You’ve done it! You (and your home) have made it through the long and daunting winter season, and you’re ready to begin preparing for the warmer spring and summer months. The fall and spring are prime times to get out your pen and paper and create a To-Do List, and we’re here to help with some things that should be done every spring, around your home.
Did you know that gardens can grow so much more than pretty flowers and tasty vegetables? Gardening is shown to reduce stress, elevate your mood, and provide gentle exercise in the fresh air and sunshine. Kids who help in the family garden are more likely to eat their veggies, and more likely to try a variety of produce. Digging in the dirt may help boost natural immunity, and above all it is loads of fun! But there is no need to spend a fortune on supplies: here are 3 ways to get a great start on your garden, just using things from around your house.
Reduce your family’s ecological footprint by composting instead of throwing every item of waste in the trash. But, the rules of composting can be confusing. Unfortunately, not everything makes for a healthy compost pile. Here are the basic rules on what to add and what’s worthy of the trash.
Composting is a great way to reduce waste and create a precious, natural fertilizer for your garden. But, do you know the simple steps you need to follow in order to start a successful pile?
Now that summer is in full force, all kinds of creepy crawlies are back in our lives. Unfortunately, traditional pest repellents are filled with toxic chemicals that are dangerous to you and your family (children and pregnant women are especially susceptible). Pyrethroids and pyrethrins are of particular concern – these are the primary ingredients in most household pesticides (contained in over 3,500 registered products!).
Raised garden beds are all the rage right now. However, buying store bought kits can prove pricey! This post will show you how to fully make planter boxes for around $25 in materials. So why not build your own?
There are many known toxins lurking in the average home. A few of these common toxins are formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene. These substances can be found in many common household items and are off-gassed into the air over time. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to remove these air toxins.
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The following is a guide to which plants need to be planted in which season. More specific planting times depend in what particular climate you will be planting. To find out your climate zone and specific planting dates visit the 2012 USDA Zone Hardiness Map.