Frost Dates: Budget Gardening Tip

Before you start planting, consider the frost date for your growing zone. (Click here to access the USDA Hardiness Zone Map to determine your city or region’s growing zone.) Frost dates are based on historical data compiled by the United States Department of Agriculture. The probability of frost or freeze is greatly affected by elevation, […]

Tires into Playgrounds: Recycle This

We first learned about recycled tires being used in playgrounds from a daycare provider. Her home was a veritable playground for children. Tiny tables and chairs filled the kitchen, colorful little sleeping mats were piled neatly in the corner of the living room. And the backyard! What we wouldn’t have done to have a playground […]

Bamboo Flooring: Green Home

If you’re thinking of replacing the flooring in your home, you might have been hearing about choosing bamboo as a “greener option.” Why bamboo? Bamboo is a sustainable grass which replenishes itself every four years. Bamboo is actually the fastest growing woody plant on earth! Many people plant it in their backyard to create a […]

Baked Apples: Organic Food

Organic apples are available year round and a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber can actually help prevent cholesterol from building up in the lining of blood vessel walls, thus reducing heart disease. The insoluble fiber provides bulk in the intestinal tract, helping to keep things moving through the digestive system. For […]

Biostack Composter: Green Gardening

We love this Biostack composter for its ease of use and simplicity: its three bottomless tiers make turning the pile simple and easy, saving your back while improving your soil. Built of 60% recycled polyethylene, the composter is water-proof, rot-proof, rodent-proof and easy to clean. The hinged lid blocks rain and retains heat, efficiently decomposing […]

Unclogging a Drain, Naturally: Green Tips

Want a great, natural solution for that clogged drain? We love this tip! It’s not only effective, but it’s also a fun process. If you have small children in the house, consider having them help you. Kids love the reaction caused by mixing baking soda and vinegar, and because this is a natural solution, there’s […]

Herb Keeper: Budget Gardening Tip

We love growing fresh herbs to use in baking and cooking. Problem is, once they’re harvested, there’s no good way to store them without them quickly turning brown and wilting. The air-tight Herb Keeper ($12.99) from Chefs can hold up to three bunches of fresh herbs in its clear acrylic cylinder. Just add water to […]

Organic Eggs have Lower Salmonella Risk: Organic Food

A recent British Government study found a significantly lower level of Salmonella, a bacterium that is the most common cause of food poisoning worldwide, at organic hen farms. Over 23% of farms with caged hens tested positive for salmonella, compared to just 4.4% in organic flocks and 6.5% in free-range flocks. Salmonella was most prevalent […]

“Green” Seed Packets: Budget Gardening Tip

Seeds of Change is living up to its name once more by switching its seed packs to new, reusable, recyclable envelopes. The company says its new state-of-the-art packaging requires less energy to manufacture, has a longer shelf life, and can be recycled as #1 plastic. Additionally, the re-sealable packets can be re-used to store unused […]