The Best Edible Plants you can Grow in your Kitchen

Gardening doesn’t always have to involve a backyard. Before you feel like throwing your love of gardening aside for a different hobby, check out the best edible plants you can grow in your kitchen. They don’t require much experience or space, so they’re great options for indoor gardeners.

See if any of these year-round plants interest you. They’ll save you a trip to the grocery store and result in organic food for every meal.

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Optimizing Vertical Farming [Visual]

Vertical farms can potentially achieve higher yields for the surface area dedicated to production by controlling the light, temperature, humidity, water and nutrients the plants receive. They also reduce “food miles,” the distance food items travel from the point of production to the table, and can reduce CO2 emission from transport while delivering fresher and better tasting products.

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How to Make your own Fragrant Herb Garden [Visual]

Whether you are an avid gardener or not, a fragrant herb garden is a great addition to any home as it’s easy to tend to and offers so many benefits. A fragrant herb garden is made up of herbs that give off a light scent that makes it the perfect place to unwind after a long day and uplift your spirits with the refreshing scents they provide.

Fragrant herbs are valued for their aromatic properties, but offer multi-sensory pleasures and a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal and even spiritual. There is a huge assortment from which to choose, each with their own unique scent and benefits.

Whether you want to take up a new hobby, save money on recipes or just have an aromatic atmosphere in your home, setting up a fragrant herb garden is great for just about anyone! Check out some of these popular fragrant herbs and how to care for them so they’ll thrive indoors this winter!

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The Coronavirus Impact on the Environment [Infographic]

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds across the globe, threatening lives and upending the world economy, it’s also had a profound impact on the environment.

Scientists first noticed a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in China, where the pandemic began. This trend followed the pandemic’s spread across the world.

Meanwhile, viral social media posts started to pop up about wildlife sightings in urban areas, claiming “nature just hit the reset button on us.”

Less reported has been the dramatic rise in medical waste and packaging from online shopping.

In this post, we’ll look at the full environmental impact of the COVID-19 crisis to date and what lessons we can take from this tragedy to fight climate change in the future.

Look at the data on the infographic below:

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How Wildfires impact Water Quality

There is no mistaking that 2020 has been one rough year. Nearly every aspect of our lives has been impacted by COVID-19, but really, that’s hardly the half of it. This year has also brought an economic downturn, murder hornets, a crazy election cycle, and monstrous natural disasters most notably tragic wildfires. 

From Australia in January to California and the rest of the US Pacific coastal states this summer, wildfires have ravaged communities in both developed human landscapes and in the wild ecosystems we all enjoy. Though many have argued that there is some natural benefit to fires, few are speaking of fires of this size and magnitude. Indeed, many of the fires of 2020 have broken — and broken again — records for size, intensity, and human or ecological damage. 

Many communities that are left behind find themselves struggling to pick up the pieces. The majority have goals of building back to what was before, only stronger and more resilient. Of the many considerations that those trying to rebuild must consider, the way wildfires will impact their water quality is one of the most important.  

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