As I’m sure you know, synthetic fertilizers aren’t just bad for the environment, but can actually chemically burn the plants causing them to fizzle out prematurely – even the “green” options. Create your own natural fertilizer while still promising healthier plants, bigger blooms, and more abundant fruits and vegetables.
Just because it’s autumn it doesn’t mean the gardening has to stop. While it will be difficult to watch your beautiful summer garden lose some of its beauty, there is still so much you can get done. Your garden can still look amazing throughout autumn and you must remember that it is also a great time to prepare your garden for winter and spring.
In the spirit of using less fuel and supporting local farms and food artisans, we challenge you to try a 100-mile Thanksgiving. A 100-mile Thanksgiving uses ingredients sourced from within 100 miles of your dinner table. Think of it as an opportunity to celebrate local food, rather than an obligation to source every last ingredient from within 100 miles. Food miles, or the amount of miles a certain product has traveled to its final destination, are an important consideration when trying to reduce your carbon footprint and the amount of oil and gasoline used in making a meal.
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Autumn is nearly here! What I love about Fall is the cozy indoor weather, having cups of tea and watching the colourful leaves covering the ground. But apart from leaves, there are some other stuff falling from trees like pinecones, Kastanien (chestnuts) and acorns, which are great to collect them for home/office decoration, don’t you think? And well, even if they don’t fall from trees, but is the major icon for Fall: Pumpkins! Below there are ideas which I hope they inspire you using dry leaves, pinecones, chestnuts, acorns, pumpkins and even seasonal fruits (crafts you can do with/for your Kids, as well!)
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Falling leaves signal the beginning of the fall garden clean up season. Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs, cut back perennials, remove annuals and get your lawn healthy for next spring. Remember to keep watering. Trees and shrubs that are deprived of water now will be easily stressed in the winter. Below is a handy guide to fall clean up tasks, vegetables to plant, flowers to plant, when and how to start and finally when and how to harvest.
As we experience more and more effects of the climate change, more people choose to go eco-friendly in all spheres of their lives. The demand for organic, green and natural products and services is bigger than ever before so many branches of the industry, including construction, are becoming more environmentally conscious. So, if you’re thinking of refreshing your home, think about our planet and go green with your remodel.
In love with the idea of a Green Home but don’t know where to start? Here are 10 suggestions of the hottest trends to realise the Green Home of your dreams. Want to save money while saving the environment? It tells you which upgrades are the most cost effective and which will be gaining in popularity in the coming years.
Incorporating eco-friendly designs into a new home or upgrading your existing home is easier than ever thanks to new energy-saving improvements that can add to your home’s value. Check out these 10 Hot Trends and get your Green on!
From training advice to walking routes, seeking dog sitters to minding your dog’s health, there are plenty of great apps that cater for all aspects of owning a dog so that you’ll always have somewhere to turn if faced with uncertainty. Here are 10 of the best apps that you’ll find on iTunes or the Google Play Store.
“A garden is a grand teacher”, horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll wrote. School administrators obviously agree because the nation is in the midst of a school gardening boom. The number of school gardens nearly doubled between 2013 and 2015. More than 7,000 American schools now have a garden.
Most teachers start a school garden program in elementary schools, and grow flowers or veggies. Some include unique features, such as chickens, orchards, and aquaponics systems (where students raise fish and use the fishes’ waste to feed plants). Teachers use gardening activities to teach nearly every discipline, including health, nutrition, science, math, environmental studies, language arts, art, and social studies. Students in one California school sow native plants to learn what the state looked like prior to European settlement. In other schools, kids test soil composition, learn about food chains and ecosystems, measure plants as they grow, calculate the perimeter and area of garden beds, and keep gardening journals.
Researchers examining how gardening impacts students have found that school gardens–sometimes called “living classrooms”–cultivate more than just plants. Students who participate in school gardens are on average more engaged in what they’re learning, boast higher science test scores, and eat more fruits and vegetables than their non-gardening peers.
Whether it’s a mattress, an old appliance or construction debris, when you’ve got something you need to trash, it’s not always as easy as throwing it in the weekly pickup. Large items need special care in order to be taken away — and, more than that, they need intentionality in their disposal if you want to minimise their resulting impact on the environment. That means, when you want to dispose of something but don’t know how to do it, you need a basic understanding of where and how to get rid of goods.
Is it possible to dispose of goods without contributing to the 220 annual tons of waste generated in the United States? What do you do with items that won’t fit into regular trash pickup? The answer to these questions lies within the field of waste management.