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    Gardening 101

    Gardening has been part of our culture for millenia, and there’s always more to learn. This is the place to start if you’re new to gardening and want to learn how to start a…

  • In Defense of Ferns

      I have heard ferns maligned in a surprising number of places lately, and I want to do my part to set the record straight. There seems to be a misconception that ferns are…

  • Does DIY = Sustainable?

    There’s a lot of romance to the idea of DIY. The rugged individualist is part of our national culture, part of how we see ourselves and our role in the universe. Not that everyone…

  • The Economics of Street Trees

    EcoGeek recently ran a post highlighting the correlation between income inequality and street tree inequality. The study in question was completed in 2007, and it’s certainly been true in my experience in cities that…

  • This Week’s Jumble – June 18, 2012

    From around the web this week: Treehugger brought us another great example of a green wall enlivening a formerly bleak space, this time in London. Coming soon, the National Building Museum’s online exhibit exploring…

  • Screening versus Focusing

    A friend recently asked me to take a look at the backyard of their rented urban home and help them screen a series of unsightly pipes and wires on the house as well as…

  • This Week’s Jumble – February 20, 2012

    From around the web this week: I heard of Arcosanti for the first time two years ago, when I flew to Phoenix to visit my boyfriend’s family for Christmas. It sounded like an interesting…

  • A DIY Valentine’s Day

    I enjoyed reading Dealnews’ tongue-in-cheek take on ways to save money on Valentine’s Day bouquets. Since forcing roses into bloom in February is tricky and probably best left to those hardy plant lovers who…