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building with recycled shipping pallets
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Building with recycled shipping pallets

...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. Building with shipping pallets ©...

“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?

...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 layout of your landscape w...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...garden pod. Aiming to create a garden office building that was efficient, ergonomic, unusual, while complimenting a garden landscape, it's safe to say that the Archipod team met their goal and then some. With its circular design, 3' 4" polycarbonate dome roof and gull winged door, it's clear that these pods go beyo...

Edible Perennials
Landscaping

A guide to growing edible perennials.

...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 layer and be followed by low growing plants and...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

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

...andscaping rock, bricks or any combination thereof. We have a page dedicated to keyhole gardens for more details. For Seeds, Plants, Tools & Gardening products Online with delivery to the door, try here . 5.) The edible landscape, forest gardens and permascaping The art of edible permascapin...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

...andled much differently, and to everyone's benefit and cost savings. With a little foresight and planning, the next watering moratorium could have little to no effect on you keeping a lush property and garden. For greater detail on sustainable urban landscapes, check out some of the following pages: Read about Water ...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...and Paths Gaining an understanding of the importance of stormwater management may steer you towards a design and product choice in interlocking paver stones which will help you retain and manage stormwater that falls within your property. When patios and driveways have stones tightly joined and sealed at the joints...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...and wind, propane is typically used for cooking, and in colder climates water heating. Rainwater is collected, stored in large plastic cisterns and filtered for residential use; waste water is treated on site and used for growing food. The south-facing wall is all windows and acts as a heat collector and greenhouse...

Patio stones with very low greenhouse gas emissions
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...And talking of Trees, if you're more inclined to build or maintain a wooden deck, check out our 10 Tips for Building a Green Wooden Deck here Other advantages: Reduced efflorescence as it is less porous, and absorbs less water than normal concrete Stronger and more abrasive resistant than standard concrete Im...