Wabikusa (侘び草) was a product coined by Aqua Design Amano, essentially a ball of straw or moss covered by aquatic plants. Wabikusas have quickly become a new "style" in the aquatic gardening community. The ball may be tossed into anywhere inside an aquarium, or grown in a shallow glass container as an island of emergent aquatic flora. Making one is very simple.
Most experienced gardeners will tell you that the only sustainable method of pest control is to establish a stable ecosystem. This means keeping a population of insect carnivores to keep those aphids, mealy bugs, gnats in check, it also means staying away from insecticides (organic or not). In comes the ladybug, Coccinellidae. (Images CC Wikipedia).
Seeing swarms of little black bugs flying around your home? They're most likely fungus gnats or fruit flies, living either off exposed fruits or off decaying plant matter inside your house. Eliminating them is difficult due to larvae buried into houseplant soil or other decaying matter, but not impossible.
What's the point of a raised garden bed? It allows soil to warm up earlier in the season, giving you a head start on planting and It keeps stubborn weeds from overtaking your garden. In arid regions, sunken beds are used to retain moisture in the soil. We'll walk you through a few methods of raising (or sinking) a garden bed in this article (Image courtesy of Wikimedia CC).
Windowfarm is an open source aquaponics project with the goal of developing hydroponic edible gardens for urban windows. Aimed at space maximization (vertical), low-impact and recycled, the window farm is a cool project you can do in a day with a water pump, some tubing, and old plastic water bottles.