Vertical Hydroponics – The Great Space Saver

Vertical Hydroponics – The Great Space Saver

Hydroponics is defined as “the cultivation of plants by placing the roots in liquid nutrient solutions rather than in soil”.   Vertical hydroponics is simply put the vertical distribution of water. It takes up wall space instead of floor space and works much like normal hydroponics. Many people opt for...
Sustainable Packaging: Making A Difference?

Sustainable Packaging: Making A Difference?

Sustainable packaging design is one viable way of providing packaging that is environmentally smart and responsible. Ideally, minimal to no packaging is ideal, but not always practical. So alternatively, choosing carefully choosing packaged products for purchase can make a difference in how we preserve our resources. Sustainable packaging, like the...
Traditional Yurts as Sustainable Homes

Traditional Yurts as Sustainable Homes

It seems that yurts are popping up everywhere – campgrounds, spas, vacation homes, guest quarters, even a home office.  And why not, yurts are low impact and comfortable. Traditional yurts, called a Mongolian Felt Tent or Ger, are designed to be portable, carried by a single pack animal, and set...
The Local Food Movement is More Than Carbon Footprint Reduction

The Local Food Movement is More Than Carbon Footprint Reduction

Locavores are usually defined as people who practice eating foods harvested from within an area most commonly bound by a 100 mile radius.  Some define the concept as utilizing a concentric circle; utilizing the most local area, such as the backyard garden, for common food items, buying from regional farmers’...
How Can We Recycle Cardboard?

How Can We Recycle Cardboard?

Cardboard comes as the packaging and shipment container from almost all the goods we buy. Your food and all other home and personal products, (unless bout locally or directly) utilizes cardboard to help get the product to you.   At this time, cardboard is considered one of the biggest singular...
Saving Seeds 101

Saving Seeds 101

Seed saving is a sustainable practice and an aspect of the permaculture movement.  Some plant varieties are easy to save the seeds and replant next season but other plants are rather difficult and improperly selecting and saving seeds may result in diseased plants or lack of germination altogether.   First...
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What is a Woodland Garden?

What is a Woodland Garden?

If you have a problematic set of trees in your yard or property that you simply don’t know what to do with, go with a positive mode of thinking and “make the problem the solution” and make those trees into part of a shade-loving garden. The trees will naturally provide mulch and shade to the...
What is a Physic Garden?

What is a Physic Garden?

Surely you have heard of a botanical garden, and maybe you’ve roamed around the sanctuary like place seeing and smelling the different flora and fauna carefully cared for and studied by public and botanists alike. Yet did you know that the first known botanical garden, in fact was a physic garden? What is a physic...
Low Cost Housing: How It Can Simultaneously Save Money and Environment

Low Cost Housing: How It Can Simultaneously Save Money and Environment

As the economy puts its heavy strains on us, low cost housing, or affordable housing, has become one of our biggest needs along with access to healthy whole food.   Affordable housing is not just about how to build a house in the most affordable way possible. It is about how construction can take place...
Portable Water Heaters: Hot Water Anytime, Anywhere

Portable Water Heaters: Hot Water Anytime, Anywhere

A portable water heater is, quite simply, a means of ensuring one has hot water wherever one goes, especially in places where heat is a rare commodity.  It is perfect for use in camping, fishing, and other outdoor activities where the nearest electrical outlet could be miles away. In areas where there is little to...
What is a Botanical Garden?

What is a Botanical Garden?

Gardens are places of practicality, beauty and even used as status symbols. Botanical gardens are distinctly special in that they are meant to be places of education and study as well as a place to for preservation, all within a natural and beautiful setting. In botanical gardens, different ecosystems and plant species are showcased from...
How to Grow Catnip

How to Grow Catnip

Catnip affects both humans and cats, although quite differently. As you probably know, your little feline pet probably goes a little crazy when exposed to catnip, and is specifically reacting to the oils found within the plant. This same oil also has medicinal properties that can help humans with a variety of ailments. Generally catnip...
What is Borax?

What is Borax?

Wouldn’t the world be better off if there was a simple substance, widely available and safe that could be used for multiple uses around the home? Well, there is- and its borax? What is borax? Borax is a useful mineral with many applications and was historically used in food preservation for many former civilizations. Borax...
Complementary Currency and Its Importance Within Communities

Complementary Currency and Its Importance Within Communities

Complementary currency is, simply put an agreement within a community to use currency that is non-national as a way in which to pay each other for services delivered for example. It is also sometimes referred to as Complementary Community Currency.   This kind of currency can be implemented in two different ways: Mutual Credit or...
What are Free-Range Eggs?

What are Free-Range Eggs?

More than just a trendy term at the supermarket, “free-range” embodies an ethical idea of raising animals in a humane, natural way where the animal is free to roam in open spaces during its life. “Cage-free” is an interchangeable term with “free-range.” Eggs are a common food item that is popularly trending into “free-range” territory....
Medicinal Plants and Their Uses

Medicinal Plants and Their Uses

You’ve heard the adage that “food is medicine”. This alludes to ancient holistic health practices, like the Indian Ayurveda, which prescribed different diets for different types of people, with a goal of maintaining an optimal energetic balance for the practitioner. Food can also be understood as preventative medicine, the idea being that when we maintain...
Sustainable Timber Helps Reduce Clear Cutting

Sustainable Timber Helps Reduce Clear Cutting

Timber is the name given to trees that are grown specifically for wood use in furniture and construction. Sustainable timber is a term that assumes timber can be sourced and used indefinitely, however this is simply not true. When taking biomass (cutting down trees) from any forest, key materials for future healthy forest growth will...
How is Electricity Made?

How is Electricity Made?

Electricity supplies every whim in modern life. It powers our lights, cars, keeps us warm or cool. Interestingly there is a diversity of ways to make electricity, although not all ways are preferred. In short, electricity is produced by converting kinetic energy (or physical movement) with the use of a turbine. As a turbine moves...