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wildflowers
Pretty pictures (and bigger, too!)

 

We've made a pile of changes to the site this week, including way larger photos in our slideshows and a better viewing experience for our regular posts. Try it here with  15 photos celebrating National Wildflower Week.

 

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contest
We're proud to be partners with Instructables  in a contest showcasing the best in Green Design.  Enter your DIY design in the Instructables Green Design Contest!
green mountain
Serious greenwrapping

 

Does covering a coal-fired power plant with topiary make it any greener?   Greenwash Watch: Is this good design or egregious greenwrapping? 
allotments
How to garden without a garden

 

Allotment gardens are a great alternative for people without gardens in cities.  Here are some of the nicest we have seen yet. My Cool Allotment is a guide to the prettiest allotment gardens around

 

elli
I'm tired just looking at it

 

Get a workout while you work and live, in a house that would exhaust Jane Fonda herself.  Forget the Passive House, the JF Kit House keeps you active and fit.

 

vertical
From the green design contest!

 

A creative and ridiculously simple how-to for building your own vertical garden.  Build a DIY vertical planter for small space gardening

 


 

eargun
What's it going to be?

 

Two very different 3D printing stories in the news; in one, a jerk in Texas makes a gun, because he can. In the other, scientists build a working bionic ear . Guess which one gets more attention. 

 

droop
The shame of LED Droop

 

You know what it's like, you put more power in but it gets dimmer, not brighter. That's the shame of LED droop and it has now been solved. Result: brighter longer lasting lights.   Mysterious cause of LED 'droop' identified

 

dog
Cute overload

 

This week is all about celebrating the bond between pets and their humans, and learning as much as you can about smart and eco-savvy pet ownership.  It's National Pet Week! Here's how to celebrate

 

log chair
The perfect TreeHugger chair

 

TreeHugger hasn't shown that much eco-furniture lately. Perhaps we were just waiting for this: made from trees, Do it yourself, $30 and as comfortable as, well, log on and try it!  Build your own log lounge chair for $30. It's from the Green Design contest.

 

bikes
Jargon Watch: NIMPS

 

The sense of entitlement is astonishing as owners complain Not In My Public Street, as if they own the place.  New York co-op sues Bike Share program for ruining their property values

 

soup
Lots of great stuff this week in the Cooking Project

 

Believe me, I have eaten them all, including this Creamy fennel, spinach and asparagus soup [Vegan] Jaymi's pictures look even better in the new wide format too. 

 

cooking
In which Jaymi plays Julie to Kelly's Julia and works her way through theTreeHugger archives of vegetarian recipes, wielding a camera as well as a spatula.  The Cooking Project  
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Edited by Lloyd Alter