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DIY: ‘Woolly wall’ planters for school gardens

March 18th, 2014

Ready to start a school garden? Make it easier, and vertical, with these specially designed wall planters. Heck, you don’t even need the school garden, they’re great for home use too.

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From Alaska to Austin, a gardening idea that conserves water and space

March 14th, 2014

Here’s a gardening method out of Alaska that’s oddly suited to Austin, because it conserves water and sets up a home gardening system that can bring big yields.

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Green DIY: Refinish your concrete patio without harming the environment

July 30th, 2013

Our tired plain concrete patio becomes a testing ground for an eco-friendly make-over using soy- and water-based stains, sealers and etchers that we found at Tree House in Austin. See how the project came out!

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Sun-dried tomatoes in just one day (almost)

July 11th, 2013

We’re food obsessed as summer fruits and veggies roll in from the garden and farmer’s markets. Here we experiment with sun-drying our overflow of cherry and Roma tomatoes. Can we do it in one day?

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4 DIY gifts that can be created in less time than you spend driving to the mall

December 10th, 2012

Tis’ the season where children transform into angels for fear of being put on Santa’s naughty list and financial panic ensues in parents. But who said a quality gift could only come from the department store? This holiday season, we have compiled a fun list of DIY gifts even the least creative person can handle, trust us. Happy Crafting!

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Green DIY: Reclaiming old chairs

August 6th, 2012

Our kitchen chairs were a sturdy forest green, solid and enduring after 17 years.

Check out the chair at the right. Perhaps you have one that’s similar, a solid serviceable chair that you bought some years ago.

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You’ve got the garden, now save it — canning is not so difficult and freezing is even easier

June 19th, 2012

Nature is not neat. It produces vines that overtake your house and trees; little creatures that make homes in your ductwork and summer gardens that can appear ready to croak in the heat just before they birth a barrel of vegetables all in the same 5-day time span.
That’s why we have canning.

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‘Green curtain’ DIY: Japan’s Kyocera shows us how to cool buildings with plants

June 3rd, 2012

A green curtain at Kyocera in Kagoshima Sendai plant features morning glories and goya.

You can see ivy-covered buildings in many places around the world. But leave it to the Japanese to perfect this practice of cooling buildings with plants by elevating it to an art form called a “green curtain.”

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DIY green vacation: How to find an eco-aware hotel

June 1st, 2012

You know when you invariably get lost on vacation and have that fight with your spouse or travel buddy about which direction to take? Now eco-travelers can have that dispute ahead of time — while they try to navigate toward green lodgings.

The Eco-Suite at the Fairfield in Baltimore's Inner Harbor district.

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