Ready for your Friday installment of green home and garden news goodness? Here we go…

I’ll be back next week with the final installment of Captain Can and a look at a new cleaning gadget, the Activeion Pro, that may very well render all those spray bottles of cleaning products — green or not — superfluous. 

EcoSalon lists the “10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow At Home.” On the list are salad-friendly tomatoes, peppers, carrots, radish, and spinach.

The Hill reports that First Lady Michelle Obama’s much-touted organic garden has irked boosters of conventionally grown crops. The Mid America CropLife Association, a group that represents pesticide-producing agribusinesses, has written Mrs. Obama and encouraged her not to portray conventional crops  in a harsh light and to consider their economic benefits.

Planet Green enlightens fastidious readers with “7 Ways to Spring Clean with Zero Waste.”

TreeHugger gets slightly creepy with a story on Brit artist Alex Randall’s “reclaimed” taxidermy chandeliers and lighting fixtures. If you’ve ever wanted a chandelier made from stuffed pigeons or a table lamp with a Mallard duck as the base, take a look-see.

The New York Times reminds us to file those taxes by interviewing Katie Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy. Callahan offers advice on how to work the I.R.S. for optimum green home tax credits.

Jetson Green reveals the master plan for Babcock Ranch. This ambitious, entirely solar powered 17,000-acre city near Fort Meyers, Florida, could begin construction later this year.

The LA Times indulges us with plenty of fabulous pictures in an “Ode to the Airsteam.”

Re-Nest poses the question: Is a couch constructed from recycled Mac computers “Hot or not?”

World Architecture News gets all academic with news that London has given the go-ahead for a solar-powered student housing tower to be built near Wembley stadium.

The San Francisco Chronicle visits the decidedly uncluttered Berkeley abode of Annie Leonard, the creator and narrator of the documentary, The Story of Stuff.

Photo: *Solar ikon*

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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