I finally have what I consider a suitable response to the good people who call us at the Research Farm and say, “I want to garden organically. Where do I start?” My response comes in a format that I hope will prove memorable to you: a glimpse into the life and garden of a masterly Master Gardener, Brother Placid of New Melleray Abbey. [Read more…] about A Trappist Monk Offers Tips for Beginning Organic Gardeners | By Emily Gatch
There are many inexpensive, easy-to-use natural alternatives which can safely be used in place of commercial household products. Here is a list of nine ordinary, environmentally safe products which can be used alone or in combination for a wealth of household applications. [Read more…] about Homemade Cleaning Alternatives
They’re earth-friendly, but tough on dirt. House Cleaning and Organizing
I recently turned into a cleaning fiend, and I credit Caldrea Counter-Top Cleanser in Lavender Pine. Whoever came up with the idea of combining cleaning with aromatherapy deserves a straight shot to Nirvana. Not only did it remove fire-seared stove crud that I usually can’t get off without bleach and steel wool, but the whole time I felt…relaxed. It was a curious combination: housework and Zen. [Read more…] about We Test It – The Green Cleaners | By Denise Foley & Tanya Beers
The modern, environmentally friendly and durable alternative to hardwood is bamboo flooring. Being a grass, as opposed to timber, gives bamboo the edge as a not only a building product (being strong and at the same time flexible), but also as a sustainable resource: wood takes approximately 15-20 years to reach maturity, whereas the non-harmful harvesting of bamboo takes a mere 3 to 5 years. Bamboo has traditionally been the material of choice in most of Asia, and it is only recently that its benefits and environmental properties have begun to be utilised more fully in the west. [Read more…] about Bamboo Flooring – An Eco-Friendly Alternative to Hardwood Flooring and Easy to Fit | By Chirs Elliott
If creating an abundance of happiness, success and peace could be bottled, then people everywhere would find life a lot easier, and certainly much clearer. Sonia Choquette, author of The Psychic Pathway and her second book, Your Hearts Desire has come closer to finding that secret in a bottle than anyone. She has discovered the nine Principals of Creativity and they can be found in her book Your Hearts Desire. Whats even better is that the principals are easy to follow.
[Read more…] about Creating Your Hearts Desire | By Sonia Choquette
Pick a pest and you can usually find a natural control for it – one that won’t poison you, your kids or your pets. Natural pest control is less expensive than buying and applying pesticides, and it’s safer for your garden, natural wildlife and the environment.
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Lawns absorb and hold water, which helps reduce storm runoff and improve water quality. Lawns also have a significant cooling effect, provide oxygen, trap dust and dirt, promote healthful micro-organisms, prevent erosion and filter rainwater contaminants.
Lawn care, however, has come at a high cost to the environment. According to the U.S. National Wildlife Federation:
• 30% of water consumed on the East Coast goes to watering lawns; 60% on the West Coast.
• 18% of municipal solid waste is composed of yard waste.
• The average suburban lawn received 10 times as much chemical pesticide per acre as farmland.
• Over 70 million tons of fertilizers and pesticides are applied to residential lawns and gardens annually.
• Per hour of operation, a gas lawn mower emits 10-12 times as much hydrocarbon as a typical auto. A weedeater emits 21 times more and a leaf blower 34 times more.
• Where pesticides are used, 60-90% of earthworms are killed. Earthworms are important for soil health. [Read more…] about Lawns Do More Than Make Your Yard Look Good | Natural Lawn Care
A few years ago, I was walking across water in Israel when I had what seemed like a powerful ó and badly needed ó revelation about healing. Earlier that day, as part of a press tour of luxury spas in the Holy Land, our group had taken a side trip to the mountaintop fortress at Masada. I was feeling claustrophobic from the bus ride, so I decided to run up the old trail rather than ride up in the gondola. I didnít stop to get a hat or water bottle. I just charged upward, leaping from rock to rock in the desert sun. Along the way I noticed that Iíd stopped sweating. What I didnít notice was the damage I was doing to my right knee.