Easy Ways To Use Up Pumpkin Guts

Easy Ways To Use Up Pumpkin Guts

Pumpkins are favorites for pies, decorating and carving into jack-o-lanterns, but beyond these there are quite a few other things to do with them, even with the excess inside portions. Check out the following easy ideas for using up pumpkin guts. Saving the seeds and preserving them are a way to ensure that you will be able to start your own pumpkin crop next season. Simply rinse until clean, dry them out completely so that they don’t mold and store in an airtight container in a dark place until it’s time to plant. The seeds are also a popular and… read more

Intricate Gardens Indoors

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You needn’t settle for potted plants to add lush to interior spaces. Even in limited expanses you can, with a little ingenuity, create green havens with canopies of foliage and exposed earth. The following are prime displays of indoor gardens that retain their primitive nature despite their urban enclosures. Office Garden The Cuningham Hayden Group Place didn’t simply install a garden in their office, architects built the office around it. Such is evident in the organic layout of the garden, unobstructed by abrupt run-ins with choppy walls. Beyond use as a spot for relaxation, the garden filters the air that… read more

Soil-Free Methods for Growing Crops Indoors

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Growing vegetables can seem daunting even for those with a yard, let alone the dwellers of a small apartment complex. But as the population continues to converge at ever-expanding metropolises, we find the need for healthier food that is self-sufficient is actually attainable – and becoming more so through increasingly efficient processes. All of which are suited for application to urban environments, as is evident in the following methods. Hydroponic Gardening Hydroponic  gardening is a prime method of growing plants in which no soil is used. Instead, all nutrients necessary to the plant’s vitality are obtained through water. Organic vegetables… read more

Drawers To Compost Bins

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Using an old dresser or chest of drawers, you can easily convert discarded furniture into a compost bin. If you have any scrap wood lingering in the shed, building your own bin may be an other opportunity of equal promise. Ideally, it is best to use drawers with a depth of about eight inches. For composting purposes, drawers are best utilized if  converted into a worm bin. When employing worms as a method of composting, drawers make the efforts easier, as they allow you to harvest the garden-ready compost on lower levels, without disturbing the worms who have migrated to… read more

Living Decor

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Indoor plants have remained a popular household fixture for over 3000 years. They introduce nature into urban environments, define a room’s dimension, and improve the overall health of the home’s inhabitants. But what if we could go beyond the houseplant, or even vertical gardening to find indoor plants that are fully immersed within a piece of furniture? Below, are a few examples of living decor at its best. Living Furniture Designed by San Francisco based company, Habitat Horticulture,  Living Tables are made from wood, steel, and crowned with a sheet of tempered glass. The tables have a carrying capacity of… read more

Living Paper

Seed Paper

Imagine a greeting card that comes to life, literally sprouting up from the ground in a bouquet of wildflowers. With seed paper, this is possible. What is seed paper? It is a treeless paper made from recycled fibers that are embedded with non-invasive wildflower seeds. Sometimes herb and vegetable seeds are used instead. It can be made by hand or manufactured, with several companies and retailers offering seed embedded paper, in addition to other treeless alternatives. Once the paper has fulfilled its assignment as a flyer, wedding invite, or note pad for jotting, it can be planted directly into the ground and with daily watering the seeds will… read more

The Garden That Looks After Itself

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We can all appreciate the idea behind gardening and growing your own food. You have the ability to be self-sustaining, bypass the additives and chemicals the supermarkets put in your food, and potentially save a lot of money. The catch is that you normally have to spend a lot of time monitoring your vegetables, protecting them from insects and the elements. This can be tricky if you’ve got a 9-5 job with a long commute, or you work overtime every chance you get. Thankfully, technology has come a long way in recent years, and you don’t even have to be… read more

“Bee Safe” Plants Found to Contain Harmful Insecticides

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Despite the efforts of home gardeners to grow plants in a manner that is safe for bee,  many gardeners are actually filling their yards with deadly insecticides. Bee die-off rates have reached staggering proportions within recent years. Last winter, beekeepers reported a loss of 40-90% of their bees. There are a few known causes contributing to this death toll, from commercial insecticide use to Colony Collapse disorder, a phenomenon discovered in France in the 1990’s, in which the adult bees mysteriously abandon the hive, leaving even their queens behind. Now it seems some of the problem is coming from the… read more

Natural Beauty With Beets

Natural Beauty With Beets

Beets are high in vitamins and minerals and are antioxidant rich, versatile root vegetables. In addition to their health benefits and culinary value, beets are also a natural colorant. The rich hues provided by beets can be used for other purposes outside of the kitchen, including for making organic makeup tints. Simple and effective, try some of these suggestions and you may be searching for a local steady supply of them to keep around. Try this  rose tinted cheek stain that you can make with only 2 ingredients. Combine simmered, strained beets with pure vegetable glycerine that is intended for… read more

Phosphate Free Products

Phosphate Free Products

Phosphates have been a major ingredient in cleaning items for some time, and their use has been scrutinized and forbidden in some cleaners. It comes from many sources, like runoff from rain, agricultural and water system industries and from using cleansers that contain phosphates, and all of this adds to the accumulation in water supplies. Phosphates have been used in many cleaners like dishwashing and laundry detergents. They reportedly can make soaps work better by assisting in dirt and grease removal, helping to prevent spots and keeping dirt particles from attaching to surfaces. Though they are helpful for cleaning, in… read more