sustainability

  • How-To

    Earth-Friendly Containers

    The dirty secret of gardening is that there is an aspect of the hobby that is terrible for the environment—namely, the plastic pots that dominate the nursery industry. It’s a…

  • Collection

    Sustainable Gardening Collection

    The dirty little secret of gardening is that many of the common practices and products we use to improve our backyard oasis are actually bad for the environment. We use…

  • Design

    Eva’s Vegetable Garden Beauty

    Today we’re visiting with Eva in southern New Hampshire. (See more on her Instagram.) I’m a 28-year-old mother of two. I’ve been gardening for the last four years. I started…

  • Design

    Sustainable Gardening in LA

    Phan Yamada shared these photos of a sustainable garden in Los Angeles. We mulch with wood chips (free from the city) to hold rainwater from our roof. The deep mulch…

  • Design

    Plants for a Rain Garden

    Why Plant a Rain Garden? Aside from being beautiful, a rain garden can serve a functional purpose in protecting our environment. Human action has created a storm runoff problem. Parking…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    What’s the Big Deal About Native Plants?

    The Debate About Natives A debate rages in the gardening world about the role of native plants. Purists say only American native plants are appropriate for our gardens and landscapes.…

  • How-To

    How Sustainable Is Your Landscape?

    Smart gardeners everywhere are jumping on the sustainable bandwagon. And when you consider all the payoffs of a sustainable landscape, it’s not hard to understand why. It typically uses less…

  • Raised Garden next to a house
    How-To

    Are Pressure Treated Woods Safe in Garden Beds?

    Gardeners have used pressure-treated wood for decades in raised beds and as posts, but on December 31, 2003, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the sale of lumber treated with…