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DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

The supple branches of willow trees are a prime material to start with. We’ve all seen baskets woven from willow branches, but it’s possible to weave the branches while they're still alive to create

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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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BC’s First Earthship is Still Standing Strong, and Growing Ever Greener

BC’s First Earthship is Still Standing Strong, and Growing Ever Greener

In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the home features green building

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Mashjar Juthour is a Living Museum of Palestinian Fauna and Flora Outside Ramallah

Mashjar Juthour is a Living Museum of Palestinian Fauna and Flora Outside Ramallah

We’ve created a space up on our hill for our families, students, parents, teachers, artisans, and any nature lover in general to engage as environmental activists on sacred heritage land in Palestine.

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America’s First Food Forest: From Ground Level to Canopy, Urban Agriculture is Growing Seattle

America’s First Food Forest: From Ground Level to Canopy, Urban Agriculture is Growing Seattle

“A food forest is a gardening technique or land management system, which mimics a woodland ecosystem by substituting edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals,” writes Beacon Food Forest co-founder

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How to Eat Your Lawn: Transform Your Wasteful Grassy Space into a Food Forest Garden

How to Eat Your Lawn: Transform Your Wasteful Grassy Space into a Food Forest Garden

Who ever imagined that lawns would go from epitomizing the American dream to embodying all manner of evil? Blaming both human and natural failings, many homeowners have embraced the idea of

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Could Woven Tree Houses Be the Future of Residential Architecture?

Could Woven Tree Houses Be the Future of Residential Architecture?

There are houses built in trees, and then there are treehouses. A few years ago, we had one of our first encounters with a home that was literally made from trees, using the art of weaving (and sometimes

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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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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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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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Spruce Supermarket: 4 Tasty Treats You Can Make with Spruce Tree Tips

Spruce Supermarket: 4 Tasty Treats You Can Make with Spruce Tree Tips

When you go for a walk in the woods, do you glance around and consider which trees around you may have edible parts? Sure, you might identify maple trees as the source of the wonderful syrup that's great

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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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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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DIY: How to Make Rose Petal Beads from Your Valentine’s Day Bouquets

DIY: How to Make Rose Petal Beads from Your Valentine’s Day Bouquets

Valentine's Day will soon be upon us, and that means that people around the world will be given bouquets of roses by their sweethearts. Nothing quite compares to a rose in terms of beauty, grace, scent,

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DIY: 5 All-Natural Facial and Body Mists to Battle Breakouts and Ultra Dry Skin

DIY: 5 All-Natural Facial and Body Mists to Battle Breakouts and Ultra Dry Skin

Winter isn't merely the season when people slog through sleet and suffer from cracked skin and windburn: it's also the time when many folks head off to warmer climates for a bit of R&R on sandy

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DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

Photo © Third Floor Design Studio So, you're trapped indoors because it's -90 degrees outside, and you're going a little stir crazy. How can you combat the cabin fever that drives so many people up

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Herbal Cold Care: DIY Throat Drops and Cough Syrup

Herbal Cold Care: DIY Throat Drops and Cough Syrup

If you have any interaction with the public at all, you've probably noticed that there are a lot of sickly people out there right now. Half my Facebook feed consists of folks who are whinging about their

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DIY: Homemade All-Natural Personal Care Products for Men

DIY: Homemade All-Natural Personal Care Products for Men

If you live in the United States or Canada, chances are you've had a taste of some pretty funky weather over the last little while, ranging from arctic temperatures to violent wind storms. Venturing out

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10 Unexpected New Recipes That Feature Yummy Winter Vegetables

10 Unexpected New Recipes That Feature Yummy Winter Vegetables

For many people, the idea of eating seasonally is a brilliant idea. That is until the colder months roll along. After all, there's a spectacular amount of produce available to be played with from early

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DIY: Crocheted and Knit Dishcloths and Washcloths to Help Kick Your Paper Towel Habit

DIY: Crocheted and Knit Dishcloths and Washcloths to Help Kick Your Paper Towel Habit

Fun and easy to make, dishcloths and washcloths can be whipped together in a few hours from scrap yarn you may have lying around the house. We can never have too many of them, as they're as handy for

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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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DIY: Homemade Bath and Body Products to Gift or Make for Yourself

DIY: Homemade Bath and Body Products to Gift or Make for Yourself

There are few sensations quite as glorious as sinking into a hot bath on a chilly winter's night, and if that bath happens to be scented with wonderful salts and oils, that can rival a spa experience for

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DIY Gift: 5 Holiday Breakfast Basket Ideas

DIY Gift: 5 Holiday Breakfast Basket Ideas

Breakfast time during the holidays can get a bit harried, especially if people are woken at the crack of dawn by excited, shrieking kidlets eager to tear their gifts open. Rather than relegating your

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DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Photo Snow Globes from Recycled Jars

DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Photo Snow Globes from Recycled Jars

It's likely that we all had a snow globe or seven when we were kids, and we took great glee in shaking them up to see the little flakes dance around every time we shook them. It's easy to make your own

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10 Delicious Things to Make with Cranberries (Other Than Sauce)

10 Delicious Things to Make with Cranberries (Other Than Sauce)

Orange and Cranberry Scones, via The Food Network This gorgeous breakfast treat is as lovely drizzled with honey as it is slathered in Earth Balance. Ingredients: 4 cups plus 1/4 cup all-purpose

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DIY Foodie Gift: 7 Easy Recipes for Pickled Veggies

DIY Foodie Gift: 7 Easy Recipes for Pickled Veggies

If you're fond of making food gifts for the holidays, chances are that you've already started baking or assembling tasty niblets like almond bark, cookies, fudge, and other tasty treats. Although most

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DIY Gift Idea: Learn to Make Beautiful, Solid Perfume Lockets

DIY Gift Idea: Learn to Make Beautiful, Solid Perfume Lockets

Most of us have a couple of favorite fragrances that we like to daub on ourselves once in a while, so it's not surprising that perfume is one of the most popular gifts for any occasion. That said,

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DIY Gift: Make Chalkboard Mugs for the Holidays!

DIY Gift: Make Chalkboard Mugs for the Holidays!

Inexpensive and easy to make, chalkboard mugs are ideal for any tea or coffee aficionado on your list. You can also decorate them as presents for cocoa-loving kids, as they're perfect places to write

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DIY Gift Idea: Spiced Citrus Pomanders

DIY Gift Idea: Spiced Citrus Pomanders

If you ask anyone which scents they associate with the holiday season, chances are that several of them will name warming spices, and citrus fruits. From gingerbread cookies to blood oranges tucked into

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DIY Gift Idea: Make Delicious, Decadent Vegan Truffles

DIY Gift Idea: Make Delicious, Decadent Vegan Truffles

Many people seem to think that going vegan means giving up on some of the more decadent foods out there, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Just as there are sumptuous vegan cheeses and pates

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