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Container gardening creativity. The Garden. How To - Garden - Do It Yourself. Small Urban Space Rain Gardens. Rain gardens aren’t just for homeowners with large tracts of land.

Small Urban Space Rain Gardens

A rain garden planted in a small urban area can make a big difference in the water quality and environment of its surrounding area. When it rains in densely populated urban areas, impervious surfaces such as roads, sidewalks, and roofs not planted with gardens, trees, or turf, produce runoff that goes straight into storm sewers. Some storm drains carry water to treatment plants, while water from other storm drains washes directly into lakes, rivers, and oceans.

Any time a large influx of water pours into an aquatic ecosystem, the balance of oxygen and nutrients is disturbed, causing death to aquatic life, and other disruptions of the ecosystem. Photo, City of Kingston, Melbourne, Australia In addition to impervious surfaces made of concrete or asphalt, many urban areas have vacant, muddy lots. Planting a rain garden, even a small one, can help divert water and keep it within the aquifer and out of streams and lakes. Handmade Wednesday: Cinder Block Garden Planter. July 20, 2011 23 comments Please, please, please forgive me for being late with this post! Normally it’s up in the wee morning hours but the last few days have been a bit crazy for me and Movie Star. So, I hope this finds you well. I really wanted to post something I have been working on lately but as I sat down to actually work it out, I realized I didn’t have my camera. Anyway, the reason you are here: for a garden planter that you can make with your very own hands.

Didn’t you? Just head on over to visit Potted (where this all began) and check out the story behind making this garden planter ! Handmade Wednesday: Cinder Block Garden Planter. Unlimited Thinking For Limited Spaces. Green walls create new urban jungles. UK company Biotecture have created a green wall for the side of Edgware Road Underground station in London which sits near the busy, and very polluted, Marylebone Road.

Green walls create new urban jungles

It is hoped that the new wall will help eradicate some of the air pollution in the area. Buildings with green walls are popping up all over the UK thanks to companies like Biotecture. This one is on a library in the town of Grimsby in northeast England. Green wall pioneer, Patrick Blanc created this flourishing facade for the Musee du quai Branly, Paris in 2005. Garden & House.

December 20th, 2011 The Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa designed this “Garden & House” in Tokyo on a very small lot of just 8 x 4 m.

Garden & House

It doesn’t really have a facade or walls: vases, planters, concrete benches, plexiglass railings, full-height windows and curtains form the boundary between inside and outside. Urban Gardening: Indoor and Balcony Gardening Tips. Posted on Nov 19, 2010 in DIY Projects , Emergency Preparedness & Survival , Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading It’s quite feasible to grow your own food even if you live in an urban space and have no outdoor room to garden.

If you have just a bit of space on a balcony, patio or rooftop, you can grow even more. Here’s an overview of how to grow food for yourself and your family if you’re living without a large yard and transportation to move large quantities of plants and supplies to your house. Gardening inside presents unique challenges. Techniques that are simple outside require a bit of ingenuity inside. Supplies: where to find, how to have them shipped Space: small apartments aren’t conducive to traditional fruit-tree growing techniques Light: light levels are drastically reduced on the inside Crops: which will produce in shadier conditions Pollination: certain fruit crops require pollination (generally done by insects) in order to produce Lettuce Peas Bush beans Potatoes Carrots Turnips.