Katie GranjuI have been getting really interested in gardening in the past two or three years, and this spring, I really dove head first into the gardening obsession (I think it's more than a hobby for a lot of people) for the first time.
As a total newbie gardener, I have SO MUCH to learn. I am reading as much as I can and picking the brains of other local gardeners who know their stuff. But much of what I am learning is just a matter of trial and error on my part - hands-on learning with my own plants and dirt in my own garden.
As summer gets into full swing and my spring efforts start to show their colors, I've realized that I've already learned quite a few things about how to make flowers and edibles grow (or not grow) just by seeing how things have gone for me.
I decided I'd share a little round-up of what my garden has taught me so far this spring (some of it the hard way!).
Katie GranjuStop With All the Watering!
I can't tell you how many baby flower plants I killed in May by overwatering. I have a
Katie GranjuI have been getting really interested in gardening in the past two or three years, and this spring, I really dove head first into the gardening obsession (I think it's more than a hobby for a lot of people) for the first time.Read More »from 9 Lessons from a Newbie Gardener
- Networx.com | Green – Thu, Jul 5, 2012 9:19 PM EDT
Hay fertilizes a field.
By Sayward Rebhal, Networx
Did you know that many of the traditional organic fertilizers, for hobby home gardeners, for professional landscapers and for large-scale commercial farmers, are derived from animals and their by-products? Blood meal, bone meal, manure, fish emulsion, the list goes on and on. Animal parts can pop up in almost every phase of a standard growing season. So much so, that using them can almost seem unavoidable.
But these days, a lot of people are choosing to grow their gardens without the addition of animal products, and for many different reasons: they may be vegan or have an ethical objection, they may have religious limitations, or they may have allergies, just to name a few. In water-strapped communities that are over-tapped by local plumbing demands, like San Diego, non-animal fertilizing practices like mulching can help to conserve water. So for those folks, here's animal-friendly list. A handy dandy cheat sheet, if you will. Your options are as followsRead More »from Animal-Free Fertilizers for Your Healthy Home Garden
Seattle is a walkable city, so sustainable housing can be found there.
By Leah Batkin, Networx
Whether looking to buy or rent, the housing search has only become more complicated in the current market. Prospective homebuyers and renters are coming up with a whole new list of criteria for their future place. Sure, granite counters and central air conditioning are still highly coveted features, but in this economy, people consider the sustainability of their new home more so than ever. Comes the New Urbanism movement, a movement of builders and city planners to promote walkable, sustainable living environments. Transit-oriented development, local and sustainable building materials and proximity to shopping and schools are all features of a New Urbanism community.
Here is a list of things to look for in your digs to determine whether or not it's a sustainable decision.
1. Can you walk to the supermarket?
This is the most important question to ask, since trips to the supermarket are frequent. Relying on personal transportation such as cars,Read More »from Choosing a Sustainable House to Rent or Buy
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By Stephanie Rogers
Contrary to the assumptions of many a meat eater, vegans don't solely subsist on lettuce and carrots. But what, exactly, should be stocked in a vegan's pantry? Anyone looking to make healthy, nutritious meals that are free of animal products should have a few basic ingredients on hand at all times to provide protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals - and let's not forget flavor. These 10 pantry essentials make sticking to a vegan diet easy and interesting, from beans and whole grains to truffle oils and agave nectar.
Beans, Tofu, Tempeh and Seitan
If there's one nutrient that Americans tend to focus on when it comes to healthy diets, it's protein. But no matter what meat-obsessed fad diets imply, it's easy to get plenty of protein from vegan sources. Beans and tofu are two lean, cholesterol-free options for protein, and they're incredibly versatile. Canned beans are convenient, but dried beans are cheaper and don't come with the risk of hormone-altering BPA in the
- Babble.com | Green – Thu, Jul 5, 2012 2:03 PM EDT
Design SpongeSince succulent plants like aloe and agave are among the easiest plants to grow, a succulent garden seems to be perfect for planting almost anywhere! These plants are thick and fleshy and can grow in almost any climate, especially dry areas.Read More »from A Cactus in Your Shoe! and 6 Other Surprising Places to Plant Succulents
I've come up with 7 fun places where your succulent plants will thrive and look amazing!
Roy JoyEgg Shell Garden
How elegant do these egg shell gardens look? So delicate and beautifully displayed.
Get the instructions here
Related: 8 little ways anyone can feng shui their home
Thirsty World DesignsMuffin Tin Garden
I love the idea of a muffin tin planter! This would look awesome on display in my kitchen.
Get the instructions here
Rad MeganSea Shell Gardens
How fun! Time to start collecting large sea shells at the beach.
Get the instructions here
Cloud 9Tea Cup Garden
Time for tea? Or just a great way to display your succulent garden.
Get the instructions here
Related: 10 simple changes you can make to go green this year
Better Homes and GardensWork of Art Garden
Plant your succulent garden in a picture frame,
By Toni Salter
Paying attention past the first line of a blog post or the opening statements of a lecture can sometimes be difficult.
We've all sat through boring seminars wanting it to end, but know that we are expected to get something out of it so we try to concentrate in an attempt to glean a pearl of wisdom.
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Focused attention however, requires careful thought and concentration levels that we may not be able to sustain for long periods of time. A student getting ready for exams can complete hours of detailed study, but how productive is it really?
At what point can this intense concentration start to wane and lose its effectiveness?
This sort of focused attention is described as "voluntary" because it takes effort on our behalf. Continued voluntary attention can be fatiguing, both physically and mentally. This is why it is so hard to stay on task.
Take a break! That is what manyRead More »from Create a Garden Designed to Reduce Stress
By Green Diva Meg
2 Billion (yes BILLION) disposable razors are purchased and then tossed into our landfills in the US every year! (and I'm no math wizard, but I bet there is a ton of icky plastic packaging that adds to this mess)
Forgive me for being a diva about this, but I'm just not ready to have fuzzy legs in the summer . . . we've written and talked about this topic before and I always get some grief about how going hairy is the natural and hence the greenest way to go. This may be true, but I'm just not there yet.
So, if you are offended by my desire for smooth legs (and less hairy other parts) in the summer, just click away from this post and accept my apologies in advance. BUT, if you are like me and you care a great deal about the environment, but don't want to be too crunchy about it when it comes to personal leg hair style, read on!
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By Stephanie Rogers
Can a cocktail facilitate better sex? Sure, once you've had a certain amount of alcohol, your inhibitions begin to slip away - but when you add certain ingredients to a drink, the effects are even greater. Aphrodisiacs like ginger, honey, vanilla, hot peppers and saffron get your blood pumping, flood your brain with feel-good chemicals and increase hormone levels to heighten arousal, increase your stamina and just plain get you in the mood. And the starring ingredients in these 10 libido-boosting drinks (both the hard kind and the non-alcoholic) will please your taste buds, too.
Cardamom Rose Cocktail
Who can resist the aromatic allure of cardamom? This stimulating seed pod, which is often used as a natural treatment for impotence, packs a lot of flavor into a small package. Pair it with romantic rose in the Cardamom Rose Cocktail by Apothecary, featured at Design Sponge. Rose and cucumber-infused Hendrick's gin, homemade rose syrup, grapefruit juice, bitters and
Steak or hot dog?Test your health knowledge as farm-fresh foods and their processed competitors go head-to-head: You might think it's always best to steer clear of processed foods but you'll be shocked to find that fresh isn't always best.Read More »from Food Fight Quiz: Processed Vs. Fresh
1. Oscar Mayer Selects Angus Beef Franks vs. Fresh Sirloin Steak
Hot dogs have come a long way. This new variety from Oscar Mayer contains no artificial flavors, colors, fillers, byproducts, or added nitrates or nitrites. And - get this - they're supposed to be eaten within 7 days of opening the package (not 7 years). But each dog still derives nearly 80 percent of its calories from fat, and contains 420 mg of sodium. Comparatively, sirloin is one of the leanest cuts of beef available, and it's a protein, B-vitamin, zinc, and iron warehouse that has just one ingredient (versus the wiener's 11). Plus: 8 fun ways to eat a hot dog >>
And the best food to eat is…Sirloin Steak (with one important caveat)
That is, you don't eat the whole piece. Here's the dilemma: A hot
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