Congrats to the El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands and the first island ever to be run 100% off of wind power!
Energy and water aren’t the only things that are wasted on a daily basis. Think of what else you toss in the trash—all of that ends up in landfills. Yuck.
With the crazy Georgia weather, you never know when the right time is to start planting your flowers and veggies. Lucky for you, here are some tips on how to start your indoor garden successfully and with upcycled objects you can find around your house—so start digging in your recycle bin for:
After Hurricane Sandy ran into the East coast and surrounding areas, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development started the Rebuild by Design competition. The competition asked designers to think about the issues the area faced during the storm and reimagine an East coast that was not only resilient to those issues, but green too. Here are a few of our favorite designs:
This idea brings together two of the best things in life: food and fully-charged electronic devices. And it’s pretty simple—all you need is carbon dioxide, water, light and plants.
A garden is more than just a garden in places like rural India. The short film, “After My Garden Grows” shows us just how much a garden can mean to a teenage girl growing up in West Bengal.
There are a lot of reasons to start thinking about living on the water—melting ice caps and rising sea levels are putting coastal cities at risk for being flooded for one, but there are green opportunities for these floating cities.
Bad news: the sea levels are rising and natural disasters are becoming more intense.
Good news: now we’ve got the designs for an area that will be able to support us and our lives in a clean, green way should the apocalypse ever happen: Noah’s Ark.
To get started, you need to determine what you would like to grow. The best way to start off is small. Many new gardeners will plant more than they need because it’s so exciting, which results in wasting food and feeling overwhelmed by their garden.
Look at how many people in your family will be eating these vegetables. If you are wanting to grow vegetables such as carrots, radishes, and corn, they produce only once, meaning you’ll have to plant more of those. Tomatoes, peppers, and squash keep providing through the season, so you won’t have to plant as many!
Next is deciding where to plant your garden. Vegetable gardens starting off do not need a large area to grow, so I would start off small with pots or containers on a deck. Now it’s time to pick the perfect spot! To have a successful garden you need to look for these requirements:
Plenty of Water
The closer you plant your garden to a water source, the easier it’ll be for you to supply the garden with water!
Vegetables need at least 6-8 hours of direct sun. But if you don’t have a spot that is in direct sunlight, you are still able to grow many leafy vegetables such as lettuce and spinach.
Your garden will need moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter to thrive.
After finding the requirements, you are almost there!
Next, you need to plant the seeds in the soil of your garden. Then you just keep up with you plants by continuing to water them and pull the weeds away when needed. And remember to stop and smell the — well, whatever you are growing!
Photo credit: http://brickcitygardens.com
Yesterday we showed you New York’s High Line, but that’s not the only awesome green space those New Yorkers are working on.