Why Gardening Makes You Happier


Did you know that gardening can ward off depression, improve your mood and make you feel life is more worthwhile? •    Gardeners are less likely to display signs of depression •    Poll found 80 per cent of gardeners feel satisfied with their lives •    Only 67 per cent of non-gardeners feel the same way If… Continue reading »

10 Tips For New Gardeners


Gardening season is here. Caring for plants can be overwhelming. It’s easy for new gardeners to get confused. Avoid some of the most common mistakes that new gardeners can make. 1. Overwatering. Most new gardeners think that the more water you give plants, the better — when usually, just the opposite is true. Take the time… Continue reading »

A Kitchen Garden-Fresh Herbs Made Easy

Kitchen herbs

Of all the plants you can grow indoors, few are as gratifying as culinary herbs whose scent will lift your spirits and whose flavor will delight your taste buds. To grow a kitchen windowsill garden, you must provide everything Mother Nature does outdoors: light, water, soil and nutrients. Before you start, determine how much light… Continue reading »

How Do I Get Rid Of This??


Paint? Appliances? Plastic Bags? What do you do with these items that you know you can’t leave on your curb and have the neighborhood recycle guy pick them up. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of them without hurting the environment. Plastic Bags? According to various recycling facilities, plastic bags are… Continue reading »

Spring Has Arrived- Here’s What’s In Season!


Ah Spring has finally arrived, and with longer days and warmer weather comes a new crop of fresh produce. ‘Tis the perfect season to “spring clean” your diet, so out with the heavy fall and winter fare and in with springtime fruits and veggies. In-season produce reaps the most nutritional value so here’s what to… Continue reading »

Get Ready To Garden- Your Spring Checklist

Close-up low section of woman holding spade

Hoping to get an early start on your spring gardening? That’s great – just be careful not too get too far ahead of yourself.  There’s still plenty of freezing weather still to flash across the radar. Resist the urge to set out new plants; instead, use this time to pay a visit to your garden… Continue reading »

Solar Energy 101

Solar flower

What is solar energy? Solar energy is, simply, energy provided by the sun. This energy is in the form of solar radiation, which makes the production of solar electricity possible. Electricity can be produced directly from photovoltaic, PV, cells. (Photovoltaic literally means “light” and “electric.”) These cells are made from materials which exhibit the “photovoltaic… Continue reading »

Why Support Your Local Farmer?


You’ve heard the saying “If your grandmother wouldn’t recognize it, it’s not real food.” Eating farm fresh food grown by your local farmer is making it’s way back into mainstream society. It simply makes good sense, and it’s how everyone ate not so long ago—before heart disease, diabetes and obesity had managed to wheedle their… Continue reading »

AquaChill Saves Money & The Environment


ADVERTORIAL Ken Goodrich, principal of Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning and The Sunny Plumber Has your air conditioner been running nonstop since April? Eighty-seven percent of Arizona residents use central air conditioning to cool their homes, and the cost to run air conditioners throughout the state accounts for a large percentage of residential power consumption…. Continue reading »

New Lead Law Affects Your Plumbing, Your Health & The Environment. Are You Ready?


Guest Blog- Ken Goodrich, principal of The Sunny Plumber and Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works hard to protect our health and the environment by enforcing regulations set by the U.S. Congress. In 2011, Congress passed the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act to amend Section 1417… Continue reading »

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