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Tickproof Your Yard Without Spraying

This year is expected to be one of the worst on record for ticks, and not just in the Northeast. At least one variety of disease-transmitting tick …

Gardening

Driving in Italy: tips for an Italian road trip

Driving in Italy is fun.<p>And it is possibly the best way to explore its lesser known regions and towns.<p>If you have decided to rent a car for your <b>trip</b> …

The Post-Human World

A conversation about the end of work, individualism, and the human species with the historian Yuval Harari<p>Famine, plague, and war. These have been the three scourges of human history. But today, people in most countries are more likely to die from eating too much rather than too little, more likely …

Olive Trees Indoors: Our Best Tips for Care & Growing

Given the current craze for houseplants, it's hard to imagine there's any un-trod territory there, and yet — I was totally surprised to realize that …

Plants

How a design competition changed the US approach to disaster response

Ten years ago, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg released a plan to create what he called “the first environmentally sustainable 21st-century city”. The blueprint, known as PlaNYC and released on Earth Day, outlined more than 100 projects and policies to create that sustainable city by 2030.<p>It …

Sea Level

11 Ways to Keep Houseplants Happy in Winter

Whether your potted plants live indoors year round or have sought temporary shelter from freezing temperatures, they may be looking a little sad …

How climate change threatens famed Amalfi Coast

More-intense rains increase mudslide risks in a region known for its steep terrain. Possible responses include preserving lemon groves and testing an …

Italy

Steal this job: Marijuana growing coach

<b>Name:</b> Natalie Carver, 28 <b><br>Position:</b> Cannabis coach at Buds Organic <b><br>Salary:</b> $35,000-42,000, depending on the number of clients and garden visits made per year<p><b>What she does</b><br>In an era of handcrafted everything, Natalie Carver is helping D.C. residents DIY their marijuana. Her small team at Buds Organic …

Cannabis

Why grocery retailers are embracing rooftop gardens

The food industry as a whole is in the midst of a shift from unhealthy processed foods to organic, local and all natural foods. Buying local is one …

Aquaponics

D.C. urban gardens bring low-cost, fresh produce to city’s food deserts

WASHINGTON – Lelia Parker grew up on a farm in rural Virginia and moved to the U.S. capital 30 years ago, seeking a more urban environment. But she …

Urban Agriculture

Farmer building farm in low income inner-city

Indianapolis farmer is partnering with community center to establish a large urban farm to feed low-income neighborhood<p>INDIANAPOLIS -- When Jonathan Lawler decided to turn his Greenfield farm into a mission to feed the hungry last spring, he had no idea how he would touch the lives of people living …

Farming

Italy’s Earthquakes Could Kill Children in Biblical Numbers

Everyone’s afraid, but here’s the real scandal: Ninety percent of Italy’s schools are not earthquake-proof, and so far nothing’s been done about …

3tags.org

7 agricultural innovations that could save the world

Agriculture provided the foundation for civilization, and modern innovations in agriculture could help save it. Industrial monoculture, the farming …

Travel with us to the Gargano

A bit about the Gargano (for even more info, click here)<p>Why the town of Monte Sant’Angelo was so special to us<p>What role the Archangel Michael plays …

Italy

Two Words Would Make Our Cities More Livable: Pedestrians First

Any plan to make cities better start with the single step we all take when we leave home.<p>What’s the single most important factor in a livable city? Pedestrians. After all, even if we commute to work in a BMW, we start and finish our journey as pedestrians. “Every single trip begins with walking,” …

Bike Lanes

Thai Developer Transforms Urban Spaces Into Unconventional Football Fields

Fitting football fields into a densely populated neighborhood requires thinking outside the box. For the Unusual Football Pitch project, property …

Cars take up way too much space in cities. New technology could change that. | The new new economy

When we talk about the problems associated with cars and transportation, we often focus on <b>fatal accidents</b>, or <b>air pollution</b>, or <b>traffic jams</b>.<p>We less frequently consider how much sheer <i>space</i> cars take up in America’s cities. But let’s pause to give this some thought.<p>There’s the space the cars …

Jane Jacobs’s Street Smarts

What the urbanist and writer got so right about cities—and what she got wrong.<p>I got to talk to Jane Jacobs once, toward the end of her life, an interview that is mentioned, in its properly Lilliputian proportion, in Robert Kanigel’s new biography, “Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs” …

Italian Language Learning Resources

<i>This page is a work in progress. Please feel free to suggest resources that have worked for you in the comments.</i><p>I first started studying Italian …

Hairy vetch might sound unpleasant, but it will change the way you grow tomatoes

Everybody loves tomatoes, but they’re not the easiest vegetable to grow. They get diseases, leaves drop, fruits rot, and gardeners will always listen to a new tip for growing healthier ones with better yields.<p>Tomatoes (and other crops as well) are often grown using black plastic as a mulch to …

Gardening

How to Care for Miniature Roses

• Home & Garden<br>• Gardening<br>• Flower Gardening<br>• How to Care for Miniature Roses<p>Miniature roses are perfectly scaled, smaller versions of larger roses, with all …

How to Start a Butterly Garden in Your Backyard

Picking the Perfect Location<p>When determining a location for your butterfly garden, sunlight is the key. Most native plants that attract butterflies …

Gardening

Our zoning codes are a relic of a suburban age. There's a better way to plan

Housing prices in Los Angeles are increasingly out of reach and building permits are unpredictable. These challenges seem as endemic to L.A. as sunshine and food trucks. But they don't have to be. They are merely symptoms of a planning deficit that affects how we live, work and experience the …

Urban Design

This Long-Term Cardiovascular Study Could Revolutionize the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

The "CANVAS" of type 2 diabetes care could be about to shift in a big way.<p>It may not incite the same amount of fear as cancer, but diabetes is a …

6 WOODEN RAISED GARDEN BED DESIGN IDEAS TO HAVE IN YOUR GARDEN

Gardening is one of the famous activity nowadays, especially in urban areas.<p>You can easily see this trend by looking how the word urban gardening or …

Gardening

No Extension Talks Between Wilson Ramos, Nationals

<b>Wilson Ramos</b> is in the midst of a career year and is on the cusp of free agency, and it looks as though unlike teammate <b>Stephen Strasburg</b>, Ramos will …

Baseball

Top 6 Tips for Composting

By Liz Baessler<p>Composting is an awesome way to help both the environment and your garden. Instead of throwing out those kitchen scraps, you can turn …

Gardening

How I Became A Morning Person, Read More Books, And Learned A Language In A Year

It wasn’t as hard as it sounds: I used four principles to start small habits that built into big, long-term outcomes. Here’s how.<p>You’ll notice that I made the title of this post sound quite impressive (at least I hope I did!).<p>But the great thing about this story is that anyone can have such an …