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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; the ‘pros’ Opinions are subjective regarding the pros of lasagna gardening , and what one person may find as a labor-saving 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...

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

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...garden, for a full discussion on lasagna gardening pro's and cons see here . The steps to creating a backyard lasagna garden are: 1) Lasagne gardens; Lay out the garden boundaries When lasagne gardening, design the perimeter in whatever way floats your boat – use a string line, lay down some logs or old 2x4s to h...

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 products Online with delivery to the door, try here . 3.) Raised beds and square foot gardening: If your gardening space is big enough for raised beds , they can be a great way to maximize space and effort. Not only can raised beds accommodate more plants per square foot, but gardening in a raised bed gre...

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...

...garden. And once you start digging further for facts or studies into what impact coffee grounds will actually have on gardening, conflicting information begins to arise. You will find that coffee grounds are too acidic, then you will find that coffee grounds aren’t acidic at all. Coffee is terrible for your compost, ...

“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?

...garden center, join a gardening co-op or club, or find a native plant society in your area for recommendations on which native flowers and shrubs will perform well in your garden. For ease of maintenance, you should go with plants that don’t need to be pruned and don’t require staking as they grow. While the upside of ...

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

...gardening at home to produce food crops! As with any hobby, starting small and making a success of it encourages the whole family to get off the couch and their screens and into the garden. One of the easiest ways to make a succesful vegetable garden at home is by doing something called lasagna gardening , but what hap...

Shaded vegetable garden success
Food production

Growing vegetables in the shade

...garden and growing food at home in the following pages: How to create a Lasgna Garden - Step by Step Guide Growing food at home in small spaces - 7 top tips Urban farming - a guide to growing edible perennials in your yard How to build a backyard greenhouse in cold climates Find more about...

Urban farming
Landscaping

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...

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

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...yard. Good luck, and let us know if you try it! Now you're motivated to try swimming in a natural pool, you can learn how to heat a pool in the most effective & Eco-friendly way, saving energy & money here . From the EcoHome Green Building Guides Also for beautiful gardens improve Biodiversity in your backyard with...

Rain barrels for storm water management and rainwater harvesting
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...yard. Proper placement of plants, trees and water sources can turn a site into an efficient rainwater management system. Some techniques include: shaping the surface of the soil with swales and berms to slow down runoff, raising paths and patios, and sinking all planting areas to direct and capture water. Choose plan...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...yard pool for as much of the year as possible without the pool heating costing the Earth. Literally. Reduced pool heating costs = better savings 5) Use the Cheapest Source of Heat: Solar should always be the primary heat source for a pool which will be a combination of good location in the yard to maximize sun ex...