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    How To Build A Worm Composter

    Worm boxes are excellent additions to the garden. Vermiculture (the process of using worms to decompose organic food waste) is a method of composting that’s been used for centuries. This is a guide on how to build your very own worm box. This is the final product. I didn’t want to paint my worm composter, […] More

  • Green Roof Inspiration

    A green roof—essentially, a garden atop any office building or home—helps save energy, promote drainage, and feed you. Why Build a Green Roof? Sod roofs are common on the Faroe Islands, west of Norway. Traditionally the roof was covered with sod on top of several layers of birch bark over wooden boards. Today, commercial roofing […] More

  • Living Mulch of White Clover

    6 Reasons Why I Chose Clover as a Living Mulch

    I mentioned in my post about building raised beds that I chose to add New Zealand white clover to the edges of the raised bed to act as a living mulch.First off, I should explain what a living mulch is, and how it differs from a cover crop: “In agriculture, a living mulch is a cover […] More

  • The Art Of Henrique Oliveira

    The artist Henrique Oliveira uses old plywood, fencing and PVC as his medium. Recycled from dumpsters and landfills from his home city, São Paulo, Oliveira shapes plywood around PVC forms. Casa dos Leoes, 2009 Biennial, Porto Allegre, Brazil. Turning a house into a sculpture. Casa dos Leoes, 2009, detail. Brazil in Portuguese is Brasil. […] More

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    Vertical Herb Garden

    Herbs, lettuces, and strawberries do not need as much soil as many other plants, so they are good candidates for vertical gardens. 20 Of The World’s Best Vertical Herb Gardens 1) Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Herb Wall Vertical herb garden in the edible garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. The section to the right is a water […] More

  • Insect Hotel

    What Is An Insect Hotel? Insect hotels are winter lodgings for your backyard crawling and flying bugs. Usually made of found or upcycled materials around your yard, these hotels consist of different suites catered to each little bug’s preferred lodging taste. Most hotels are constructed with a strong protective frame of wood boards or pallets and […] More

  • Vertical Farming

    Vertical farms, urban agriculture, hydroponic vertical farms, urban hydroponics, urban skyscraper farms, urban vertical agriculture, skyscraper farming… More

  • Douglas Bullock

    Best Fruit Trees for Seattle

    At my permaculture design course last weekend the guest speaker was Douglas Bullock, of the well-known Bullock Brothers Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island. Douglas was lecturing on the overall topic of soil, and specifically spoke about nitrogen-fixing plants, sheet mulching, microclimates, and last but not least, orchard design and his personal fruit tree recommendations for […] More