DIY Vertical Garden A DIY Vertical Garden Example Ever since coming across Patrick Blanc’s vertical garden I’ve been interested to observe how this technology might transform the home gardening scene. I mean, it’s only a matter of time before we begin running out room for gardens to grow on a horizontal plane. Yet vertical – that’s another dimension altogether. For most home gardeners the concept isn’t a new one.
TD Centre’s ‘living roof’ like a farm in the city This week I stood on the freshly greened roof of the Toronto-Dominion Centre banking pavilion, surrounded by a field of creek sedge grass. Bounded on all sides by steel and concrete skyscrapers, the oasis was surreal and thrilling. It felt strangely illicit – as if a tract of farmland had been floated down on the city’s financial district. The transformation of heat-absorbing asphalt roof-scapes into energy-saving canvases of greenery is being embraced not only by businesses, but university and condominium developers. Living roofs are also increasingly being promoted as therapeutic tools for health-care facilities. There are courtyards at CAMH on Queen Street West, an extensive fragrant garden at the CNIB, and the Royal Victoria Health Centre in Barrie has just installed nine green roofs.
Manga farming 12 Apr 2010 Tokyo-based artist Koshi Kawachi recently demonstrated his "Manga Farming" technique -- which uses old manga as a growing medium for vegetables -- by cultivating a crop of radish sprouts in an installation at the Matsuzakaya department store in Nagoya. [Link: Koshi Kawachi] 12 Vertical Garden Tutorials There's a saying in the construction biz. It goes something like this: If you can't build out, build up. It's also the fuel that started the vertical gardening craze. But for those of us with the space to put in horizontal gardens, the vertical still beacon. Why?
The Produce Worker's Guide to Storing 25 Common Fruits and Veggies Popular in Food & Drink Unless you belong to a CSA or grow your own garden, produce can take up a huge chunk of your grocery budget, and throwing away food can also feel like throwing away money. As a former professional cook and produce worker, however, I know that getting the most out of your produce can be tricky if you don't know the best way to store or prep it. (See also: Waste Not, Want Not: Stop Throwing Away Your Food!) A note about freezing in general — there's less chance of freezer burn when you use a sealable freezer-weight bag; you can also suck out the air with a drinking straw to ensure that there's no air in the bag before you close it. I have also found that freezer bags are ideal when you are really hungry and impatient, because you can rip them open and toss them into whatever you are cooking to shorten the defrost time.
greenUPGRADER - StumbleUpon Gardening is one of the most rewarding home hobbies you can do. It's fun, sustainable and you get healthy, tasty results. A lot of people like the idea of gardening but find excuses like it's too time consuming, it's too expensive, they don't have enough space, blah blah blah. Create your own Vertical Garden Vertical gardening is a fun, creative way to grow plants in urban spaces! Below is just a sample of what you can create with ready-to-go planters and kits. The first few images are of GroVert Vertical Gardening Systems by Bright Green. There are two different sized panels (10 and 45), and each are planted, then hung on the wall using their included mounting bracket. The last images are of living walls made from felt pockets.
How The Taste Of Tomatoes Went Bad (And Kept On Going) : The Salt hide captionNotice how some of these tomatoes have unripe-looking tops? Those "green shoulders" are actually the keys to flavor. pocius/Flickr.com FLIP/CITY SHANGHAI What happens if you rethink a city by flipping it from the horizontal to the vertical? FLIP/CITY proposes a new urban identity for Shanghai as a model for the development of future cities. By questioning traditional typologies, FLIP/CITY redefines methods of organizing communities by preserving the human scale. Vertical Garden Design Another three vertical gardens at the fairs. View project Three green walls at Malmö University.
Live Green Toronto The Eco-Roof Incentive Program promotes the installation of green and cool roofs on Toronto’s existing buildings and new buildings not subject to the Green Roof By-law. Applications are currently being accepted for green and cool roof projects and will be reviewed on a monthly basis, subject to funding availability. The City of Toronto launched the Eco-Roof Incentive Program in 2009 to support the uptake of eco-roofs by building owners, make buildings more sustainable and promote the creation of green jobs. Performance criteria for the Eco-Roof Incentive Program are consistent with the Green Roof Bylaw and the Toronto Green Standard. Learn more: Read the Eco-Roof Case Studies Map: All projects supported by Eco-Roof Incentive Program to May 2013
Want Some Space For A Creative Project? Stay On A Private Island Buying a private island is a little out of reach for most people. But if you happen to be an artist--or anyone working on a creative project--and you’re looking for a quiet place to develop an idea, you might be able to temporarily try out living on a private island for free. Ideas Island, the brainchild of Swedish creativity expert Fredrik Härén, offers up two private islands near Stockholm and one in the Philippines as incubators for ideas. “My work for the last 14 years has been around inspiring people to get more and better ideas, primarily through speeches and books,” Härén explains. “I felt I wanted to give something back and do something that was tangible, different, and fun that would in itself inspire more ideas.” Green Screen: Exotic Plants Crawl Up Living Exterior Walls Talk about tree cover – you could almost miss this whole home while walking by on the street, buried as it is under dense layers of climbing greenery that wrap up and around on three of four sides (as well as the roof). For architects Samyn and Partners and their botanical specialist Patrick Blanc, this project was a complex balance between aesthetics, privacy, and engineering. It was not simple, for instance, to create a waterproof membrane and the necessary irrigation and fertilization systems to support a heavy coat of plant life. The foliage curves to enclose more private spaces within the home, including master and children bedrooms and bathrooms. The one open face is left stark and bare, glazed from floor to ceiling with only thin metal supports spanning to carry large sheets of glass. As illustrated in plan and section, this area contains living and dining rooms as well as a kitchen, all opening toward the outdoors.
Can Urban Farming Go Corporate? Farms have sprouted in cities across the country over the past several years as activists and idealists pour their sweat into gritty soil. Now Paul Lightfoot wants to take urban agriculture beyond the dirt-under-your-nails labor of love. He wants to take it corporate. In June, Lightfoot's company, BrightFarms, announced a deal with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., or A&P, to provide New York City-grown vegetables to the local chain's supermarkets year-round. The goods will grow in what the company says will be the country's largest rooftop greenhouse farm, a high-tech hydroponic operation that will boost yields, allowing the company to face-off with organic vegetables trucked from California, cutting thousands of miles from the supply chain while aiming to provide a fresher product at a competitive price. With similar deals announced for St.