Summer isn’t over yet, but it’s time to start thinking about Autumn in the garden. A little prep now will keep things looking their best well into the next season, and lay a solid foundation for an even more beautiful, sustainable garden next spring. It’s harvest time, so there will be a lot of work to do in your vegetable garden, but there’s also a lot of planning that can be done sitting in your favorite chair and enjoying a cool drink in your summer garden. Continue reading
Start talking garden and most of us picture lush expanses of greenery, or maybe row upon row of planted vegetables. But what if you don’t have a big yard? Or your only outdoor space is a tiny balcony? Or there’s that awkward piece of dirt next to the driveway or garage. Whatever the reason, square footage doesn’t a garden make. Really, a garden is what you make it, and you can make it almost anywhere there’s enough sunlight to grow things. All you need is a little dirt, some organic seeds or plants, a way to water and a lot of creativity. The Urban Organic Gardener has an entire blog on managing a thriving vegetable garden – on a NYC fire escape! Continue reading
We all know plants are good for our homes. They are nature’s air filters, gobbling up carbon dioxide and put out oxygen. They’re pretty, they’re soothing, they’re… a whole list of positive things. But what if you’re not a green thumb? We’ve covered easy-grow plants before, but these are even easier. Most of these plants are almost impossible to kill. So, if you’re more of a brown thumb, take a look at some of these options. Continue reading
Ah, spring! The sun is shining, the weather is warmer and the lawnmowers are humming. It’s part of the American dream – the big, grassy lawn. As pretty as they are, grass lawns are thirsty, needy things that drink up staggering amounts of water and require extensive effort to maintain in a healthy state. Fortunately, there are good solutions that offer a far more sustainable, and equally attractive and usable yard space. It’s easy to satisfy your green thumb and stay sustainable. Continue reading
What, exactly, is an aerium?
An aerium is a terrarium for tillandsias – or “airplants”. These plants grow without soil by using other plants and surfaces to grow on, taking their water and nutrients from the air. A traditional terrarium, with its exceptionally moist environment, would be too wet for these guys. Essentially, an aerium is a terrarium without the “terra”. Continue reading