How Green Can You Be

Are you really concerned about the environment? Maybe you should consider a veggie patch.

Growing your own food is on the edge of becoming trendy. As more people become switched on to thinking “green”, interest in home vegetable gardens increases. Growing vegetables and fruit at home minus pesticides and food miles is one of the best ways to help the environment and also directly benefit your health. Once vegetable gardens become established your enjoyment of your home-grown produce will become motivation in itself.

For people in the know, growing some of your own vegetables and fruit seems an obvious and simple way to help our environment. Yet according to the National Gardening Association only 31% of U.S. households participate in food gardening. What’s in it for you if you take up vegetable gardening? The personal benefits include better health, cheaper produce and the satisfaction of knowing that you’re genuinely making a positive difference to the environment.

Maintaining a home vegetable garden enables you to help the environment in numerous ways.

You can set up a semi-closed system which recycles your kitchen waste into compost (and possibly chook food).
Tip debris can be re-used as gardening containers, greenhouse frames, vegetable bed borders and various other creative gardening solutions.
Gathering your food just steps from your back door reduces food miles.
Organic gardening methods embrace sustainability and biodiversity and provide you with guaranteed pesticide-free produce.

Perhaps the most enjoyable personal benefit of vegetable gardening is just how good your home-grown vegetables and fruit taste. There’s really a huge difference in flavour between a shop-bought and home-grown tomato. Picking your own food fresh just five minutes before you eat it can give you a real kick.

Starting a vegetable garden needn’t be an overwhelming task. If you launch into a full scale veggie patch, then yes, you’ll need to devote significant time and effort to the project in order to set it up well. However, you can start as simply as growing greens in a large container, planting a self-pollinating fruit tree or sprouting mung beans in a jar on your kitchen bench. It all counts.

More vegetable gardening tips can be found at www.growingraw.com.

Trina Cleary is the editor of the Growing Raw Healthy Eating Guide. Copyright: you may freely republish this article, provided the text, author credit, the active links and this copyright notice remain intact.

10 Easy Ways To Go Green This Week

Every person on our planet has a responsibility for helping to conserve the environment. It’s important that we all work together to help combat climate change by lowering our carbon footprint. Thankfully, making the switch to environmentally-friendly or “green living” is becoming simpler. Consider these ten tips for greening up your life this upcoming week.

(1) Become a diligent recycler. Recycle all newspapers, junk mail, envelopes, used office paper, aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles and cardboard boxes. Go beyond basic recycling and make sure that you recycle batteries, cell phones and unusable computers.

(2) Pursue organic gardening and purchase plants, flowers, and shrubs that are native to your geographical area. Organic gardening is becoming increasingly popular, as people become more aware about the destructive effects of pesticides and insecticides. Think about growing your own organic vegetables and herbs.

(3) Conserve water. When you are brushing your teeth, turn off the water. Purchase a water-saving toilet. Buy your family a water-efficient shower head.

(4) Conserve considerable amounts of energy in your kitchen and laundry room by purchasing an energy-saving, sometimes labeled as “Energy Star” dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, oven, washer and dryer.

(5) Be careful about turning off the lights when the room is not being used. Teach your spouse or partner and children to get into the healthy habit of turning off the lights when they leave a room, too.

(6) Change the temperature settings of your refrigerator and freezer. Many families consume untold amounts of energy and money by leaving their refrigerator and freezer at temperatures that are colder than necessary.

(7) Purchase organic fruits and vegetables whenever you can to help reduce the amount of pesticides and herbicides that your family unintentionally consumes. Aim to shop at local farmers’ markets, as they often sell wonderfully fresh, high-quality organic produce. Shopping locally is very important in helping to reduce your carbon footprint. An additional benefit is that you are supporting local small businesses.

(8) Think about slowly converting to a more plant-based, vegetarian diet. Many vegetarians cite environmental reasons as primary motivating factors for their animal-friendly lifestyle. Eat vegetarian at least one day per week. Tremendous amounts of water, grain and land are used to graze cattle. An alarming percentage of rainforests are destroyed by companies to graze livestock.

(9) Purchase eco-friendly, reusable cotton grocery bags. Many grocery stores are selling fashionable reusable bags for only a few dollars each. The problem with plastic bags, and all plastic products, is that they do not biodegrade in landfills. The problem with paper grocery bags is that is requires more trees to be cut down.

(10) Convert your home from traditional light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs, commonly known by the acronym CFLs. Although the cost more than regular light bulbs, your family will end up saving money on your electricity bills. A plus is that CFLs usually last ten times longer than traditional bulbs.

Suzanne Bucciarelli is the owner of Green Living Ezine and writes articles and tips on how to save money and go green at the same time. Read Over 125 Ways to Go Green and Save Money at Green Living Ezine.

Green Growing

More and more of us are discovering (more through conscious decision making others through legislation) ‘green awareness’ and ‘carbon footprint’, recycling, organic, sustainability etc are an integral part of our vocabulary. To help develop good green gardening principles and practices from the outset, here are very useful tips:

Water is precious: every effort should be made to conserve water and early planning is essential. Water butts should be used to collect run-off rainwater from roof tops, strategically placed water barrel(s) in garden can also be used to collect rain water. Also ‘grey water’ (water from kitchen sink, dishwasher and washing machine) may also be collected and used in garden. Lawns, plant borders and planters all require water but we can be more effective in how and when we use water. Watering is best done very early in the morning or late in evening. Not only are plants more likely to absorb more water, less water will also be loss to evaporation. Water retention in soil can also be improved by applying a generous top dressing (bark mulch or gravel) around plants.
Plant smart: select plants which have growing characteristics (height and spread) and site requirements (soil conditions and light levels) to suit the planting area. For example, avoid planting shrubs which prefer damp conditions in dry areas, otherwise they will require regular watering in order to survive.
Peat free: we all have a responsibility to protect endangered natural environments including boglands. One effective way to do so is to insist on buying and using peat free compost in our gardens. Peat free compost is perfect for re-potting and is an ideal soil conditioner.
Composting pays: a fundamental aspect of all gardening but especially green gardening is of course composting. Composting is easy to do and the end product is a very valuable ‘brown gold’ for your garden.
Avoid chemicals: unless you aspire to be a true organic gardener, avoiding using chemicals in gardening is much easier said than done. For example, gardeners where possible should be using natural/organic fertilisers. Although weeds may be physically controlled through ‘elbow grease’, chemical herbicides may be required to control or eradicate the more stubborn weed varieties.
Hard landscaping: when selecting the materials for use in our patio areas we should consider environmental impact. Avoid using railway sleepers, many of which contain dioxins and hazardous in gardens, instead use pressure treated new sleepers (typically pine) which are clean and originate from sustainable sources. Natural stone paving which not only look more beautiful but also have much impact than the concrete alternatives on the environment.
See the light: increasingly lighting is featuring in our garden. Early options frequently involved a choice of high energy spotlights or ineffective low voltage lamps. Now high output low energy LED lights are available and have overtaken CFL lamps a sthe preferred lighting solution for gardens. LED lights with good light output, low energy usage and very long working life will increasingly feature in our gardens.   

The Author is a professional garden designer and owner/manager of award winning Dublin based landscaping company: ‘Owen Chubb Garden Landscapes Limited’. The company has extensive experience of designing and constructing stunning gardens in a range of sizes and styles. Featuring natural paving (sandstone, limestone and granite) and mature planting, it’s attention to detail that has built the company’s reputation and the practical know-how that has created many stunning compositions. website: www.owenchubblandscapers.com blog: www.owenchubblandscapers.com/news

Worm Farm CompostingGoing Green in a Worm Way

Worm farm composting is a time tested and efficient way to enhance your recycling efforts that can be accomplished with the help of our little friends the worms. As one of Mother Nature’s tools for breaking down organic wastes, worms are capable of providing efficient waste conversion with some interesting side benefits as well.

Worms are one of Nature’s key components in the composting process. Composting is the process where biodegradable waste material is broken down and converted into a soil like substance called compost. Worms actually eat these organic wastes and food scraps. After they’ve digested and broken them down, the “poo” that comes out, a soil like substance called worm castings, can be gathered and used for fertilizer for flower and vegetable gardens, fruits, and lawns as well. Sort of a Mother Nature “Garbage In, Gold Out” can be the result.

Throughout history back to the time of ancient Egypt, savy farmers realized and used these little helpers to enrich soils and get better harvests. Flowers have been known to actually bloom before their regular seasons when worm compost has been mixed with the soil.Vegitable and fruit harvests are known to yield up to a twenty percent increase, with better flavor and crispness. And the soil benefits as well with plants having a higher resistance to diseases and pests, reducing the need for herbicides and pesticides.

Entrepreneurs caught on to this as well over the the years. Worm farming has long been known as a successful “niche business” in several ways. Many garden supply shops carry bags or boxes of worm farm compost or castings as fertilizers. And, with the increase in home gardening due to our current tough economic times, the demand should go up. And while the “night-crawler” reigns as king for fishing bait, what school-boy fisherman hasn’t dug a can of worms from out back and taken his bike fishing. Sporting goods stores do quite a seasonal business of the little wigglers. In recent years, a thriving online industry has developed as well for both the castings and the worms and accessories as well.

One of the biggest benefits of worm farm composting to consider is the portability and adaptability of the process. A home scale worm farm can be crafted with a container as small as several inches deep and wide by say 18 inches to a couple feet long. Worms are sensitive to light, heat, and vibration, so take these factors into account. Your worm farm can be started on a back porch or patio, or in the back yard or garden, so it’s adaptable to urban settings as well. Just side towards cool, quiet, and shaded, and you should see success. Add some moist paper, leaves, or cardboard and some soil, then add worms. Feeding your worms is easy. Toss, stir, or mix in your food scraps, yard clippings, or plant waste, and let them go to work for you. They consume up to their own weight per day. There are some things you wan to avoid like meats, salts, andacidy items like onions and citrus, but this information can be found on the web and in a variety of books on the topic.

These simple steps scaled to your needs or goals, will get you started on the path of organic gardening in a very simple but effective way. As noted earlier, we are seeing and should continue to see a rise in interest of home gardening as an offshoot of the economy. Our grandparents and generations before learned to work with Nature to survive, and as a society we face a return to some of this nearly lost knowledge. So just “being Green” could be the fashionable term today, but from a practical point of view, there’s plenty of benefits to having your own organic garden today, and some simple worm farm composting can be a big help in many ways.

Organic gardening, going green, recycling, and being self-sufficient are just a few of the reasons our society is seeking and rediscovering forgotten skills and knowledge. Find out more about worm farm compost and worm farms at Worm Farm Compost or at A Worm Farm.

Environmental Living…Completely Go Green

This Life Choice is Not for Everyone

I do not what anyone reading this to think that I have personally gone completely green. In the past few years I have tried to go greener, but by no means do I want you thinking that I have adopted this life style. Many of the ideas and tips set down in this article I do currently live by, however, it takes a very special individual to make this kind of a concerted effort of commitment. I can only assume that you are researching it to either improve your current green efforts, or to find out what it will take to completely go green. There are so many  things we must do other than recycling and change your light bulbs to the fluorescent kind. To help you with this decision I have broken going green or environmental living into four major parts. If you can make these changes in your life style, along with your recycling and other noble efforts, you will be well on your way to completely going green. As I see it, these are the four major categories.

1. Renewable Energy: Residential solar and wind power cannot only help save the planet, but thousands of dollars in utility company cost. Many chose to go off grid, and still other’s actually make money by selling energy back to the utilities.

2.Car Conversion: There are several choices available when converting your car to be green. Bio-fuel, electric, and HHO technology are your options.

3. No More Chemicals: Completely rid yourself and your family of all products that have any chemicals in them. This includes cleaning products and detergents, bath and beauty products, and pets products.

4. Eat All Natural and Organic Foods: This is hard unless you can afford to pay the higher prices or you live on a farm. The best way to go about it is to first grow an organic garden, than take the money you are saving to buy all naturally fed meat and poultry.

Do-It-Yourself and Save

Do Only What You Can Accomplish for You
We are told that we all must do our part. You hear this all the time. The plain truth of the matter is that we can only do what we can do. Each one of the fore mentioned categories will help save the planet, as well as your families  health and financial well being. There are resources I have found that will make any desired transition much mor affordable and easier than you might imagine.

1. Solar is a much better option for residential installation than   wind power is. If at all possible, especially in windy areas, both forms of renewable energy are preferred. Besides the obvious reason for considering solar, the fact that it is a renewable non- polluting source of energy, you should also know that it has no moving parts to break down, and requires very little maintenance. Another very important aspect is that contrary to most contractors’ misconception it is not a difficult installation. For those of you who live or are considering living in extremely remote or rural areas if electricity is available it is usually expensive. In those cases solar power is undoubtedly the right way to go. However, even in areas where power lines are nearby, solar may still be a viable alternative to being connected to a power company. An average home has more than enough roof area to produce enough solar electricity to supply all of its power needs. All that is needed is an inverter,  which converts direct current (DC) power from the solar cells to alternating current (AC), which are what most home appliances run on. A solar home, except for the obvious changes to the roof, will look and operate just like any home does when it was connected to the power line.

Small wind turbines are designed for individual homes, farms, and small businesses, and are electric generators that utilize wind energy to produce clean, emissions-free renewable power. They are defined as having rated capacities of up to 100 kilowatts. So if you were thinking that one wind generator will power your house, I’m  sorry but it won’t. Keep in mind that the wind turbine is simply a collector just like a solar panel is. In this case the collector is the spinning rotor, made up of a number of blades that rotate to turn the electrical generator. Small blades result in a small rotor diameter, which translates into a small collector area, which further translates into small amounts of generated electricity.

2. Car conversion has become primarily a grass roots movement in recent years. There is a major difference between bio-fuels and bio-diesel. The main difference is that bio-diesel with little or no modification needed, can only be used in diesel engines. It is made from soybeans and can be used in its pure form, but it is usually mixed with standard diesel fuel. They do have a few very important aspects that are alike however. Bio-fuels, such as ethanol are made from corn and other crops. Like bio-diesel, bio-fuels are not only stemming the tide of global warming but helping  support American agriculture. You can’t just dump a few gallons of vegetable oil in your tank however. You will ruin your engine. The conversion is grassroots technology, and for the most part a do- it- yourself process. Although the government seems to be behind it in theory, I wouldn’t go changing over until you investigate it thoroughly. If you are interested in learning more about homemade bio-diesel however, there is a source.

Electric cars. Wow, how about that Tesla Motors. If you haven’t yet seen what their coming out with next year, it is amazing. The Model S is Beautiful, 250-300 mile range, and 0-60mph in less than six seconds. I think that most of us don’t have the $50k asking price however. Most of the manufacturers of electric cars just don’t get it. They expect that to save the planet we will put up with 50 mile range before having to recharge, and a  speed of 60mph. Well, there are some do- it -yourselfer’s that claim their conversion will give you 100 mile range, and it only cost a few hundred dollars. I think that if you are someone that does not drive on the highways often, an electric car might be perfect. In addition the government will give you a tax credit for driving a clean fuel vehicle.

Although hydrogen cells are what most experts claim to be the fuel of the future, I have found a grassroots movement that uses
water as fuel today. You will still  have to take the occasional trip to the gas pump, because water is supplemental to your gas or diesel fuel, and 100% water cars are still on the drawing board. Moreover,  extracting energy from water to double or triple your fuel economy is VERY EASY. This is not new technology. People have been using water to gas converters in vehicles for  years.  This is proven technology. Using a simple device, you can use the electricity from your battery to separate water (H2O) into a gas known as HHO.  HHO is two parts’ Hydrogen and one part Oxygen. HHO is a supercharged gas that burns effectively and produces significant energy, greatly improving your fuel economy.  Incredibly, the waste product is water! The green car of the future just might be sitting in your driveway. Because the hydrogen is produced On-Demand, this technology is perfectly safe for you and your passengers. Imagine going from 20-25 mpg,  to 50-60 mpg or more,  and at the same time reducing your carbon foot print.

This Organic Tomato Came From My Garden

No More Chemicals in My House
3. Imagine a home with zero chemicals. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air we breathe inside our homes could be as much as five times as polluted as the air outside. These cleaning products expose you and your family to chemicals that could be more harmful than the germs they are trying to rid you of. Other studies have shown that the average American will, flush down the toilet, wash down a sink, or place in the garbage, more than 20 gallons of toxic and hazardous chemical products. It is all right to be conscientious about recycling or energy consumption, but think about the potential for affecting the health of people, plants, animals, land and water because of this waste.

If all of this seems overwhelming to you, do not threat because  you can have all the information you and your family needs to end your dependence on chemicals. Zero Chemicals- Chemical Free Living is a two-volume guide to chemical free-living options. You can use it to go completely without chemicals, or just choose what you feel is right for your circumstance. For every chemically based product, there is an equally effective and totally safe natural alternative. And the amazing thing is that you will actually save money with this method. With your new home environment you will see a change in everyone. They will feel a boost to their immune system, an energy explosion, and generally an improvement to their overall health.

4. The First Lady has made planting and growing your own garden, fashionable again. After years of eating supermarket food and other fast foods your body begins to store all of the toxins and chemicals. These toxins can affect your body in many ways. I will say that, for my wife and me, the last two years of having our own garden have been not only extremely healthy but  fun and mouth watering, as well. I had no idea that there is a system to growing a backyard garden, which entailed more than simply planting a bunch of seeds, watering and weeding. We struggled for a few years before we discovered the secret to growing an organic garden. I am sure that we are healthier for it. However, the taste is extraordinary, and, I promise, will be the first thing you notice.

I wish that we knew what we know now the first garden we planted. There is indeed a correct way of doing anything, and planting seeds is no exception. For example, I had no idea that the soil needs to be properly prepared, and that there are organic fertilizers that should be used. There are many dangers you should be aware of, including what exactly should be done with those pesky weeds. I found everything we needed to know in a guide quite appropriately named, My Organic Food Garden. Absolutely everything you need to know about organic gardening at home can be found in this guide. This book was written  so that the absolute beginner can setup a professional quality garden without the headaches.

Everything that I have shown you I have researched and, for your convenience put all the information in one place. My web site

Possibly GREEN gives clear insight and accurate reviews of the top online green living resources available. Besides information on the four main categories I have suggested, there are green money making opportunities as well as a guide to finding green jobs in your area. Also you will find a list of free going green resources, including Green Forums, where you can join a free like-minded community.

At 57, I consider myself to be a Jack Of All Trades And Master Of a few things. I was a struggling actor for 25 years. During that time I learned a little about a lot of things, and would like to pass along some of that knowledge. I live in California with my beautiful wife and a menagerie of pets.

Possibly GREEN…Guidance to Help You Go Green

Do It  Yourself Tips to a Greener Existence

If you are someone that doesn’t believe in global warming, I think you should be the first to read this. I realize that is too much to ask for, so I will assume that you are someone who does care and is thinking about personally  doing something to help save our planet. Many of the ideas and tips set down in this article I do currently live by, however, it takes a very special individual to make this kind of a concerted effort of commitment. I can only assume that you are researching it to either improve your current green efforts, or to find out what it will take to completely go green. For those greenhouse gas skeptics, let’s just agree to cleanup the planet, for no other good reason than to restore its beauty. I have some ideas that will cost you nothing but effort to implement. I also will suggest some inexpensive and highly effective ways that will start saving you money almost immediately. We will start with the tips that will cost you nothing.

1.Keep a separate trash bag for all recyclable waste and not just the ones you can return for cash. If your municipality doesn’t offer separate recycle bins, call your representative and get a program implemented. They will make money. Also, if you have a garden, discarded fruits and vegetables as well as coffee grounds and egg shells make great mulch.

2.As we all know heating and air-conditioning takes up a great deal of energy and always cause a spike in your energy bill. A simple thing like wearing a sweater in the winter, and lowering the heater, just five degrees can make a big difference. Likewise in the summer turn the air conditioning down. Especially if there are only a couple of you in the house at a time. Fans take up no more energy than the average lamp. If you make these small sacrifices, you will see a big savings on your bill.

3.Start washing your clothes in cold water. Modern powders perform just as efficiently in cold water as hot. Most of the energy that goes into washing clothes is in heating up the water. So you will save on electricity, live green and save money too.

4. On sunny days think about hanging your clothes on an old fashion clothing line. You will not only save money, but your clothes will smell fresher.  

5.Try to consume a little less of everything, from electricity, to gas in the car, to the food you eat. Take time to write out a shopping list, and stick to it. If you feel the impulse to buy something you don’t really need, get into the habit of waiting 24 hours, then review it. The chances are you either won’t want it any more, or will have forgotten all about it.

Well aside from a little effort, I don’t see any outlay of expensive for any of those projects. So now taking the old adage it takes money to make money, let us explore these possibilities. Keep in mind that you will not only recoup  your initial investment, but in a very short time your energy bill will reflect substantial savings.

Two Energy Saving Dynamos

Help Save the Planet and Lower Your Bill
1. Consider getting a new toilet cistern that will use less than two gallons of water per flush. Standard cisterns use about three and a half gallons. Because of plastics, this is no longer a big expense.

2. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are a dream come true for anyone who wants to live green and save money. They burn just 25% of the electricity that a standard light bulb burns, and they can last up to 10 times longer. Change your old bulbs today, or if must be frugal, as the current ones burn out. The two drawbacks that critics used to discredit the fluorescent that being the expense and the difference in lighting  that the bulbs give off,  have greatly diminished. The hue the fluorescent gives off, while still not the same has recently improved. I have seen these bulbs in the local dollar stores, so everyone can now take advantage of them.

Car Conversion and Renewable Energy You Can Do Yourself

What Use to Cost Thousands Can Be Done for Hundreds
If you want to completely go green, it is now possible to do-it-yourself and actually make money in some instances. If you have decided to look into do-it-yourself projects, here are some very affordable ideas for your consideration.

Car Conversion: There are basically three options when it comes to converting your car to green.

Bio-diesel and bio-fuels… Are not only stemming the tide of global warming but helping  support American agriculture. You can’t just dump a few gallons of vegetable oil in your tank however. You will ruin your engine. The conversion is grassroots technology, and for the most part a do -it- yourself process.   

Electric…There are so many beautiful electric cars that are either on the market, or soon will be. However, if they go faster than 60mph or have a charge lasting longer than 40-50 miles, they have an exorbitant price tag. You can convert your car for a lot cheaper than you think.

HHO Technology…Although hydrogen cells are what most experts claim to be the fuel of the future, I have found a grassroots movement that uses water as fuel today. You will still  have to take the occasional trip to the gas pump, because water is supplemental to your gas or diesel fuel, and 100% water cars are still on the drawing board. Moreover,  extracting energy from water to double or triple your fuel economy is VERY EASY. This is not new technology. People have been using water to gas converters in vehicles for  years.

Renewable Energy: Residential solar and wind power cannot only help save the planet, but thousands of dollars in utility company cost. Many chose to go off grid, and still other’s actually make money by selling energy back to the utilities.

Solar is a much better option for residential installation than   wind power is. If at all possible, especially in windy areas, both forms of renewable energy are preferred. Besides the obvious reason for considering solar, the fact that it is a renewable non- polluting source of energy, you should also know that it has no moving parts to break down, and requires very little maintenance. Another very important aspect is that contrary to most contractors’ misconception it is not a difficult installation. For those of you who live or are considering living in extremely remote or rural areas if electricity is available it is usually expensive. In those cases solar power is undoubtedly the right way to go. However, even in areas where power lines are nearby, solar may still be a viable alternative to being connected to a power company. An average home has more than enough roof area to produce enough solar electricity to supply all of its power needs. All that is needed is an inverter,  which converts direct current (DC) power from the solar cells to alternating current (AC), which are what most home appliances run on. A solar home, except for the obvious changes to the roof, will look and operate just like any home does when it was connected to the power line.

No More Chemicals in My House

Imagine a home with zero chemicals. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air we breathe inside our homes could be as much as five times as polluted as the air outside. These cleaning products expose you and your family to chemicals that could be more harmful than the germs they are trying to rid you of. Other studies have shown that the average American will, flush down the toilet, wash down a sink, or place in the garbage, more than 20 gallons of toxic and hazardous chemical products. It is all right to be conscientious about recycling or energy consumption, but think about the potential for affecting the health of people, plants, animals, land and water because of this waste.

If all of this seems overwhelming to you, do not threat because  you can have all the information you and your family needs to end your dependence on chemicals. Zero Chemicals- Chemical Free Living is a two-volume guide to chemical free-living options. You can use it to go completely without chemicals, or just choose what you feel is right for your circumstance. For every chemically based product, there is an equally effective and totally safe natural alternative. And the amazing thing is that you will actually save money with this method. With your new home environment you will see a change in everyone. They will feel a boost to their immune system, an energy explosion, and generally an improvement to their overall health.

The First Lady has made planting and growing your own garden, fashionable again. After years of eating supermarket food and other fast foods your body begins to store all of the toxins and chemicals. These toxins can affect your body in many ways. I will say that, for my wife and me, the last two years of having our own garden have been not only extremely healthy but  fun and mouth watering, as well. I had no idea that there is a system to growing a backyard garden, which entailed more than simply planting a bunch of seeds, watering and weeding. We struggled for a few years before we discovered the secret to growing an organic garden. I am sure that we are healthier for it. However, the taste is extraordinary, and, I promise, will be the first thing you notice.

I wish that we knew what we know now the first garden we planted. There is indeed a correct way of doing anything, and planting seeds is no exception. For example, I had no idea that the soil needs to be properly prepared, and that there are organic fertilizers that should be used. There are many dangers you should be aware of, including what exactly should be done with those pesky weeds. I found everything we needed to know in a guide quite appropriately named, My Organic Food Garden. Absolutely everything you need to know about organic gardening at home can be found in this guide. This book was written  so that the absolute beginner can setup a professional quality garden without the headaches.

Everything that I have shown you I have researched and, for your convenience put all the information in one place. My web site
Possibly GREEN gives clear insight and accurate reviews of the top online green living resources available. Besides information on the  main categories I have suggested, there are green money making opportunities as well as a guide to finding green jobs in your area. Also you will find a list of free going green resources, including Green Forums, where you can join a free like-minded community.

At 58, I consider myself to be a Jack Of All Trades And Master Of a few things. I was a struggling actor for 25 years. During that time I learned a little about a lot of things, and would like to pass along some of that knowledge. I live in California with my beautiful wife and a menagerie of pets.

6 Practical Tips when having a Green Funeral Service

Since the trend for Green Funerals is beginning to rise and is expected to more with each passing year, it is wise to know what you can do to have the best Green Funeral possible. It does not matter if it is a pre planned funeral for you or you are carrying out someone else’s wishes.

 

1. Make sure you know the laws in your area, especially, if you are planning on holding a funeral at home.

 

 

 

2. Should the burial or cremation happen immediately, an online memorial is an excellent way to honor the deceased. This form of memorial is becoming increasingly popular. For more information visit

www.CemeterySpot.com or www.CemeterySpot.org.

 

 

 

3. Instead of flowers, give sympathy gifts. Floral arrangements don’t last very long and the farming of flowers is taxing to the environment. Donations to charities, living plants or trees, old family photo, digital files or albums or home movies, or practical items which will give comfort or ease to the bereaved are far more fitting ways of showing sympathy than cut flowers.

 

 

 

4. Plant something. Your loved one cared about the environment. Go outside and plant something in the garden in his or her honor.

 

 

 

5. Speak from the heart. Once all of the decisions have been made and the plans have been followed to the letter of the law, you have the opportunity to let your emotions flow. Take the time to put into words what you’re feeling—even if you don’t necessarily say them out loud.

 

 

 

6. Have an eco-friendly funeral service. You’ve gone this far to protect the environment, don’t forget about the details.

 

 

 

Programs:

Use recycled paper for programs or hymn sheets.

 

Flowers:

Try to stay away from cut flowers.

 

Transportation:

There’s no reason you can’t carpool.

 

Refreshments:

Why not enjoy some organic, naturally grown food?

 

Leave a Living Marker:

There’s no denying that we all want to leave a lasting mark behind, and it’s certainly of the utmost importance that mourners have a place to go to “visit” their loved one who has passed away. Instead of quarried headstones or marble mausoleums, consider planting a tree or a bush that will thrive in honor of the deceased.

 

 

 

Your state, region or country may have specific laws and guidelines in place that govern how human remains must be handled or transported. Check with a local funeral director, health agency or even do Internet searches to make sure you fully understand the laws in your area.

 

 

 

In a green burial, if a casket is used at all, that casket is required to be of a biodegradable material. Many casket manufacturers produce special biodegradable caskets ranging from easily biodegradable wood or particle board to paper products such as cardboard. If you are pre-planning, you also have the option of making and decorating your own casket or container.

 

 

Before funeral homes and funeral directors centralized our attitudes toward funerals and burials into a convenient one-stop facility, when a person passed away, he or she was naturally prepared and displayed in the home before being taken to a sanctioned burial place. The “at home” funeral is coming back as part of the green funeral.

 

 

 

Hal is the author of several critically acclaimed ebooks specifically written to help people deal with end of life issues. His ebooks include topics such as: cremation, writing and delivering a eulogy, eco-friendly green funerals, funeral planning, organ donation, and buying and selling cemetery plots. To find out more about his CemeterySpot family of free services and resources, to learn more about his books, and to get a free gift, please visit: http://www.cemeteryspot.com.

Tips to Go Green and Save Green Posted by Dan Lipsky

10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green

Reposted by Dan Lipsky

How can we live lightly on the Earth and save money at the same time? Staff members at the Worldwatch Institute, a global environmental organization, share ideas on how to GO GREEN and SAVE GREEN at home and at work.

Climate change is in the news. It seems like everyone’s “going green.” We’re glad you want to take action, too. Luckily, many of the steps we can take to stop climate change can make our lives better. Our grandchildren-and their children-will thank us for living more sustainably. Let’s start now.

We’ve partnered with the Million Car Carbon Campaign to help you find ways to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint. This campaign is uniting conscious consumers around the world to prevent the emissions-equivalent of 1 million cars from entering the atmosphere each year.

Keep reading for 10 simple things you can do today to help reduce your environmental impact, save money, and live a happier, healthier life.

1. Save energy to save money.

* Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
* Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
* Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” or “vampire” energy use.
* Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
* Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.

2. Save water to save money.

* Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too.
* Install a low-flow showerhead. They don’t cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment.
* Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.
* Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area.

3. Less gas = more money (and better health!).

* Walk or bike to work. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity.
* Consider telecommuting if you live far from your work. Or move closer. Even if this means paying more rent, it could save you money in the long term.
* Lobby your local government to increase spending on sidewalks and bike lanes. With little cost, these improvements can pay huge dividends in bettering your health and reducing traffic.

4. Eat smart.

* If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it’s even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs.
* Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy.
* Watch videos about why local food and sustainable seafood are so great.
* Whatever your diet, eat low on the food chain [pdf]. This is especially true for seafood.

5. Skip the bottled water.

* Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.
* Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work.
* Check out this short article for the latest on bottled water trends.

6. Think before you buy.

* Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Whether you’ve just moved or are looking to redecorate, consider a service like craigslist or FreeSharing to track down furniture, appliances, and other items cheaply or for free.
* Check out garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops for clothing and other everyday items.
* When making purchases, make sure you know what’s “Good Stuff” and what isn’t.
* Watch a video about what happens when you buy things. Your purchases have a real impact, for better or worse.

7. Borrow instead of buying.

* Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves money, not to mention the ink and paper that goes into printing new books.
* Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of things cluttering your closet or garage.

8. Buy smart.

* Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money and packaging.
* Wear clothes that don’t need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use.
* Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products. You might pay more now, but you’ll be happy when you don’t have to replace items as frequently (and this means less waste!).

9. Keep electronics out of the trash.

* Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible.
* Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.
* Recycle your cell phone.
* Ask your local government to set up an electronics recycling and hazardous waste collection event.

10. Make your own cleaning supplies.

* The big secret: you can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products whenever you need them. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap.
* Making your own cleaning products saves money, time, and packaging-not to mention your indoor air quality.

11. Bonus Item!
* Stay informed about going green. Sign up for our weekly newsletter or subscribe to World Watch, our award-winning magazine.

Reposted By Dan Lipsky

Dan Lipsky

Green Chicken Coop Construction Tips And Tricks For Cool Chicken Coop Construction

Chicken rearing is a hobby for some and for others a profession from which they get decent revenue streams make money out of it. However, it doesn’t matter one is beginner or advanced in chicken rearing to engage in chicken coop construction. But, nowadays by just imitating the existing coop designs one can build coops to raise chicken and profit out of this activity.

Chickens if also left free to wander around have some benefits which are as follows: They naturally love to range freely. By letting them range freely, you get two very tangible benefits in return – they would gladly eat any garden pest they encounter and help you with your grass cutting chores as they love to eat grass as well. Also by building a relatively large chicken coop to let the chickens stroll freely inside will help.

As an added bonus, they’ll turn all they have eaten in the form of organic fertilizer! All you have to do is sit down on the porch and watch them as they happily go about their daily routine. This shows how one can use their time efficiently and effectively to raise chickens and at the same time rinse and repeat the chicken rearing process to capitalize on cost savings be it on time or resources. Therefore, but utilizing a chicken coop, one can manage the food, resources and all the maintenance part as far as chicken rearing in coops is concerned.

Moreover, they are not limited to only eating chicken food but there are also many other foods too like the following:

Most people are not aware that chickens can eat almost anything people can, even leftover foods. Although you may reconsider feeding them onions and garlic as they would make their eggs taste funny.

For green chicken coops, one has to understand the behaviour of chickens and how that behaviour helps the environment remain green.

They are the best producers of black gold soil their waste is a naturally nitrogen-rich, and also thrive on leaves, weeds and grass clippings – they actually help people get rid of their garden/farm refuse instead of simply getting rid of them. By capitalizing on these facts, any beginner or advanced person in chicken rearing can himself build cool chicken coops and profit from chicken rearing within chicken coops.

To build cool chicken coops that are green and healthy for chicken rearing, one should consult Pin Henwot’s chicken coop construction tips and tricks at cool chicken coops dot com

Green Baby Gifts Tips For Buying An Environmentally Friendly Baby Gift

Cloth versus disposable nappies.

Are you buying for a family who plans to use cloth nappies? Many families turn to cloth nappies to lead a greener life and reduce landfill. There are some great products in the current market place that accommodate the reusable alternative! You could try Baby Behinds or bumGenius for their clever all-in-one cloth diapers.

Cloth nappies require accessories, and these always make a practical addition to any baby gift basket. Nappy Pins or their newfangled plastic cousin, the “Snappy” will be very useful.

Don’t discount disposable nappies. There are eco nappies on the market, which are made from recycled material and are biodegradable – not nearly as harmful for the environment.

Organic Baby Clothing and Bedding

There are only two countries in the world who manufacture certified organic cotton, China and India. Organic cotton is not exposed to pesticides or chemicals during the growing process, and hence is not considered harmful to baby’s skin. The gentle and safe properties of certified organic cotton need to be balanced against the carbon footprint of the worldwide freight on certified organic cotton products.

Organic baby clothing and baby bedding can be readily found online, but expect to pay almost double for organic cotton as opposed to the “garden variety” of cotton. Research indicates that gift-givers prefer to gift organic baby gifts, as they are seen to be uncompromising on quality or price.

Natural fibres such as Bamboo or Hemp

Baby clothing and bedding made from these easily renewable, natural fibres is growing increasingly popular. Expect to pay a little more than ordinary cotton, but prepare yourself for the fantastically soft fabric! They make luxury baby gifts!

Toys and products coloured with vegetable dyes

Babies always put toys in their mouths! You can now buy baby toys and products that have been coloured with chemical-free vegetable dyes. Whilst there is no difference in the price of a product dyed in this fashion, many parents rest assured that no harmful chemicals will be ingested by their baby as they play with their toys.

Most people these days are aware of the need to reduce the amount of carbon emissions and poisonous chemicals being used. Having the ability to choose products that are both good quality, value and also eco friendly, will be critical in helping to reduce global warming and the negative consequences associated with it.

Here are some organic baby gifts that I found for sale. They make great baby gift ideas for eco conscience people.