Lawn and garden / Guides

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

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...lawns to grow food. Lasagna gardening - the pros & cons First, the pro's of lasagne 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 – ...

“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 kills the microbes, real allies of the 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 gard...

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

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...gardening is concerned – then a lasagna garden may be the perfect fit for you. A Lasagna Garden is an easy way to convert a lawn into food producing garden Lasagne gardening also saves waste , as it makes use of materials that would otherwise be sent to landfills. So a big lasagna garden ‘pro’ is that it’s a gr...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...and and natural habitats. Cities large and small continue to expand outward into pristine wildernesses and rich farm lands. In an age where we are seeing the beginning of global food shortages and unchecked deforestation, this is extremely dangerous and irreversible. Farms can be turned into parking lots, but not the...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

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

...and rigatoni. Not even tomatoes, aubergines, zuccinis and bell-peppers, although they'd go great in home-made lasagne and we could! A lasagna garden is actually a technique often referred to as ‘sheet composting’ or the 'sheet mulch method', and is a great way to keep kitchen food waste from ending up in a landfill and...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...garden rather than being a slave to it. Our personal ecological footprint extends beyond the walls of our home, this is why in the LEED rating system you will see references to 'drought resistant ' and 'native species ' in terms of landscaping. Water is a quickly dwindling resource and Canadians and Americans are t...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...and landscaping are part of the solution, not the problem. Make certain that all that snow melting off your roof, lawn and driveway is directed away from your basement, not towards it. Having checked all that, and having prevented sudden and excess spring thaw water from arriving in your man-cave, the easiest and che...

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

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...and aggregate that act as natural filters, keeping water pure and clear. In order for plants to thrive, pH levels should be maintained between 5.5 and 7. If the pool is well-designed and located, it should require less maintenance than a conventional pool. Surface area: The larger (and deeper) a pool is, the less...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...and and his mother Sylvie Bernatchez, a family-run business that specializes in organic farming and the distribution of saffron and paprika. Greenhouse construction: In order to expand the family business, Teasdale and Bachand bought an old metal greenhouse structure from a retired farmer in the area. The greenhous...