Planting Hope

Planting Hope

For residents in Bil’in, Palestine, planting flowers means more than just gardening lately. As a statement for peace, many residents in the area have planted flowers inside of used tear gas grenades left behind from wars between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. Vast flower gardens have been planted in the last year as a memorial for protestor Bassem Abu Rahmeh and the many others who have died. The gardens are near the state’s capital, stretching across a 430 mile wall that was regained by Palestinians in the war. Unfortunately, the supply of containers seems never-ending. Luckily, neither is the ability to try and triumph… read more

Robust Radishes

Robust Radishes

Radishes are members of the Brassicaceae family that also includes cabbages and mustards. Some research suggests that eating radishes may help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cancer, and radishes are also a source of important nutrients such as vitamin C and potassium. Radishes are a great diet food. An entire cup of them sliced provides just 19 calories. They’re commonly eaten raw in salads and sandwiches and with dipping vegetables, but they can be lightly sautéed as well. Radish greens, which are also highly nutritious, can be added to salads or soups or lightly sautéed. Radishes grow… read more

Skincare For The Sun Kissed

Skincare For The Sun Kissed

Taking care of skin year round is important, but during the warmer months the sun’s rays can wreak havoc on delicate facial skin, requiring additional steps for protection and treatment. Naturally detoxing and cleansing your skin can be done right at home with ingredients found in the kitchen. For a simple exfoliating scrub that isn’t too harsh, try baking soda mixed with a few drops of water. It will remove impurities and dead skin cells without using tough chemicals. For another way to gently yet effectively cleanse facial skin, try rice water. Rice contains vitamins and minerals that have healthful properties… read more

What are Microgreens?

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Microgreens are nutrient-packed baby leafy vegetables that can be grown on a windowsill or deck, enabling people without yards to enjoy fresh homegrown produce. Microgreen flavors are sweet, savory, earthy, or spicy, depending on the particular plants grown, and they are available in a broad array of colors, including red and purple. Plants that can be eaten as microgreens include various lettuces, spinach, mustard greens, kale, pea greens, wasabi, kohlrabi, chard, radish greens, beet greens, carrot greens, and cabbage. Homegrown crops provide a number of advantages. They’re more environmentally friendly because they don’t require packaging and shipping, they usually taste… read more

Natural Pest Control

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Gardens are a lot of work, and anyone who has ever had one knows that an increased effort is involved when aiming for an organic one. Instead of relying on insecticides to rid your garden of infestations, it is essential to consider a few ways to incorporate natural pest control into your garden before you start to plant. Give some thought beforehand of natural ways to control pests. Don’t fall prey to the misconception that if you just spray a little homemade repellant here and there, weed and water, things will just naturally grow pest free. Don’t fail to consider native insects,… read more

Food Straight From The Trash

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Growing fruits and vegetables from seeds is one way to grow your own, but another way to cultivate your own plants can be done with the parts of food that is normally thrown away. This process is simple and can definitely extend a grocery budget, as applying this economical way of gardening utilizes all of the plant. DIY-n-Crafts has a resource guide and instructions on how to grow 25 different foods from scraps. Consider the climate and indoor temperature when choosing which items to grow. Ideas for produce that grows well this way are fruits and vegetables like pineapples, avocados, carrots,… read more

Composting – Better Than Rotting in Landfill

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You don’t need a farm to benefit from composting. You needn’t even a proper garden. Though composting is invaluable to both of these, providing soil amendment and enrichment, it has many beneficial attributes elsewhere. Beginning with its immediate surroundings, composting catches up to 99.5 percent of volatile organic chemicals, or VOCs, that may be present on the land. VOCs include heating fuels, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and even explosives. These can come from contaminated soil, for which compost acts as a remedy. Composting is a key component for fighting erosion as well as silting, protecting banks that run along lakes, creeks, and… read more

Out of The Ordinary Herb Gardens

Out of The Ordinary Herb Gardens

Herbs can be a favorite of many gardeners. Herbs can be grown any time of year indoors with proper lighting and growing conditions. Outdoor herb gardens are usually started once the fear of frost is gone. Some can be grown from seeds and others do best when started outside as rooted plants. Many are easy to grow and some varieties require only minimal upkeep with just occasional weeding and watering in drought conditions. For example, mint and many types of oregano will completely take over more than their share of garden space without much care. Themed herb gardens like pizza… read more

DIY Outdoor Space On A Budget

DIY Outdoor Space On A Budget

If you have a favorite outdoor spot, deck or patio but not a lot going on in the line of style and function, the following DIY projects will have you wanting to get your craft on. Reusing and upcycling can turn a bare spot into a lounge worthy space, great for a weekend project. The following tutorials have good, easy to follow images and videos, including a great compilation of ideas for making a fantastic homemade patio set. Break out your old broken lawn chairs and chaise lounges. Making a macramé lawn chair with an existing frame is a perfect… read more

When Scientific Research And Legos Collide

When Scientific Research And Legos Collide

To some children, Legos are a first primer to serious architecture. Though in the fun guise of play, most of us don’t recall the strategy, composing and hours of constructing, erecting and regrouping to begin again, that was involved in a serious afternoon of Lego assembly. Science, who is no stranger to hours of constructive exploration, often strays from the ordinary to investigate and find answers, and when searching for a solution to fill a laboratory need one team did just that. Researchers at Iowa State University wanted to investigate what effects the environment has on plant development. In order to… read more