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What You Need to DIY a Hypertufa Trough

August 2, 2018

In this trough-building method we’ll tackle creating a trough by forming it inside a mold. This is a viable, popular way to create beautiful planting vessels, and Lori Chips author of Hypertufa Containers has the expert advice you need.

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Creative trough making

August 2, 2018

Hypertufa containers—also known as troughs—are rustic, striking, versatile, and perfect for small, alpine plants. A mix of cement, perlite, peat, and water, they are simple and affordable to make at home. Here, Lori Chips describes how she fell in love with trough gardening and the inspiration for Hypertufa Containers.

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The History of Landscape Design in 100 Gardens

July 25, 2018

Through profiles of 100 of the most influential gardens, Linda Chisholm explores how social, political, and economic influences shaped garden design principles. Here, she shares her inspiration for writing The History of Landscape Design in 100 Gardens.

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Eighteenth Century landscape design

July 25, 2018

Linda Chisholm explores how the social, political, and economic forces of the Eighteen Century shaped garden design principles including the English concept of “place-making.” Extended democracy meant extended views, and Capability Brown’s “planned natural” reverberated through and beyond Britain.

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Chicken play: Boredom busters for your flock

July 20, 2018

Chickens are intelligent and curious, and, like most other animals, your hens need an interactive environment that provides opportunities for stimulation. Zoos and other captive animal care facilities use the term “environmental enrichment” for the many methods they use to provide mental and physical activities and challenges for animals in their care. We call it […]

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The best breeds for your backyard: Picking chickens

July 20, 2018

From the easy-to-appreciate, fluffy, blond Buff Orpington, to the slightly bizarre, stilt-legged Malay and buzzard-like Naked Neck, there’s something to appreciate about all chicken breeds. Robert and Hannah Litt’s favorites for backyard chicken keeping are known for their utility, appearance, temperament, novelty, or a combination of those traits.

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The New Rules of the Roost

July 20, 2018

Robert and Hannah Litt founded the Urban Farm Store in Portland, Oregon. They’ve been featured on Planet Green’s Renovation Nation, National Public Radio, and Oregon Public Broadcasting as respected chicken experts, and here, they describe their inspiration for the principles outlined in The New Rules of the Roost.

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The origins of forest bathing

June 28, 2018

You’ve probably seen some of the many articles being published on Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing. But this meditative practice isn’t just the latest trend in health and wellness—to understand the origins of forest bathing, we must understand how Japanese culture and the Japanese aesthetic support a unique relationship to nature. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, one of the leading experts […]

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What is Shinrin-Yoku?

June 28, 2018

Simply put, shinrin-yoku is the practice of walking slowly through the woods, in no hurry, for a morning, an afternoon or a day. Learn more about the science behind and benefits of forest bathing with international expert and author of Shinrin-Yoku: The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing, Yoshifumi Miyazaki.

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An interview with Yoshifumi Miyazaki of Shinrin-Yoku

June 28, 2018

Yoshifumi Miyazaki is one of the world’s leading experts on forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of connecting deeply with nature. Here, Miyazaki shares his journey from an inquisitive child to the renowned educator and researcher he is today.

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