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1 Pumpkin, Many Uses

1 Pumpkin, Many Uses

Pumpkins are versatile and as with most produce, it has a variety of uses. They can be cooked, used for skincare and the remaining shell, if not kept for decoration, can be turned into compost. Though any organically grown pumpkin can be used for skincare, if it will be eaten choose a ripe pumpkin that is intended for cooking and consuming. These are often referred to as sugar pumpkins or cheese pumpkins and their flesh will be sweeter, creamier and not as stringy as ornamental varieties. Better Homes and Gardens has a quick guide on measurements to consider for substituting fresh pumpkin for canned,… read more

The Earthworm Advantage

The Earthworm Advantage

Forget high-tech machinery and farm implements. Earthworms themselves are the equivalent of countless inventories of agricultural equipment, compliments of Mother Nature. Vermiculture, or worm cultivation, uses sustainable farming techniques and efficient ways of turning waste into benefit, naturally. Worms eat up what we might consider waste, consuming much of what we just scrape off our dinner plates. They aerate the soil and compost waste organically, helping the soil afterwards. This effect is circular of course, since better soil equals healthier plants which lends to more nutritious meals, and so on. This do it yourself video shows simple steps for creating an… 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

Clever Composting

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

Quick and Easy Composting

Bokashi composting

Bokashi, which means “fermented organic matter” in Japanese, is an intensive composting method that uses microbes such as yeast, bacteria, and lactic acid to break organic matter down quickly, creating compost in as little as two weeks. The active Bokashi agent is a pleasant-smelling bran-based material fermented with an effective micro-organism (EM) liquid concentrate and subsequently dried. Bokashi composting requires only a bucket and the Bokashi material.   The method enables composting not only materials that can go into regular compost systems such as  fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg, shells, and plant clippings, but also breads and other… read more

Making Communal Use of Vacant Lots

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Over the decades many cities have suffered from population loss. This degeneration may show in the staggering amount of vacant lots and houses. On average, 15 percent of a city’s land is vacant. The term ‘vacancy’ can pertain to many things in relation to a city. Some lands deemed vacant are abandoned houses, others brown fields or empty lots. Even though these areas are unoccupied, sometimes deemed unsuitable for occupation, they can still cost cities considerable amounts of money. There have been temporary fixes for these vacancies, including use as a pasture or for storage. It is a sad state… read more

Kitchen Islands Reimagined

Kitchen Islands Reimagined

Kitchen islands and mobile counterspaces are great to have for preparation and storage. But sometimes, although functional, they may be a little on the boring side when it comes to looks. These designs take standard units and turn up the volume, creating a space that is a home chef’s dream. Aside from their out of the ordinary appearances, they also have some ecofriendly features. Caesarstone and Raw Edges Design Studio have created a new concept for countertops that completely restructures the kitchen island space. Making it more than just a surface, they developed a series of modular units that are unrestricted… read more

Jack O’ Lantern

Jack O' Lantern

The Fall. That stunning time of year when the colors change, the sweet smell of kettle corn tickles the air and everyone is busy with excitement. And yet we forget the stresses we put on the environment. One of the most seasonal characteristics is the pumpkin also known as the jack-o’-lantern. This iconic decoration marks the beginning of the Halloween celebrations with the many fun craft fairs, trick or treating, and parties! The creativity of many artists, young and old, displaying their work on their jack-o’-lanterns is a visual treat in comuunities across the country. But what happens when Halloween passes.  Will… 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

Growing Your Own Stone Fruit Is Easy

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Fruits with pits are also known as drupes or stone fruits. A drupe is a fruit with a hard stone or pit inside and contains a “fleshy” outer skin. This includes cherries, plums, peaches, dates, mangoes and apricots. Some berries are also drupes, such as raspberries and blackberries. You  needn’t perform acupuncture, poking and prodding the pits of fruit to encourage new plants to grow. Instead, embed them in a nutrient-dense bed of compost or humus. Not the dip that you find smeared on pita bread. Rather the rich, outermost layer of healthy soil. Results may vary depending on which… read more