Planting in Accordance with the Moon

Moon

Planting in correlation with the moon’s phases is a practice that traces back to the beginning of agriculture, and remains an important part of bio-dynamic agriculture. The process of ascending and descending of the moon lasts approximately 27 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes. During the waxing phase, the amount of sap in plants increases. This is a sign of activity increase in aerial plants. Fruits with higher juice contents are best harvested at this time. It is also best to cut the lawn while the moon is waxing, as it promotes better growth. As the moon begins to wane,… read more

Garden Pest Control

Garden Pest Control

Pests can be a problem, especially in food gardens. Here are ways to control pests without resorting to toxic chemicals. Companion Planting: Plants such as onions, garlic, mint, oregano, basil, thyme, and chives repel many common garden pests. Ladybugs: Ladybugs are voracious consumers of aphids, spider mites, and other pests. You can purchase them at garden supply stores or attract them by growing plants such as dill and fennel. Birds: Avian visitors, which also eat plenty of garden pests including slugs, can be encouraged to visit by growing native shrubs, trees, flowers, and ivy and providing bird feeders. Natural Insecticide:… read more

The Many Benefits of Green Spaces

Benefits of Green Spaces

Green spaces include parks, urban gardens, woodlands, and wildlife sanctuaries. They provide many environmental benefits, ranging from the promotion of biodiversity to the improvement of air quality. When green spaces include organic urban gardens, people have the opportunity to produce food locally, which reduces carbon emissions associated with food transport as well as the negative environmental impacts of packaging and pesticide use. However, research has shown that green spaces provide benefits that go far beyond environmental sustainability. Social benefits of green spaces include increasing a sense of community, reducing crime, and providing opportunities for public recreation. In addition, green spaces… read more

The Depave Movement Battles Concrete Landscapes

Depave is a movement with a mission. The drive to replace excess concrete to green up city spaces has inspired and fueled their crusade. Located in Portland, Oregon, the nonprofit organization attempts to enrich existing dull pavement plots and to promote more aesthetically pleasing spaces. Their idea is that living in the city does not have to mean giving up green areas. It is against human nature to be constantly disconnected with outdoor surroundings, and bringing life back into urban spaces that are overabundant with concrete backdrops is a valuable way to put unused, stark sections of land to work. With… read more

Small Scale Rooftop Gardens

Small Scale Rooftop Gardens

If you like the idea of a sky garden but don’t necessarily have the space, use what you do have to implement a smaller scale version. To get the benefits of a rooftop design, adhere to applicable building codes and pick a sturdy structure that can hold the weight of a garden. Rooftop gardens can help with rainwater runoff and preliminary research has discovered that water excess is decreased by over half in a roof or structure with a garden incorporated. Also, they can naturally help the indoor temperature remain stable by providing a substantial insulating layer. Good.net shows the… read more

The Slug And The Squirrel Creating New Life

The Slug and the Squirrel’s beautiful tiny green terrariums

American artist Jose Agatep from The Slug and the Squirrel enjoys making tiny green ecosystems inside repurposed glass jars. He gives a new life to old containers while creating a confined space for plants to live inside. The glass containers have various shapes and have been found around local flea markets or repurposed from the artist’s own kitchen. They include old bottles, jars, vases and pots, all made from glass because it’s easy to clean, long lasting and the best material to see through. The incredible terrariums filled with plenty of plants, wild mosses, flowers, small stones, soil, and wood… read more

Teaching Kids About Migratory Birds

Teaching Kids About Migratory Birds

Kids love to learn about wildlife, and offering experiences that revolve around the outdoors provides motivation to learn more about the natural world. The actions of migratory birds offer an interesting study of how animals interact with the environment. Investigating hummingbirds can provide attention-grabbing lessons about these roaming creatures. There are around 340 different types of hummingbirds which can be found in the Western Hemisphere, throughout the North and South Americas. Most are tropic residing, with some having a preference for spending their summers in North America, and colder days in tropical climates. Hummingbirds use up enormous amounts of energy,… read more

Growing By Design

Growing By Design

The world of design has some inspiring, environmentally driven artists who have made a true difference with their talents. Designers that use their skill in combination with eco friendly undertakings to produce art and projects that give back in some way, through reducing waste or helping others, have more than just a physical ability. However, inspirational missions aren’t just reserved for the exhibition spotlight. There are some outstanding examples of those who have taken their visions and turned them into proactive, meaningful events for children on their home front. One such case is The Edible Schoolyard Project. Nearly two decades… read more

Natural Benefits of Peppermint

Natural Benefits of Peppermint

Peppermint can be used in cooking and also has many medicinal advantages. Originally from Asia and Europe, some types of peppermint are also native to South Africa, South America and Australia, and were later established in North America. It can be easily grown indoors or out, requiring only indirect sunlight and a relatively warm temperature. The plants will go dormant during cold months and reappear when weather warms. The perennial, as with other mints, are notorious for taking over whole yards so keep this in mind when choosing where to plant it. Peppermint grows ideally in container gardens. When grown… read more

Coffee Grounds Making Fires Eco Friendly

Friendly Fires

What could be more romantic than a cozy fire? A crackling fireplace has long been embedded in our ideal of a home. The only downside to this woodsy comfort is the numerous pollutants released when the lumber is burned. One of these pollutants is carbon monoxide. Among many things, carbon monoxide can contribute to the development of cancer. It has no odor or color, which makes it hard for people to detect until they have been harmfully affected by it. But for those who still wish to benefit from fire’s warmth and whimsy, there are other ways to go about it…. read more