Sowing seeds, connecting to nature

Posted on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 by

From golden sand dunes rising along the Lake Michigan shoreline to vibrant prairies bustling with the songs of migratory birds, my job as a community stewardship manager in Chicago always reminds me that the seeds you sow can have unexpected — and sometimes incredible — results. Take, for example, Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood, which […]

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Urban Farm Hack: Improve Soil With Sheet Mulch

Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by

Avoid weeds and build soil with sheet mulch—it’s a heckuva lot easier than weeding the garden! There are few places in the natural world—short of deserts, beaches and rocky landscapes—where the earth stands bare and exposed. Generally, soil wants to be covered. The plants that many of us call “weeds” in the garden are those […]

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L.A. City Council signs off on permit-free curbside gardening

Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 by

 (Photo: LAGreenGrounds/flickr) Thanks to a new ordinance approved earlier this month by the Los Angeles City Council,  guerrilla gardeners will soon be able to go about their greenthumbed business in a slightly less guerrilla fashion. In the past, Los Angeles residents needed to obtain a $400 permit to grow fruits, vegetables or herbs on city-owned parkways — those […]

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Urban gardening growbeds water themselves

Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 by

If you’d like to get started growing some of your own food, but you don’t have a lot of room or a lot of time, these wicking beds might help you quickly sprout a garden. The Noocity GrowBed, which is basically a modular wicking bed, except that it’s made from lightweight materials (not old pallets), […]

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These folks feed their family with a garden in their swimming pool

Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by

When Dennis and Danielle McClung bought a foreclosed home in Mesa, Ariz., in 2009, their new yard featured a broken, empty swimming pool. Instead of spending a small fortune to repair and fill it, Dennis had a far more prescient idea: He built a plastic cap over it and […]

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World’s Tallest Indoor Living Wall Sprouts in Quebec City

Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by

“The wall is fully hydroponic (i.e. soil-free) and incorporates plants that thrive in similar vertical environments found in nature, such as on tree branches and next to waterfalls. The end result is a visually pleasing piece that provides cleaner indoor air and improves both the acoustic and the value of the property.” The vertical garden’s […]

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The Green Loop

Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by

New York City produces over 14 Million tons of trash every year with most of it trucked long-haul to out-of-state landfills. In a typical year, it spends more than $300 million dollars on trash transport while incurring a hefty environmental bill along the way. The Green Loop is a […]

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Easy-to-install living wall system uses felt pockets for plants

Posted on Thursday, August 1st, 2013 by

Handmade out of recycled, non-toxic, pH neutral and non-reactive PET plastic felt, plants can be inserted into the 10 by 6-inch pockets via a “root wrapper” that allows them to grow right in their original soil, while enabling home gardeners to switch out plants as needed. The microfibers in the material then allow equal watering […]

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