Ground cover plants / Guides

“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?

...ground-cover alternatives that actually save a lot of maintenance, cost and water these are commonly referred to as “Ground cover.” Groundcover Plants as an alternative to Standard Grass Lawns Groundcovers sprawl across the ground, keeping low and eliminating the need to mow, providing the perfect alternative to cl...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...ground covers available that are low maintenance, require infrequent cutting and are even edible. View The EcoHome Guide to Eco-Friendly Lawn Alternatives and Ground Cover Plants Here Invasive species: Dog strangling vine is prevalent across Ontario and West Quebec © Ecohome Over the last couple of centuries,...

Edible Perennials
Landscaping

A guide to growing edible perennials.

...plants and ground cover. Plants that enjoy similar conditions and/or have a symbiotic relationship with one another are often arranged near one another in guilds. Careful consideration to conditions such as soil and exposure to sun as well as guild mates is wise given the significant investment and permanence involved ...

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

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

...plants are best for growing microgreens? A windowsill microgreen garden can be started with leafy vegetable plants, salad greens, herbs . You can either do a mono-crop with one type, or mix it up a bit. Some of the easier plants to grow are lettuce, kale, radishes, beets, broccoli, or even some edible flowers like su...

Natural backyard swimming pool design (NSP)
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...Plants: Three kinds of plants typically regulate the natural cycle of swimming ponds: 1) Floating plants: Water lilies and other floating plants rooted in the bottom provide shade and protect micro-organisms from UV rays. 2) Oxygenating plants: By absorbing nitrates and phosphates, submerged and free floating pla...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

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

...Plants, Tools & Gardening products Online with delivery to the door, try here . Strawberry plants in a half oak wine barrel - ideal for a smaller space While it's true that many plants will demand a minimum of 6 hours of direct sun per day there are several 'shade vegetables' that will tolerate or thrive in par...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...ground) to preheat or precool air being fed into the air exchanger. For additional heat we installed two little mini-split heat pumps (one head on the ground floor and another upstairs) which can extract heat from the outside air down to temperatures as low as -27.7°C. The air exchanger will then take care of circula...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...cover the entrance well with a sheet and go in with gloved hands and try to gently grab it. It may at that point be covered in ash; if so, you could contact a local wildlife rescue center to see if they can help. Certainly keep woodstove doors closed when not in use so that they don’t end up in your house. Stopping r...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

1. Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles © Ecohome We’ll start with shingles to get it out of the way, because choosing an eco-friendly, durable roof covering starts first with dismissing any idea of installing asphalt shingles. High-embodied energy, rarely if ever recycled, they deteriorate rapidly with UV ray...