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How to Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables and Herbs in 10 Steps

There’s no weekend excursion you relish more than getting your hands on the local harvest at organic farmers’ markets, but picture this instead: You’re craving a crisp salad garnished with savory herbs. You step outside into your garden, pick some tomatoes, peppers and basil, and enjoy a natural meal without […]

Pick Up Lines for the Backyard Homesteader

Because life is sexier when you grow things yourself. Looking for that perfect mate to beekeep and raise chickens with? Kick things off with one of these pick up lines and you might be co-homesteading before you know it. Your eggs are so big. So what CAN you feed your […]

Catalogue Living Presents…The Faux Eco Gnome

Wherein Gary and Elaine experiment with the faux-garden.  Although Gary and Elaine were pleased to be conserving water with their new artificial lawn, they regretted the side effect of it attracting artificial wildlife.   Also check out: Catalogue Living: The World of the People Living In Your Catalogues Writer Molly Erdman is the […]

Redefining Urban Gardens: Greening Roofs with Sod

image: Percita Interest in urban farming has generated creative uses of space, with many rooftops turning into skyscraping gardens. And another trend is filling in green building tops: sod roofs. While a food-producing rooftop’s payoff is pretty obvious (and delicious!), what are the benefits to one covered in grass, shrubs […]

No Excuses, Just Vegetables

Guest authorUrban gardening expert Mike Lieberman shares his tips. The number one excuse that apartment dwellers have when it comes to growing their own vegetables is that they have no space. They also believe that growing one or two things is a complete waste. These are just excuses. Lots of […]

30 Quotes on Gardening

On getting your hands dirty. Gardening is the purest of human pleasures. -Francis Bacon No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. -Thomas Jefferson The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to […]

Broke? 20 Fun Things to Do Without Spending a Dime

The best things in life are…actually, yes, they are free. At least, creativity is free. It’s only in recent times that recreation and entertainment has been sold to us for a very high price. But do you really want to spend $30 for a movie and popcorn with a friend? […]

Foodie Underground: Growing Your Own

ColumnAdventures in urban composting. “The worm compost bin is getting delivered next week, we can finally get the worms going again!” “Finally!” This is what we call a romantic Foodie Underground conversation. Let me take a few steps back. No wait, let me start from the beginning. As an only […]

Indoor Eruption: The Terra Plant Pot

Terra Plant Pot sends its tree shooting upwards out of a textured rubber volcano. The natural look is perfected in this earthy cone-shaped planter, which has a tree growing from its apex, with all the messy stuff hidden away under a textured cover.

7 Items You Can Reuse to Improve Your Garden

Seven creative and inexpensive ways to improve your garden. Whether you dapple with a few indoor plants, garden on the patio with containers or have a full-fledged backyard mini-farm, you’re probably looking for creative ways to save money, time and resources. Luckily for you, incorporating recycled and reused materials can actually make your gardening […]

Top 10 Stories in Food You May Have Missed

A roundup of some of our favorite food related articles. It’s no secret: here at EcoSalon we’re big on food. Eating it, dreaming about it, cooking it, reading about it, thinking about it, talking about it, and writing about it. We even have two weekly columns devoted to all things culinary. Why? Because […]

Turn Your Backyard into a Mini-Food Farm

Remember the saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”? Ain’t exactly true, especially if you get on board and participate in the National Garden Commission’s One Million Gardens campaign. They’ve teamed up with Edible Gardens to  give away a free assortment of heirloom seeds in celebration of National […]

Broke? 20 Fun Things to Do Without Spending a Dime

The best things in life are…actually, yes, they are free. At least, creativity is free. It’s only in recent times that recreation and entertainment has been sold to us for a very high price. But do you really want to spend $30 for a movie and popcorn with a friend? […]

The Green Plate: Get Your Soil On

ColumnEcoSalon’s best gardening articles to get you going. We’ve sprung forward. Now it’s time to coax life from your own backyard soil. Get out there and start those starts, sow those seeds, and grow your own food. Here’s a handy roundup of our best gardening articles to help you get […]

Vertical Farming For The Urbanites Soul: Meet the Windowfarm

Windowfarms founder, Britta Riley, is turning a complex question, ‘How can city dwellers can grow their own food,’ into a social enterprise. With help of more than 12,000 individuals, Windowfarms has perfected the vertical farming for everyone to grow a farm in their window. It’s easy to dream about growing […]

25 Photos of Urban Green Spaces

Greening the urban jungle. Hidden in the gravel and concrete that dominate today’s cities, it is possible to find tiny plots of green. Whether it’s an eco-activist art installation, a city-funded park, a guerrilla gardening experiment, or just a weed that has broken through a crack in the sidewalk, these […]

Lustables: Old School Victory Garden Posters for Today’s Homefront

Channeling historical  propaganda posters in the name of modern day social progress.  A long time ago, before food became so industrialized and corny, Americans expressed wartime patriotism through Victory Gardens. Kind of like freedom fries, with the exception that actual vegetables were planted during the two world wars to help […]

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What If We Committed to Grow Food, Not Lawns? Foodie Underground

If you commit to “grow food not lawns,” you’re not just committing to better food security, you’re committing to a better community. “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution I’ve been thinking […]

Vertical Farming For The Urbanites Soul: Meet the Windowfarm

Windowfarms founder, Britta Riley, is turning a complex question, ‘How can city dwellers can grow their own food,’ into a social enterprise. With help of more than 12,000 individuals, Windowfarms has perfected the vertical farming for everyone to grow a farm in their window. It’s easy to dream about growing […]

Foodie Underground: Growing Your Own

ColumnAdventures in urban composting. “The worm compost bin is getting delivered next week, we can finally get the worms going again!” “Finally!” This is what we call a romantic Foodie Underground conversation. Let me take a few steps back. No wait, let me start from the beginning. As an only […]

Redefining Urban Gardens: Greening Roofs with Sod

image: Percita Interest in urban farming has generated creative uses of space, with many rooftops turning into skyscraping gardens. And another trend is filling in green building tops: sod roofs. While a food-producing rooftop’s payoff is pretty obvious (and delicious!), what are the benefits to one covered in grass, shrubs […]

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