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Grow Y'own

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Home growing simplified by all-in-one gardening solution $225.00

For those of us that crave homegrown produce but aren't quite sure how to do it, the Grow Y'own is here to make our lives easier. Developed by Ken Kuhne, the Grow Y'own is a self-contained system for "no-brainer gardening." Combining a raised bed with a greenhouse concept, the Grow Y'own base is made of renewable cedar planks, which support the hoop structure for either a UV-resistant cover......read more

The Productive Potential of Vacant Lots

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Can the Ultra-Ex project save Cleveland?

There are about 20,000 vacant lots in Cleveland, with 1,000 more being added every year. Across other Great Lakes cities, the picture is much the same. To most, the empty parcels of land are a painful reminder of American economic decline. To Ultra-Ex, a team of Cleveland-area scientists, they represent space for ecological experimentation. The Ultra-Ex scientists (the "ultra stands for......read more

Glass Greenhouses

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Modern architecture for succulents and other plants $49.00

These house-shaped Glass Greenhouses, framed in powder-coated copper, capture condensation that helps succulents and other types of plants thrive. The glass top lifts off the base, so you can simply and quickly change the plantscape to suit your green thumb's desires. And when it gets mucked up, simply wipe it clean. The Glass Greenhouses are available in two sizes: Small (9"Sq x 18") and Large......read more

BrightFarms Brings Rooftop Produce to Supermarkets

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NYC company wants grocery stores to raise on the roof

By standard definition, "local food" is that which is produced within 100 miles of where it's sold. BrightFarms wants you to forget that. The New York-based greenhouse company aims to shift our understanding of local-ness by bringing rooftop gardens to the place where consumers buy food: the supermarket. Launched in January 2011, BrightFarms' vision is to convince grocery retailers to grow......read more

Babylonstoren

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A stunning farm near Cape Town reshaped into an elegant getaway

If you want to get away from it all, but you don't want to sacrifice style or good food, then this little slice of paradise is just the spot for you. Situated in the Winelands region outside of Cape Town, South Africa, Babylonstoren is a converted 1692 farmhouse and row of whitewashed old workers’ cottages that have been transformed into a tastefully-done "resort." Reshaping......read more

DIY Project: Recycled Pallet Vertical Garden

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Pallet recycling and vertical gardening combined for some good green fun

Summer may be officially over, but there's still time for a good gardening project. This vibrant vertical pallet garden is just the one. Spotted on Design*Sponge, this DIY idea comes from Fern Richardson at Life on the Balcony, a gardening blog with tons of great growing ideas. It's been modified by Steph from the local spoon, whose directions are excerpted here.  Materials a pallet......read more

Moss Terrarium Bottle

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Micro ecosystem in a recycled wine bottle $38.00

Nothing like a little mossy microcosm to add a calming effect to a room. This Moss Terrarium Bottle from Uncommon Goods brings the tranquility of the outdoors inside. Housed in a recycled wine bottle, the terrarium features three types of moss, along with soil, drainage materials and a bamboo chopstick for shifting things around. It looks so nice and cozy, you may just want to climb in for a......read more

Recycled Milled Steel Planters

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Colorful plant containers from Sprout Home $39.75

After the weekend snowstorm, our East Coast friends may not be thinking much about gardening, but over here on the sunny West Coast, we're still looking for planting ideas and accessories. These planters from Sprout Home are made in the USA from at least 50 percent recycled steel, and are available in a bunch of fun colors, from retro green to aqua blue to bright yellow. Rugged yet smooth, the......read more

Young Farmers: Aileen

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Aileen, a talented cellist, locates the links between music and gardening

Is gardening an art form? Well, it's a form of creation, so it should be. The difference between growing food and, say, playing in a symphony, is that a gardener's collaborator is nature itself. In this episode of Young Farmers, we meet Aileen, a high school cellist who likens gardening to music. You work hard at both, and in both cases, something eventually clicks, and the next thing you know......read more

Young Farmers: Dwight

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At the campus garden, Dwight explains the art of composting

According to Dwight, a graduating college student and ex-baseball star, composting is just the same as making cookies. Follow the recipe, adding just the right amount of worms, food scraps and hay, then let the bacteria go to work, and the ingredients form themselves into a delicious compost. In this episode of Young Farmers, we follow Dwight to the campus garden, where he informs us how to make......read more

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