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Green 3D Printer Prints Living Designs From Organic “Ink” Project PrintGREEN is turning 3D printers into on-demand gardeners after designing a “green” 3D printer in 2013.

Green 3D Printer Prints Living Designs From Organic “Ink”

The printer produces living prints, printing customized objects in a variety of sizes and forms. The project was created at the University of Maribor in Slovenia, conceived of by students Maja Petek, Tina Zidanšek, Urška Skaza, Danica Rženičnik and Simon Tržan, with help from their mentor Dušan Zidar. The project’s goal is to unite art, technology, and nature, creatively producing living designs with the help of technology. The “ink” in the machine is a combination of soil, seeds, and water which can be designed to print in any shape or letter. After drying, the muddy mixture holds its form and begins to sprout grass from the organic material.

All images by PrintGREEN. Self-Sustaining Garden: Beginners Guide to Matrix Gardening. Planning Your Landscaping 101 (National Gardening Association) Consider making curved, raised beds in your landscape out of natural materials, such as stone, to create additional visual interest.

Planning Your Landscaping 101 (National Gardening Association)

Fences offer places for plants to grow and a way to distinguish one area of the garden from another. Don't forget simple natural elements, such as rocks in the garden. They help break up a planting bed and can double as stepping stones. Don't be afraid to grow your edible flowers, shrubs and trees in the front yard where everyone can appreciate them. Simple water gardens provide habitat for frogs, dragonflies and exotic plants. While an edible landscape is a special type of landscape due to the emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and herbs, the process of creating a landscape plan is the same as with purely ornamental features.

Your Landscaping Scrapbook In an effort to be as specific as possible, the first step into your new landscape is a purely imaginary one -- a scrapbook filled with images that appeal to you. Three-Dimensional Thinking Draw a rough map. Easy Ideas for Landscape Design.

Cottage Garden Style

Drought-Tolerant. Moon Garden. Stepables: Perfect Plants for Paths and Walkways. Plants that can stand some foot traffic deserve a spot in every garden.

Stepables: Perfect Plants for Paths and Walkways

They are hardworking, soften your hard scape, and add texture, scent and beauty to an otherwise utilitarian space…a walkway. Just because a plant can take light foot traffic doesn’t mean you should play football on it. These plants still need water and basic care, but are low maintenance plants. Make sure you pay attention to their sun/shade and water needs. Many of them spread and multiply as well. Creeping Thyme Golden Creeping Jenny Corsican Mint Dwarf Bugleweed Creeping Speedwell Scotch or Irish Moss Creeping Sedum.

Shade Loving Plants

Foliage not Flowers! Your garden doesn’t have to be a flamboyant display of bright blooms to be a “garden”.

Foliage not Flowers!

In fact, some of the most interesting gardens in the world rely on foliage to supply color and interest. Green is not the only color of leaves, either. The plant world is full of varied choices full of color, texture and form that can carry off a fun, whimsical space, or the most formal and elegant of gardens. How, and why would we garden with just foliage, not flowers? Glad you asked… Why? Foliage gardens require less upkeep, since they don’t require the deadheading that flowering plants do.Green is one of the most visually calming colors, so planting a garden with foliage tends to make a space worth relaxing in.Without flowers, a visitor to the garden tends to look closer, appreciating the texture of a leaf, and the variations of color and form. How to Use Foliage, not Flowers First of all, the same old rules of design apply to foliage plants.

Image Credits: Fine Foliage You might also like: Rain Gardens: The Essential Guide. Rain Gardens: Embracing the Environment to Create Thoughtful Spaces.

Rain Gardens: The Essential Guide

You probably know from our previous article “Permeable Paving: The Essential Guide" that it is possible to allow water to infiltrate paths and roads with the use of permeable paving. But have you ever heard of the possibility of imitating natural forest infiltration within your own garden? What is a Rain Garden? The rain garden, as its name suggests, is a group of planting arrangements that make use of rainwater. The rain garden is usually small and can be incorporated into pretty much any outdoor design. Balam Estate Rain Garden provide an effective stormwater management.

What differentiates this planting design from others is that it includes a shallow constructed depression planted with deep-rooted plants and grasses. Why Would I Need to Have One? What Sort of Plants Should Be Used? In order to attain the desired outcome, one must pay attention to selecting the appropriate plants.