Teaching Kids Through Play About “Urban Survival”

April 21, 2015



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Tasked with designing an educational kit to convey “the contributing factors of urban poverty,” designer Ryan Romanes dreamed up the Urban Survival Pack.



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To be used in the classroom, the package’s playful shape and tactility is intended to engage children … Read More…

Crazy In Love With These 10 Valentines Day Gifts

February 11, 2015



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Did the most romantic person on Earth swoop into a bathroom and create this swoon-worthy scene for the object of their adoration? Personally, I don’t care what the circumstances were. This is such a gorgeous idea, and it should get … Read More…

Climbing Up: 10 Innovative Vertical Garden Ideas

September 18, 2014



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I often think of vertical gardens as the utilitarian cousin of the decorative container garden. You’d love a vegetable garden, but your studio apartment in the city didn’t come with an acre of land. Enter the vertical garden. Focusing only Read More…

A Plug and Play Modern Outbuilding

August 18, 2014



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Sometimes you see a product, structure, or piece of technology that makes you realize you are living in the future you imagined as a child. The Tetra Shed is one of those things.

Hailing from the UK, this modular garden Read More…

Celebrate Your Poor Soil With a Mediterranean Herb Garden

May 23, 2014



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Mediterranean herbs growing among annual Salvias and Marigolds. Photo by Nicole Brait.

If you have nutrient poor soil don’t despair, you have the beginnings of a great Mediterranean herb garden.

Not only do Mediterranean herbs thrive in nutrient poor soils, … Read More…

Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture & Form (& Enter Contest to Win Colorful Dramm Garden-Watering Duo!)

November 3, 2013



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Photo courtesy of Rebecca Sweet

This just in: the beautiful garden book, Refresh Your Garden Design, is now on the scene. The book is latest work of California garden designer Rebecca Sweet, owner of Harmony in the Garden and … Read More…

Sex in the City Garden

April 21, 2010








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Due to her uncanny similarity to the female body part, Clitoria Ternatea, a plant species belonging to the Fabaceae family, has been used traditionally to cure sexual ailments like infertility and gonorrhea, control menstrual … Read More…

Sowing Seed: Remember the “S” Words

September 22, 2009


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When planting a vegetable garden, here are five important “s” elements you’ll want to consider:

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Fruiting vegetables (e.g., beans, tomatoes, peppers, squash, eggplant, cucumbers, etc.) need at least 6 hours of direct sun a day. All others can make … Read More…

Farming Freedom and Hope After Katrina

August 30, 2009


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Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton

Four years after Hurricane Katrina, there are approximately 700,000 vacant lots in New Orleans. Enter groups like The New Orleans Farm and Food Network who help residents transform neighborhood abandoned or underused green space into urban … Read More…

National Community Gardening Week Starts Today

August 23, 2009


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On August 6, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack encouraged Americans to connect with the land, the food it grows and their local communities by proclaiming August 23-29, National Community Gardening Week.

A community garden is an opportunity to educate everyone about … Read More…

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