Growing Yucca Plants [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

The yucca plant is a drought tolerant evergreen native to the hot, dry areas of the Americas and the Caribbean. Lately, these unusual plants have become very popular as garden additions in the northern parts of the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. With 40 plus species and two dozen subspecies, this interesting and useful plant comes in a wide variety of sizes, appearances, and … Continue reading Growing Yucca Plants [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Seed swap at the Garden Museum’s Incredible Edible Seed Swap

Gardeners and urban gardeners both newbies and veterans alike should head down to London’s Garden Museum this Saturday for the Incredible Edible Seed Swap – an event where visitors can swap seeds, seedlings or small plants with other gardeners. The Garden Museum is encouraging visitors to bring their own plants and packets of seeds to share. There will also be some some seeds to buy and … Continue reading Seed swap at the Garden Museum’s Incredible Edible Seed Swap

Urban Farming: Engaging communities in the local food system

Urban farming is enabling local communities to grow their own food and become self-sufficient, while nurturing the wellbeing of themselves, their fellow residents and the planet. From a rooftop farm, off grid farm and a teaching farm, this short film from Feast TV shows the positive impact that urban farming is having on local communities. Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea Continue reading Urban Farming: Engaging communities in the local food system

DIY Biodegradable Plant Pots

There may not be much happening on the gardening front during winter, but if you’ve got old newspapers, egg boxes and toilet rolls you can get ready for the forthcoming planting season by making your own biodegradable plant pots. You can create environmentally friendly pots in a range of useful sizes using everyday household items. Biodegradable pots are a great way to repurpose and reuse … Continue reading DIY Biodegradable Plant Pots

Grow your own indoor herb garden with mason jars

Mason jars have a multitude of uses and can even be used to grow your own herbs. Mason jar herb gardens are simple and easy to make, using items that are readily available. The below video uses sand, stones and soil. The good thing about this method is that the sand and stones placed in layers towards the bottom of the jar allows for irrigation … Continue reading Grow your own indoor herb garden with mason jars

Plants that improve your Health and Home [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

From lavender to lemongrass, rosemary to aloe vera, plants can do wonders for our wellbeing, emotion and the environment around us. We’ve looked at our favourite outdoor and indoor plants renowned for improving both our health and our homes, and compiled them into a cheat sheet – where you can learn to grow them yourself! via Plants that improve your Health and Home [Infographic] — ecogreenlove Continue reading Plants that improve your Health and Home [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Project Orange Thumb: Fiskars support community gardens with grants

Project Orange Thumb is a community garden grant programme that provides tools and resources to help communities reach their goals for collaboration, neighborhood beautification, and healthy, sustainable food sources. Launched by Fiskars, Project Orange Thumb has provided over $1.6 million to more than 210 community groups since the programme started in 2002. Project Orange Thumb supports Urban, Educational, and Therapeutic Gardens. Urban community gardens help … Continue reading Project Orange Thumb: Fiskars support community gardens with grants

The Skip Garden: A sustainable urban garden amidst a London construction site

The Skip Garden – a charming oasis with wild flowers, vegetables and herbs grown in skips and  beehives and chicken coops – sits proudly and gracefully in and amongst the King’s Cross construction site that it shares its space with. The moveable, sustainable urban garden has been built using recycled materials, mostly from the construction site. Run by Global Generation, a charity which gives young people opportunities to create a … Continue reading The Skip Garden: A sustainable urban garden amidst a London construction site

Grow to Learn: Over half of public schools in NYC now have a sustainable school garden

More than half of New York City’s public schools now have a school garden – be they container gardens or for those buildings short on space, bottle planters in classrooms. Around 700 sustainable gardens in schools across the city now exist thanks to Grow to Learn – a collaborative initiative formed by local nonprofit, GrowNYC, and The Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC. Schools are using these … Continue reading Grow to Learn: Over half of public schools in NYC now have a sustainable school garden

Gotham Greens: Greening up urban rooftops with sustainable leafy greens

Gotham Greens has transformed unused rooftops in New York and Chicago into lush, year-round urban greenhouse farms selling sustainable, local produce to locals. The Brooklyn-born business provide premium quality, pesticide-free produce grown under the highest standards of food safety and environmental sustainability. Gotham Greens, which now operates four facilities in both New York City and Chicago opened their biggest venture to date in the Pullman neighbourhood of … Continue reading Gotham Greens: Greening up urban rooftops with sustainable leafy greens