gardening

Look at This Solar-Powered Robot Weed-Picker

Look at This Solar-Powered Robot Weed-Picker

By Dan Nosowitz There are many high-tech potential solutions, but one of our favorites is the ecoRobotix robot: a solar-powered, automated robotic weeder. EcoRobotix last week secured a new round of funding—nearly $11 million from agriculture investor CapAgro as well as, interestingly, BASF, a German corporation who holds the title of largest chemical company in […]

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    Five Migrating Birds That May Stop in Your Yard

    Five Migrating Birds That May Stop in Your Yard

    By Jane Kirchner Right now, more than a 150 species of birds are on their way northward from tropical wintering grounds to take advantage of emerging insects, budding plants and an abundance of nesting locations. While larger birds tend to travel during daylight hours, songbirds and smaller species fly at night and will stop off […]

    The Best Plants to Attract Pollinators, by Region

    The Best Plants to Attract Pollinators, by Region

    By Brian Barth The first of those is straightforward enough, and the second two are taken care of by planting nectar-rich flowers that bloom over a long period of the year. The foliage itself provides habitat—most insect pollinators like dense vegetation in which they can hide from predators and lay eggs—and the flowers provide the […]

    How Artists and Neighbors Turned a Bomb Site Into a Medicine Garden

    How Artists and Neighbors Turned a Bomb Site Into a Medicine Garden

    By Olivia Rosane It was a fenced-off World War II bomb site that had rewilded, and a team of London artists decided it was the perfect place to grow a medicine garden. The site is in the middle of a social housing complex in the Bethnal Green neighborhood of Tower Hamlets, a London borough that […]

    7 Gardener-Approved Must-Haves to Grow Your Own Food

    7 Gardener-Approved Must-Haves to Grow Your Own Food

    By Novella Carpenter In uncertain times, a garden can feel like a sanctuary. It doesn’t matter if you have a windowsill planter, a plot in a community garden or a backyard orchard—growing your own organic fruits and vegetables is a small but tangible way to bypass Big Ag and create habitat for butterflies, bees and […]

    Spring Into Action: 6 Tips for Climate-Smart Gardening

    Spring Into Action: 6 Tips for Climate-Smart Gardening

    After a long—and in some places very cold—winter, spring is almost here. And with its arrival comes one of our favorite things to do as the days get longer and sunnier. What if we told you that you can make a major difference without leaving your own backyard? That’s right, by simply rethinking how you […]

    7 Perennial Herbs to Plant Now

    7 Perennial Herbs to Plant Now

    Growing vegetables successfully takes ample dedication and a fair bit of growing space—plus the knowledge to do it right. And once they run out, you have to plant them again! No so with perennial herbs! Annual herbs like basil and dill must be planted anew each year, but most other commonly used herbs qualify as […]

    Underground Farm Pays Rent in Heat It Supplies to Building Above

    Underground Farm Pays Rent in Heat It Supplies to Building Above

    Vertical farms have been touted as a way to feed a rapidly urbanizing world population (I’ve waxed poetic about them myself.) Critics of the trending technology, however, contend that these energy-intensive hubs are too costly and perhaps impractical to maintain. Sure, the naysayers have a point, but what if vertical farms did more than just […]