Vertical Farming: A Solution To The Lighting Problem Hanging Gardens of Babylon Vertical Farming is the future of agriculture. Though it’s not a new concept at all. The Babylonians did it long ago with the legendary Hanging Gardens. We just need to figure out a way to do it economically and practically. The Economist questions whether vertical farming is a viable solution to our food woes. Most people when they first hear about the concept of a vertical farm get excited about the prospect. Biggest Problems: Lighting and expense. How do you get light to the center of the building so that crops can grow, and how do you build the farm in a cost efficient manner? It’s very expensive to build a building, especially one that will be a farm. Expense Solution: If one could get past the problem of lighting, the expense would take care of itself IF you light the interior of the vertical farm naturally with sunlight. Lighting the interior of the vertical farm with artificial light is very expensive and could be counter productive. Vertical or Diagonal?
The World’s First Vertical Forest: An I’d like to introduce you to the world’s first Bosco Verticale (Italian for Vertical Forest), which is being built right now in Milan. According to Christopher Woodward, a writer for the Financial Times, it’s “the most exciting new tower in the world.” This vertical forest will span across two towers that have fabulous balconies designed to house these trees. The pictures below are an image of how it’s projected to look, although I wonder if once the project is completed if it will take a decade for the trees to grow to that height. When it’s all said and done, this vertical forest will consist of 900 trees, 5,000 bushes and 11,000 plants. This forest, designed by architect Stefano Boeri, will allow the greenery to get shade in the summer, sunlight in the winder and protection from the wind while it cleans the air, produces oxygen and cuts down on all the noise pollution in Milan. Via: [Amusing Planet] [Treehugger]
Grow The Easiest Garden on Earth Grow 53 Plants In 4 Sq Ft With A DIY Vertical Garden Tower Print this Post For anyone that is thinking about having a garden tower, John from Growing Your Greens made this great video to show us how to make the potting soil that you need to fill the tower with. He adds so many things that will make what ever is grown in the tower super nutritious. He adds multiple rock dusts so that the plants can get loads of vitamins and minerals as well as compost and other things. Growing Your Greens For the frugal and ambitious Half Pint Homestead even has a video out that shows how to make the garden tower. Half-Pint Homestead Click here to read the step by step tutorial for building a vertical Garden Barrel Growing System project: Permanent link to this article: 100 Best DIY Sites On The Web 100 Best DIY Sites on the Web Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 6:06pm by Site Administrator DIY offers a great way to take on personal projects and make things your own. Although often DIY focuses primarily on home improvement, the DIY ethic expands out to arts, technology, and so much more. Check out these categories and more in our list of DIY sites that’s sure to get you inspired to get up and make something yourself. Home Improvement In these sites, you’ll find fun and useful projects to take on at home. Arts & Crafts Whether you want to learn how to make your own macro lens, or just find a knitting pattern, these sites will have what you’re looking for. Tech Find everything you want to know about hacking gadgets, electronics, and more from these sites. Makezine: Learn how to make your own fun electronic and tech toys with this site.Freedom to Tinker: Check out this site to learn how to modify and repair tech devices.Hack This Site! Lifehacking General
The Mountain Rose Blog 5 Simple Ways to Create a DIY Living Wall Photo: ELT Vibrant living walls are a striking way to infuse a little more green in urban areas (not to mention the air quality health benefits they provide) -- and having your own is easier than you'd think. No space? 1. ELT started out making living walls for commercial spaces in Mumbai -- but now you can put their expertise to use in your home with the DIY kits. The super-simple kits come in two sizes, single and double, and mount on an interior wall so you can bring a little bloom to any room in your home. 2. Photo: Woolly PocketWoolly Pocket's Wally gardening system consists of bright pockets constructed from recycled plastic bottles, with a design that makes them durable, breathable, and soft -- plus they're modular, so you can combine as many as you need for a custom design. 3. Photo: Plants on Walls The Floraframe living wall kits from Plants on Walls combine modern aesthetics with natural blooms. 4. Photo: Bright Green USA 5.
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The Curated Eight: DIY Herb Gardens - Inspired by CharmInspired by Charm Okay. Seriously. Mother Nature, I am completely ready for spring. Love, Michael I don’t know what things are like in your neck of the woods. The winter chill is still in the air here in Central PA. Today I’m starting a new IBC series called The Curated Eight. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. That’s it! In other news … we have a winner!