It's not as easy as one would think to hang plants on a balcony. The walls are different from the inside and so are the roofs, assuming you have one. Here are several ideas for how to hang plants from your balcony walls, roof, railing, or floor.
Growing plants up trellises is a great way to save space on your balcony while still having greenery. Trellises are easy and cheap to build. Here are three different kinds.
All over Europe, there are balconies with beautiful, cascading gardens of flowers. Not so in the United States, and I wonder why. It's fairly easy to create such a garden if you choose the right kinds of plants.
Giving peas a trellis to grow upright makes it easier for them to fruit and for you to pick. It also ensures there will be some left for you after the critters get the low-lying ones. Trellises are easy to build. Try these examples.
Choosing plants good for the bedroom can be a problem. This article will help you decide whether it's possible or worthwhile and, if the answers are yes, what kinds of plants would work.
Some articles caution homeowners against letting mushrooms live in their yard. This is not one of them. Mushrooms indicate a healthy lawn and are more beneficial than detrimental. Read on to find out how to keep them under control.
Because of droughts, wildfires, and lack of food in their mountain homes, black bears are moving down into people's living spaces. Humans like to help where we can, and this article addresses how to help bears through tough times, without endangering anyone.
Protesting, by itself, one time, won't make a difference. Protesting needs to be sustained and be supported to create systemic change. Here is how that works.
Micro-finance agencies in the U.S. do not achieve the same results that they do in less capitalist countries. There is a reason for that. In reflecting back on the successful micro-loan agency I helped set up in Grenada in the West Indies, the key differences from the U.S. became clear.
Have you ever wished that more people would recognize how essential food workers are to the country's well being? Well, it can start with you. Here is a prayer you can use every morning to bless your food and its providers.
Peacocks are thriving in the neighborhood streets of Southern California. How is that possible? They're an Asian bird in the wild. If they're roaming free here, how are they surviving and what makes them different from wild ones?
Using your own photos as your Mac screen savers can be surprisingly motivating, fun, and useful. It's easy to set up. Here is why and how to do it.
Did you know that using your air conditioner contributes to global warming? It also contributes quite a bit to your electric bill. Fortunately, there are ways to go through a hot summer without using it, even in the southwest United States.
For beginner voters, it might be okay to have someone tell you who to vote for. But as you grow wiser and more observant about how politics affects daily life, you'll want to be more careful about the election choices you make. This article shows different ways to prepare for voting.
With these uncertain political times, it's ever more important for us to vote for government officials who stand for us and our country. First you have to register to vote though. This article shows how to register and why to vote.
If you've decided to embrace the car-free lifestyle but don't know how to start, this article is for you. If you're already living without a car and finding it difficult, this article can help make it easier.
After ten years of living car free, I realized that I could have adjusted more quickly by thinking it through first. Here are the many things I've learned that can help you decide whether living without a car makes sense for you or not.
I haven't owned a car for 10 years...even though I live in LA. Here's my list of reasons for getting rid of my car, how I manage a car-free life, transportation options, and tips for weening yourself off of car ownership.
A sustainable household doesn't always have to have its own washer and dryer. You can save money and water by using a laundromat instead. And you can enjoy your time there.
Most people hate crabgrass. Advertisers teach us to when they promote their many products for killing it. Although it has benefits and farmers love it, homeowners would much rather be rid of it.
Most lawn grasses in the U.S. come from Europe, but weather in the U.S. is different. How do we grow grass lawns in our country to make them lush and attractive year round?
In maintaining a healthy lawn, there are certain tasks that are seasonal—like planting new grass in the spring, not the fall. Here are seven lawn maintenance tasks to carry out in the fall for a healthy lawn.
The Irish Potato Famine was a disaster for Ireland's farmers and families. Recovery took a long time, but now the country is committed to food and drink sustainability. Here is how it happened.
All across Europe, Ireland is perceived as a sustainable green country. But is it really? Ireland's new program "Origin Green," the first such in the world, is making sure of it.
A sustainable atmosphere is one that maintains its gases at a healthy level for life to thrive. Photosynthesis plays an integral role - plants balancing mammals like us. This article shows how.
Southern California's wild parrot population is growing, raising worries that they might be threatening the survival of native birds.
Nature has its dangers, but without it we starve ourselves in more ways than we can imagine. From nature we learn what it is to be human, how we fit in to life, and how we can make life easier.
Father's Day is a special time to show what your relationship means to you––whatever kind of father he is or was. Here are several ideas for choosing a gift that reflects the two of you together.
Cities across the nation are passing ordinances that make gas-powered leaf blowers illegal to use. This is a boon for those of us who work from home, but what are the alternatives for gardeners?
There are more earth-friendly goods being sold online than ever before, but where are they? Try one of these green directories for links to stores that sell sustainably-produced goods and services.
Here are several public relations techniques that can be adapted to draw others into supporting good earth stewardship. You could even get celebrities to help promote sustainability.
How many things have you bought that you don't need? Toys for the kids they never play with? Clothes, shoes, jewelry you never wear? Time to change that around and create a more thrifty life full of meaning.
Playing the piano is a great outlet for activists. Being truly expressive requires playing with passion, which activists have plenty of. Learn about these great pianists and how they helped shape society.
Your power to create a fun, sustainable life is stronger than you think, especially when you understand the Law of Attraction. Training yourself to utilize the Law will benefit yourself and everyone around you for a long time to come.
Life is richer and more fun when a person balances solitary and family time with involvement in a community. This is especially true during the Christmas holidays when everyone celebrates together.
As the older generation passes on and the younger one grows up, when and how does responsibility shift for hosting family gatherings?
Tips for holiday buyers who want to purchase responsibly this Christmas. Here are actual examples and some photos of what makes a product "green."
What really speaks "Christmas" to you. Is it the lights? The shopping? For me it's the music. Christmas carols get you in the mood, wherever you are, and here are some to get you started.
Using an air popper to make popcorn improves the health and taste of it. It's also cheaper than a microwave. Use these recipes and tips to create fun events at home with healthy popcorn.
Landscapers are great sources for advice and so is the Internet. But if you want to just kick back with a cup and a good book with photos, landscape design books are awesome. Here are some good ones.
Outside events are great places to gather & socialize. Large families, parade goers, clubs, and activist groups are some of the people who can benefit from gathering under a portable shade canopy.
This article describes the physical components of a garden, including softscape and hardscape, and explains how to use them.
Trees provide numerous benefits that most people don't think of, especially if they're local trees. They can even determine what goes in the rest of the landscape. This article will show you how.
Having a display table at a public event can be great public relations for nonprofit groups. It does take planning ahead, but the increased membership, donations, and publicity can make it worthwhile.
For someone who wants to become less dependent on driving, doing their bit for the environment and saving money on gas, trying out public transport as a travel option makes sense. But it's not as easy as it sounds. There's the tradeoff of money vs...
What would you do in serious disaster like the BP oil spill, if promises made by government officials had still not been carried out a year later? Citizens are learning, from observation over the years, that too many legislators make promises they don't follow through on. Here are some ideas for...
Marketing your services is crucial to success for contractors, who have many potential tools they may not be aware of. Here is how one turns a client report into a tool for marketing.
Planting native plants is a great way to support a healthy earth, but it can look messy and ugly if you don't use basic design principles. Here we discuss color, texture, scale, and line.
If you've never helped staff a display table at a public event, you've missed out on a potentially fun time. Public events are great places to talk about issues you care about with others who care.
When you find a request for proposal (RFP) that you don't fully qualify for, consider hiring a subcontractor to fill in the missing expertise.
When you see a contract you want to bid for, but you don't have one of the skills, what do you do? Give up? Why not find a subcontractor to take care of that skill, while you do the rest?
Political protesters publicize societal problems and corruption that our governments should be dealing with, but aren't. In turn, we are often attacked. But by whom and why? How do we deal with it?
Political activists provide the critical action that helps make the world a better place. If you are one, then you know how quickly activists can get burned out. Waking & sleeping rituals can help.
Designing a landscape that matches the type of climate you live in can save lots of money spent on dead plants, fertilizer, pesticides, and water. Here are several climate factors to consider when you plant.
Clear wish lists trigger synchronistic events that help you and your nonprofit accomplish your goals. They are especially powerful tools when everyone's input is included.
Have you ever wondered if you should attend a government bidding meeting when you are bidding on a new contract? This article shows what such meetings are like.
It isn't just weather that affects the growth of plants, but also the types of soils and the amount of water available. This article shows you how to consider local conditions in your design.
Well-planned landscapes have an overall "look" to them that can be classified as a style. This article introduces native styles from around the world that are considered exotic in other locales.
When you apply the three pillars of sustainability in your landscape design—ecological, economic, and social—you prepare your landscape to survive hard times and thrive in your natural locale. How is your garden doing?