urban gardening

Urban farmers in São Paulo are growing food in unexpected places

Urban farmers in São Paulo are growing food in unexpected places

Brazil’s capital of São Paulo is the most populous city in the Americas. Almost twelve million people reside within the city limits, while the Greater São Paulo area is home to more than twenty

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INFOGRAPHIC: The ultimate guide to guerrilla gardening

INFOGRAPHIC: The ultimate guide to guerrilla gardening

Guerrilla gardening is the act of taking on a patch of neglected, bedraggled public land to make it beautiful using flowers, vegetables, and fruits. So whether you live in an apartment but still have a

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X-TU’s Architects World Expo pavilion evokes the iconic food markets of France

X-TU’s Architects World Expo pavilion evokes the iconic food markets of France

France is known for its fabulous food markets, so it is no surprise that the focus of the country's Milan Expo 2015 pavilion is centered on creating sustainable community center for agriculture. The

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This family produces 6,000 pounds of food per year on 4,000 square feet of land

This family produces 6,000 pounds of food per year on 4,000 square feet of land

Six thousand pounds of food from one tenth of an acre of land just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles; if you try to do the math, it just doesn’t seem to compute. But somehow the numbers work out

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Multilevel Vertical Allotments Turn Decrepit Buildings Into Spectacular Garden Towers

Multilevel Vertical Allotments Turn Decrepit Buildings Into Spectacular Garden Towers

Translating Yona Friedman’s ideas of participation, Lucie Dadakova designed these 'Multilevel Vertical Urban Allotments' as her final year project for an Interior Design degree course. Dadakova focused

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OpenFarm’s community-created guides help you learn to grow anything

OpenFarm’s community-created guides help you learn to grow anything

Backyard gardens and home-scale farms are popping up all over the world as people re-develop an interest in cultivating their own food, but gardening newbies can get a bit lost at times. While the ideal

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DIY: How to Plant a Personal Garden In a Small Urban Space

DIY: How to Plant a Personal Garden In a Small Urban Space

Many people bemoan the fact that they can't grow their own food (or even flowers) because they lack any kind of garden space, but guess what? You can actually grow more than you realize in really small

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DIY: How to create a vertical garden with upcycled wood pallets

DIY: How to create a vertical garden with upcycled wood pallets

If you were wondering how to turn your balcony or a small back yard into a green oasis, look no further: a pallet garden is an ideal solution that gives you the chance to plant a whole bunch of flowers

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7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally

7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally

Dendrobium and Phaeleonopsis Orchids Orchids have a bad reputation as being finicky and difficult to grow, but really, the opposite is true. On our last trip to Costa Farms, we learned that orchids

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Join a seed-planting workshop with Ilan Dei Venice in California this Sunday!

Join a seed-planting workshop with Ilan Dei Venice in California this Sunday!

Sunnday, March 22nd from 2-4 pm as we host a Planting Seeds Workshop with Matthew Van Diepen & Sarah Klein of Home Grown Gardens LA. Learn about the importance of growing food locally - how it impacts

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Guerilla gardening: strategies for greening up your neighborhood

Guerilla gardening: strategies for greening up your neighborhood

Regardless of whether you are an urban, suburban, or rural dweller, there is inevitably a patch of neglected turf in your neighborhood that might need a bit of TLC to green it up. If you see hidden

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Vincent Callebaut’s City of Science in Rome is turning a former military district into a self-sufficient urban ecosystem

Vincent Callebaut’s City of Science in Rome is turning a former military district into a self-sufficient urban ecosystem

Città della Scienza in Italy aims to turn a former military district into a self-sufficient urban ecosystem. The project by Vincent Callebaut Architecture is part of a plan to regenerate the urban area

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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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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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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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Harvesting Station uses urban farming to reactivate forgotten city spaces

Harvesting Station uses urban farming to reactivate forgotten city spaces

As cities grow ever denser with increasing development, so do the number of forgotten, interstitial spaces. To activate those leftover spaces, architect Antonio Scarponi developed the Harvesting Station,

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INFOGRAPHIC: Spruce up your home with these upcycled DIY urban gardening ideas

INFOGRAPHIC: Spruce up your home with these upcycled DIY urban gardening ideas

If you live in a tiny apartment where owning even a few potted plants make your place feel cluttered, you'll love these DIY plant organizers that let you save green while growing green. Purely Shutters

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Plantui: The First Hydroponic Smart Garden

Plantui: The First Hydroponic Smart Garden

Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetables or herbs at home but felt like you were unable to do so because of a lack of space? If so, Plantui's Smart Garden could be the answer you've been looking

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Self-Fertilizing Vertical Garden Tower Reaches Kickstarter Goal in Just 33 Minutes

Self-Fertilizing Vertical Garden Tower Reaches Kickstarter Goal in Just 33 Minutes

The Indiana-based Garden Tower Project just launched a Kickstarter for the Garden Tower 2, an improved self-fertilizing vertical garden, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive -- the project

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Community Gardening Has Grown in the United Kingdom

INFOGRAPHIC: How Community Gardening Has Grown in the United Kingdom

Community gardening is on the rise as increasing numbers of urban dwellers realize the benefits of homegrown produce. This recent growth of interest has also seized hold in the United Kingdom, where

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Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

Nomad is a portable herb planter in the form of folded fabric. The design is adaptable to a variety of environments with limited space for plants. It can hang from a rope, sit on the coffee table, be

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An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

Last autumn, a Calgary couple decided that their 1959 cinder block garage either had to go, or they had to put a new roof on it. The roofer quotes were insane, so instead of building a new garage, they

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FAIRMOUNT: DIY Garden Kit Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Go Green

FAIRMOUNT: DIY Garden Kit Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Go Green

The slightest splash of greenery can do wonders for transforming a concrete jungle into a more livable and enjoyable environment. To help city dwellers add a bit more green into their park-starved

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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: Make a Bird Feeder for Small Spaces With Recycled Materials

How To: Make a Bird Feeder for Small Spaces With Recycled Materials

Step One: Gather the materials Gather the materials you'll need to create your recycled bird feeder. We used: A recycled clean plastic peanut-butter jar with a screw-on lid (any size will do) Lid

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GROWbag: Upcycled Billboard Gardening for Any Garden, Balcony, Driveway or Roof

GROWbag: Upcycled Billboard Gardening for Any Garden, Balcony, Driveway or Roof

GROWbag is a unique outdoor planter that offers an easy and attractive way to grow your own vegetables, herbs, plants and succulents regardless of the size of the garden, balcony, driveway or wall and

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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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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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VIDEO: Added Value Empowers New York’s Youth With Urban Farming

VIDEO: Added Value Empowers New York’s Youth With Urban Farming

Urban farming is on the rise across the globe; people all over are bringing their food source closer to their doorstep by farming in abandoned lots and on empty rooftops. Ian Marvy, the Executive Director

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