Happy Spring! Preparation for your garden should begin with cleaning up the space, eliminating old leaves and and debris, and checking the soil, then let the planting begin! Once your gardening has begun, here are some ideas to make the rest of this season a little bit easier on you and to make your garden space a little more fun!
Let's Get Serious about Fall! Just 11 days away and one of our favorite seasons, there's just something about fall. And there are leaves. Lots and lots of leaves. And other yardwork to do during this transition to winter. Here are some of the best fall yardwork tools to help you make the most of your work time spent out in the yard this season:
Prevention is key when dealing with gutters. Not only does the GutterBrush Rain Gutter Guard save you time spent cleaning out those gutters down the road, it keeps your rain gutters in better condition, reducing rust issues for longer use. Like other gutter guards, this one keeps leaves and pine needles out but allows water to pass through. It remains hidden, however, fully inside the gutter for a neat and tidy look. Read more
Keep the food scraps in the freezer while they are in limbo between the kitchen and garden compost area.
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What a beautiful plant, and it also repels insects. Works great in pots too.
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These are affordable, eco-friendly and ultra-soft. I love the springy look too!
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I already use white vinegar to clean almost everything in the house – love the idea of adding citrus scents to it!
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So another New Year has come and gone and yet again you are grasping for a good resolution. But maybe you are like my wife and your problem is not sticking with your resolution, it is finding an issue that you can work at all year. My wife does not smoke nor does she drink all that much, she spends tons of time with her family and she works out just about the appropriate amount. That covers some of the big ones – quit smoking, lose weight, cut down on drinking, spend more time with the family.
This year we wanted to do a joint resolution and do something that we had never done before. Read more
Too late for me actually, but I will keep this on hand for next year. 10 Uses for your Christmas Tree from This Old House. I especially love the idea of thin-slicing the trunk to use as a border edge – so cool!
I like to think of myself as someone who places great value in respecting and preserving the health of our planet – therefore I take pride in making an effort to try to be as “green” as possible. Oftentimes this requires me to think “outside the box” to find ways to cut down on my energy usage and waste around the house. Read more
My wife and I recently found ourselves in a situation in which we needed to purchase a steam cleaner for our home. It was a purchase made out of necessity but after we used the steam cleaner a couple of times, we realized just how useful a tool this little portable machine could really be.
One of the biggest reasons my wife and I fell in love with using the steam cleaner was that it used no harsh chemicals that end up staining your clothes or making you feel light-headed and nauseous after a few hours of cleaning. Another huge plus is that your hands do not get really dried out like they do when you use bleach or other chemicals. The ability to just clean with just the pressure and heat of H2O without worrying about our dog coming through later and ingesting the harmful agents is quite liberating! Read more
When my wife and I moved to Southern California, we decided we would do everything we could to ensure we lived in a neighborhood where it was easy and convenient to do most errands and chores on foot. We had previously lived in Boston, Massachusetts for a couple of years while she finished graduate school, and as the city is famously known, is “America’s Walking City”. We actually lived completely carless for the time we lived out there, which most definitely had its inconveniences, but overall it was a very rewarding experience. Read more
For me, gardening feeds my soul. Of course it’s fun if it feeds my belly too, but getting my hands in the dirt, daily watering and fertilizing make up one of the pleasures in life that make my heart sing. So why should I give this up during fall and winter, a time when, frankly, my soul needs all the calories it can get?
Luckily, I don’t have to stop gardening during the winter, and neither do you. Read more
Did you know that you can still plant a garden to harvest this fall?
This pin has great tips on planning and planting your fall garden! Everything from Arugula to Radishes, depending on where you live and when you get your first frost. Check it out!
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Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.
I found another use for one of my favorite "green" household cleaning substances – vinegar!
I have a very small back yard with an apple tree and some pretty flowering vines on the fence. And no room for the stubborn blackberry vines that keep popping up!
For those of you unfamiliar with this Northern California nuisance, they have the most amazing berries to eat but they grow faster than weeds and are un-killable even with weed killer. Read more
I promise, this is an easy one, folks! That’s right – easy, inexpensive, and one DIY weekend project that goes a long way toward helping out the planet – everybody wins!
With just a few items, you can be well on your way to composting in no time at all!
The benefits of home composting to the environment are infinite. But the one that really resonated with me, causing me to take the compost-plunge, was the fact that the food that ends up in landfills actually causes many problems because the lack of oxygen means it doesn’t break down. Read more
Even when household appliances are turned off, most are still using some electricity. Beware of vampire energy in your home, sucking the money right out of your wallet and producing over 50 million tons of CO2 emissions in the U.S., equal to 11 million cars.
My friends over at Big Green Head have put together a cute interactive post to show potential energy vampires in your home and how to eliminate them. Check it out…
I'm learning more about recycling everyday (thanks to my friends at BigGreenHead.com!).
Like many households, we have a giant blue recycling bin that we throw all our recyclables into. Like many people, I had some questions in my mind as I was tossing a plastic container or a pizza box; Can the lid be recycled? Is it OK if there is a little grease on the pizza box? Should I rinse out containers before recycling them? But when I'm in the kitchen, I'm usually doing five other things and I don't have time to find the answer.
I kinda just figure the guys at the recycle place will figure it out. Read more