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Used Christmas Tree
When the holidays are over, take down the tinsel, but don't bag the tree. Its needles, boughs, and trunk can do more than hold ornaments. -Jennifer Stimpson
See ALL our clever ideas for recycling your Christmas tree at thisoldhouse.com!
1. Mulch With Needles
Pine needles dry quickly and decompose slowly, making them an excellent moisture- and mold-free mulch for ground-covering crops, such as strawberries, to rest on.
Related: All About Mulch
2. Create a Bird Sanctuary
Place your tree in its stand outdoors. Fill bird feeders and hang them from the boughs, or drape the tree with a swag of pinecones coated with peanut butter.
Related: How to Build a Bird Feeder
3. Insulate Perennials
Cut off boughs and lay them over perennial beds to protect them from snow and reduce frost heaving.
Related: How to Propagate Fall Perennials into Spring Plants
Edge garden borders
4. Edge Your Borders
Cut the trunk into 2-inch discs and set them into the soil to edge flower beds or walkways.
Related: How to Lay a
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- EcoSalon | Green – Wed, Dec 28, 2011 2:49 PM EST
By Vanessa Barrington
If, like many, you overindulged during the holidays, you might be feeling tempted to subsist on raw carrots, lettuce, and water for a few weeks - but this approach is all wrong. It's not what your body needs right now and it will leave you starving, in more ways than one. First Step - Forgive yourself and stop feeling guilty so you can move on. If you need help, visit the very cool Choose Love Project and view videos of women talking about their struggles with body image. Now, go take a nice brisk walk or head to a yoga class. Do whatever it is that makes you feel balanced. Don't punish yourself for enjoying the holidays by overdoing it at the gym.
Feeling better? Now, let's get sensible.
Whether you're a vegan, a vegetarian, or an omnivore, you can follow the same set of principles for healthy winter eating. Make sure everything you eat is seasonal, prioritizing deeply colored foods; use long, slow cooking techniques to concentrate flavor (and satisfaction),
Gardening is a great hobby for a wide variety of reasons and for a wide variety of people. However, organic gardening may even be a more interesting hobby. Organic gardening is the process of integrating the entire landscape into your gardening design and to garden in as healthy a manner as possible. This includes using non-synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or fungicides. It is designed to help promote the health of the soil and the environment.
There are many aspects of organic gardening that make it a worthwhile and even fun hobby. The first is the physical exercise. Any type of gardening is going to require a lot of physical labor. Organic gardening is no different. Organic farmers prefer to do much of the work by hand, foregoing the pollution of gas powered farm equipment.
As a result, you will be hoeing a lot of land, removing rocks, hand picking weeds, digging seed holes, planting seeds individually and picking the fully grown plants. A good organic farmerRead More »from Organic Gardening Can Make for a Great Hobby
These are highly relevant questions this time of year. You might be wondering if you can parlay something gathering dust in the back of your closet into a last minute gift -- or if you got a duplicate item this Christmas, should you hang onto it to act as a future present?
Here is what etiquette experts have to say:
Emily Post: The Emily Post Institute's stance is that regifting is alright, but totally depends on context. They suggest that one should only regift if the item is brand new and in its original packaging, and if it will not create awkwardness with the sender or recipient. They emphasize that the gift must be something that the recipient actually wants.
Jacqueline Whitmore: Ms. Whitmore, a business etiquette expert, gives the go-ahead for regifting, but reminds readers to "consider the taste" of the receiver and to destry all evidenceRead More »from The 5 Secrets of Successful Regifting
There are plenty of ways to reuse wrapping paper that don't involve crafts.
By Dan Gould, Networx
After Christmas morning has come and the presents have been torn into, there always comes the inevitable wrapping paper fall out. Bulging garbage bags filled with paper and ribbons replace the pile of gifts and a trip to the landfill is usually the fate which awaits them.
There is always aunt Susie or the other frugal few who carefully unwrap their gifts as not to mess up the paper and save it for reuse, but let's be honest - that's very rare.
Can You Recycle it?
The good news is that, yes, some kinds of wrapping paper can be recycled. Beside the cheap, super-thin kind and ornate papers covered in foils, glitter and the like, there is a good chance that it can be converted into useful products again.
Many municipal recycling programs will gladly take in wrapping paper. For example, New York City will accept it as part of the "mixed paper" category with the only stipulation being that it can't be coated in plastic or wax. Check with your localRead More »from Green Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper
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