Growing in the shade / Guides

Shaded vegetable garden success
Food production

Growing vegetables in the shade the early spring they are oh so very tender. Try them steamed stir fried or in pesto! Recipe for Nettle pesto here. Fiddleheads of the Ostrich Fern: The term -fiddlehead' refers to the new shoots of the fern, which resemble the curled head of a fiddle just as they begin their accent into full grown fronds. These d...

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

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

...ining. Drain the seeds after 6 or 8 hours, pour some fresh water in and give them another swirl, then drain them again. Lay the jar on a slight downward angle so no water pools in the bottom. Before the seeds have sprouted, it’s better to be kept in the dark. You could place the container in a cupboard but the ol...

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

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...into a food producing lasagna garden , learn more about growing food at home in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages . Growing Food at Home in Small Spaces - 7 Top Tips Vegetables that Grow Well in the Shade Keyhole Gardens - Growing drought-resistant Vegetables at Home Growing Food Indoors, V...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate able to experience the sunshine and warmth in the greenhouse even when it isn’t growing food. "It can be -15 °C outside in February but 10 °C in the greenhouse! On the downside however, in order to do that I have to keep the roof and door clear in winter ... " Laurent Teasdale & Frédéric Bachand – growing a busin...

Keyhole Garden

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...the organic matter layered into the bed breaks down. All of this also amounts to less time being needed to maintain the garden throughout the growing season. Mix a keyhole garden with vegetables that grow in the shade , and you've a winning combination for urban gardens! Here are your basic considerations for buildin...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

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

...Growing food in raised beds makes small garden maintenance easy Here are just a few of the advantages of growing food in a raised bed in a small garden: An extended growing season . A raised bed will warm up faster than the ground in the spring and in the fall your bed can easily be tented to extend your growin...

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

...inuous deforestation in Indonesian and Malaysian rainforests, hence endangering several animal species including orangutans. Sunflower and safflower are the best bets for low-impact cooking oils as they are generally GMO–free and have a relatively low consumption of water in their growing history. The impact of mea...

Urban farming

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store! those spots. You can grow food in small spaces , and can also find out which are the best vegetables to grow in the shade - it simply takes choosing the right varieties and using the best techniques for success. If all that fails, my mom swears by these . Keep in mind this is just a few ideas to get you thinking, ...

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

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...the way. The ‘cons’ of lasagna gardening on the other hand can include the time spent building and finishing beds, finding safe compostable products, maintaining oxygen levels in the soil and the size in which it can work successfully. The first layer of a lasagna garden is newsprint or cardboard to kill weeds and ...

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

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

...the ground, keeping low and eliminating the need to mow, providing the perfect alternative to classic grass lawns. This category includes many low maintenance and creeping plants which spread quickly, smother weeds and fill out pathways without needing to resort to nasty herbicides. The climate you live in and the la...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...the same time in Regina. Windows: Unfortunately, at the time we built the SCH the best windows were only about R2. These windows were essentially holes in the walls. We placed most of the windows on the South side, and because of their poor Rvalue we installed shutters on the outside of the windows. The large win...