Category: Green Living

Getting Creative in the Kitchen With Zucchini

Gardeners love zucchini for numerous reasons. Once planted, this species of summer squash requires little maintenance to deliver a generous harvest. Young bright green or yellow zucchini of about 6 to 8 inches long and 2 inches in diameter contain few seeds and are perfect for most recipes. Larger zucchinis are tougher and develop more …

Continue reading

How to Collect Rainwater

Many of us are trying to be environmentally conscious these days and water conservation is part of that. If you are like me and have a number of plants to water, there are several ways you can accomplish that task while saving water at the same time. Rain Barrels One of the most obvious ways …

Continue reading

How to Start a Compost Heap

Creating compost is an environmentally-friendly way of recycling rubbish. It reduces the bulk of rubbish that needs to be collected from your house and saves money because you will have produced a very valuable garden product for free. The compost will improve your soil and help feed your crops in order to increase yield. Make …

Continue reading

Light Up Your Backyard with Firefly Conservation

Here come real stars to fill the upper skies,And here on earth come emulating flies,That though they never equal stars in size,(And they were never really stars at heart)Achieve at times a very star-like start.Only, of course, they can’t sustain the part. -Robert Frost, Fireflies in the Garden When the heat of the summer puts …

Continue reading

Planting a Rain Garden

Many Americans are searching for things that they can do to improve their environment, such as participating in community cleanups and driving more efficient cars. One great thing that almost any homeowner can do to make a big difference is to plant a rain garden. Rain gardens naturally absorb and filter large amounts of rainwater during …

Continue reading

International Day for Biological Diversity: Biodiversity and Ecosystems

May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity, a time to reflect on the importance of different species around the globe that are threatened by human activities. Here are thoughts on preserving our biodiversity (which comes from the term “biological diversity”) and ecosystems. Our global ecosystem is home to earth’s entire collection of living …

Continue reading

If the Honeybee Disappears from the Earth, How Would This Affect Us?

Just how crucial are honeybees to our food supply? According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), honeybees pollinate nearly 80% of the flowering crops in our country which is about 1/3 of everything Americans eat. Losing these under-appreciated workers would not just affect our dietary staples such as nuts, asparagus, cucumbers, broccoli, apples, …

Continue reading

Make an Herbal Medicine Chest from Backyard Weeds

What could be easier than growing an herb garden with no effort? Of course, you’ll have to harvest your weeds, but you would do that anyhow: it’s called weeding. Spring is an especially fertile time for harvesting your weeds – roots and all – and turning them into medicines. Here then are some tips on …

Continue reading

How to Grow a Year-Round Italian Herb Garden

Italian cuisine is among the most celebrated around the world, and one of the secrets to Italian cooking is the use of fresh herbs. That’s right – you can be a great Italian chef if you have these fresh herbs handy anytime, and what else is easier if you have your very own Italian herb …

Continue reading

5 Ways to Teach Kids to be Environmentally Friendly

Have you ever thought about what you can do to be more green? A great way to start is by teaching your kids about foods and gardens to help them build a deeper appreciation for the environment. 1) Teach your kids about seeds and where they come from. A good starting place is putting a bean …

Continue reading