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By: Admin    March 20 2018 , 01:51 pm
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Category: Nature , Urban Gardens
On March 21st we celebrate International Day of Forest! The first International Day of Forest was established in 2012 and celebrated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013. This day helps raise awareness of the importance of trees.2018’s Theme: Forest and Sustainable CitiesEach year, a theme is selected by the Collaborative Partnership on Forest (CPF). The theme for 2018 is “Forest and Sustainable Cities.”Some of the key points in this year’s message are to spread the importance of trees in an urban setting. Just because you live in an urban setting does not mean your accessibility to green life needs to decrease! Trees and plants store carbon, which means they reduce the pollution in highly populated areas and filter out harmful particles, producing cleaner air.Have you ever wandered off into the shade on a hot day? That is because the temperature is likely two to eight degrees cooler ...
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By: Admin    July 12 2017 , 09:32 am
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Consider city life that feels more like the country, and neighborhoods designed to give their inhabitants access to everything — without a car!  ‘New Urbanism’ is an architectural movement springing up throughout the world that centers on an eco-friendly approach to urban living. The nostalgia of beautiful architecture is enough for some to embrace this neotraditional development approach, but for others, it is all about the innovations designed to save energy.   What are the benefits of New Urbanism that have increased people opting for this change? A Touch of TraditionTraditionalist or not, New Urbanism holds a sweet spot in the hearts of a growing number of city dwellers.  Designed to mirror the early 20th century town, these neighborhoods are built or renovated for increased walkability, so that residences, schools, restaurants etc., are all in close proximity.With the p...
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By: Admin    May 31 2017 , 02:27 pm
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Category: Eco-Friendly , Nature , DIY , Garden
Greenhouses are a natural attraction to anyone interested in sustainability and minimalism. They extend the growing season of plants and vegetables, giving any gardener more mastery over their produce. But not everyone can afford a greenhouse’s hefty price tag and time-consuming upkeep. HomeAdvisor estimates that a traditionally-sized greenhouse can cost upwards of $13,000 to construct. Enter the mini greenhouse: an affordable, minimalist, DIY-friendly structure that is rapidly gaining popularity. “Mini greenhouses can be tall or short, but generally take up less than about 10 square feet of ground or floor space,” explains Gardening Know How. Many gardeners utilize mini greenhouses “when they need to create a specific microclimate or lack the space required for a larger, more permanent greenhouse structure.” Mini greenhouses are less high-maintenance than full-sized greenhouses, and th...
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By: Admin    May 08 2017 , 01:08 pm
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Think about living in a neighborhood where everyone is excited about fresh, healthy food! All over the United States people are embracing local food production in an exciting new way. Called 'agrihoods,' this new type of neighborhood serves up farm-to-table living in a cooperative environment. Instead of being built around a pool, tennis court or golf course, these housing developments are centered around a farm, often using the sweat-equity of residents to create a sustainable food system for the entire community.Of course, community gardens, urban agriculture, and cohousing communities are nothing new. But as the rapidly growing crop of agrihoods demonstrates, families are eager to create these collaborative efforts in a new setting, often at the same, or lower, prices than a traditional suburban neighborhood.Although the term is new, agrihoods are already popping up all over the United States. Here ...
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By: Admin    May 04 2017 , 08:48 am
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Most people moving into condos and apartments know that giving up a backyard or a garden  plot is part of the deal. Yet as urban gardening catches on, condo-dwellers are finding new ways to continue using their green thumbs.As long as you have a balcony or a patio, some direct sunlight, and a way to provide your plants with water, everything else is quite easy! Successful apartment container gardeners know how to take advantage of every available inch of space.Container gardens offer unparalleled versatility when it comes to size, color, shape and materials. They offer portability and the opportunity to grow new and unique plants. They are relatively lightweight and easy to plant. Many planters also come with a liner that can be removed quickly and easily to swap in a new container arrangement or to move the liner to an area that is easier to plant. These types of gardens also allow the opportunit...
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