After a giant hogweed plant briefly brushed against a 17-year-old's face, he ended up in the ER with severe burns. An edible and toxic plant specialist shares how to stay safe.
A casual video of the actress working in her garden turned into a moment straight out of "America's Funniest Home Videos." See what made her say, "Regret! Regret! Regret!"
Mr and Mrs Kuroki worked and lived on their dairy in the Shintomi town of Japan for more than 30 years. If you’re going to Japan any time soon, you can visit their garden too – check out their website here.
The largest urban rooftop farm in the world is thriving in a city that’s typically one of the coldest spots in the U.S. — Chicago. No matter though: The 75,000-square-foot farm, bigger than a city block, is also the world’s largest greenhouse. So it gets all the natural light and none of the snow, sleet, and slush the city is well known for. When you see these cheerful, lush photos, you’ll probably want to move in.Run by Gotham Greens, which first launched greenhouses in New York (this is its fourth!), the massive farm sits atop a soap factory on Chicago’s South Side. The plan, as co-founder Viraj Puri told Fast Co, is to help supply more than a million pounds of leafy greens and herbs to local stores every year.Also on Yahoo Makers: How One Family Ditched Beverly Hills to Create the Tiny Farm of Their DreamsPuri believes that crops grown under natural lighting are superior (Gotham Greens is currently participating in a study it says will back up these claims), and that he thinks a network of urban farms may eventually replace a large portion of perishable foods (lettuce, for example) that are usually transported across the country to cities like Chicago.“I think we’ve been able to prove this model that commercial-scale local agriculture can be done profitably,” says Puri. “There’s this growing consumer demand for locally grown produce in terms of quality, nutrition, there’s all the other macro trends we’re seeing in places like California with the drought, and long distance transportation. So it seemed to us if this model is successful in New York City, why can it not also be successful in large metropolitan areas?”Also on Yahoo Makers:From Babylon to Brooklyn: The History of Rooftop GardensIdyllic Country Cottage on the Roof of an NYC Building Is Every City-Dweller’s DreamThe Do’s and Don’ts of Urban FarmingLet Yahoo Makers inspire you every day! Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest.
Fall garden cleanup is an endless drag. No matter what you do, those dang leaves … Just. Keep. Falling! But good news, lazy homeowners: Raking has been declared overrated, harmful, and all-around terrible by the National Wildlife Federation.The group put out a blog post pointing out that removing fallen leaves from your property will “not only harm the environment but rob your garden of nutrients while destroying wildlife habitat.” Yeah, that’s right, that’s a triple-bad on your neighbor’s impeccable, leaf-free lawn: The environment suffers, the garden suffers, and small animals like chipmunks and butterflies may die. What are you people, monsters?Related on Yahoo Makers: How to Make a Modern Fall Wreath That’ll Rake Up Lots of ComplimentsAll drama aside, the NWF’s point is that raked leaves that get sent to landfills account for 13 percent of the nation’s solid waste, or 33 million tons of organic matter, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Without enough oxygen to decompose, the leaves release harmful greenhouse gas methane. And by the way, burning your leaves is a no-no, too. Purdue University says it contributes to air pollution. Here’s what the NWF says is good about letting those fallen leaves lie: 1) Leave the leaves, save the wildlife. “Critters ranging from turtles and toads to birds, mammals and invertebrates rely on leaf litter for food, shelter and nesting material. Many moth and butterfly caterpillars overwinter in fallen leaves before emerging in spring,” they said.2) Fallen leaves benefit your garden … and save you money on mulch and fertilizer. “Leaves form a natural mulch that helps suppress weeds and fertilizes the soil as it breaks down,” they say. Chop them with a mulching mower or combine them with grass clippings to create compost, the group advises. 3) Less leaves in landfills = less methane gas. Admittedly, a very thick layer of dead leaves could harm your lawn (under certain conditions), so if you’ve still just got too many, the NWF suggests that you “share them with neighbors, friends, schools, and others. Some communities pick up leaves and make compost to sell or give away.” Or just rake them into out-of-the-way piles to use as compost come spring.Honestly, though? We’re just happy to have a valid excuse to spend more time simply enjoying nature instead of cleaning it up. And of course, to look down our noses at those too-perfect lawns. Also on Yahoo Makers:Turn a Pile of Leaves Into 12 Fabulous Fall CraftsA Simple Leaf Streamer DIY to Dress Up Your Fall TableGive Thanks With a DIY Gratitude Tree for Your Thanksgiving TableLet Yahoo Makers inspire you every day! Join us on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.