How to Choose the Best Shed Plan

There are some things to consider when choosing the best shed plan, especially if this is your first DIY project. If you’re at the point of making the decision that you are going to attempt this on your own, the first thing you’re going to need is a good set of plans to work from. The internet has a myriad of designs available online; however, not all plans you come…

How some home truths can help save the planet

The garden is one of the keys to solving the two greatest problems facing humankind, namely rapid species extinction and the effects of our changing climate. Gardens, plants, and the ecosystems in which they thrive will act as carbon sinks and filter the air that we breathe. It has never been more important that we realize this and that we protect our garden spaces, and by this, I don’t just…

‘We’re black sheep’: the people who are fascinated by soil in cities

A recent gathering of scientists on the upper west side of Manhattan enthused about a crucial element in the formation of the surrounding city. The substance talked about in revered tones? Soil. In a fairer world, soil would be receiving reverence from people well beyond the fourth annual NYC Urban Soils Symposium, given that the slender outer layer of the planet supports the life that treads, grows and flies above…

7 Trends That Will Define Gardening in 2019

Americans are gardening in record numbers but what are they most interested in this year? Here are highlights of the seven top 2019 trends in gardening: • The Slow Garden Movement: The same trends that millennials are driving across consumer brands — transparency, sustainability, hand-crafted, experiential, and authenticity — are showing up in gardens and garden centers nationwide.• Architecture Rules: Garden designers will use plants with plenty of intriguing, often…

A Phoenix Urban Garden Provides At-Risk Individuals a Path Forward

Incarcerated a total of eight times over 15 years, Darren Chapman sat in a maximum-security prison cell at age 25 and thought of happier times. “I remember[ed] watching my grandfather trade collard greens and carrots with others and interacting with his community,” he says. “My dream as a little boy was to do the same; I wanted to work with others in the same community [of South Phoenix] where I…

A LOOK INSIDE RINO’S ROOFTOP URBAN FARM

If you’ve recently walked down Lawrence Street in RiNo,  you have probably have been stopped in your tracks by the sight of a rooftop garden. At the very least, you’ve probably wondered what was going on above Uchi. This beautiful greenhouse space is home to Altius Farms. As one of the largest vertical aeroponic rooftop gardens in the country, Altius currently grows varieties of lettuce, herbs and edible flowers galore. Part of…

Low Maintenance Garden Design Trends

With prices fluctuating in landscaping and home improvement retailers, you want to explore more cost efficient ways to maintain your landscape. Perhaps, you’re pursuing a landscape design that encourages low maintenance design. Let’s review a few options you can take. Keep Lawns Simple and Focus on Gardens A mistake most business owners and residents make is over treating their lawns to stop weeds. An application or two a season before…

10 Compliments Your Kids Really Need to Hear

Parenting You may be generous with the compliments, but are you saying the right things? Our experts explain how making small changes to how you compliment your child can have a big impact on their self-esteem. “Great job on the A+!” Victority/Shutterstock When your child earns an A+ on an assignment, it can be hard to stop yourself from exclaiming, “You’re so incredibly smart!” But using strong adverbs and adjectives…

Urban Gardening 101: How to Deal with Contaminated Soil

Urban soils are particularly prone to contamination. 50 years ago, your yard could have belonged to a farmer, who, perhaps not knowing any better, disposed of old bottles of anti-freeze or contaminated diesel in a hole out behind the tractor garage. Or perhaps the remains of a fallen down outbuilding, long ago coated in lead-based paint, was buried on your property buy a lazy contractor when your subdivision was built.…

Long Beach Gears Up For Martin Luther King Jr. Day Of Service

More than 400 Long Beach-area volunteers are expected to give back to the community to mark the national MLK Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, Jan. 21. The civil rights leader who fought against racism is honored with a federal holiday every January, around the time of his birthday. Some people get the day off from work, but others take part in the National…