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33 Tips: Lawn To Permaculture Food Forest: Booklet. Waking Times Does the idea of getting fresh, nutritious food right out in front of you kitchen door sound like a good idea in these turbulent times? A growing movement to reclaim, restore, and re-localize our relationship to food is happening all around us, and you can participate by re-thinking what you do with the under-utilized space outside of your home. The manicured, grassed, perennially green American lawn is a symbol of a passing era when people had little understanding of how the developing industrialized food system could do them harm by overuse of pesticides, anti-biotics and herbicides, by depletion the soil, and by genetic modification of food crops. Rather than acquiescing to the health tyranny of modern food production, today’s forward-thinking citizens and rebels are re-developing the model for the American lawn, and bringing forth a new kind of revolution… an edible one.

This article is offered under Creative Commons license. Build A Living Kid's Playhouse That Brings Them Back To NatureHealthy Holistic Living. When we were young, outside wasn’t just the best option, it was the only option. It was the only option I considered anyway. Still years away from home computers and social media, we had marbles, toy cars, and adventures. To make it to an unknown plot of forest was equivalent to a brand new adventure of at least the entire day. Maybe two, if we were lucky. Society’s shift has been clear and it’s a shift indoors.

The Runner Bean “Teepee” Den This one is probably the easiest of all the playhouses to create, plus one that will give you some tasty runner beans for the whole family to enjoy throughout the summer season. What You Need: 1) 8 – 10 long bamboo canes (6 – 7 feet minimum). 2) Gardening string or a cable tie or similar. 3) A packet of runner bean seeds. 4) Large roll of gardening string or a roll of chicken wire (optional).

Method 1) Choose a spare area of garden, either on a border, or on the lawn. 4) Dig one square foot (12″x 12″ and 12″ deep) around the bases if the bamboo canes. Incredible DIY Terrarium Ideas. Terrariums have become hugely popular lately. If you're interested in creating your own capsule of green, check out these incredible terrarium ideas plus instructions for making your own. Bring some greenery into your life with these beautiful terrarium ideas… Asian-themed Terrarium Image Source For a bit of Eastern influence for your terrarium, this scene works perfectly.

Hanging Terrarium Image Source Terrariums don't have to be confined to the tabletop. Desert Terrarium Image Source Succulents and sand make the perfect desert-themed terrarium. Water Terrarium Image Source Don't assume terrariums need to be a dry affair, either. Terrarium with Orchid Image Source Orchids grow really well in the humid conditions of a terrarium, and look stunning. Hurricane Lantern Terrarium Image Source Think outside the jar when choosing your terrarium container.

Spice Jar Terrarium Image Source Even old spice jars look incredible! Sea Shell Terrarium Image Source Hobbit-Inspired Terrarium Image Source Image Source. 10 Houseplants That Ease Stress, Purify Your Home, And Are Impossible To Kill. Houseplants are a truly delightful addition to any home. They’re a great decoration, but they also have profound impacts besides just looking good. They create a relaxed ambiance in pretty any room of your home. According to a 2008 study, researchers found that hospital patients who had plants in their rooms reported much less stress than those who didn’t.

That’s why we’ve compiled for you this useful guide to the 10 easiest houseplants to grow. Enjoy! 1. Aloe Vera, Aloe barbadensis miller Image: Tom Parnell Aloe vera is one of my favorite plants to grow. 2. Image: Aaron Gustafson NASA found that the English Ivy is one of the most purifying houseplants you can have, but be warned! 3. Image: Jnzl’s Public Domain Photo Rubber trees are fast growing and easy to please. 4. Image: Oliver Quinlan The peace lily is a wonderful, easy to grow and impossible to kill houseplant that periodically sends up the gorgeous white flowers you see above. 5.

Image: woodleywonderworks 6. Image: lukestehr 7. 8. 9. 30 Insanely Clever Gardening Tricks. Vertical Gardening Ideas: Tube Planters - Gardening Gone Wild. I was transformed into a lover and student of vertical gardening after seeing Patrick Blanc’s vertical wall designs years ago in a magazine. I’ve written about vertical gardening on GGW over the past few years. Since then, the field has continued to grow at a quick pace. The horticultural industry is focusing more and more on green roofs and vertical gardening, realizing that these two forms of gardening are not only environmentally beneficial but can help expand peoples’ horizons of how to create a garden when dealing with an unconventional space.

In he 1980s, Pat McWhinney noticed that many rock and waterfall type projects were lacking plant life around the rock formations. Tube planters are made of an industrial cloth: Patrick has them sown up by a seamstress into circular tubes and lengths of varying dimensions. Five tube planters secured to a latticed screen, ready to be planted. An example of a single tube (on the production table) planted with a lush variety of succulents.

Mushroom Garden Patches. By Terri Marie Beauséjour Copyright 1999, all rights reserved. Have you ever considered growing mushrooms in your garden? A wide variety of fungi possess qualities of edibility and/or aesthetic beauty appropriate for both the flower and kitchen gardens, or even for general landscaping. They may be grown with no greater effort than that required for plants. In fact, many varieties will thrive nicely with little or no maintenance. Agaricus species (the Portobello, the Prince, the Horse Mushroom, etc.) are adaptable to grassy areas among trees. Edible Tricholomas growing in a Garden in Thailand. Intrigued? You should begin by taking a fresh view of your garden or landscape from a new perspective; analyze its "fungamentals.

" Note conditions of sun and shade, wind and humidity. Once you have considered the possibilities, you should determine what mushroom varieties are suitable and desirable. Coprinus comatus The delicious Shaggy Mane. Macrolepiota procera and M. rachodes Lepista nuda Sources. Hanging Basket Garden. We have a sweet little backyard at our new house but with a rambunctious puppy and a curious two-year-old, many of my efforts to plant things in the ground have been thwarted. Well, more like dug up, chewed up, and pulled apart.

I was determined to have some sort of herb garden so I got smart and came up with my own version of a vertical garden. I used supplies I already had on hand and bought herbs and flowers that would take the same amount of sun. I put this together on a Sunday afternoon and have enjoyed it from my kitchen window all week! 1. This is a great project for renters, apartment dwellers, or anyone who wants to enjoy just a little bit more greenery. Use this same idea in your studio to house crafting supplies, store your fruits and vegetables where you can see them in your kitchen, or add it to your bathroom to store toilet paper and washcloths. 1. This is a great project for renters, apartment dwellers, or anyone who wants to enjoy just a little bit more greenery. 4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel.

Container gardening isn't only for savvy urban gardeners and folks with limited space to grow, it can also be for folks who want to maximize their yields in a controlled environment. Not only does growing potatoes in a barrel reduce the amount of weeding and exposure to pests and fungi, you don't even have to risk shovel-damage to the tender potatoes by digging them out of the ground when they're done, just tip the container over! After extensive research to plan my own potatoes-in-a-barrel, I've boiled all of the recommendations down to 4 simple steps to a winning potato harvest. 1. Select and prepare a container You'll need to pick out a container such as a 50-gallon trash barrel or one of those half whiskey barrel planters. Good drainage is critical for the cultivation of healthy potatoes so you'll want to cut or drill a series of large drainage holes in the bottom and bottom sides of your container. 2. 3. 4.

Other tips to grow bushels of barrel potatoes More gardening tips. Green Walls: Integrating Nature into Buildings | Sponsored by Tournesol Siteworks | Originally published in June 2011. In recent years, green roof technology has become an accepted sustainable design strategy as the benefits and advantages have become better known and proven design options have become more available. A corresponding interest is emerging among designers and owners who are also considering installing vegetated green walls on the outsides of their buildings or on interior walls.

There have been a number of historical or traditional strategies to add vegetation to walls, such as installing a trellis system, but recently the option of truly living walls has become viable. The overriding concept of such a green wall is based on planting or mounting a series of living, growing plants on a vertical surface. In response to this interest, there are now several manufacturers of green wall systems currently offering solutions to North American architects.

Overview of Vegetated Living Walls Introducing vegetation onto building surfaces is hardly a new concept. Design Goals and Green Wall Benefits. Five reasons for vertical gardening. Plants have certain requirements of their own such as sunlight, nutrients and support. So, while planting pots and plants, all this have to be taken care of. Vertical gardening is a kind of trend that first started up in large cities where yard space is very little. The idea behind vertical gardening is that one doesn’t need to have large spaces to produce exclusive gardens or good harvest. One can also plant these plants along a vertical plane which would also act like a fence. 1. The factors involved in vertical gardening is that it uses limited space and grow more. 2. Like, if you don’t have your own pets, it may happen that neighborhood pets destroy your vertical garden as for them it’s just a litter. 3. Normally, the plants diseases are spread when they are in direct contact with the soil which is not so in case of vertical gardening or in case of hanging planters. 4. 5.

27 Medicinal Plants Worth Your Garden Space. Please be sure to Join our email list and receive all our latest and best tutorials daily – free! We’ve discovered a fantastic article listing 27 of the top medicinal plants – together with details of their potential uses. These plants can be really handy to have around if you know their value. One thing I would suggest is to print out the full article (you might need to do a little copy-pasting and tidying up) and then keep the printout together with your first aid kit. If you need one of the remedies, the last thing that you want is to be surfing the web trying to remember the name of that web site that you discovered last year! We’ve summarized the list here with links to our own full length articles on the herbs. To this list I would certainly add Lavender, Rosemary, Garlic and Oregano! Note – articles on herbs-info.com are not medical advice and are not meant to be a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional, nor a recommendation to self-medicate.

Is it... a) Abs P.S. Mini Agros. Urban Vertical Garden Built From 100's Of Soda Bottles. As part of an innovative partnership called Home Sweet Home (Lar Doce Lar) between multidisciplinary design firm Rosenbaum and TV producer Luciano Huck, the teams went through dozens of Brazilian homes doing dramatic makeovers of interior and exterior spaces. On their 48th home Rosenbaum designed a pretty amazing vertical garden that was suspended in a narrow walkway just outside the house. Reponse to the garden was so huge the firm quickly released design schematics (in Portugese) detailing how to build one. A huge thanks to the team at Rosenbaum for sharing these photos with Colossal! How to build My 50 Dollar Greenhouse. First off – you really can build this thing very cheaply, but to do so you have to recycle, freecycle, and scrounge.

If you just go out and buy new everything it will probably cost over $200 – still not bad all in all.This Article is featured in Jan 2010 issue of Birds and Blooms Magazine! Want to find out if this thing works before you read all this? Read 6 months in the Greenhouse first.Want to see what happens when a few inches of wet snow accumulates on this? Collapse! My $50 Greenhouse Welcome Stumbleupon Gardeners! Materials list Construction Steps Hind Sight – What I would do differently The planning is over and construction on my hoop house greenhouse has begun. After some research I’ve decided to build the structure of the hoop house out of 20 ft. joints of three quarter inch PVC plumbing pipe.

My hoop house green house is going to be 11 feet wide and 15 feet long, and will be about seven and a half feet tall in the center. If your Greenhouse is too Flat it will collapse! Thusly. Window Farming: A Do-It-Yourself Veggie Venture. DIY Plant Containers. We like it wild: bottle gardens. As much as we love to garden, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. If there’s a way we can shorten our to-do list, we’ll take it. This week’s project, a no-fuss recycled windowsill herb garden, has knocked watering the plants off our list. Self-watering planters like these aren’t a new idea; we remember our own childhood craft books that taught us how to poke holes through Dixie cups or invert two liter plastic bottles to grow our own little bean garden.

This grown-up version is much better looking and works great for small herbs and plants. We used beer bottles for ours, but you could make a larger garden with wine bottles too. Although this project may take a little more effort than your average windowsill garden initially, the pay off is worth it for us: we get to usefully recycle bottles, we get fresh herbs we don’t have to dote on, and we get a sparkling window display. CLICK HERE for the full (photo illustrated) project steps after the jump! Keyhole Gardens. Keyhole Gardens First made popular in Africa, keyhole gardens are catching on in Texas and other hot, dry places.

Keyhole gardens hold moisture and nutrients due to an active compost pile placed in the center of a round bed. Although most helpful in hot and dry locations a keyhole garden will improve growing conditions in just about any climate. From a bird's eye view the garden is shaped as a keyhole. Keyhole Garden in Central Texas, Deb Tolman uses keyhole gardens as the main source of her own food supply, and is working on ways to keep them producing throughout multiple seasons and conditions. Keyhole garden in Lesotho by Send a Cow, who first popularized keyhole gardens in Africa.

Keyhole garden. Keyhole garden by Send a Cow. A keyhole garden in Ethiopia. Keyhole garden in Uganda by Send a Cow. Keyhole garden scheme. When it rains or when you water your compost, the nutrients will seep into the surrounding bed. Step by step photos of a keyhole garden build. libertygarden.us How to: How to Make a Hanging Gutter Garden | Nest In Style | Modern. Garden. Lifestyle. 20 Creative Ways to Upcycle Pallets in your Garden | Building A Chicken Coop? Read This First.

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