Landscapes & Urban farming

 
Cedar deck and stairs under construction
How to build decks with greater durability - material choices and construction techniques for longer lifespans. Deck building topics: Meeting setbacks and getting permits in Canada Creating a solid base structure: cement pillars (Sonotubes), screw piles, floating deck...
Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
With a little creativity and ingenuity small spaces can be maximized for a greater harvest and look great doing so. As summer approaches, many of us look forward to the unmistakable taste of fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruit, especially those that come from our own soil. For...
Natural backyard swimming pool (NSP)
Say goodbye to chlorine and hello to beauty, by using plants for filtration and oxygenation of natural swimming pools. The origins of natural swimming pools Inspired by the beauty and joy of swimming in mountain lakes, a team of Austrian researchers are credited with launching a...
Living green roof on the Edelwiess house
A living green roof can last far longer than many other roofing systems when installed properly.   Watch more videos The most common building material used for roofing is asphalt shingles, and because of their poor durability they may spend only 15 or 20 years on your...
7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
The year round off-grid greenhouse demystified, a Guest Post by Lindsey Schiller. As a native Californian transplanted into a much cooler climate (Western Quebec), I find myself mourning the loss of fresh local seasonal fruits and veggies all year long, which I understand is...
Flow Frames: A father and son revolutionize beekeeping and put honey on tap.
Imagine siphoning honey straight from the hive, no muss, no fuss, with little to no stress on the bees. Can you imagine having honey on tap straight from your beehive? That is exactly what father and son team Stuart and Cedar Anderson aim to bring to market with an...
 Bosco Verticale, The World's First Vertical Forest
Vertical forests and vertical agriculture have long been dreamed of to help meet the need for urban food production and green space, but nothing ever got past the blueprints. Bosco Verticale in Milan is the first to break ground. Canadian cities are relatively clean, green and few are...
Flooded community in Alberta via Calgary Sun
The effects of our changing climate aren't just coming anymore, they are here. How and where we build has to change as well. . As we have seen all around the globe lately and most recently in Alberta, extreme weather situations of all kinds are changing the baseline norms that we have...
Shaded vegetable garden
Lack of direct sun exposure should not stop you from growing your own food, there are many vegetables that grow in the shade. . If like me, you love to grow your own food but have limited access to all day sun, do not fret - a bountiful harvest is still well within your reach. Just...
Urban Farm Unit
Designer Damien Chivialle re-imagines how we feed our cities, one container at a time.   So, urban agriculture. It's important, right? That’s certainly the conclusion I've come to when pondering the future of food production, our future on this planet, and sustainability in...
Indoor hydroponic vegetable garden
Introducing BioCity's indoor vertical veggie garden. This beautiful installation made with reclaimed wine bottles allows you to grow arugula, chard, strawberries, cherry tomatoes and more all year round in your very own home. . Introducing BioCity's indoor vertical veggie garden. This...
Urban farming
Sustainable home landscaping has permeable surfaces, doesn't require a lot of watering, and ideally incorporates rainwater collection. Urban farming means you can eat what grows there, and that's even better. Plants survived long before humans were around to water them, so we aren't...