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Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...Urban farming: Any food we produce at our homes is food that isn't part of the agricultural industry , which is a huge consumer of natural resources. If you have a bit of space, urban farming is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and your food costs. Not only that, it's often healthier and even tastes better...

Dog strangling vine invasive species
Landscaping

Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

...landscaping with native species: • Having adapted to their environment (soil, climate, etc.), they do not require irrigation, chemical fertilizers or pesticides and grow easily in poor soil. They are also more resistant to diseases and pest attacks; Naturally pair with native wildlife (they provide shelter and co...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...Landscaping and urban farming. At whatever level you think you can handle, try urban farming . Grow yourself something to eat in whatever space you have available, whether you have one tomato plant or a backyard chicken coop. There are many ground covers and plants that are attractive as well as edible, so decorate y...

Edible Perennials
Landscaping

A guide to growing edible perennials.

...urban farming , growing food in small spaces , hydroponic bottle gardens and all about sustainable landscaping in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

“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?

...landscaping that reduces the need for supplemental water from irrigation. This often involves native plants which are hardy to the area , or drought-resistant flora from regions of low precipitation. Native perennial beds can replace a lawn providing local insect habitat & saving water Sustainable landscaping &...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...urban farming to installing renewable energy sources. 3. Eat local and get started in urban farming. Buying from food co-ops and shopping at farmers' markets promotes local food production, tastes better, and is better for you. The agricultural industry is a huge consumer of fossil fuels, not just transportation bu...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...landscaping pavers for paths and driveways Here. Water-permeable stone pathway © Torun Construction Services Landscaping stones with grass © Windsor Companies Hydr’eau Pave permeable landscaping pavers © Oaks Pavers / Brampton Brick ...

Keyhole Garden
Landscaping

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...urban gardens! Here are your basic considerations for building a keyhole garden, broken down to four fairly simple steps. 1.) Site: Once you have chosen an area large enough to house an 8 - 10 foot diameter circle that has sufficient sun exposure for the plants you intend on growing, you're ready to begin. Given th...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...urban sprawl. Sustainable Sites (22 points) Any new construction will have an ecological impact. This category seeks to limit that impact on the building site, as well as the surrounding environment and waterways. Points are awarded for responsible site stewardship during both construction and the lifecycle of th...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

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

...urban garden. Lettuce planted on vertical trays, what a great way to brighten up an ugly outside wall in an urban yard Which edibles lend themselves to vertical gardening you may be wondering; well I'm happy to report that the list is long. Here are just a few to get you started: Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes i...

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

Growing food in urban cores with the Urban Farm Unit

...Urban Farm Unit Urban Farming using the UFU Aquaponics, Hydroponics, Pisciculture and Urban Farming combined - the UFU