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Hardscaping 101: Raised Garden Beds

Don’t let bad soil stop you from planting an edible garden. The solution? Raised garden beds. An effective and easy solution for less-than-ideal soil …

Gardening

15 Minute Workout: Get a Flat-Belly Yoga Body

A regular yoga practice can prep your tummy for bikini season faster than banging out a million crunches.<p>In general, yoga is full of core-strengthening moves, but these stomach toners take top honors. They challenge your balance and stability and force your obliques, hip flexors, and even glutes to …

Soil report shows we should all grow more of our own

New research confirms that soil in allotments and back gardens is richer - and more productive - than on farms<p>Soil is one of the great failures of modern intensive agriculture. Healthy soils, beneath natural grasslands and – especially – woodlands, contain lots of organic matter. This organic …

Farming

Legs and Butt Workout: Blast Your Lower Half

Perform this legs and butt workout once or twice a week: Starting with the first exercise, slowly complete five reps (it should take about 10 seconds per rep: five up, five down). Continue until you've done every exercise. Do two to four total circuits, switching sides (when necessary) every other …

Death-Defying Pathways Along China's Yellow Mountain

Would you be brave enough to trek a pathway called The Bridge of Immortals? Situated in Huangshan (aka Yellow Mountain), a mountain range in the southern Anhui province of eastern China, the bridge, above, is located at a vertigo-inducing height between two giant, jagged granite peaks that dares …

Hiking

10 Best Garden Design Apps for Your iPad

The iTunes store is not making things easy with its mind numbing array of garden design apps–all of which promise to change your life. We sifted …

Apps

Muscle-Sculpting Yoga

Build long, lean muscles with this yoga routine

The Top 28 Best Healthy Snacks

Nibble away with these healthy snacks that all clock in at 100 calories or less.

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

Sayonara, situps! Kick your abs workout into overdrive by trying one of these killer tummy-toning moves.

Workouts

Fire Up Fat Burning

Ketchup or mustard? Flats or heels? <i>The X Factor</i> or <i>The Voice</i>? That eternal fitness face-off—cardio or strength training—is just as perplexing. Cardio is a known calorie crusher, but strength workouts build muscle and boost metabolism. But you don't have to choose sides: A new regimen experts have …

Training Style to Know: The 7-4-7 Method

A great physique can be yours without spending hours in the gym. Want proof? The 7-4-7 method harnesses all the power you can muster by structuring …

Bodyweight Exercise

Work Out at Home

The secret to scoring a slim and sexy body with a home workout? Engage as many muscles as possible while quickly moving from one exercise to the next to keep your heart rate high. In this body-weight circuit created by Raphael Verela, owner of the Circuit Works studios in Venice and Brentwood, …

The Ultimate Boot-Camp Workout

Tired of your usual gym routine? Us too. So we talked to Stacy Berman, certified trainer and head of Stacy’s Boot Camp in New York City. The result? A six-week workout plan from the new <i>WH</i> book, <i>The Big Book of Exercises</i>. It'll whip you into shape--guaranteed!<p><b>Week 1:</b><br>5-minute warm-up jog or jump</b> …

Train Better: 10 Exercise Machines to Avoid

Exercise machines aren't always effective—or even safe. Avoid these machines the next time you hit the gym. We've even got all-star alternatives to help you train smarter

Recipe: Ginger-Marinated Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Jumping on the veggie-burger bandwagon <i>sounds</i> like a great idea—skipping beef lets you cut back on calories and fat, and relieves boredom when you’re …

Recipes

5 Favorites: Ceramic Berry Baskets

It’s finally fruit season in New York. Whether you’re going to a U-Pick farm to gather berries or taking advantage of the bounty at your local …

Williams-Sonoma

Indoor Vertical Farm 'Pinkhouses' Grow Plants Faster With Less Energy

Indoor farms need light—and a lot of it—to grow crops, but that energy adds up big time in terms of cost and environmental impact. A Pinkhouse is a …

Aquaponics

VertiCrop Processes 10,000 Plants Every 3 Days Using Vertical Hydroponic Farming

Vertical farming is one of the most innovative solutions for lowering the amount of energy, space, and water needed to grow food, but Valcent …

Improving Soil in Our New Raised Beds

We’ve made a start on extending the vegetable garden, adding three 10 x 4 ft double height raised beds. After years of being part of a well-worn …

Biochar: a slow-burn success

Biochar could help you get more from your plants and save the planet at the same time. What's the secret?<p>Farmers in Belize are excited about it, as are carbon capture scientists, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and multinationals such as Kraft and Nestlé. It may provide a carbon …

Gardening

Small Farms Fight Back: Food and Community Self-Governance

<i>Part 10 of the Harvesting Justice series</i><p>Heather Retberg stood on the steps of the Blue Hill, Maine, town hall surrounded by 200 people. "We are farmers," she told the crowd, "who are supported by our friends and our neighbors who know us and trust us, and want to ensure that they maintain access to …

Agriculture

Tech fix for Africa’s big farming challenge

Africa could help feed the world if its farmland was properly utilised. Things are starting to change, however, thanks to ideas transforming farmers’ lives.<p>Before last year, George Wainaina’s tiny shop selling agricultural goods and veterinarian supplies in Karura, a lush farming area of central …

Farming