Green indoor gardening

I have had an interest in building a greenhouse like area with flouresent bulbs, automated water, and climate control. For the water i could hook up a hose on a timer to a bit of pvc but what is the best way to get proper climate control. What is the desired composition of a water? I guess the question is how do i get nutrient water and proper vitamins straight to a plant?

Topic by Mikethebuilder 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


rotating gardens

Does anyone have a tutorial or know where I can get drawings for the ring-shaped garden that has been shown on Stargate: Universe? There is a website that sells them but the $2,000 asking price is ridiculous!!

Topic by javajunkie1976 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Evolved Gardening

I love having plants indoors and I'm always interested in new ways to grow and display things. A firm called Boskke is redesigning how we approach indoor container gardening.  "BOSKKE means ‘a small forest’ and that’s exactly what you can create with our intelligent eco-sensitive designs."  Boskke - Evolved Gardening Via: Readymade newsletter

Topic by Culturespy 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


LED Gardening

I heard somewhere that you can use LED lights to grow plants. is this a substitute for the sun? does it work well? (i know, dumb question =P )

Topic by gummyfun 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Green bamboo

I am sewing some window blinds for a friend on a very tight budget. I'd like to know if I can use slim bamboo canes straight from the garden as a weight. It will be sewn into a cotton fabric channel at the bottom of the blind. Or should I be only using dried bamboo? ie I am hoping that it wont go mouldy??

Question by LyndaA11 6 months ago


Go Green!

Just kidding!  Thanks for having me in your group.  It´s been awhile since I have been back to AA but it will always be one of my homes.  Please take time to check out my instructable for Agave Wood Personal Theater.  Hopefully, later today it will be approved for the Wood Contest (still waiting). If any of you visited the UM botanical garden this past summer you may remember their agave americana was in bloom after 80 YEARS of growth and waiting.  Here´s a link http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/07/u-m_botanical_gardens_80-year-_1.html . My project was made using the same variety of agave and with the flower stalk and thorns.  In addition, I used nopal cactus (prickly pear) and a homemade wax to finish it.  Thats´s it.  It is 100% natural and vegan.  I know these words can make some squimish but for real when was the last time you could say that about technology? Please visit my project and feel free to comment:  I would love to find collaborators to work with from your organization when I visit AA in the summer. GO GREEN!  GO BLUE!

Topic by Pitera Man 4 years ago



Guerrilla gardeners green their city on secret moonlit missions

CNN discovers the growing Guerrilla Gardening movement, in a nice article by Lara Farrar:Guerrilla gardeners green their city on secret moonlit missionsStory Highlights# Guerrilla gardeners cultivate neglected land without asking for permission# Guerrillas meet for digs in night to make over derelict patches of dirt# Richard Reynolds says he has helped create 28 guerrilla gardens in London# Artist Liz Christy founded first guerrilla group in 1973 in New York CityOf course, here on Instructables, we've known about Guerrilla Gardening for quite a while. Check out the following cool projects:Moss bombsWater bottle sprinkler capHow to plant flowers on your sidewalkMoss GraffitiElectric seed hopper for remote gardeningThere's also the Reap what you Sow & Guerilla Gardening group...

Topic by Patrik 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Water Recycling with a Hydroponic Bog Garden

Clean water - we all need it.  Treating and reusing sewage and other waste water means reducing the burden on the already limited supply of water from our lakes, rivers, and underground aquifers. Instructables user Biotank posted this excellent Hydroponic bog garden. It's the final step in a series of sewage water treatments, and uses bacteria to clean the water even further so it can be used for irrigation.  This system can be combined with a garden for water-loving plants as shown here, or with a fish pond.  While this bog garden isn't likely to fit in your backyard, it's a great example of thinking outside the box to solve the problem of water reuse!  Check it out, and get inspired. What are you doing to conserve or reuse water?  What would you like to do? This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.

Topic by canida 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Easiest way to till a garden without a till??

Hello there, Just wondering if anyone out there has any good ideas for how I could till my garden without actually having a tiller. Any creative idea??

Question by wheatabx 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Yeast fermentation for composting solution?

I threw some hay off my lawn and some green weecds into a garbage can, some sugar and yeast and formented it to slug beer but the slugs did not like it. It then fermented further to vinegar, and a crust of green "Mold?" covered it. seems to have protected the vinegar from further fermentation. I tried a second bigger batch ( morning glory weeds) with less sugar but after a few days of good fermenting it went rotten and stinky. So there are probably thresholds for sugar content. Would the yeast be a way of adding fertilizer to organic gardens? Yeast can (I think) convert urea and nitrate to protein. Perhaps some green stuff has enough sugar to work without sugar addition. vine prunings? maybe. The first batch, i put bleach in to kill off microbes before I added water and yeast. Perhaps hydrated lime would work instead of bleach and also get the ph good for yeast fermentation. This might be a cheap way of liming your garden. (Here in victoria, hydrated type s lime is cheaper than limestone for garden addition. (But it contains more calcium!) The "yeast tea" or vinegar tea could be used on the garden and the weeds could then be transfered to normal compost or used as mulch. It might be an alternative way of using diseased materials of composting seedy weeds to kill the seeds. Brian

Topic by gaiatechnician 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Living Snow Globes

INSTRUCTABLES: www.projectfidgetyfingers.blogspot.com We have been collecting glass jars and bottles for the arrival of our glass cutter. And while we are at the subject of plants, we have decided to make some mini terrariums. We talked about friends without green thumbs and the sweet token of giving something green. It is going to be a disaster if the gift dies before the next time you visit them. So, we thought of fool-proofing it by making terrariums. Terra is a word meaning Earth in Latin. It is an area, usually enclosed, for keeping and raising animals or plants for observation or research. Often, a portion of the ecosystem for a particular species is simulated on a smaller scale, with controls for environment conditions. The main requirement is that it be watertight to keep the moisture in. So, non-green thumbs ahoy! This means light watering every month or longer. The plants are usually hardy and do not grow quickly if you keep the water circulating. This is a fabulous mini sustainable environment to create, a sort of 'living snow globe'. A magical gift for kids and the office desk.

Topic by suzene 11 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Top plants for home garden to be used in cooking? Answered

I was curious about what are some of the best plants for my backyard garden. I want to be able to use these plants in my cooking. So far I know that strawberries and tomatoes and cilantro are going in. Maybe some common herbs will add to the variety. I am a southern California residence and the area is shaded by two palm trees. The temperature range is very mild with few extremes and the soil is of mediocre quality. I just need some direction as to what else is available and what I would most commonly need for my cooking. Thank you,

Question by bdjohnso10 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


This device is the opposite of environmentally friendly.

This machine burns energy year round. Is there or is there not another way to compost without a plug?

Topic by A good name 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


will a green filter still collect sunlight? Answered

I'm trying to make a sun jar. I've got myself a flip-top jar. the garden light is still pending. but I have a problem (or do I?)- the lid is green. will the green glass still allow the solar panels to get power? or will I have to do something else?

Question by codongolev 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Freeze dried green bean snacks?

I would like to know how to make this really good snack. We have a ton of green beans in the garden and would like to make my own homemade snacks. I think I might know of the freeze drying process, but would like a recipe for the coating that is on the beans. The beans I have eaten have just a slight hint of sweetness to them. What is used??? Thanks for any help!!

Question by skyfine 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Free mulch delivery!

Free mulch delivery service: abouttrees.com

Topic by blkhawk 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Garden - Greyhound Topiary - First Time Animal Topiary Help?

I would like to grow my wife a greyhound topiary, I am wanting to grow a plant through a metal frame. But I am running into a few problems. The frame is 92cm x 114cm x 27cm and will be planted into the ground in full sunlight. (UK Midlands) The first problem is what plant to use. I do not want to use moss. I have looked into Box, Yew, Pyracantha and Privet but have no experience on what would be best growing through the frame, Im not too fussed how long it would take to grow. But I do have lots of time to prune it so a faster growing variety would be better. The second problem is where do you grow the plant into the frame? Do i get 4 plants and and grow each leg? Or one leg and grow down the others? Or do I grow through the middle of the frame and grow down all 4 legs? and keep the main steam woody. Any help would be appreciated, Thank you in advance.

Question by NuclearGreyhound 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Green Science Fair Winners

Instructables and Discover Magazine are happy to announce the winners of the Discover Green Science Fair for a Better Planet Contest!We asked you to show us some great green ideas and you responded with a flood of them. Over 200 Instructables were submitted over the past few weeks and tons of useful information has been put out there to help others with their own green projects. You are all an inspiration, truly.Thank you for putting so much time and effort into these Instructables. As always, we wish we had more prizes to give out. Now, on with the winners! First 10 Entries For jumping into the contest early, the authors of these Instructables will receive a Discover Magazine t-shirt. Ways to be green How to get FREE 9 Volt Batteries Recycle plastic grocery bags into Loons! Tips on how to improve gas mileage All-Natural Incense Burner Science Fair Display Board How to recycle an old sweater How to Boycott the Bottle Easy Seed Starter Supercharged Lemon Runners-UpThe authors of these Instructables will each receive a copy of 20 Things You Didn't Know About Everything, a book from the Editors at Discover magazine. Mini Wooden Portable Compost Bin How to build a 72Volt electric motorcycle How to Make an Easy Inverted Planter £5 Japanese lamp from recycled materials Trickle charging auto-switching LED helmet Make your own plastic tote bag from recycled plastic bags From old Tourist Map to Gift Bag How to Make A Solar Powered Fan! solar lawn mower How To Smell Pollutants Third Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Eton FR150 Microlink, a Solar-Powered, Crank-powered Portable Radio with Flashlight and Cell Phone Charger. Cheap solar tracker Organic planting pots from newspapers Bike Generator Recycled Denim Shopping Bag The Green Pail Retained Heat Cooker Second Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive a Sansa Express 1GB MP3 player, Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers. Solar Powered Trike Urban Homestead Garden (squarefoot gardening abridged) First Prize The author of this Instructable will receive a Celestron Skyscout that uses advanced GPS technology with point and click convenience to identify thousands of stars, planets, constellations and more. Plus Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers. Make Your Own Biodiesel Processor Thank you to all of our judges for helping to choose the winners. Colin Bulthaup (CTO of Potenco, co-founder Squid Labs)Christy Canida (Instructables)Stephen Cass (Senior Editor at Discover Magazine) Saul Griffith (President of Makani Power, co-founder Squid Labs, MacArthur Fellow) Corwin Hardham (CTO of Makani Power, co-founder Squid Labs)Jeremy Jacquot (treehugger.com, USC student in environmental sciences) Tom Kostigen (co-author of The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time)Ed Lewis (Instructables)Corey Powell (Executive Editor at Discover Magazine) Sarah Richardson (Senior Editor at Discover Magazine) Gemma Shusterman (Media Lab grad, Juror for the 2008 SIGGRAPH art gallery)Tyghe Trimble (News Editor at Discover Magazine)Eric Wilhelm (Instructables, co-founder Squid Labs) Daniel Wilson (Roboticist, author of How to Build a Robot Army) Laura Wright (Senior Editor of On Earth Magazine, published by the Natural Resources Defense Council)

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how do i keep bugs,birds,and animals out of my vegetable gardens without chemicals? Answered

 I plan to start growing a med-large vegetable garden (parsley,cucumber,pumpkin,carrot, cantaloupe,sweet basil,spinach, green peppers and a small pomegranate tree as an extra). I dont want to use any pesticides or chemical deterrents. Any ideas as to what to go with? Chicken wire? 

Question by blackkittyatl 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Project for Children

I am looking to do a fairly simple children's gardening project at a Green Fair that is being held in March.  In the past, the group has had the kids transplant seedlings.  Does anyone have any ideas?  I think that there must be much better "quick" projects.

Topic by DELETED_tvwerff 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Would old patio doors be good glazing for a cold-frame/greenhouse?

Question by technosmechno1 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Homemade Aerogarden

I think someone should make an instructable on how to make a homemade Aerogarden. I think this would be a fantastic add. I've heard that if you were to make your own and replace the light it uses with a High Pressure Sodium or High Intensity Discharge it would work a lot faster/better.

Topic by bstite01 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


DIY Green Projects - On ABC News

"We're going to look at some of the best Do It Yourself green projects" ABC just ran a piece interviewing Julie Gerstein from The Daily Green about their Heart of Green Awards.  The interview spotlighted the Trash-to-Craft Challenge in which The Daily Green teamed up with Etsy to show off green projects that highlight the resuse and repurposing aspect of the materials.  And as luck would have it, all of the projects shown in the interview can be found on instructables!  You can go check out the piece on ABC News, and check out the instructables here! In order of their appearance: #1 - Bike Chain Bracelet #2 - Tin Can Reading Lamp #3 - Succulent Plant Quilt #4 - Cardboard Chaise Lounge #5 - Vertical Vegetable Garden #6 - DIY Sock Creations #7 - Berry Picker

Topic by StumpChunkman 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What is this green globby goo in my driveway? Answered

What is this stuff?? I noticed this green slime in my driveway one day. It's sorta gel-like, has some air bubbles, and is centered around greenery. I can sorta pick it up with a stick and it jiggles and doesn't really come apart. It reminds me of seaweed kinda. It was mainly located in the center of my driveway where we have weed growth. The appearance happened to coincide with a long bought of rain (nearly several weeks). I also noticed some in areas of our lawn and near the edges of our gardens. This is in Northeastern Vermont, photo taken this summer, '09. PS--I apologize if this is too picture heavy. Please let me know if it is. I just like sharing all the neat photos of this strange substance that looks like Slimer from Ghostbusters!

Question by Pompom 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How to use an old freezer/fridge as a garden box or fish pond? How would you establish drainage?

Not that I have space for such here at home, but thinking along green lines and how to recycle old appliances. I know my grandpa had an old freezer he used that was converted to a mini green house wiht some grow lights, but I was thinking more along the lines of container gardening or fish pond.

Question by tbeatty 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Get growing - the Gardening Contest starts Monday, 5/6!

Green-thumbs unite! Instructables.com is happy to announce that we're hosting a Gardening Contest! We are looking forward to seeing a a cornucopia of seeding-skills, planters, gardens, ANYTHING that has to do with cultivating plants! Enter the Gardening Contest to show us what the plants in your garden are up to this year. Are they sprouting in fancy planters made from railroad ties and unicorn horns? Will they be cultivated via Twitter? Have you discovered a way to creatively display what you propagate? Make them yield more fruits or veggies? Or have you hit upon a way to keep them alive with minimal effort on your part? Show us what you’ve done with your garden to win an AeroGarden, watering cans, trowels and more!

Topic by jessyratfink 5 years ago


Is there a way I can utilize a Sunsei SE-150 Solar Charger 150mA Trickle Charger to power led lights?

I want to give light to my hydroponic food garden at night and possibly the small pumps.

Question by ecoego 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Feedback Can someone test my Instructable "software for solar reflector design"?

I have an instructable about designing better reflectors for solar cookers. (Better than parabolic dishes). Basically you can design your own dish, and compare it to the parabolic dish and other shapes with the software. On step 1 there is a zipped folder for download. It contains an art of illusion scenefile. Art of illusion is the modeling and animation software I used. It is easier to learn than its competitors and it is free. The folder also contains a html file for almost automatic tabulating of your results and comparison with other reflector shapes. I have "starter" jpg images for when you create series of 10 images for comparison. I hope to put in a help html file too but thats all for now. To test it, you do need to download art of illusion too. I know this type of project can be a bit of a pain but with feedback, I can refine it. And where else do you have free tools to test solar reflectors? https://www.instructables.com/id/Use_software_to_design_a_better_solar_cooker/I hope that this will grow. A guy in Finland has already done a rudimentary "sun engine" that will do the shadows from a day as an extension to this project! That could be used to design passive solar houses and to site vegetable and fruit gardens in the best spots. (Depending on the seasons and day length, shadow patterns from trees and houses are very different). This is not something you can imagine just from surveying a site! Anyway, hopefully I will get some input.The instructable has grown and changed a lot as I have improved the scenefile. There are certainly parts that need trimming now. Hopefully I get round to it in the next couple of days. Brian

Topic by gaiatechnician 10 years ago


Dig a hole in the ground. Compost in hole. Bugs in hole. Lid on top of hole. Hassle free Compost bin?

I was walking down the street, Gandering at my fellow human beings flower gardens and I noticed one of them had a garbage lid on the ground. I went to pick it up and noticed that underneath there was a hole in the ground with compost and bugs doing there work. I thought hmm.. BRILLIANT! I might be rambling, but I was just wondering... Why havent I heard of this before. Is it a good idea?will it work?

Question by CrawdadMan 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Any ideas for useful stuff for a veggie garden that would also help deter trespassers? Ideally for along the boundary.

We have a lovely big patch of land that we plan to turn into a veggie patch. Unfortunately, we've suffered with trespassing & vandalism with much of the work we've done so far. We are lucky enough to have inherited a polytunnel frame (a large hooped structure to be covered with plastic for use as a commercial greenhouse) but our last attempt to get a cover on it ended 10 days later when a knife was taken to it. We also get stones thrown over as well as actual trespassing. We'd like to get cracking again this year (warm weather is best for working with the plastic cover) & are concentrating on getting an earth bank & fence installed beforehand, to minimise any issues. We'll be planting a hedge along the top of the bank, but that will take a while to grow. This work will also involve doing some terracing, so the ground level at the boundary will be about 1-1.5m/3-5ft higher than the main area. It is also on the northern (sunny) edge, and the whole boundary is about 25m/45ft long. We are located out on the west coast of Wales, so have a temperate climate & moderate wind, but can't construct anything that might upset the officials as we're in a National Park. Saying that, the boundary can only be seen from either our land or from our vandals', sorry, neighbours' land. We're not thinking of bear traps or anything, just wondering if anybody has any suggestions for things that would be useful & practical that might also cause an added obstruction. The instructable on the Double-Decker Drum Composter inspired me to think about other possible options, though I'm not sure whether composters would suit the sunny location. Please note that this will be a veggie patch, so nothing that might cause issues with growing and (more importantly) eating our own produce. And no, nothing can be proved but would only cause more hassle even if it could, so we just have to find other, less confrontational, ways to work around these things :) All (sensible) ideas are very welcome!

Question by hv3333 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Will this light work to grow plants in my homemade greenhouse? Answered

I am working on a homemade greenhouse and I wanted to use a solar light, I found one for pretty cheap at harbor freight: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=95573 will this work to help my plants grow? or does it have to be a certain type of light? thanks

Question by davej6694 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Pulser pump research from Loughborough University

The pulser pump is the world's simplest water powered device. But the way it pumps water is pretty much unknown to the general public and research is lacking. Here is a paper from an engineering student in a university about it. (It is attached as a pdf file to this post).   Hopefully it fleshes out some of the science.  Regardless of who "invented" it,  it has been my "baby" for over 2 decades so it is nice to see it get some attention!     I was also told that the experiments may continue next year.  (With a different student)   Please check out the attached pdf,  I think mini pulser pumps can power "pallet gardens" but I do not have a stream here to try one.  (Going 3 ft deep under the water exit level is enough so really easy).   Brian

Topic by gaiatechnician 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Office Instructables

I am looking for the best and the brightest to help me find the top instructables for making my office life easier. I work in cubicles on the ground floor with no windows, institution gray walls, and fluorescent lights. The building contains no plants and nothing else of interest. I'm looking for anything that keeps us from going crazy.  So far, I've decided to make these: www.instructables.com/id/Self-Watering-Plant-Container-out-of-a-2-liter-bot/ and these: www.instructables.com/id/Recycle-lamp-shade/   Hope to get some awesome responses from you all!  Thanks,  McAfee15

Topic by mcafee15 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


New Contest Starting Next Week

We have a couple of great contests running right now with the Get the LED Out! Contest and the new Art of Sound contest and next week we're going to be starting another one. The new contest will be a gardening contest for all you green thumbs out there.The type of gardening can be anything. From a regular garden to hydroponics or even aeroponics it can all be entered. So if you have anything in mind, get it ready soon.More details to come next week.

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What type of solar cell/battery for a garden lamp?

I was looking at an instructable (https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Light-Graffiti-Projector/) involving a garden light hooked up to a red led instead of a white one. It shoots a picture out at night onto a wall or something like that.I'm wondering if the garden lights are too dim or don't charge fully. We used to have some lights of those type, but they would make a dim light for about 5 hours, then emit a very very weak light. I'm thinking about just buying a trickle charger from here, then getting a bright green or blue led, batteries, and waterproofing it. The problem is, I have nil knowledge about solar chargers/what voltage to use.Can anyone help?

Topic by Carmelite 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Instructables, Popular Science, and TreeHugger "Go Green!" Contest Results

Instructables, Popular Science, and [http://www.treehugger Treehugger] are pleased to announce the winners of the Go Green contest!The entries were fantastic- check the full list of projects as well as the winners for more great ways to green your life.Grand PrizeThe grand prize winner will receive a Breezer Liberty hybrid commuter bicycle with pedal-powered lights, an Instructables robot t-shirt, a brief write-up in a future issue of Popular Science, and a 1-year subscription to Popular Science magazine.Hydroponic Bog Garden (Water Recycling) by BiotankFirst PrizeEach first prize winner will receive a Solio Universal Hybrid Solar Charger (TreeHugger review here), an Instructables robot t-shirt, and a 1-year subscription to Popular Science magazine.Bicyle Power for Your Television by bdwhaleyGeodesic Dome Greenhouse by yes2techHow to MAKE PV Solar Panels by VIRONPortable 12V Air Conditioner --Cheap and easy! by CameronSSSolar Thermal Water Heater For Less Than Five Dollars by TheNaibSecond PrizeEach second prize winner will receive an Instructables robot t-shirt and a 1-year subscription to Popular Science Magazine.Build your own flat panel solar thermal collector by iwilltryCart Bike by zieakComposter (Drum Style) by jdlinkFree Air Conditioning by VygerGrow organic food without spending $ by gowithfloHack a Toilet for free water by gregorylavoieHow to save water in gardens and small-holdings: the Scrooge Bottle by KitemanMake an Evaporative Terra Cotta Beer Chiller by jolshefskyRecreate a Vanishing Ecosystem : The Eastern Vernal Pool by Tool Using AnimalThe Wind-up Headboard Reading Light by peterwbrownAll winners should watch their inboxes for a private message with prize-claim instructions.Thanks to our judges, who carefully read through all 63 eligible entries:arwen; canida; Dave Prochnow, PopSci; Doug Cantor, PopSci; ewilhelm; fungus amungus; Graham Hill, TreeHugger; John Mahoney, PopSci; Ken Rother, TreeHugger; Mike Haney, PopSci; noahw; numberandom; reno_dakota; seedlingproject; Shayne McQuaid, TreeHugger; stasterisk; T3h_Muffinator; TetranitrateFor more information on how we judged, click here for the full results.

Topic by canida 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Farming - I need some help

NEW QUESTION: Should I grow food, or food and commodities (IE wheat, cotton, etc) Well, I grew vegetables last year, and the crop was a failure. Don't ask me why, since there were at least 20 things I did wrong, and on top of that, mother nature was pissed off at me. Well, I already have some ideas on how I'm going to make my farming more eco-friendly, but I'd like some more, some ideas I have are: No fertilizer (I grew organics last year too) collecting rainwater in buckets to use to water on drier days (I'm going to make a small shed which I can store the water for just such an occasion) Allowing bugs into my garden Also, I plan to compost all the plant waste (I also use my dog's "Waste" for fertilizer... weird, I know, but it works, and it means I don't have to use up plastic bags, or pick the stuff up. Plus, it's better in the ground being broken up than in the landfill taking up space) And some things I worry about are: Moving sand into the area. I hear that sand is better for beats and carrots, but I wonder if it would be a bad environmental change to move sand into the area. It's not a large area of land, but still. Please excuse me if I didn't make too much sense, I'm really confused right now... school is getting to me :(

Topic by A good name 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to remodel my front yard garden?

Hi, i have my front yard that I want to renovate so that it is both appealing day and night to anybody who walks in and memorises that moment.  This is the area that has the most traffic everyday at about any time so it needs to be practical, safe and appealing.  I want to design and use any materials but needs to be in the green way as there are much focus on these nowadays and prevent wastage. This is what I have in mind: 12 volt system: A/or many power packs that will provide power to all the electrical stuffs, charged using solar panels and since these will be low voltage it should be safe. Items that would be using 12v would be outdoor lighthing, the power cables, water pump submersible, submersible light.  It would be great to have an electrical plan that would aid however I don't know how to do that. Water feature: Add a biological filter made of concrete for the pond with all its plumbing and also add overflow drain in pond and a small canal to evacuate the excess of water.  Plants:  Concerning the plants some will be moved, cut down or removed completely.  I want a complete mixture of different kinds of plants such As bushes creeping plants etc.  It would be nice to create a plant plan both written and visual as it would aid greatly however I don't really have that knowledge. Other things: I would like to include pergolas and arbours and also allow plants to grow on them such as creeping plants. I want the area to have complete or as much privacy as possible but don't really know specially by hiding the view from above.  As A boundary I want to include fencing and then let creeping plants to grow on them just to get that privacy.  An automatic watering system would be very good such as popup sprinkler, or drip irrigation but an irrigation plan would best be suited but still I don't know how to make that. There should be provision for spaces in adding security cameras that would remain hidden for a certain time period. Finally there should be an Area to store dustbin and also to let clothes dry.

Question by Chamburn 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Eco-Crafters -- Are You Skilled At Repurposing Trash Into Treasures?

Www.greenwala.com (an online green social network) is looking for crafty DIYers to share their repurposed project ideas with them for a future article. Might be a great way for people here to gain exposure -- here's the article link -- http://www.greenwala.com/community/blogs/all/1344-Creative-Crafters-Share-Details-About-Your-Repurposed-Fashion-Projects'''ALSO, www.greenwala.com has a few new crafty contests running, but one in particular is called "Choose To Reuse".It asks participants to photograph an original repurposed design of their own creation.Here are some examples of what other contestants have already submitted:1) vinyl record garden planters2) shower curtain turned into wearable "hoodie"3) old sink turned "hand-tiled bird bath"Take a look at the rest of the entries here and then gear yourself up to submit your own cool, repurposed design -- http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contests'''The most creative reuse will win a new HP Mini 110 XP Notebook and a Deskjet D2660 printer!Good luck and have fun!!

Topic by elizahleigh 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Is there any way for a semi-skilled DIY-er to build a rooftop garden on a three car garage roof?? Answered

It's got a fairly low pitch, and a fairly new roof.  It's 20' x 30'-- much bigger than it looks in the photo.  I figure  That 600 sq ft is a lot of room to be just wasted, so I'd love to do something "green" with it.  Any suggestions and ideas would be so appreciated!  Thank you!

Question by crazypantsjones 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


how can i grow an avocado tree from a seedling? mine always die :(?

I can successfully get an avocado seed to sprout a small seedling, but when it grows about a foot or two, they always seem to wilt before im able to plant it. any suggestions?

Question by Smelven 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can I feed my red worms soybeans? Answered

My mom likes to make soybean milk (I hate it too). When she makes it there's that leftover guck that's in the machine (the machine catches it with a strainer). I believe the guck is soybean skin, I am wondering if my red worms in my worm composter can eat them. Please respond ASAP!

Question by Pizzapie500 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What kind of light is the best for indoor gardening and what are the cheapest options? Answered

I have a small indoor seed starter/green house and it is standing in the warm part of the house (65-70 degrees). I would like to grow some herbs (rosemary, basil, majoram, thyme, oregano and start some lavenders for planting out later). I know it is difficult to start rosemary from seeds but the others should be fine. Which lights are the best ? Can I use an old Christmas light (white light not the one with many colors) How many hours of light is sufficient? Thank you

Question by SzilviaP 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Eco buildings for free?

I'm organizing a community lead market garden project within Wales (UK) to help those most in need within our community. We have little to no money for this project as almost 90% of the volunteers are unemployed, privet funding for our project is hard to come by  we have only found about £400, so we are intending to use as much recycled stuff as we can. I really need plans for a con and tire or wattle cob storage shed/ shelter for myself and my volunteers to hide out in when the weather turns bad And also some plans for a soda/plastic bottle green house. If you can help please do as i've not done anything like this before!

Question by brambles market garden 4 years ago


Cricket Cage Setup

Hello, i have a creative project that i need some advice on. The idea is based off the old chinese cricket cages. From purely the electronics design perspective i would like the following features. 1. A very small solar panel (think the garden light instructables projects) 2. Rechargeable battery pack (size dependent on power needs) 3. A speaker capable of reproducing the sound of a cricket. No volume control needed, just a realistic replication 4. Something to play the sound (this is where i am lost) 5. A single green led bulb 6. a light sensor that would flip the system to on when it is dark. (I would like it to be able to operate light and sound for maybe 3 hours on a full charge) The hope is that all of this could be fit into a 8"x3"x7" space, with the solar panel mounted externally. The installation i can handle, but some of the electronics are beyond my skill level. The best i have managed is the moon jars made from a mason jar and a garden light. This project is basically like that, only with sounds, and placed in a custom enclosure.   I suspect that sound is much harder than solar LED lights, and that is what i would most like some input on. If i can get the things made i will gladly share any info, though im not sure i have the skills and equipment to actually write a instructable. 

Topic by hyberion 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


"Choose To Reuse" Contest Awarding Free HP Laptop & Printer

If you like turning trash into treasure, then you're probably going to love Greenwala's new crafty contest.The green social network is complementing its other green-themed contests with their latest and greatest one, which asks participants to photograph an original repurposed design of their own creation.Some examples of other contestants' creations include:1) vinyl record garden planters2) shower curtain turned into wearable "hoodie"3) vinyl records stitched into a pocketbookTake a look at the rest of the entries here and then gear yourself up to submit your own cool, repurposed design -- http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contestsThe most creative reuse will win a new HP Mini 110 XP Notebook and a Deskjet D2660 printer! Good luck and have fun!!

Topic by elizahleigh 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


2007 High Country tour of sustainable Living

Hi all. So here I am on fall break. Two days of not going to classes. I decided to tell ya'll (I'm in the south, I'm allowed to say that) about this weekend.This weekend was a big weekend up here in the mountains, and ASU's Homecoming eclipsed some great stuff, let me tell ya'. Instead of going to the game I decided to go on the 2007 High Country Tour of Sustainable Living. It was amazing! let me fill you in on some of what happened.Friday evening I found out about this and decided I couldn't miss it. So I got up bright and early Saturday morning, put on my robot t-shirt, and headed out. People started arriving around 8 AM and kept coming until 8:45 when we were finishing up breakfast . We all piled onto a biodiesel fueled bus and started for our first destination. I had had my coffee so I was up for talking at 8:45 on a Saturday morning. Right away I met some neat people, and we talked about bio-fuel in general, Who Killed The Electric Car, and the Appropriate technologies department at the university. We pulled up to a farm to be greeted by Ned Trivette and a 65' tall wind turbine, back dropped by the beautiful mountain scenery. Grid-tied and nearly maintenance free, this turbine provides about about 10% of Ned's household power usage.After talking about wind power and how Ned's setup works we loaded up again and headed to the Kennedy residence out in Vilas. We made it as far as the road that turns off to go to their house. There was no way that bus was going to make it up the hill to the house, so we all got out and the few cars that were there started shuttling people up while others of us walked. I walked, and let me tell you, that hill is STEEP. We got to the house without any mishaps and learned about this high efficiency house. It was facing south so it can soak up the sun in the winter months and had deep overhangs to shade the house in the summer months. By far the coolest (pun intended) part of this house was the thermal radiant heating system. Panels on the roof heated the 750 gallon Carolina water stove, and from there the water was pumped throughout the house to the radiant heating system in all the floors. Highly efficient and fascinating. After this we headed off once again. Here's where our schedule got interesting, and everyone was helpfully flexible. We apparently decided to take a "short cut." Someone thought we could make it on this steep dirt road that we took. We did make it, but not before getting stuck a few times and running over a rock. pieces of the bus were falling off and smoke from the tires was going everywhere! Once we finally made it over the hill we didn't have much more trouble. Instead of going to lunch, like we were supposed to do, we went to the ASU Biodiesel research facility. This was the highlight of the tour for me. I learned so much related to my latest endeavor, biodiesel. (for some reason spell check doesn't like that word.) We met Jeremy Ferrell, the guy in charge of all of it. He showed us the process they use to make it, and discussed all the latest research. This facility is amazing! It's completely sustainable. They have solar panels so they're making as much power as they're using, and in their passive solar greenhouse they have a "living machine" to recycle their gray water. There were things (algae and the like) growing everywhere, and the same solar thermal system that we had seen earlier, to heat water. I'm actually going back there sometime in the next few weeks to pick Jeremy's brain about biodiesel "stuff." ASU Collaborative BioDiesel projectAfter this was over and I was dragged back onto the bus we finally went to get some lunch. We were starving.We went to the Hill/Mitchell Residence for lunch. This house was awesome. It was only about 1600 square feet and had a concrete slab between the two floors, to retain heat. They had the radiant heating as well. I didn't get any pictures of the inside of the house but it was at least as cool as the outside. They also had a great garden going. Over lunch we had a speaker who talked about green building, and a lot of what goes into it. (I don't remember his name, sorry!)Our last destination was the Marland residence. It stands up on a hill above the university, in direct sunlight. This house is incredibly energy efficient and quite pleasing to the eye. (it was purple). With very few electric lights in the house that need to be on in the daytime, most of the windows face the sun, with overhangs on the roof for shade in the summer. It also had a tank-less hot water heater, which I had never seen before. It's apparently very energy efficient. So that was this years tour! (or the good parts, at least.) apparently it happens every year, so I plan on going in the future. Let me know if you guys have any questions or comments, in case I got any of the info wrong or left some out. (a lot of this is from memory and the handout we got)Thanks for reading,-DMC

Topic by drinkmorecoffee 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Advice for starting an apartment herb or vegetable garden in extremely dry and cold climate?

I live in the North and can't seem to get anything to grow let alone stay alive! We have snow on the ground Sept to May/June and between Nov to Apr the temp is usually -22F to -49F. It's extremely dry as well. As I live in an apartment, I am limited in floor space and need to keep them away from the windows as they freeze over (too drafty). It should be said that  I'm a beginner at green things - before moving up here, things stayed alive at least (maybe not flourish) but here, EVERYTHING seems to die!

Question by tibaistabi 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Wood Stove Ashes?

We have a wood stove, it produces ashes. Some of the ashes contain nails, so puting them on the driveway is not an option. We get 3 to 4 feet of snow. We know water and ashes make lie, so would not want to ruin any of our flowers or garden. How can we get rid of ashes in a green way

Question by emit 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago