Growing strawberries is pretty easy. With some basic knowledge and care, you’ll soon have a super-productive strawberry patch and, with some clever cultivar selections, you’ll get the longest possible harvesting period. Even if you’re not familiar with how to grow strawberries, you’ll find all the information you need right here. Sun-ripened strawberries picked fresh are […]
Whether you’re growing fruit, vegetables, or flowers, you want them to perform at their best, yielding an abundance of high-quality produce. However, in a bid to lower your environmental impact, and because you really don’t want you and your family to consume a bunch of harmful chemicals, you really don’t want to use synthetic fertilizer. […]
Fresh eggs from your own hens are amazing – you can’t beat them. We get through a lot of eggs in our household, from baking, tasty breakfasts, and lunches, to in the dog’s dinner or as a yummy healthy dog treat (I make our dog’s food from scratch). I also hate waste, so I give away […]
Gorse, also known as furze pas, whin, and prickly broom, has edible flowers that are traditionally used to make a light and refreshing cordial and wine. It’s native to much of Europe and northwest Africa, and has been naturalized across North America. A member of the pea family, this grow-anywhere, scruffy plant blooms all year […]
If you think you’re going to keep chickens for eggs and save loads of money, you’re wrong. There are ongoing costs associated with keeping a flock of hens, whether you’re keeping them for meat or eggs. The benefits of keeping chickens are many and varied, but saving money isn’t one of them. The benefits of […]
Reducing your plastic waste isn’t just the latest trendy thing — it’s a long-overdue necessity that we all need to be part of. Remember, every piece of plastic that’s ever been created is still in existence somewhere. I totally get that we can’t all create a zero waste home today — although kudos to those amazing […]
Hawthorn berries, also known as haws, mayblossom, thornapple, and mayflower, are readily available and have an array of potential health benefits. The berries, flowers, leaves, and bark are all used in traditional preparations. All varieties of the hawthorn tree are related to apples and roses. Many varieties, including the Common Hawthorn, are native to Europe […]
Did you know that saving the honey bee is crucial? Numbers have been declining since the late 1990’s, with beekeepers noticing the mysterious disappearance of bees as well as the decline of bee colonies. Since 2006, over 40% of honeybees have been lost in the U.S. You’ve probably heard or seen lots of stuff about […]
Most of us would like to be greener, but sometimes it seems like such a huge effort to transform our homes and lifestyles into the ultimate temples of green, zero waste, carbon neutral, uber healthiness. Because it seems like such a huge feat, many people simply don’t bother making any changes. So we’ve compiled a […]
It’s hard to find a DIY natural deodorant that really works. I tried loads of recipes and products, but nothing really seemed to suit me or my family, so I eventually came up with my own natural deodorant recipe, and it works! We all smell lovely and fresh, and we aren’t putting nasty chemicals and […]
Strawberries are a delicious summer treat. Naturally sweet and bursting with good stuff. They are versatile and, as long as you choose the right varieties, they are easy to grow, and you’ll have beautiful fruit from early summer to early fall. But you really don’t need to spend a small fortune on expensive hybrid plants […]
The start your plants get determines their health, their robustness, and the yield you’ll get from them. Get the seed starting bit wrong, and your crops will fail. Seed starting is easy, but it’s also easy to get wrong, so we’ve put together this practical guide to seed starting for beginners to help you get […]
So, you’ve finally done it. You read our article on buying a dehydrator and now what do you do? Your brand new machine is in your kitchen, but you’re not sure where to start. What do you try first? There are literally thousands of recipes available, and not just dehydrating apples and grapes. We’ve compiled […]
GreenGeeks Web Hosting Review — How Does This Green Web Hosting Company Stack Up Against Mainstream Rivals?
GreenGeeks web hosting rivals the market leaders and is quickly taking the web hosting market by storm, surpassing many of its older, more established competitors. Yes, there are a few niggles, just like with any other hosting company, and this GreenGeeks review will cover them. But overall, there’s very little to be discontented with when […]
Slugs are an absolute nightmare in the vegetable garden. They’re bad enough in your ornamental garden, but among your fruit and vegetable plants, these little mollusks are the gardener’s nemeses. The rasp away at your plants and can devour entire crops in short order. Young, tender seedlings are often the victims of the insatiable appetite of an […]
Live in an apartment with a little balcony? An urban house with a tiny yard? Think you’d love to grow your own food, but just don’t have the space? Think again. While you might not have much floor space, that shouldn’t stop you getting the satisfaction and health benefits of growing your own fruit and […]
While it’s true that chickens are comparatively low maintenance as livestock, they do have a whole host of basic needs and requirements, and when you’re caring for chickens in winter, whether you have extreme, harsh conditions or fairly mild winters, our tips will help ensure your flock remains in top condition. Depending on the breed […]
While it’s great to be prepared for any eventuality with a whole host of herbs for your basic home remedy kit, what happens when you’re out and about? Whether it’s a road trip, a day out foraging, a camping vacation, or a trip to the beach, we strongly recommend that you prepare a portable natural […]
Given the ever-increasing popularity of home food dehydrating as a safe, healthy method of food preservation, we were quite surprised to find that there just aren’t many decent, comprehensive dehydrator buying guides out there. So, we decided to create our own to help guide you through the buying process so that if you do want […]
Given the popularity of our Anker PowerPort portable solar charger review, we thought we’d take the opportunity to find and review an alternative for those who need something a little different than the . So, we came across the Instapark Mercury 27, which is, as of Feb 1st, on sale. First off, the Instapark isn’t […]
Many of us adore a cup of steaming, freshly brewed coffee – whether it’s Colombian, Italian, or Kenyan. And many people can’t function without several cups a day. But what do you do with the grounds? Chances are, you throw them away – but wait – there’s a whole bunch of ways you can use […]
We found the Anker PowerPort portable solar charger on sale at a great price, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to review it. Now, portable solar chargers are great if you’re camping or pursuing other outdoor activities. If you’re smart, however, you can easily increase their value. Even when you’re at home, you can […]
Well, foraging has a huge range of benefits, if it’s done correctly, and it’s something humans have been doing since we first clambered out of the ooze and into the sunlight. Let’s look at some of these benefits:
If you’re going to forage, whether for salad greens, seeds, nuts, or anything else, you’ve got to get out of the house and move around. In the digital age, we humans don’t do anywhere near as much physical activity as previous generations, because everything’s done for us. Our predecessors had to work to get anything done, from making their own bread to going to the green grocers, the butchers, the chemist, the haberdashery, and a variety of other vendors to get their weekly supplies. We hop online and get it all delivered, or else we just drive up the road to the nearest supermarket, where everything’s all crammed together in one place. So many of us lead very sedentary lives, with some getting no real physical activity, and the extent of their contact with nature and the great outdoors is the trip from the front door to the car. We all know we should get out more and do more, but it can be a challenge. Foraging allows you to focus on something other than actual exercise. You’re busy looking for food, after all, so you bend, stretch, walk, and generally move around. Which means you’re exercising without consciously doing so, improving your general health, flexibility, and range of movement. You’ll find yourself enjoying the great outdoors, getting back to nature, and away from the television, tablet, laptop, desktop, game console, and the rest of our electromagnetic radiation-generating devices. This helps to recharge your batteries, lift your mood, and improve your mental and physical well-being.
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Foraging sounds like a great idea, right? Get back to nature, save loads of money, get some exercise, get loads of free food, and so on. And it is – but there’s a bunch of things you need to know. So, before you go haring off to harvest anything and everything, there’s a variety of basics you need to be aware of. Please, please take the time to understand the basic essentials of foraging.
Asparagus officinalis, or common asparagus, is the regular variety that is cultivated by people across the globe, but it’s also the most common type that you’ll find in the wild. It escapes from kitchen gardens and allotments and goes “feral”, reverting back to its natural state quickly, where it produces large numbers of long, slender […]
Cotton – harmless and cheap – right? Sadly not. In fact, regular, everyday cotton, more accurately known as dirty cotton, is exceptionally dangerous. Yes, it’s cheap in terms of your bank balance, but it’s devastatingly expensive in terms of your health, the environment, wildlife, and the people who live and work in and around dirty cotton production. You hear “Organic cotton is just a silly fad. There’s no difference.” But there really, really is. Let’s look at some of the more shocking reasons you should avoid dirty cotton at all costs and why you should switch to the safer alternatives.
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We’re all guilty of wasting energy from time to time. Our busy lives mean that sometimes we just don’t stop and think about the energy we’re consuming. Yet reducing the amount of energy you use isn’t just about saving the planet – it’s about saving you money, too. So, if it helps you remember to […]
Sustainable Living. It’s a term we hear a lot – but what does that really mean? While this term means different things to different people, in essence, it’s about minimizing our impact on the planet and living in harmony with Mother Earth instead of mindlessly plundering her resources. While ideally, huge numbers of us would […]