Vertical garden / Guides

Indoor hydroponic vegetable garden
Food production

Growing food indoors

...vertical garden using blue bottles (as they are harder to find used) may also be on the horizon. Wine lovers may also choose to have their system customized with the empty bottles from their most memorable tastings. BioCity Vertical window garden © biocity

building with recycled shipping pallets
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Building with recycled shipping pallets

...Garden” is their 5th feature garden installation for the annual Canada Blooms Garden Festival. Building with shipping pallets © b Sq. Design Studio With interior and exterior climbable walls, plenty of counter space, a 12 foot roof deck and two door openings, this structure is the ultimate pla...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

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

...gardening resources check out the forum at 2.) Vertical Gardening: Ah, vertical gardening. There are so many ways to grow upwards - let's face it, most vegetables and fruit bearing plants grow upwards - when fitting food production into a smaller space, consider using a traditional trellis to a recycl...

Urban farming

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...gardener would love a sunny backyard or even better some acreage to grow edibles, but that isn't always the case. Some of the more limited spaces would be apartment balconies, but if they are at all facing south you'd be surprised at the yield you can get with a little ingenuity. Repurposed eavestrough in a vertica...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...vertical garden) is not a cheap feature to add to a home, but it can have a positive function. We live increasingly busy and stressful lives in a sterile environment that is heavily laden with pinging devices; that disconnect from nature can negatively affect your mental and physical well-being. There have been links...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...vertical loop system © Alexandre Gilbert Horizontal closed-loop geothermal systems function in the same manner as vertical systems, except that pipes are run back and forth 6 to 10 feet underground. Installation involves excavating trenches (at least 300 feet of them), rather than digging a well. Horizontal groun...

The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

...vertical hydroponic system. It's easy to operate, takes up less than 1 square foot of space, costs 3¢ a week in electricity and grows greens, herbs and vegetables indoors year-round. Furthermore, it's handmade in Canada using natural, biodegradable and recycled materials. Jesse Herbert’s experience in environmental t...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...vertical South faces. For maximum performance, you can also angle South-facing glazing to increase light transmittance in the winter (shown below). Find out more about which glazing is right for your greenhouse in this blog . Greenhouse windows © Ceres Greenhouse Solutions 5. In the summer you...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...vertical movement. When building a new home, properly insulating basements and engineering slab on grade foundations for homes not only prevents foundations from cracking, it also reduces energy consumption and global CO² emissions. The negative environmental aspects of concrete use can be mitigated by good engineeri...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...vertical glazing surface, creating the sensation of a rather annoying cold breeze.” (read about designing for thermal comfort) In addition, he mentioned the cold windows would draw all the heat radiating from the room (and its occupants) and often make the room quite uncomfortable, not to mention that the solarium co...