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10 Prefab Shipping Container Companies in Europe

From start-to-finish, prefabricated shipping container homes are revolutionizing the homebuilding process for the better. Their modern design, affordability, and quick turnaround make for incredible homes that many people enjoy.<p>Browse through these 10 amazing European prefab shipping container …

Stunning home by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice asks $1.2M

Austinite John Covert Watson’s organic architecture shines in Lakeway two-story<p>A dramatic hillside home in Lakeway, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice John Covert Waston, takes the breath away with both its one-of-a-kind form and its views. Watson studied under American’s favorite modernist …

Frank Lloyd Wright

What Wines to Drink From Portugal (by Region)

Everyone is talking about the amazing wine values you can find from Portugal. Well, what are they… exactly? Here is a great overview of everything …

ÖÖD - House where your ideas fit!

This tiny house comes with a pirate treehouse for $300K

Packs everything you need—and a whole lot more—into an impressive 324 square feet.<p>Here’s a true tiny house in the middle of the woods on the Dutch Bill Creek in Monte Rio, a small town west of Guerneville in Sonoma County, California, that packs everything you need—and a whole lot more—into an …

Sonoma County

Zero Waste Living is Simple, Cost Effective, and Fun

Dairy Goat A to Z: Breeding, Kidding and Milking - Homesteading and Livestock

Most dairy goat breeds have a clearly defined breeding season and will go into heat during the fall and early winter, generally from August to …

Eco-friendly Avalon House is a green-roofed beach getaway that takes only 6 weeks to build

1/12<p>Avalon House by Archiblox<p>The eco-friendly home of your dreams could be constructed in as little as six weeks, if you take Avalon House as an …

Permaculture: You’ve Heard of It, But What the Heck Is It?

If you’ve been in the world of organic farming and gardening for long enough, you eventually bump into a strange word: permaculture. Mysterious as it …

Homemade Bread Recipes, How-Tos & Equipment | Epicurious.com

How to Build Your Dough<p>Aside from sourcing a few ingredients, bread-baking is all about technique. Here's how to do it right.<p>The Best Ingredients for …

It's blooming spring! 22 great UK walks

Eggardon Hill, Dorset<p><b>Length: 5 miles<br>Time: 2 hours<br>Start/finish: Nettlecombe (OS Explorer 117)<br>Grade: Moderate<br>Refuel: The Marquis of Lorne<br>Picnic spot: Eggardon Hill ramparts</b><p>This is Thomas Hardy’s Dorset – a folded, green landscape of wooded coombes flooded with bluebells, contrasting with the high, …

Scotland

Fiction Book Review: I Am the Brother of XX by Fleur Jaeggy, trans. from the Italian by Gini Alhadeff. New Directions, $14.95 trade paper (128p) ISBN 978-0-8112-2598-4

I Am the Brother of XX<p>Fleur Jaeggy, trans. from the Italian by Gini Alhadeff. New Directions, $14.95 trade paper (128p) ISBN 978-0-8112-2598-4<p>More By …

For $1.75M, a crisp midcentury house in Laurel Canyon

Exposed beams and walls of glass on over a one-quarter of an acre<p>This “meticulously remodeled” midcentury house in Laurel Canyon has a crisp and contemporary look from the street, but a slightly more vintage vibe inside. Situated on over one-quarter acre of land, the 1,950-square-foot residence has …

Living Rooms

How to plant broad beans

I have written a lot about broad beans. This has a predictable rhythm: you can sow them now, they are easy and the results are delicious. Plenty of vegetables and flowers provoke a sense of ennui when I have to write about them again. And again. But broad beans never fail to delight me. I love …

Gardening

How to Make A Terrarium: Turning Tiny Ecosystems Into a Blooming Business

When it comes to sprucing up a home, one item in particular is a home décor staple: plants. But if you’re like me and don’t exactly possess a green …

Sorrel

plant quick find clear<p>how to grow sorrel<p>Propagation<p>more varieties for sorrel<p>Bloody dock<p><i>Rumex sanguineus</i> is also known as red-vein dock because it has …

Gardening in March: everything you need to do

Gardening in March: As the weather warms up and the days get longer, the focus is on planting and sowing<p>Perennials and bulbs<p>If you haven't cleared …

How To Make Graffiti From Moss

Create living "graffiti" with just a few simple ingredients, a blender, and a paintbrush.<p>You can create “graffiti” with living moss at home, in your …

Three veg-based cake recipes to help you eat your 10-a-day

<b>Courgette olive oil bread</b><p>Grating and salting the courgette for at least an hour leaches out excess water – the difference between a light and fluffy bake and a heavy and stodgy one. This cake has a delicate crumb and just the right amount of spice. Einkorn flour is an ancient grain with a lovely …

Recipes

Gardening 101: Bromeliads

Bromeliad, <i>Bromeliaceae:</i> “Diverse Diva”<p>Bromeliad is the name for a family of plants with more than 3,000 different species (one surprisingly being the …

Greek island holiday guide: the north-east Aegean

Some islands fall easily into groups, others are left hanging and are gathered into more arbitrary designations. The latter is true of the north-east Aegean, which includes a hodgepodge of islands stretching from lush Samos in the south – just off the coast of Turkey – up to Thassos, 400km to the …

European Travel

Tried green tomatoes?

Thank goodness it’s almost March. The month I look forward to all year, as it is finally time to start my favourite of all gardening jobs, sowing tomato seeds. But rather than just sticking to familiar red varieties, this year I implore you to try something that most people seem instinctively to …

Tomatoes

The 10 Books Every Gardener Should Read

Unless you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by knowledgeable gardeners—whether they are parents, friends, or neighbors—you can often find yourself …

Redirecting...

Houseplants That Stand in for Art

FOR MANY PEOPLE, houseplants remain stuck in the 1970s, when it was entirely common to macramé a hanger for your 14th Boston fern while listening to Mac Davis 8-tracks and sipping Riunite on ice.<p>Forty years later, design pros are evangelizing a more considered approach to indoor greenery. A …

10 weird and wonderful houseplants you never knew existed

1 Trachyandra<p>No, this isn't a pipe cleaner stuck into a pot of dirt and rocks, this plant exists in real life and is native to eastern and southern …

Sunbubble Greenhouses

Sunbubble is an exciting, dome-shaped, instant plant house/conservatory. It is easy to use, easy to move and easy to store. Made from UV stabilised …

From Cuttings to Colour: Create Your Own Rose Garden

Do you have a friend with a stunning rose garden? Would you love to have your own but don’t know where to begin? Roses are pruned regularly to …

The primal thrill of sharks: the emotional case for rewilding the sea

I believe we possess a ghost psyche: a set of capacities that helped secure our survival in more dangerous times, but that now are vestigial. I picture this as a seam of intense emotion, buried so deeply in our minds that we can seldom find it.<p>I believe this because, on rare occasions – in all …

Nature

Claire Ptak’s recipe for Lady Baltimore cake

When I was in training, every chef in the kitchen became known for something they did well. Apple-peeling knife skills, or perfectly balanced vinaigrettes; filigree crepes or beautifully blistered and bubbly pizza dough. I had a reputation for making feather-light almond cakes and not-too-sweet, …

Dessert