A backyard garden sounds like the ideal family project for many of us, but figuring out exactly where to plant each crop in order to maximize its potential isn't always the easiest task. Seeding Square, a very handy square foot gardening tool developed by Karl and Jennifer Pratt, could be the answer you are looking for. The Seeding Square not only increases the yield of average home gardens while decreasing the time it takes to plant fruits, vegetables and herbs; it also makes gardening a fun…
I think we can all agree that chemical warfare sucks. I mean, things like anthrax, smallpox and sarin gas are nobody’s idea of fun. So why, I ask you, do we feel it’s okay to spread neurotoxic chemicals in our yard? Monsanto’s Roundup contains glyphosate, which has been associated with tumor-producing activity in lab animals, so the jury is still out on the potential carcinogenic properties of this chemical. Other brands contain 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, commonly abbreviated as 2,4-D. You…
Invite your feathered friends into your garden this spring with these seven bird feeders you can make out of materials you might have otherwise thrown away or recycled – plastic bottles, milk cartons or scraps of wood. There’s a project here for everyone, regardless of your age or skill level; from young children and DIY novices to crafting pros who are handy with drills and hacksaws.
1. Soda bottle bird feeder
A favorite of the elementary school classroom, the soda bottle bird feeder is a…
Windowless cubicles and wacky watering schedules can bring most plant varieties to an early demise. Avoid getting stuck with a sad plant cemetery on your desk by choosing one of these air-cleaning, mood-boosting varieties that are also nearly impossible to kill.
Start Seedlings Off Right With Recycled Toilet Paper Rolls
Spring is in the air! It’s time to start getting some seeds sprouted and in the ground. One of our Facebook followers posed a question about using the cardboard rolls from toilet paper to start seeds for the garden. Jolie suggested it as a great activity to do with kids and I could not agree more.
Not only is this a simple project, but you can also use it as a teaching tool with your kiddos. It requires a short list of supplies to construct the seed-starters, but you’ll need a few weeks to…