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Pepper Guide

Earlier this week I posted about beginning to prepare your garden for the spring.  One thing you can do - even if temperatures are still freezing and there's still snow on the ground! - is to start deciding what to plant and order your seeds.

Right now, I've got peppers on the brain.  Last year we grew jalapenos, and it was awesome.  We canned salsa galore, threw the peppers into all sorts of yummy food we were making, and we even did pickled peppers.  This year, I'd like to grow even MORE peppers!  But, sometimes it's kind of confusing.  Which peppers would best suit our needs?  Spicy?  Sweet?  There are so many kinds!... read more

Different Uses for Hemp

hemp usesHemp is a versatile, eco-friendly plant with many uses.  Some of them you might be familiar with, others maybe not.   Interestingly enough, hemp was used throughout history for a lot of these uses.  It's used less often now, but who knows?  Maybe with its eco-friendliness, it will continue to make a comeback.  

Here are some things that can be used with hemp.

1.  Clothing

My favorite sweatshirt is made from hemp.  It's warm, durable, and pretty much awesome.  And hemp has been used in textiles for a very long time.  Samples of hemp fabric in China date back to 8000 BC!  Hemp is also gaining popularity as a material in eco-friendly shoe brands.  Hemp jewelry is another popular use of hemp.

2.  Food and Drink

I'm sure you've seen hemp in food in your local grocery stores over the last ten years or so, since it began gaining in popularity.  A whole hemp seed is about 25% protein and is also a good source of calcium, iron, and omega-3.  ... read more

Message in a Bottle - How to Use Sea Glass as a Decorative Accent

sea glassSea glass - also known as beach glass or mermaid tears - is nature's way of turning something discarded by human beings into a thing of beauty. If you are looking for a creative way to accent your home with repurposed materials, sea glass can help you achieve this. Using sea glass is the perfect opportunity to put a touch of nature into your household or your office - and it is more earth friendly than buying man-made decorative accents.

What is sea glass?

If you aren't certain what sea glass is - or what the difference is between sea glass and ordinary glass - here are a few characteristics unique to sea glass:... read more

Knowing When It's Time to Remove a Tree

<p>&nbsp;</p><div style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; font-family: verdana, arial; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong id="textpreview_title">Knowing When it's Time to Remove a Tree</strong></span><p class="m12" style="margin-top: 12px; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #333333; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px;">&nbsp;</p><div id="textpreview" style="box-sizing: border-box;">As the springtime approaches, you may be able to distinguish the dying trees... read more

A Guide to Beautifying Your Garden Before Spring

Spring gardeningSpring is on its way, finally! We’re all looking forward to longer, sunnier days and time spent out in the garden. The great outdoors is stunning in Spring, with all the plants and flowers coming out of their Winter hiding. However, the colder months can damage your garden and make it look rather uninviting. If that’s the case, we’ve got a whole guide here on making your garden beautiful before Spring gets here.

Start with the basics

It is always best to work from the ground up, when it comes to your garden, so that is exactly where we are going to start. Wind, rain and snow can do some dreadful things to a garden, especially to the soil. If you once had a beautifully green garden and now see nothing but mud, it may be time to lay some turf. You can use a company such as Turf Express to have whole rolls of turf delivered to your door. If you’re not keen on a green garden, then perhaps laying down concrete, paving stones or decking would be best for you. Just remember to leave some space for the greenery.... read more

A Guide to Beautifying Your Garden Before Spring

Spring gardeningSpring is on its way, finally! We’re all looking forward to longer, sunnier days and time spent out in the garden. The great outdoors is stunning in Spring, with all the plants and flowers coming out of their Winter hiding. However, the colder months can damage your garden and make it look rather uninviting. If that’s the case, we’ve got a whole guide here on making your garden beautiful before Spring gets here.

Start with the basics

It is always best to work from the ground up, when it comes to your garden, so that is exactly where we are going to start. Wind, rain and snow can do some dreadful things to a garden, especially to the soil. If you once had a beautifully green garden and now see nothing but mud, it may be time to lay some turf. You can use a company such as Turf Express to have whole rolls of turf delivered to your door. If you’re not keen on a green garden, then perhaps laying down concrete, paving stones or decking would be best for you. Just remember to leave some space for the greenery.... read more

A Guide to Beautifying Your Garden Before Spring

Spring gardeningSpring is on its way, finally! We’re all looking forward to longer, sunnier days and time spent out in the garden. The great outdoors is stunning in Spring, with all the plants and flowers coming out of their Winter hiding. However, the colder months can damage your garden and make it look rather uninviting. If that’s the case, we’ve got a whole guide here on making your garden beautiful before Spring gets here.

Start with the basics

It is always best to work from the ground up, when it comes to your garden, so that is exactly where we are going to start. Wind, rain and snow can do some dreadful things to a garden, especially to the soil. If you once had a beautifully green garden and now see nothing but mud, it may be time to lay some turf. You can use a company such as Turf Express to have whole rolls of turf delivered to your door. If you’re not keen on a green garden, then perhaps laying down concrete, paving stones or decking would be best for you. Just remember to leave some space for the greenery.... read more

Rainwater Harvesting - What's it All About?

Many of us are looking for ways to go about our lives in a more eco-friendly manner. Rainwater harvesting is one strategy you can employ. 

Here, we’ll discuss the what, the why, and the how on rainwater harvesting—what it is, why you might want to do it, and how to go about doing it.

 Harvesting rainwater

Consider how much water we underutilize when it rains!

What is rainwater harvesting? Harvesting rainwater is the act of using one of several methods to collect and reuse rainwater prior to its hitting the aquifer, where water is often extracted for well use. It helps to reduce the strain on local water systems and can actually help provide cleaner water to those consuming or utilizing it than that which has run through the soil and absorbed the chemicals and minerals therein. 

Why do it?  There are many uses for harvested rainwater. Some people use it for drinking water and other domestic uses like cleaning and bathing. Many people use it to water their lawns and gardens, and some farmers use it to save money on providing water to livestock.

Not only can this be a smart financial move, but it also happens to be good for the environment because it places less pressure on the water distribution system, particularly in times when there are water shortages. ... read more

Green Living, Green Thinking – 8 Small Things You Do That Can Save the Planet Earth

As the world sadly mourns the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, it's clearer than ever how big a difference one person can make – and how much of an impact our actions can have across the whole world. Is history shaped by the actions of a few great men and women? That's a question for historians and philosophers, but the point is that we don't need to be politicians or 'great men and women' to make a difference. Real change happens when everyone does their bit, and there are plenty of small things you can do right now to make the world a better place – especially in the face of global warming.

If you want to do your bit and make a difference to the welfare of the planet then you don't have to become Prime Minister of your country, you don't need to give a famous speech and you don't need to make a breakthrough that solves the energy crisis. You just need to do your bit. Here are five ways to do just that…

Donate Some Money

Money

No matter how much you give, even the smallest donation can make a big difference to a number of green charities around the world. More to the point, if everyone thought the same way and gave just a few dollars, that would be billions of dollars to help put our planet back on track…... read more