Repel Pests, Keep Friends

Even the best-planned healthiest garden will attract pests. Bugs, slugs, and other creepy – crawlies like the tasty lettuce leaf or tomato just as much as humans do. But if you are gardening to provide food for your table, you won’t want to use toxic chemicals to deter invaders. There are lots of nontoxic and… 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 »

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 »

Ready, Set, Garden!

Now is the optimal time to start your garden! From mid-February to early March is the time for soil prep.  Well-prepped soil is an essential part of growing beautiful veggies. This means tilling, hoeing, weeding, and fertilizing. Planting in raised beds is the most efficient method of growing veggies and it’s easy to do. While… Continue reading »

Sow Now, Reap Later: Spring Garden Planning Tips

Design and plan your garden during the winter months in order to get a fresh and early start in the spring. Now is the best time! Choose your site and prepare your soil now for best results in spring. Determine a garden spot that’s sunny most of the day, (keep in mind that bare winter… Continue reading »

10 Reasons To Start Composting

There is no denying that there is a clear win-win situation that comes from regularly composting the planet’s organic waste. While it may take a little effort to set up your own at-home composting system, the results will be worth it. Composting is an important way that we can give back to the local community… Continue reading »

STOP: Don’t Throw Away That Aluminum Foil!

Over 75% of all aluminum foil produced in the United States is used for food packaging and much of that ends up the local landfills.  This is an unfortunate result of habits formed by a wasteful society and it is up to each of us to change that behavior. Environmentalists have criticized the use of… Continue reading »

Tips & Tricks For Bugs & Weeds

No one wants to spray harmful chemicals in their garden, particularly if they are planning to eat out of it! Regular pesticide and herbicide products can be harmful to the other organisms that share the ecosystem with us, and who can be beneficial to your garden, like butterflies and birds. However, weeds can’t be allowed… Continue reading »

13 Ways To A Greener Kitchen

1. Buy Local and Seasonal Eating local foods (to avoid transportation costs), wholefoods (to avoid processing costs) and organic foods (to avoid petroleum-based fertilizer usage) is a big step toward reducing our carbon footprint.  “Sign up to your local Community Supported Agriculture scheme. You’ll be helping small (and often organic) farmers survive, and you’ll get fresh, tasty food.” 2. Reduce Food Waste… Continue reading »

DIY Laundry Detergent

Making your own batch of laundry detergent is light on the wallet, gentle on clothing, and great for the environment. A typical batch of homemade laundry detergent using the recipes below will cost approximately three dollars, less than half of the leading national brand. All you need to do is collect three simple ingredients and… Continue reading »

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