How to create a square foot garden ...A couple of years ago I fell in love with the idea of a square-foot garden! We built some simple containers in our backyard, and we've been enjoying fresh veggies all summer long ever since. We learned a few tips - like making sure the soil is rich and which vegetables like to grow better in our garden. There's nothing like eating veggies that you have planted yourself.
The greatest thing about a square foot garden is that you can make one just about anywhere, no matter how much or how little space you have. To help you get started, I've rounded up 7 down-to-earth square-foot garden ideas.
Table-Top Garden1. Table-Top Garden
Do you live in an apartment with no patio for a garden? Build a table-top salad garden!
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Build a Square Foot Garden out of Pallets 2. Build a Square-Foot Garden out of Pallets
I just love finding ways to re-use things, and wooden pallets are excellent candidates for that! Check out this awesome square foot garden all built from pallets ...
- Babble.com | Green – Mon, Apr 2, 2012 12:58 PM EDT
How to create a square foot garden ...A couple of years ago I fell in love with the idea of a square-foot garden! We built some simple containers in our backyard, and we've been enjoying fresh veggies all summer long ever since. We learned a few tips - like making sure the soil is rich and which vegetables like to grow better in our garden. There's nothing like eating veggies that you have planted yourself.Read More »from Get Down-to-Earth: 7 Fresh Ways to Make a Square-Foot Garden
On Saturday at 8:30 p.m., cities around the world will mark Earth Hour by leaving their landmarks in darkness. Launched in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund, it's intended to be a call to action on climate change and clean energy. Here's a look at some Earth Hour images from years past.
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- EcoSalon | Green – Thu, Mar 29, 2012 6:03 PM EDT
By Jessica Marati
Each year, the healthiest and happiest cities in America are named by public agencies, private consultancies, magazines, blogs and now even Foursquare. These lists consider key indicators like fitness, diet and emotional well-being, as well as more concrete factors like number of farmer's markets and ratio of sunny days. In honor of National Nutrition Month, here's a rundown of the best of the best.
San Francisco, California (Top Image) Early adventurers seeking the Fountain of Youth should have stuck flowers in their hair and headed for San Francisco, which was recently named the best city for staying young by the RealAge 2012 Youngest and Oldest Cities report. Certainly San Francisco's top billing on Prevention Magazine's list of America's best walking cities helps. Add a strong emphasis on local and organic food and a low incidence of smoking, and you have the best anti-aging recipe in the country.
Honolulu, Hawaii Honolulu residents are among the country's
By Raechel Conover, Cheapism.com
With global warming a growing threat, there's lots of talk about energy-efficient products -- a boon for the environment and your wallet. Yes, there's an initial upfront cost with these products that often pushes them beyond the cheap zone, but in the long run energy-efficient products will help you save money. You don't need to go crazy with a complicated solar thermal system for water, space heating, and cooling or with grid-tied solar electric to have an energy efficient home. There are plenty of ways to keep it simple and still enjoy the rewards. Below are some tips for how to lighten your carbon footprint and your utility bills.
Energy Star Rating"Energy Star" and "energy efficient" are the new product buzz words. What do they each signify? Products with an Energy Star label meet certain criteria about energy use established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to EnergyStar.gov, a product earns the Energy StarRead More »from Save Money with Energy-Efficient Products
- Babble.com | Green – Wed, Mar 28, 2012 4:46 PM EDT
7 tips for growing a windowsill gardenI live in an apartment, but all my life I dreamed I'd grow a perfect little cutting garden when I grew up. I'd want a few flowers for clipping and popping in bud vases, a few herbs for garnishing homemade meals (and, okay, sometimes takeout), and possibly a few butterfly-attracting greens to keep our windowsill feeling happy and well-loved. I'd like for it not to take up too much space - just what little space I have on the terrace (okay, fire escape) out the living room window. And I really need for it to be easy. Easy to purchase, easy to pot up, easy to water, easy to care for, and easy to harvest.Related: The 25 tiniest, most incredible homes in the world
Think it's impossible? It's not! I have everything I want in a windowsill garden. Here are 7 tips for growing your own.
Start with a glass of water1. Start with a glass of water
Did you know you can start your own container garden with just your favorite herbs and a glass of water? Most container gardens do best this way, instead of starting by Read More »from Green Thumbs Up: 7 Tips for Growing a Windowsill Garden
By Jessica Marati
Mobile apps are handy for a lot of things: navigating a city, staying on a budget, finding home design inspiration, taking pornographic photos of food. But what about helping you live healthier? These seven healthy eating apps are up to the task. And don't worry: at EcoSalon, we enjoy our food, so no dieting apps allowed.
Foodtree With the tagline "Know More, Eat Better," Foodtree aims to educate consumers about where their food comes from, as well as highlight restaurants and markets with responsible sourcing practices. The app also has a collaborative element: anyone can upload photos and tag them with location and sourcing information.
App available for the iPhone for free.
Locavore Find out what fruits and veggies are in season with the Locavore app, which then directs you to nearby farms and farmers' markets where you can purchase locally-grown produce. On top of that, you can browse recipes incorporating said fruits and veggies for a true farm to table
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"Organic farming methods have increased antioxidant levels in some cases by over 300 percent. On average, across 7 studies that reported direct comparisons of the levels of antioxidants in conventional and organic foods, levels in organic food averaged about 1/3 higher." 
So what's the big deal about antioxidants?
Antioxidants are naturally occurring plant chemicals that help prevent or reduce tissue damage caused by free radicals. By lessening free radical damage, antioxidants reduce inflammation and can lessen joint and muscle pain. In this way antioxidants can play a role in promoting cardiovascular health, lessen the risk and severity of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and generally slow the aging process.
Antioxidants have also been shown to prevent or slow the growth of some cancerous tumors. Some studies suggest that antioxidants can also delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes as well as slowing down its progression for those who
by Green Diva Meg
Water Bottles? Other than my beloved tea, there is really only one other fluid I drink on a daily basis and that's water. Embarrassingly, I succumbed to the marketing hype about bottled water years ago and became afraid to drink tap water - perhaps for good reasons in many cases. But, a few years back, I realized I was amassing these crazy piles of plastic bottles for recycling every week. Well, at least I was recycling them...
So, I got busy and found a good water filter and bought myself and everyone in the family a healthy stainless steel re-usable water bottle. It really wasn't so difficult, and I feel so much better about not having to recycle so many plastic bottles!
7 Good Reasons to Quit Drinking Bottled Water
- The U.S. is the largest consumer market for bottled water in the world, followed by Mexico, China, and Brazil.
- In 2008, U.S. bottled water sales topped 8.6 billion gallons, which represented 28.9% of the U.S. liquid beverage market.
Like Greek yogurt? Give the container a second life.
How much do you spend on plastic food storage containers? And how much do you spend on yogurt? Here's an epic idea that the crunchy set has been doing forever: save your yogurt containers. You get a reusable container when you purchase yogurt.
The best ones are the quart-size containers that come with tight-fitting lids. Seven Stars Farm and Butterworks Farm make delicious and healthy organic yogurt, and they pack it into nice sturdy plastic containers. If you prefer single-serving cups, those are usually sold without lids but they still have a bevy of household uses. The best part about saving yogurt containers is that they are stackable; they nest. If you always buy the same kind of yogurt, all the better. You're less likely to get stuck with containers and lids that don't match, in that case.
An added environmental bonus: Local yogurt producers are popping up all across the country, so your yogurt has the potential to fit into a locavore food plan. If you're a New Yorker,Read More »from 8 Uses for Yogurt Containers
- Babble.com | Green – Thu, Mar 22, 2012 3:43 PM EDT
Creative home solutions made with empty egg cartons...When I was growing up, my art teacher mother stuffed our hall closet with all types of recyclables like toilet paper rolls, baby food jars and egg cartons. At the time I thought she was causing a fire hazard and most sinfully, wasting valuable closet space but now I understand. I mean, look at all these amazing things you can make with an egg carton! From clever organization ideas to campfire starters, I will find it hard to toss an egg carton ever again. Here are 8 brilliant projects for your empty egg cartons, with Easter coming, you might have a few around.Read More »from Egg-celent Home Solutions: 8 Ways to Reuse Empty Egg Cartons
Ribbon organizer1. Ribbon organizer
I'm always looking for a new way to tame the ribbon-y beast.
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Related: 10 home decor projects made of toilet paper rolls
Have cupcakes ... will travel2. Have cupcakes ... will travel
Keep those tasty mini-muffins and cupcakes snug as a bug in an egg carton.
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Sewing kit3. Sewing kit
A clever little sewing organizer made with an egg carton, fabric and elastic.
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Freeze individual servings4. Freeze individual servings
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