Sustainable systems, like this old-growth forest, are self-perpetuating sponges. They are built to capture and hold onto sunlight and water. Nutrients are continually recycled between the active soil ecosystem below ground and the productive forest above ground, maintaining a productive, layered, and diverse forest ecosystem.
Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

The Philosophy of the Soil Sponge

Learning about soil health can be like cannon-balling into the deep end of a pool: there’s a lot to learn, and the details can get complex very fast. You know you need to care for your soil, but how do you know where to begin? Elizabeth Read More

Larkspur are tall, with flowers blooming along half of the stem.
Gardening
Gardening

3 Hardy Annual Flowers for Your Cut Garden

For those not in the know, a cut garden (also called a cut patch) is a plot of your garden used specially to grow flowers you plan to cut and arrange. They're often beautiful annuals used to decorate your home, a gift for your mom, or even Read More

Three wine bottles on their side in a stand, filled with cactus and succulents.
Gardening
Gardening

Up-cycling Wine Bottles in the Garden

Cacti and succulents are great plants for just about any type of environment and container. One receptacle you might not have thought to put plants in are old wine bottles! If your recycling is filling up, don’t worry, we have a project for Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

Find Your Indoor Kitchen Garden

Take what you know about growing your garden (such as: start in the spring; tend in the summer; harvest in the fall) and set that aside—because Indoor Kitchen Gardening is here with easy tips for growing herbs, greens, and other garden Read More

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Pets + Animals
Pets + Animals

Fill Your Yard with Beautiful Finches

Goldfinches bring merry darts of lemon yellow and bright gold to bird feeders in many regions of the US and the United Kingdom, making it one of the best-loved and most familiar visitors year-round. Michael Berger offers us a way to further Read More

A wide view of a box with succulents and safari animals in it.
Gardening
Gardening

Kids Project! Succulent African Safari Garden

Activating a child’s creative side is important, and this fun outdoor project will do just that! It will also get children to interact with nature and learn about some new plants. This project is a simple, 5-step Safari Garden. Kids can be Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

Get Planting with Sprouts of Your Own

Do you remember the first time you learned how to plant seeds? Chances are you learned with the help of an easy-to-do egg carton method, placing soil and a seed in each of the carton’s pockets. Use these simple materials to bring the fun Read More

South west garden
Gardening
Gardening

Water-Smart Landscapes

Gardening is a fun and relaxing activity. Water restrictions are common in places with frequent droughts, and these areas have to consider these restrictions when planning a garden. Even if you are in a wetter climate, you may still want to Read More

repurposed bookshelf turned into a garden shelf on a fence
Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Vertical Gardening

Short on garden space? Want to create a beautiful and budget-friendly outdoor feature? Love plants, but you’re seeking something low-maintenance? For these reasons and more, vertical gardening is for you. Join us for a round-up of three Read More

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Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

Stay Green with Upcycling

Bring your garden to life with three easy upcycling DIY projects that repurpose simple materials into flourishing green spaces and support the pollinators who rely on—and nurture--your garden. Shade Pallet Garden from Grow a Living Read More

straw bale gardening complete garden DIY Joel Karsten easy vegetable
Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

How Do Straw Bale Gardens Work?

We’ve been enthusiastically talking about Straw Bale Gardening for a while now – Joel Karsten started a revolution for gardeners everywhere, and his ground-breaking methods (that don’t actually involve breaking literal ground!) have Read More

Square Foot Gardening High-Value Veggies. Photo: Paul Markert
Gardening
Gardening

10 Best Vegetables to Grow with Kids

One of the best ways to encourage healthy eating habits for kids is to bring them into the garden, introducing them to the sensory experience, patience, play, and reward of nurturing a plant from seed to plate. Experiencing vegetables as a Read More