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Archive for December, 2011

29 Dec

The Dirt on Raised Garden Beds: Mining the Urban Waste Stream for Building Materials

Many recycled and repurposed materials can be sourced from the urban waste stream and used to create planting containers and raised garden beds. Which materials are safe and non-toxic? Which materials are the most durable? I have unpacked the options with this investigation on the pros and cons of a variety of potential materials. Here […]

21 Dec

Urbanite: The Upside of Upcycling

I don’t usually get all gushy about cement. As a self-professed “softscaper” and plant lover I don’t have much use for the stuff. I opt for plantscapes and permeable surfaces over concrete. Then urbanite comes along and I’m just about ready to write a love sonnet. “Urbanite” is the affectionate name for re-purposed concrete pieces. […]

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