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 look at some common materials you can use […]

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

modern chicken coop design

The Nogg is a modern chicken coop that has been designed in the shape of an egg. Urban chicken keeping has become a growing trend, and The Nogg is designed to house 2-4 chickens in an aesthetically pleasing coop to compliment any garden.

Are You Ready for a Green Roof?

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It may seem like a thoroughly modern design idea, something born during the “green” movement by eco-loving hippies. But, actually, throughout history and many cultures, green roofs have often been the norm. Remember, most people lived in simple earthen homes that were sometimes dug out of hillsides or creek banks. It was only natural that […]

What to Compost?

what to compost

Composting is a great way to recycle lawn clippings and kitchen scraps and close the loop on the growing process. It’s easy and scalable. Just getting started? Go here. For those of you already hip deep in the process, here are some dos and don’ts on exactly what should be composted.

Turn Over a New Leaf, Pick up the Yard Nature’s Way

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Green as she was in so many other ways, my grandmother’s manner of leaf disposal such a waste. Even today, depending on where you are, you see people needlessly destroying a tremendous natural resource. If your idea of “leaf pick up” means you rake them into the street or into cans and burn them, or […]

Avoid Pesticides — Kill Weeds with Hot Water

Boiling water is an organic method for killing weeds.

If you’ve got a garden, then you’ve got weeds. Even if you’ve decided not to manage your garden organically, it’s still important to pay close attention to what you’re putting into the soil. Using herbicides are harmful to the environment and cause particular damage to the water system. They can seep into the ground water or […]

Xeriscape: Landscaping With Low-Water Plants

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Xeriscaping is a growing trend among gardeners, landscapers and homeowners that want to enjoy the look of nature but also want to preserve nature so that they can enjoy it. There are many environmental benefits that come from this type of landscape — most importantly water conservation. Of course, this approach to gardening is more […]

Is Your Garden Smart? Conserve Water with a Drip Irrigation System

low-water gardening with drip irrigation

In this economy, everyone is looking for ways to stretch their budget without compromising their environmental ideals. Gardens not only provide a break from the pressures everyday stress, but they can also be a great way to save money by growing one’s own food or growing flowers for a fresh selection of gifts all year […]

Composting Basics

basic composting tips

Composting is simple enough that almost any household can do it. Use these basic composting tips to get started. Composting is one of those simple solutions that just about every homeowner in America can implement. Take those kitchen scraps and yard trimmings and turn them into a useful soil additive. Yard trimmings and food residuals […]

A Gerbera Today May Keep The Doctor Away

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Our homes contain many irritants both seen and unseen, which contribute to poor indoor, air quality. Invaders such as molds, bacteria, pollen, dust, and pet dander seem to be the most prevalent culprits. Often contributing to the development of chronic respiratory diseases as well as headaches, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue. According to the American […]