Gardens / Guides

Urban farming

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

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...

Why you should Never put Coffee Grounds In the Garden
Exteriors - Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Why to NEVER put coffee grounds on plants or the garden...

...gardens and soil After carefully weeding through the clearly ‘copy and pasted’ expert testimony on what coffee grounds do to soil and finding some credible sources, here is what we've concluded - coffee grounds can be highly acidic and really should only ever be used for acidic loving plants , such as blueberries, rh...

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...

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

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...

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...

Edible Perennials

A guide to growing edible perennials.

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

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...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...gardens, or a simple sunny perch. When designing homes, let’s make the most of our smaller spaces and design for livability. We are at the beginning of a new era of urban living, and livability will become increasingly important as our cities change. As designers, let’s continue to innovate, think outside the box, an...

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food
Food production

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...gardens here – and be careful not to overload it with too rich a compost mix if you are building on acidic or clay soils as that can inhibit plant growth. Another ‘pro’ for lasagna gardening is that the process of building on grass improves the soil quality of your garden, and you can build up additional levels as ne...