally

Hideo Kumaki Architect’s Green Screen is a Planted Curtain That Shades Naturally

Hideo Kumaki Architect recently sent us news about a verdant planted curtain they planted outside of a Tokyo home. The Green Screen acts as a natural shade that keeps the interior of the home cool while

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Sharon Toong’s Living Gems Are Gorgeous Terrariums for Urban Living

Sharon Toong’s Living Gems Are Gorgeous Terrariums for Urban Living

Living Gems is a series of beautiful terrariums created by Sharon Toong, a London based architect and designer. Having grown up in Hong Kong, her interest lies in the reintegration of city living and

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DIY: Learn How To Build a Root Cellar From Recycled Materials

DIY: Learn How To Build a Root Cellar From Recycled Materials

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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The Terraform Raised Garden Bed Helps the Wheelchair-Bound Get Their Gardening On!

The Terraform Raised Garden Bed Helps the Wheelchair-Bound Get Their Gardening On!

Three social-minded urban gardeners saw an unfortunate problem in their community of Nantes: gardening is pretty difficult for those in wheelchairs. So to help the wheelchair-bound flex their green thumbs

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O2forYou is a Database of Houseplants That Clean Your Air

O2forYou is a Database of Houseplants That Clean Your Air

Houseplants are wonderful for livening up indoor spaces - but did you also know that many of them are effective natural air purifiers too? If you're looking for a new plant for your home or office,

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Re-Nuble Wants to Repurpose Your Organic Waste Into Renewable Energy and Green Fertilizer

Re-Nuble Wants to Repurpose Your Organic Waste Into Renewable Energy and Green Fertilizer

Re-Nuble has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance its mission of greening the planet one community at a time. The DC-based company specializes in recycling organic waste to produce green

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DIY: How to Transform a Defunct XBOX 360 Into a Lush Indoor Planter

DIY: How to Transform a Defunct XBOX 360 Into a Lush Indoor Planter

Stuck with a broken videogame console? Why not convert it into a planter? When Curly Productions moved into a new set of offices, they wanted some quirky objects to bring it to life. It just so happened

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Bristol Community Farm Harvests Goodwill as Well as Good Food

Bristol Community Farm Harvests Goodwill as Well as Good Food

A success story in times of crisis is always a pleasure, and this 22-acre Community Farm in Bristol has boosted for the local region in many ways. Landowner Luke Hasell teamed up with local food

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Seed-Saving 101: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

Seed-Saving 101: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

With all of the carved pumpkins, pies, muffins, and roasted squash dishes that will be created over the next few months, there will be an extraordinary windfall of seeds to be scooped out of these

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Fruit Salad Trees Bear 6 Different Kinds of Fruit on One Plant!

Fruit Salad Trees Bear 6 Different Kinds of Fruit on One Plant!

They say money doesn’t grow on trees, but did you know a salad can? Over the past 20 years farmers James and Kerry West have developed what they called Fruit Salad Trees - one potted plant that can

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Nautinox’ Trellised Greenline Bookshelf Encourages Indoor Gardening

Nautinox’ Trellised Greenline Bookshelf Encourages Indoor Gardening

We got our first glimpse of the Nautinox Greenline Collection of planter box furniture back in April at the Milan Furniture Fair, and the Italian furniture manufacturer recently showcased a new bookshelf

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Neiman Marcus Selling $100,000 Fantasy Hen House & Farming Lessons in New Christmas Book

Neiman Marcus Selling $100,000 Fantasy Hen House & Farming Lessons in New Christmas Book

Neiman Marcus is ringing in the holidays for the 1% with the launch of their 2012 Fantasy Gift Christmas Book - and this year's edition features a super posh chicken coop for heirloom hens that rings in

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Bambu Earth’s Responsible Soap & Skincare is Packaged With Seeded Paper

Bambu Earth’s Responsible Soap & Skincare is Packaged With Seeded Paper

Bambu Earth is back with a whole new look. Their line of Responsible Soap + Skincare is packaged in handmade seeded artisan paper that grows wildflowers! Bambu Earth believes that what you put on your

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ELIOOO is an Instruction Book That Shows You How to Turn IKEA Parts Into a Hydroponic Garden System

ELIOOO is an Instruction Book That Shows You How to Turn IKEA Parts Into a Hydroponic Garden System

Want to know how a hydroponic system works? Or maybe build your own? ELIOOO is an instruction book that shows green thumbs how to build a hydroponic garden system using IKEA components! The book, which

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Scientists Develop Transparent Soil to Shed Light on the Mysterious World of Plant Roots

Scientists Develop Transparent Soil to Shed Light on the Mysterious World of Plant Roots

The “rhizoshpere” is the world of plant roots – a region of soil located just below the surface of the earth. It sounds like a fantastical realm, full of secrets and mystery – and

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World’s First One Ton Pumpkin Squashes the Competition at the Topsfield Fair!

World’s First One Ton Pumpkin Squashes the Competition at the Topsfield Fair!

What better way to kick off autumn than with a gigantic pumpkin? We're not talking about just any sizable squash - it's the world's first one-ton pumpkin! Ron Wallace of Greene, Rhode Island has grown a

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The World’s Largest Living Wall Flourishes With 44,000 Plants at Milan’s Il Fiordaliso Shopping Center!

The World’s Largest Living Wall Flourishes With 44,000 Plants at Milan’s Il Fiordaliso Shopping Center!

Bursting with different colors and textures, from mosses to flowering plants, the vertical wall covers most of the façade of Il Fiordaliso. Its lush texture doesn't just transform an ordinary commercial

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The Droplet Reminds Forgetful Gardeners When to Water Their Plants

The Droplet Reminds Forgetful Gardeners When to Water Their Plants

Let’s face the reality: plants need to be watered! But because of the busy lives many of us lead, it's easy to forget this simple task. The Droplet is a handy new gardening device that uses a small

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The Agrisaurus App Makes Gardening Fun and Simple for Everyone

The Agrisaurus App Makes Gardening Fun and Simple for Everyone

Agrisaurus makes gardening simple, successful, and fun with tools that can help you design, plan, and manage your plot. Agrisaurus believes that small-scale farming is the future and they want to

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Geometric Spaceplates Greenhouse Springs to Life at South Bristol Skills Academy

Geometric Spaceplates Greenhouse Springs to Life at South Bristol Skills Academy

This dazzling geometric ‘pure plate’ greenhouse was installed at South Bristol Skills Academy. Created by Copenhagen-based design collective N55 with architect Anne Romme, the Spaceplates Greenhouse

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DIY ELIOOO Manual Shows How to Build Your Own Hydroponic Garden From IKEA Components

DIY ELIOOO Manual Shows How to Build Your Own Hydroponic Garden From IKEA Components

Hydroponic gardening may seem like a complicated endeavor that requires a master's degree in Biology, but according Antonio Scarponi, it's not all that hard. In fact, it's so easy, you can create an

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Park(ing) Day 2012: Photos of the Best Pop-Up Parks From Coast to Coast!

Park(ing) Day 2012: Photos of the Best Pop-Up Parks From Coast to Coast!

Park(ing) Day began in San Francisco in 2005 when Rebar Studio converted a single parking space into a pop-up park. The idea is that as long as you feed the meter, the space is yours to use as you please.

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Guerrilla Grafters Secretly Graft Fruit-Bearing Branches onto San Francisco Trees

Guerrilla Grafters Secretly Graft Fruit-Bearing Branches onto San Francisco Trees

We've heard of guerrilla gardening, and we've heard of grafting plants -- but guerrilla grafting? That's new to us. For the past two years, a group that calls themselves Guerrilla Grafters have been

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