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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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While it's not recommended to go wandering around the Australian bush, randomly picking delicious plant-based morsels, there is a surprising amount of local flora that is not only safe to eat, but tasty as well. Identifying the good from the dangerous? That's another story entirely.

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Terrariums are having their biggest moment since Queen Victoria was in power. A popular way to exhibit plants in the late 1800s, terrariums, called "Wardian Cases" in the Victorian era, were elaborate affairs that could take up an entire side table. These days, the smaller, simpler iterations line the windows of trendy shops and office desks. Here's how to build your own for a fraction of the cost of those fancy kits.

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"Hygge" is a Danish word that essentially means the quality of cosiness, contentment and well-being. If you want to attain hygge in your household, one simple and cost-effective way is to invest in some plants. Unfortunately, they need to actually survive for it to work. This infographic looks at the types of houseplants first-time buyers and non-green thumbs should consider.

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If you're planning a garden, you should also consider how you're going to control weeds. Our friends at the Old World Garden Farms suggest leaving behind the harsh herbicides this year and opting for these gentler treatments, from mulch to a weed torch that looks fun to use.

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Video: If you're trying to grow a vegetable garden you might not think beyond planting the specific variety of desired vegetable, but it can be very beneficial to give your plant a friend. Flowers and other types of plants will attract helpful insects and suppress weeds.

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If you don't have a green thumb but want to liven up your home or office with some plants, it might be time to get aquatic. Aquatic plants can offer an interesting alternative to potted plants and, rather than using an aquarium, all you need is a jar. In other words, a "jarrarium".

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If you're just a casual gardener you might think that growing vegetables in the desert is a fool's errand, but you just need to learn a few techniques specific to the environment. This video shows how to design a "waffle garden" to grow vegetables in heavy clay soil.

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Dear Lifehacker, We are looking for some indoor plants for our office in Melbourne CBD. Unfortunately, none of us are horticulturally inclined. Would you be able to share some info on what makes good workplace foliage? We want something that looks cool but isn't too hard to maintain.

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Spring is almost upon us and it's time to reacquaint yourself with your green thumb. You can just buy potted plants at your local gardening center or hardware store, but if you want to grow a large number or want to try different varieties that might otherwise be unavailable, starting from seeds is the way to go.