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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

More Green, Less Crime

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Want to improve the health of people your 'hood? Just clean and green the vacant lots, says new study

It goes without saying that a vacant lot looks a far sight better with abundant greenery than filled with trash and dirt. But, aesthetics aside, greened lots may also be better for the health of people living nearby. At Fast Co Exist, Andrew Price points us to a new report from the University of Pennsylvania, which studied the health impacts of Philadelphia's vacant lot greening......read more

'Planting: A New Perspective' by Piet Oudolf & Noel Kingsbury

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Two of the world's most influential plantsmen join forces on an authoritative gardening reference $25.27

If there is such thing as a gardening superstar, then you can count both Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury among them. From the High Line and Battery Park in New York to the Lurie Garden in Chicago, Oudolf is the man behind some of the most high-profile planting projects in the world. Kingsbury, meanwhile, has written no fewer than twenty books on planting and garden design. "Planting: A New......read more

Young Farmers: Mitch

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With his gardening business thriving, Mitch discusses what planting means to him

In this episode of Young Farmers, we visit with young gardening enthusiast and erstwhile SHFT contributor Mitchell Flexo, whose experience in college ignited his eco ideals, not to mention his curiosity about growing food. With no childhood planting experience, Mitch was left to his own devices in transforming his yard into a garden. Now, he has his own little gardening business, helping......read more

Million Trees Backpack by Matt Singer

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Impeccably-styled Rivendell pack benefits NYC tree-planting project $225.00

Designer Matt Singer linked up with Monroe, Washington's Rivendell Mountain Works to craft this limited-edition backpack, with partial proceeds benefiting the Million Trees NYC initiative. The ambitious tree-planting project aims to raise one million new trees across New York City’s five boroughs over the next decade. "Living in New York City makes you acutely......read more

Seattle's Food Forest is Open for Foraging

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After a successful planting season, America's first urban food forest gets set to produce forageable edibles

Last year, we let you know about a successful proposal to plant a food forest on unused green space in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood. With a seven-acre parcel land donated by Seattle Public Utilities, and a $100,000 grant from the city, the Beacon Food Forest is set to become the nation's largest forageable space. We're happy to report that the project is going full steam ahead, with......read more

L.A. Adopts Sustainable Planting Rules

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Strawberry and thyme among drought-tolerant plants approved for city's residential parkways.

The Los Angeles Board of Public Works has announced sustainable new rules for residential parkways. LA Times Greenspace reports that Los Angeles-area homeowners will now be allowed to plant drought-tolerant, turf substitute ground-cover plants in residential parkways without a permit. Previously, homeowners were only allowed to plant street trees and grass without a permit. Residential parkways......read more

Deforestation Rates Fall

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Global forest loss slowed over the past decade, with less logging in the Amazon and widespread tree planting in China.

The world's net rate of forest loss has slowed markedly in the last decade, with less logging in the Amazon and China planting trees on a grand scale. Yet forests continue to be lost at "an alarming rate" in some countries, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Its Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 finds the loss of tree cover is most acute in Africa......read more

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