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Urban Gardening: Best Backyard Chicken Breeds

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Which feathered friends make great garden helpers?

Getting your first backyard chicken is a big step, one of life's key milestones rivaled only by losing your virginity and getting your first car. So you better go in prepared. With spring around the corner, fuzzy chicks are showing up at pet and feed stores, waiting for someone to take them to their new backyard homes. With amazing names like Black Austrolorps and Buff Orpingtons, how do you know......read more

Scout Regalia Patio Garden Kit

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Build your own garden box $95.00

Like all the best things in life, gardening takes work. This Patio Garden Kit, from Los Angeles design house Scout Regalia, gets you prepped for the work ahead, providing you with everything you need, less wood, to build a patio-friendly garden of whatever size you like. Your job is to source your own reclaimed wood, then tack it all together with the included heavy gauge steel brackets (locally......read more

Hanging Terrarium

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A minature ecosystem sure to bring life to any room. $88.00

The best part about terrariums, apart from the fact that they look like miniature sci-fi jungle worlds, is that they require next to no work. They are self-contained ecosystems that feed and water themselves. So terrariums are perfect for lazy plant lovers, like us. This one, available via Old Faithful Shop in Vancouver, is hand-blown using 100% recycled glass. The perfect home for an assortment......read more

Green Wall Medium DIY

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A gravity-defying garden plot to liven up any space. $52.80

Gravity is a real jerk. Only a mean and spiteful force of nature would make people fall down and prevent them from flying. But we're not going to let it stop us from growing plants on our walls, no way. Thanks to this Dutch-made green wall kit will, defying gravity is as easy as 1-2-3. Just find some suitable plants (try asparagus, ferns, or ivy -- anything goes as long as the roots don't go too......read more

SHFT Sampler 4-29-11

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Whole Larder Love is the best food foraging blog ever, Alternative Apparel hits the street, ants make rafts to defy floods, and more.

Foraged Food Porn: Thanks to Cold Splinters, we just discovered our new favorite food blog. Whole Larder Love comes correct with "thrilling yarns of cooking, hunting, fishing, and harvesting" from Ballarat, Australia. Beauty photos! Re Up Gang: Looking to build green? The Design for Reuse Knowledge Exchange is the online encyclopedia of materials reuse. Good resource. Eco Brick and Mortar:......read more

EcoForms Plant Pots

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Biodegradable homes for spring plantlife. $49.95

Late starters, catch up on spring planting with this set of six EcoForms,  made from compressed grain husks with natural, water-soluble binding agents. EcoForms are built to withstand extreme temperatures, with efficient drainage systems and insulation to keep plants happy and healthy. The manufacturing process uses no pollutants, all byproducts are recycled, and at the end of their......read more

Clover Chadwick: Creative Plant Design

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The owner of Dandelion Ranch carves her own garden path

Clover Chadwick, owner of Dandelion Ranch here in Los Angeles, describes her approach to floral design as "natural, organic, balanced, with lots of movement." It's a design philosophy rooted in her experiences studying agriculture and working in a Napa eatery, where fresh, seasonal ingredients were the order of the day. Chadwick's creations involve wild, native plants that are outside the realm......read more

VisuaLingual Seed Bomb 4-Pack

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Practice random acts of gardening. $28.00

These wonderful floral seed bombs from Cincinnati-based design studio VisuaLingual are available in three region-specific formulas—East Coast, West Coast, Pacific Northwest and Midwest—each yielding a colorful mix of wildflowers. Grow local by choosing the region where you live. Each screenprinted muslin bag contains five seed bombs. Pictured is the four-pack, available for $28....read more

Plants Conquer Vacant Lots

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596 Acres aims to transform unused public space, in Brooklyn and beyond

In Brooklyn alone, there are 596 acres of vacant land just sitting there gathering garbage and gravel. Imagine if that was all green space, growing plants for food and providing parks for BK denizens. That's precisely the vision of 596 Acres, a public project which encourages people to connect with empty lots in the city. The group's actions range from guerrilla seed bombing to pushing for......read more

Gardens NYC: Melting Pot

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George Iliopoulos's garden thrives in Staten Island

Growing up on a farm in Greece, New York restauranteur George Iliopoulos learned a thing or two about growing food. At 12, he hopped on a ship and headed to America. He finally settled in Staten Island, where his garden now produces plenty of fresh veggies for his family's table. But it wasn't always easy; despite his understanding of farming, things didn't always grow like he thought they......read more

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