With urban living comes many advantages. Jules and I both walk or ride our bikes to work, we are a few minutes walk from a zoo, there countless numbers of cafes, restaurants, bars, playgrounds, etc. within walking distance. But there are also some disadvantages. Real-estate is a valuable commodity where we live and there aren't many lots that would accommodate the size garden we wish we could have so we have to get creative.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of vertical gardens posts.
I'm using my big windows to power a hydroponic garden I hacked together with plastic bottles and a few supplies from Amazon. It is automated, and takes care of the hard stuff for me.
The traps and tricks carnivorous plants use to snag their food are fascinating examples of adaptation. These five plants are a great addition to your cabinet of curiosities — if you can keep them alive! Luckily, I've got a little info on a simpler carnivorous plant, should you want to give it a go.
Start your week with our collection of interesting articles on the web and photos from our readers. This week: see LEGO portraits, and the USS Enterprise is in trouble! In these Clicky Links you'll find lots of sites to waste a little time on — and help you start your gardens.
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I cannot tell you what a crush I have on these hanging plants. They look magical and otherworldy, like something you would find if you stumbled upon a pixie's bedroom in the woods or happened upon the backyard of a really cute Martian.
I finally took the plunge and made them myself, using two beautiful methods.