SOMETIMES called living walls, green facades, bio walls, eco walls or vertical gardens, green walls are a dynamic way to green a vertical built surface. Green walls refer to vegetation that grows directly onto a building’s façade or to vegetation that is grown on a separate structural system that can be free standing and adjacent…
GHETTO gardening is the serious business of feeding families in economic and social crisis living in low-income housing as a result of social or economic restrictions, or hardships, with no access to green space and transforming urban spaces. Ghetto gardening is an action for greening and renewal of cities, call it green graffiti an important…
Earthworms Dig, Humans Don’t!
IN the last article on ‘‘No-Dig” garden, we established some reasons why we don’t dig the soil. Digging exposes the soil’s very delicate ecosystem to the air and ultraviolet rays of the sun, which kills the soil’s organisms.
No Dig Gardening
Everyone agrees that gardening would be more fun, and many people would be more inclined to take up gardening if there wasn’t the need for all that back-breaking, hard work such as digging.
THE gardener’s versus weeds battle happens every season but it is not just for aethestics. A garden bed full of weeds leaves little nutrients and space for the plants you actually want to grow. When not controlled, weeds spread quickly, choking and snuffing out your seedlings. Taking steps to clear the bed before you plant,…
“Make Your Bed”
MAKE your bed” is one of the statements that we each must have heard a million times as kids. As gardeners though, this simple phrase has a different meaning. “Make your bed” is about preparing the soil for planting. Every gardener gets excited by the thought of finally getting his/her hand in the soil and planting out the newest plant acquisitions.
BEFORE you open your medicine cabinet, you might want to look in your backyard. The remedy you need for your aches and pains, cuts and burns, disease and infections may be found in past in your garden. Plants have been used for medicinal purposes since man inhabited the earth.
Dandelion Edible Garden Weed
SOME people think of it as a weed. When a plant that we identify as being a weed is found growing in our lawn or garden, out comes the trowel and hoe (or for the ruthless and impatient gardeners, weedkillers such as Round Up) and we may spend the entire growing season keeping these opportunistic…