Plants / Guides

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...

...plants which was accidentally copied and passed on. Cocoa plants and coffee trees, even though they are not related, both evolved the ability to produce caffeine independently - something biologists call "convergent evolution”. This trait was for a solid, singular purpose… allelopathy - the ability to inhibit competiti...

Dog strangling vine invasive species
Landscaping

Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

...plants minimize water demand and reduce the production of chemical fertilisers. To find native plants by region and category you can google ‘indigenous plants’ and your region, but we have also found this native plant database to be an excellent resource that is broken down by province as well as types of plants.

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...plants in specific rooms for their particular characteristics; the following examples were easily found on the web – Which Houseplants are Best for Improving Indoor Air Quality - None that's which! The best air purifying plants are apparently.... • Bamboo palm and spider plants in the kitchen to remove formal...

Natural swimming pool design DIY (NSP) for eco homes
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural pools 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...

“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?

...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 classic grass lawns. This category includes many low maintenance and creeping plants which spread quickly, smother weeds and fill out pathways witho...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...Plants survived long before humans were around to water them, so we aren't talking about reinventing the wheel here , but rather a sensible choice of plants and basic water management. Native species of plants in a given region have adapted to their own climate and can usually survive the weather that comes their way. ...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...plants, with experts often disagreeing on what types of plants are suitable in a given location. Where possible, use local expertise to determine what types of plants to specify. Innovate when challenged: Because of the client’s objective to use native plants for HSNC, we were forced to experiment because very few ...

Keyhole Garden
Landscaping

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...plants are most appropriate for this style of raised bed. How could we reach to harvest those beans or tomatoes if they were climbing up from their three foot perch? Other than common sense, there really isn't much to consider about choosing which plants to grow in your keyhole garden. All that is left is making sure t...

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...

Urban Farm Unit - Aquaponics, Hydroponics, Pisciculture and Urban Farming
Food production

Growing food in urban cores with the Urban Farm Unit

...plants. The water is then pumped through the containers holding the plants and returned purified to the fish tank ready to be recycled again. Designed with standard components, the Urban Farm Units can be easily replicated, transported and, depending on the situation, adapted for specific need. For more information...