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

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...gardening trick may be viewed as ‘being lazy’ by someone else. If you’re of the opinion that easy is better as far as 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 , a...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...rainwater catchment system If it is not for financial reasons, why are you installing a water tank? Here are some reasons: To do your part for water conservation; to be able to water your garden with some independence from water restrictions; to use rainwater for laundry, showers and toilets; for increased ...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

...garden. For greater detail on sustainable urban landscapes, check out some of the following pages: Read about Water Permeable Surfaces for Driveways & Pathways for Green Homes Here , the EcoHome Guide to Rainwater Harvesting . and the first grocery store green roof producing its own food in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...rainwater, as ground water will usually contain minerals that over time will build up in soil and reduce its ability to produce. Rainwater collection barrel © Ecohome You can install elaborate rainwater collection systems with underground cisterns and pumps, or you can simply have your eaves trough drain right ...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...Rainwater collection: For watering gardens, rain water collection is a great solution. You should be diverting water from your home anyway, so you likely have an eaves trough system. For under a hundred dollars you can buy a rain barrel with a tap on the bottom for attaching a hose. They come with overflow openings...

“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?

...rainwater harvesting: Rainwater harvesting is a great way to keep your lawn green Or even better - grow vegetables without using municipal water. This is easily done by installing rain barrels under downspouts to collect rainwater for lawn and garden watering where allowed. Avoid using a garden hose whenever possib...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...rainwater . Small steps to reduce our impact add up when we encourage others to do so. If you have no sun but your neighbour has a huge sunny lawn, offer to help turn it into a garden for half the yield. Less lawn to mow and free healthy food can be pretty enticing. And involve the local kids in your garden. Growing ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...rainwater, the concrete tank along with the required network of pipes and filters to render water potable represents increased resource consumption, complication and cost compared to the more simplistic approach involving water conservation, collecting rain in a barrel for your garden, and hooking up to the city water ...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...rainwater harvesting) Autonomous energy systems (photovoltaic solar panels - PV) LED lighting powered by PV panels Multiple energy sources Wall assembly resistant to the effects climate change Engaging: © Écohabitation An efficient and sustainable building coupled with a low enviro...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...gardening, greening our streets, promoting alternatives to pesticides etc. Check local bulletin boards and community centres for groups in your area, and watch our events page for workshops on everything from rainwater harvesting and urban farming to installing renewable energy sources. 3. Eat local and get started...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...rainwater, so in order to keep a solid base and avoid runoff, what you effectively need to do is create a water reservoir underneath the final surface of paving stones. This is done by adding at least 6 to 8 inches of 3/4 inch clean crushed stone as a base for walkways, and between 12 and 18 inches for patios and drive...