Gardens / Guides

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...gardens make use of limited space. This works well with shallow root plants like greens. Watercress is a great ground cover, loves shade and is one of the healthiest greens you can find. Instead of ornamental perennials, throw in a kale plant or a head of romaine lettuce. Ferns grow well in the shade, give you an...

Keyhole Garden
Landscaping

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...gardens are widely considered an efficient way to produce food because they eliminate the wasted space created by paths found in both traditional row gardening and raised bed gardens. They also create a healthy, rich soil that delivers maximum nutrients to your plants. The efficiency of the keyhole garden is also sup...

building with recycled shipping pallets
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Building with recycled shipping pallets

b sq. Design Studio Inc. is a Toronto based landscape design and build firm that endeavours to create elegant and modern landscapes with a focus on sustainability and longevity for their work. “Plug and Play – the Pallet Garden” is their 5th feature garden installation for the annual Canada Blooms Garden Festival. ...

Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden
Food production

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...gardens: Lasagne gardens save money – much of what they are is recycled stuff Lasagna gardening improves and builds up the soil – adding drainage and tilth to clay soils and sandy soils Lasagna gardens are low maintenance – no-till and easy to do by following the simple instructions below Lasagna gardening gi...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great tips for growing food in small spaces

...gardens Keyhole gardens are designed to maximize space by eliminating the need for walkways as found in traditional row gardening or with raised beds. The design is also intended to be draught-resistant and deliver nutrients via compost throughout the entire growing season. Keyhole gardens are a raised style bed th...

Edible Perennials
Landscaping

A guide to growing edible perennials.

...gardens and all about sustainable landscaping in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...gardens. A lot of maintenance : Some people love to mow the lawn, but for the most part, this is a task that few would miss, even with gas-powered garden tools. Since most of these have two-stroke engines, that makes them serious polluters. Gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment (GLGE) ranging from string tri...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...gardens. The new house Providing natural light and air was behind the idea of using the three-storey stairwell as a vertical ventilation ‘chimney’ topped with programmable venting skylights. Open concept and/or dynamic partitions allow complete cross ventilation at each level which feeds into the vertical sta...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...gardens and living green walls inside homes. Heat pump water heaters help cool a home as they extract heat from the air to generate hot water . Rather than shooting hot air at your neighbours house, a heat pump water heater converts heat in the air into hot water, and the result is that it expels cool air. We think t...

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

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...gardens. If you have native and drought resistant plants that need to be removed, set them aside for replanting afterwards. They obviously like your property and will do well. Build with your own wood: If there are trees that have to come down, see about finding a use for them. Hire someone with a portable mill a...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...gardens, large windows with outside views, fresh and friendly colours, task and ambient lighting, earth-tone fabrics, and soothing textures like wood and stone to enhance the patient experience, “says Alex Sullo, Director, Facilities Services, Bluewater Health. “At the same time, we focused on specific features to enha...