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OpenFarm Seeks To Expand Gardening Knowledge

OpenFarm Seeks To Expand Gardening Knowledge

If you need a little assistance here and there, have specific gardening questions or just need a place to start, it’s nice to have some tools on hand. There are tons of products, apps and other resources aimed at making gardening easier for the average person. A relatively new concept called OpenFarm seeks to up the usefulness factor of gardening related information. Rory Aronson has come up with idea to develop a large-scale gardening guide database. Recently funded on Kickstarter, OpenFarm lets users check out everything from soil and growing conditions to plant and crop how-tos. Check out the video. What makes… read more

Is Joining a Co-op For You?

Is Joining a Co-op For You?

If you have ever spent way too much on minimal and sub-par groceries, especially produce and beef, you might want to change the way you shop. Joining a food cooperative is an increasingly popular option for purchasing food. Co-ops help format sustainable relationships that are good for you, the community and the service providers that make our foods. Records state that cooperatives date back to as early as 1761 in Scotland with the organization of the Fenwick Weavers’ Society, and consumer co-op numbers worldwide are now perhaps in the millions. Local food is better in terms of freshness and nutrition, and… read more

Year Round Uses Of Sunflower Gardens

Year Round Uses Of Sunflower Gardens

Planting a sunflower garden is great way to add height and color to a lackluster patch in the yard. Though nice to look at, their seeds also have a wide range of uses. Sunflower seeds can be turned into products that can be used all year around the home. Sunflowers have been grown for many 1000’s of years, as knowledge of their usefulness spread along with their seed crops. They were commonly used for seeds and oil, as well as for medicine and for their fibers, and are still an essential ingredient in these and many other items. Sunflower gardens need a space that… read more

At Home With An Architect

At Home With An Architect

Most would think that an architect’s home would be a top of the line, aesthetic retreat that is out of an affordable range for most. However, not all in the profession think the same of what luxury is, or what features an ideal home has. Emilio Fuscaldo, founder of Nest Architects, designed his own home with smart, practical elements that are more geared toward sustainability than extravagance. The lot size for this Australian home is compact, so every inch of the construction was considered for its usefulness. Though the brick exterior may look boxed and simple, it contains several serious green features that… read more

Natural Pest Control

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Gardens are a lot of work, and anyone who has ever had one knows that an increased effort is involved when aiming for an organic one. Instead of relying on insecticides to rid your garden of infestations, it is essential to consider a few ways to incorporate natural pest control into your garden before you start to plant. Give some thought beforehand of natural ways to control pests. Don’t fall prey to the misconception that if you just spray a little homemade repellant here and there, weed and water, things will just naturally grow pest free. Don’t fail to consider native insects,… read more

Food Straight From The Trash

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Growing fruits and vegetables from seeds is one way to grow your own, but another way to cultivate your own plants can be done with the parts of food that is normally thrown away. This process is simple and can definitely extend a grocery budget, as applying this economical way of gardening utilizes all of the plant. DIY-n-Crafts has a resource guide and instructions on how to grow 25 different foods from scraps. Consider the climate and indoor temperature when choosing which items to grow. Ideas for produce that grows well this way are fruits and vegetables like pineapples, avocados, carrots,… read more

Out of The Ordinary Herb Gardens

Out of The Ordinary Herb Gardens

Herbs can be a favorite of many gardeners. Herbs can be grown any time of year indoors with proper lighting and growing conditions. Outdoor herb gardens are usually started once the fear of frost is gone. Some can be grown from seeds and others do best when started outside as rooted plants. Many are easy to grow and some varieties require only minimal upkeep with just occasional weeding and watering in drought conditions. For example, mint and many types of oregano will completely take over more than their share of garden space without much care. Themed herb gardens like pizza… read more

The Lure Of A Courtyard

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Courtyards have been used in residences and businesses worldwide throughout history. Along with their inviting appeal, they can also be energy efficient spaces. One study examined how the use of courtyards in the Mediterranean area also serves a functional purpose as passive energy systems. The walls, placement and size of courtyards can lend to considerably cooler temperatures in warmer weather. Courtyards are popular in many regions where the weather is accommodating to outdoor living. From Klopf Architecture, this Eichler style remodel incorporated existing gables and a centrally located garden turning the home into an open and inviting place. The new enclosed courtyard… read more

The Quest for a Chemical Free Garden

The Quest for a Chemical Free Garden

A few summers back, I tried to have a completely organic garden…and failed. Miserably. My garden was free of all pesticides and chemicals, and the only protection was fencing to keep the wildlife out. Good cultivated earth, nutrient-rich topsoil, seeds, sun and water only. It’s amazing how these simple ingredients can invite a whole slew of little things, overnight even, that will take over your entire carefully tendered space. My organic experience ended up looking like, well, a science fiction experiment. Several strange creatures swarmed my garden, and at times my entire yard. The party had started, and it lasted… read more

Edible Flower Recipes That Celebrate Sunny Days

Edible Flower Recipes That Celebrate Sunny Days

Flowers have been used in culinary applications for centuries. They can be put in nearly any food or beverage, used as garnishes and can be candied or added to sugar for a delicate, naturally sweet touch. Flowers that are truly edible must not be treated with any preservatives or pesticides, and be certain they are actually consumable and not poisonous. Edible flowers can normally be found at specialty stores, bakeries or gourmet food shops. Typically the flowers found from florists are not of a consumable nature. You can also try growing your own culinary flower garden. Cut flowers will last… read more