Keep Cool By Keeping Cool

Keeping Cool By Being Cool

When summer comes the warmer temperatures mean electricity bills shoot up as everyone turns on their air conditioners, cooling ducts, and other heat reducing equipment. This year make sure you tap into the newest & trendiest way to keep cool by installing a rooftop or terrace garden. The rooftop garden actually came about because many houses which were cramped up in the city had no way to access any natural light and greenery. The closest they could come to nature was the vista of trees & bushes from their windows. But the beauty and advantages of these artificial gardens forced the villa owners… read more

Alternatives to Traditional Tattoo Inks

Alternatives to Traditional Tattoo Inks

Tattoos can be visually absorbing, but many may not think of the ingredients in the inks and their possible effects. There are many risks associated with getting tattoos, and possible poisons in the ink are only one of them. Inks vary, but can contain toxic heavy metals including lead, cadmium, chromium and arsenic, among many others. Red inks have some of the highest levels of contaminants which can include mercury. These are all environmental and human health hazards. The American Environmental Safety Institute has given the example of an index card, which is 3 inches/7.6 centimeters by 5 inches/12.7 centimeters… read more

Try Composting Indoors

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Although an item may possess the ability to biodegrade, that does not ensure that it will. It is the environment that will either enable or prevent the bio-degradation of any object. Grapes and corncobs in decent shape have been found in landfills decades after they were thrown out. Whether or not an object is natural, the anaerobic environment of landfills are clearly not suited for the natural breakdown of organic waste. This is what makes composting important not only for the health of your garden, but as a measure of waste reduction. Even if you don’t own a yard, there… read more

Which Plant Is That?

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Scientifically appointed plant names are more than a sophisticated, pretentious alternative to a plant’s common name. While vernacular or common names may be more identifiable to gardeners – and easier to remember – they are no substitute for botanic names. As with medical terms, botanic names have information attached to them. Botanical names are binomials that draw on Latin genus and species, and for a binomial to be legitimate, it must conform to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. Unlike medical terms, however, what the name makes reference to may be less obvious, as it could pertain to the appearance,… read more

Coffee And More

Coffee And More

Did you know that when you have finished your morning brew, whether it be a good old cup of joe or the fanciest of espressos, that those coffee grounds could go on to greater things? Yes, that’s right! Coffee grounds can be upcycled and there are several companies already recycling this waste item with great success. Back to the Roots is a company developed by two former college students. The idea behind Back to the Roots is growing gourmet mushrooms out of soil made from coffee grounds. Presently, Back to the Roots manages to collect, divert, and reuse 3.6 billion… read more

Lunar Planting

Lunar Planting

Wise farmers and biodynamic growers have long understood that you can use the moon as an agricultural implement. Numerous cultures still use forms of lunar gardening and abide by its guidelines for planting. Whether harvesting crops by the moonlight or growing by its phases, the natural rhythmic combinations of the earth and moon can be used to a gardener’s advantage. According to this form of planting there are different progressions similar to calendars that revolve around the moon’s cycles. These are the synodic, or waxing and waning phases, ascending and descending phases, and the sidereal and apogee-perigee cycles. Each cycle… read more

Natural Treatments for Insect Bites and Stings

Natural Treatments for Insect Bites and Stings

Spending time outdoors can unfortunately come with the drawback of pests. Bites and stings are a nuisance, but there are natural treatments to help ease irritation and itchiness without using a fog of chemically laden products. For bites and stings that are bothersome, looking in the kitchen or pantry is likely to turn up some effective natural remedies. Though a normal reaction may be to swat at the area or incessantly scratch it, this can worsen the problem and cause more of an insect’s irritating poison to enter the system. Instead, calmly remove any stingers or remnants and clean the… read more

Reuse Old News

Reuse Old News

Are your old newspapers piling up? Before tossing them in the recycle bin, consider the many ways you can reuse newspaper first. Around your house, your garden, and even at school, newspaper can serve a new purpose. In your garden, newspapers can serve as biodegradable planters. Using a bottle as your guide cut a straight line down the center of a sheet of newspaper. Wrap the paper around the bottle and fold excess paper toward the bottom of the bottle. Next remove the paper from the bottle, keeping the bottom of the paper intact. Flatten the bottom with your fingers… read more

An Enchanted Garden

An Enchanted GArden

Within a garden you are able to construct a world all your own, making it as diverse or enchanting as you like. Gardens can enclose your house with shrubbery, providing good habitats to surrounding creatures or they can be small adornments that perch on your windowsill. Because plants can live in a variety of conditions, many old (and odd) items can be given a second life dedicated to housing them. While the types of plants you choose to grow will dictate the flora that surrounds them. This can cause many varied yet positive results. We know potted plants have the… read more

Garlic For Good Health

Garlic For Good Health

In addition to cooking, garlic has been used throughout history in the home and for medicinal purposes. Garlic cloves can be purchased from the market, or you can grow your own garlic fairly easily with proper soil and moisture conditions. It can be grown inside or outdoors, though gardening experts say not to plant garlic in the same area outside for two years in a row or it may promote plants to have disease issues. Garlic has many practical uses around the house and garden. It can be used instead of chemicals to keep away outdoor insects or ones residing in… read more