5 Permaculture, Gardening, and Urban Homesteading Trends for 2014

Want to stay on top of trends? It seems 2012 was the year of the chicken and 2013 was the year of the greenhouse. So, what's on the agenda this year? Here are some "trends" we predict will gain speed in 2014.

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Under-sink and small space composting There are so many products to aid in small-space composting. Bokashi composting is a non-smelly way to compost in home. It's a Japanese method that does requires a bit of further composting outside or in a worm bit, but it's ideal for those who live in small spaces. It takes about two weeks to make the compost, and it's a convenient way to start composting. If you're considering traditional outdoor composting, try buying a full-circle green collector that sits in a small space in your freezer and collects scraps (stink-free) until you're ready to compost outside.

Beekeeping in Your Backyard You know when Williams-Sonoma begins selling beekeeping supplies, the trend has been brewing for a while. Now it's getting fancy! It costs about $300 to get started and you'll need to check local laws first. Some folks are getting rare types of honeybees and are building hives to produce specific types of honey. Jump on this trend only if you're not allergic to bees!

Fermenting Kombucha, kimchi, and more! Kinfolk has a page dedicated to fermenting; it's gone mainstream.

Or, hipster mainstream at least. Be careful if diving into this trend, which seemingly has been popular with the super-hippie set for a while. Sure, making your own effervescent, sweetened, fermented black tea drink sounds like fun, but improper preparation can lead to contamination. If you're already into growing your own food -- fermenting vegetables to preserve them might seem like a natural next step.

Large Plant Terrariums A little form over function, plant terrariums and cloches are a great way to provide a place for plants inside or on a shady patio. It can even help retain moisture for some types of plants. Not sure what do put in yours? Check out this blog for ideas. As far as we can tell, little seedlings will like this type of "safe" space, too. If you were more comfortable with last year's trend of small terrariums and small air plants, continue on.

Berries Blame it on the jam-making trend: Berries are hot right now. In Arizona, you'll easily find strawberries to plant, and if you can keep them alive during the summer, they can do well here. They do best in containers or raised beds. If you're a seasoned gardener, you can try more exotic types of berries, but temperatures and dryness here can make it a loosing battle.

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