For the gaps in planted borders and between stepping stones, choose herbs such as spreading thyme (pictured here), instead of more ordinary fillers such as turfgrass or baby’s tears. Not only do such herbal carpets flower, smell good, and attract bees, they’re also less thirsty than most of their purely decorative cousins.
Like most petite front gardens, there is a need for separation from the street, along with ways to delineate smaller spaces. Instead of building walls or planting hedges, choose dividers made from edibles: ‘Enchantment’ tomatoes and ‘Straight Eight’ cucumbers on wooden frames strung with wire trellising. Between the yard and the street, install low redwood fencing […]
Some of the most striking gardens combine the pretty and the practical. In addition to being beautiful, flowers draw pollinators such as bees, as well as other “good” insects (ladybugs and lacewings) that help control the “bad” ones (aphids and caterpillars). It’s a better way to boost plant health than using chemical pesticides, which wipe […]
We’re not just talking about secondhand patio furniture and reclaimed fencing here. Gardeners are reusing unconventional items, like computer motherboards. Reusing unconventional items can create an interesting focal point and conversation piece while helping Mother Earth. What neighbors and local businesses consider trash could become decorative (and useful) elements that make your yard truly unique.
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Increasingly, homeowners want their land out front to serve a purpose and not be just a useless showpiece. Street-side gardening can boost community engagement, whether it means several houses on a block each growing a different kind of edible to share or those with land lending it to locals in exchange for labor. (Hyperlocavore can […]
A mere 10-square-foot section of grass requires 62 gallons of water per week. A layer of loose stones or gravel is not only a water saver, but it also helps keeps soil and water in place in wet regions. And, of course, there’s the obvious benefit of having way less to mow. To make an […]
Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to plan your garden. Flip through most gardening books and you’ll see pages and pages of excess — high-maintenance blossoms, exotic trees and shrubs, even trickling waterfalls and fountains. But all that lushness comes at a high price, both financial and environmental. Be Smartly Selective-Consider using hard […]
Don’t have time to run around to farmer’s markets? No problem, get Farm-Fresh Food Delivered. Find a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm near you at eatwellguide.org or localharvest.org and pay a subscription fee for regular batches of local produce (and, in some places, grass-fed meat). If you’re worried about being able to use it all up, […]
“If 40 percent of American households bought only organic milk, it would change dairy production,” says Michel Nischan, co-owner of the Dressing Room restaurant in Westport, Connecticut, and author of “Sustainably Delicious.” “You really can be a hero one product at a time.”