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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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2011 in Review: A Good Year for Gardening

Gardening stories that had us wanting to intensify our green thumb. The urban homesteading movement gained serious speed this year, proving that you don’t need to move to the suburbs to enjoy the simple pleasures of growing your own vegetables, raising your own chickens, and starting your own bee colony. […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Easy, Elegant & Eco-Friendly Terrarium

If you thought the Hand-Blown Glass Pears and the Magical Air Plant Garden that we recently featured were cute, you’ll be delighted to discover that VivaTerra has hit the mark yet again by blending both of these creative concepts in appealing (and green!) style. With the Recycled Glass Terrarium, all […]

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 […]

Book Review: Farm City, the Education of an Urban Farmer

Have you ever fantasized about starting your own farm? You need to read Farm City. In this strange and wonderful tale it’s clear that the author, Novella Carpenter, didn’t exactly set out to go quite as far as she did into animal husbandry. It just sort of happened, as if […]

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 […]

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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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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