Winter Garden: How to Prepare for the First Frost

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Proper preparation for the winter frost will help your garden thrive in Spring.

The crisp afternoon air of fall has arrived and  the sun is just starting to set a little bit earlier each day. Before we know it, winter will be here and with it the first frost. This means that it’s time to get to the business of preparing for the cold.

Have you given any thought yet to getting your garden ready for winter? How you prepare your garden for the first frost and the long cold winter that follows will have a lot to do with how hearty your garden is when it comes back to life in the Spring.

Here are some tips for how to prepare your garden for the first winter frost, long before you feel the nip in the air. [Continue reading]

Green Tips: Water Heater Tips for All Year Long

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This green tip is not just a way to be environmentally friendly with the way you winterize your home, it’s a way to save energy and money all year long. Insulate your water heater and consider turning it town a few notches. Many people never … [Continue reading]

Winterize Your Home for Maximum Energy Savings

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Home winterization is an important topic this time of year. Of course, we’re concerned not just with effective, but also eco-friendly ways to stay warm and combat the elements. Greener, environmentally friendly methods of home winterization are more … [Continue reading]

Discussing the Pros and Cons of Using Vegetable Oil as Fuel

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A few weeks ago we talked about biodiesel, a promising energy source that is often cleaner burning and more efficient to create. One of the most popular uses for biodiesel fuel is as an alternative to gasoline for use in combustible engines like … [Continue reading]

Save Energy by Making your Old Water Heater more Efficient

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In an ideal world, every home would come installed with an energy-efficient water heating system. But in the real world, that just isn't going to happen and not everyone can install an efficient system themselves. Maybe it's not enough time, not … [Continue reading]

Paper or Plastic? The Definitive Answer to The Bag Question

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Paper versus plastic? Choosing the most environmentally-friendly bag is the eternal dilemma at the end of every shopping trip. Do you know the answer? What is the best bag, paper or plastic? Both paper bags and plastic bags effect the environment. … [Continue reading]

Make Your Own Seed Tray Starter from Recycled Materials

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Starting seeds is a fun way to get a head start on the growing season. If you start sowing seed in February, March or April, you should have all kinds of leftover containers from recent holidays that could be used to make seed starters. Let's take a … [Continue reading]

Skoy Cloths: Replace Paper Towels with Greener Alternative

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According to ALighterFootprint.com, Americans send 3,000 tons of paper towels to landfills each day. We really need a greener solution. Some folks opt for sponges or dish cloths that, while fine for specific tasks, doesn't completely fill my need for … [Continue reading]

Cork Benefits Wine And The Environment

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The next time you pop a wine cork, drink a toast to the environment. That's because your choice of wine closures has a real impact on the health of the planet. Cork is still the hands-down favorite closure for wines sold in the U.S. because it … [Continue reading]

The Nogg Chicken Coop: A Hip Design for the Urban Chicken

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The nogg is a modern chicken coop that has been designed in the shape of an egg. The coop, which can house between 2-4 chickens, adds a touch of playful elegance to domestic farming and looks beautiful in any garden environment—urban or rural. The … [Continue reading]