Garden / Guides

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...garden for half the yield. Less lawn to mow and free healthy food can be pretty enticing. And involve the local kids in your garden. Growing food is a skill that is lost to most urban dwellers, and it’s a skill our children may urgently need for in the century to come. 3. Energy efficient home upgrades. Since your ...

Disposing of old batteries
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...Garden composters are a great way to recycle kitchen waste into next years tasty tomato and zucchini crops Some leaves can be added to vegetable compost, but larger quantities can be composted in a pile of their own. As with vegetable compost, occasionally turning leaves over with a garden fork speeds up the decomp...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...gardens, rain water collection is a great solution. You should be diverting water from your home anyway, so you likely have an eaves trough system. For under a hundred dollars you can buy a rain barrel with a tap on the bottom for attaching a hose. They come with overflow openings at the top so several barrels can be...

Shaded vegetable garden success
Food production

Growing vegetables in the shade

...Garden!. Now that you know which vegetables grow best in the shade , learn more about how to start a garden and growing food at home in the following pages: How to create a Lasgna Garden - Step by Step Guide Growing food at home in small spaces - 7 top tips Urban farming - a guide to...

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

...gardening at home to produce food crops! As with any hobby, starting small and making a success of it encourages the whole family to get off the couch and their screens and into the garden. One of the easiest ways to make a succesful vegetable garden at home is by doing something called lasagna gardening , but what hap...

Edible Perennials
Landscaping

A guide to growing edible perennials.

When beginning to think about permanent edible landscape design and forest gardening, taking in the general concepts of Permaculture can help tremendously. An edible forest can feature a number of natural layers. Fruit and nut bearing trees can create a canopy, dwarf trees shrubs and vines can create a natural under...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...garden with some independence from water restrictions; to use rainwater for laundry, showers and toilets; for increased water independance. What size of water tank should I choose? Get the biggest tank you can fit in your garden. As a rule of thumb, about 25,000 litres of storage is considered enough for a sm...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...garden. Much more than just a beautiful face, designed from the outset to stringent LEED ® certification standards, and with the possibility of adapting to a Zero Energy Ready home, the Abri models are just one of many Architect designed green prefab eco homes in the growing range from Ecohabitation in Montreal. Crea...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...garden. One great advantage to having a bit of property is the ability to grow your own food. If you have the space, there is little that tastes better than food you grew yourself. In most rural communities you will be able to find local farmers offering vegetables, meats and eggs. In certain ways rural living can’...

Urban Farm Unit - Aquaponics, Hydroponics, Pisciculture and Urban Farming
Food production

Growing food in urban cores with the Urban Farm Unit

...garden, they can produce abundent vegetables and fruits in an urban setting . There are some more ingenious solutions to growing food in urban areas, and for those unfamiliar with aquaponics, the term refers to a sustainable food production system that combines traditional aquaculture (raising fish or aquatic anima...