Beyond Vegetables: Useful Plants To Grow At Home.

Posted July 6, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized When most people think of a garden, they think of colorful, delicious vegetables. However, there are plenty of useful plants that you can grow at home that are not for the dinner table. Here is a look at a few of those plants.

Chamomile: This plant is excellent for easing tension and soothing indigestion. It is fairly easy to grow. Chamomile is often dried and crushed into tea for maximum effect.

Echinacea: This beautiful plant is great for giving a boost to your immune system. It can also shorten the severity of a cold.

Marigold: This stunning plant adds a lot of color to your garden. It is also great for treating sunburns and acne. Additionally, it treats digestive problems.

Peppermint: Many people may grow this herb to use it in a paste. Even though it looks like the type of herb you might use in food, it is generally not best to use in recipes. Peppermint is very good at helping with digestion.

St. John's Wort: This herb is well-known for its calming effects, acting as a type of natural antidepressant. It can also be used on cuts to promote faster healing.

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Making Your Own Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Supplies.

Posted July 5, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized When it comes to cleaning your home, you probably already know that just using water isn't a good way to clean and sanitize your kitchen, bathroom and other areas of your home. However, this doesn't mean that you have to grab for a bottle of cleaning solution that is packed full of harmful chemicals. Instead, you can try making your own environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.

For instance, you can clean practically anything with a simple solution that is made from vinegar and water, and making this solution is affordable, safe and good for the environment. Once you have made this solution, you can put it in spray bottles so that you can use it just as you would any other cleaning solution.

You can also find recipes online for various environmentally friendly cleaning supplies that are quick, easy and cheap to make, and a lot of these recipes work even better than the cleaning solution that you purchase from the grocery store.

It is also possible to make other changes to how you clean in order to help the environment. Using old shirts as rags instead of using paper towels, for instance, can help cut down on waste while allowing you to clean your home easily.   Comments Off  |  Tags:

Exciting Ways To Celebrate Earth Day.

Posted July 2, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized On Earth Day, people all over the planet celebrate the environment. This Earth Day, celebrate in these eco-friendly and fun ways.

Spend the day outside! Start by having a picnic breakfast as you watch the sun rise, then spend the entire day in the great outdoors. Take a nature walk, relax on the beach, go for a bike ride, take a nap on the soft grass, watch the sunset and look at the stars at night.

Unplug for the day. Modern appliances and devices use an enormous amount of energy. To celebrate Earth Day, give up these devices for the full day. Turn off your cell phone, unplug your television, skip the microwaved meals and live off the grid.

Clean up a local park. Gather a group of your friends, pick up trash, recycle it, and spend the day beautifying a patch of nature that may have been neglected in your neighborhood.

Give up your car for the day. Instead of driving and releasing greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, get around by biking, walking, running, skateboarding, roller skating or any other means that won't enlarge your carbon footprint.

Making a garden is another great way to celebrate Earth Day. If you are short on space, make a windowsill garden to grow your favorite herbs.   Comments Off  |  Tags:

Top Tips For Kid Friendly Sustainable Gardens.

Posted June 29, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized Gardening can be a hobby the whole family will enjoy. By getting your children involved in your garden, you will teach them valuable skills and the value of living a sustainable lifestyle in addition to helping them develop their fine motor skills. It's also a great way to get exercise, bond with them, and have fun! Get started with the following tips for kid friendly sustainable gardens:

--Give your child his or her own little plot in your garden. Kids get excited about having something that's their own. It's also a great way to teach an older child responsibility as he or she gradually takes over the care of the plot and is rewarded for his or her own effort.

--Let your child choose what to plant. Children will take a greater interest if they really feel involved.

--Never plant anything that is poisonous. There are thousands of nontoxic garden plants; you have no need to take the risk. Some poisonous plants, such as castor, have smooth, attractive seeds that a child may be interested in and swallow.

--Children delight in seeing butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant bright red flowers and hang a hummingbird feeder to attract them.

Gardening is an educational, enjoyable hobby for children that will foster a lifelong love of the outdoors and sustainability. Your children will delight in cultivating a garden as well as in seeing their hard work pay off.   Comments Off  |  Tags:

Top 5 Vegetables To Plant In Your Home Garden.

Posted June 28, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized Even with limited garden space and a not-so-green thumb, home gardeners can harvest a supply of fresh produce throughout the summer by planting these vegetable favorite.

Tomatoes
The full flavor of a fresh-picked tomato cannot be replicated by the hot house varieties found in the supermarket. If you live in a region with an abbreviated growing season, select an early-developing variety such as Early Girl or Early Wonder. Patio and cherry tomatoes are also a good choice to provide early fruit, and these varieties will continue producing through the summer.

Green beans
Fast and easy to grow beans are available in bush or climbing varieties. Plant seeds direct into the ground, and you can begin harvesting within a few weeks. Once harvest begins, check the plants daily. You want to harvest the beans while they are young and tender.

Summer squash
You only need a couple yellow summer squash and zucchini plants to keep a steady supply of these versatile vegetables on the table. These rapidly growing plants should be spaced two feet apart to make room for their prolific foliage.

Cucumbers
You will always have a crisp cucumber on hand for your salad when you grow these climbing plants. To save on space, train cucumber vines up a pole rather than allowing them to crawl along the ground.

Salad greens
A one-foot plot of lettuce will provide salad greens continually throughout the growing season. Sow seeds directly into soil and replant after each harvest.
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