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Planting Hope

David Pennington by David Pennington | April 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: asparagus, bachelor, commitment, cultivate, cultivation, faith, finding love, garden, gardening, grow, HOPE, house, inspiration, love, marriage, millennials, not quite hippie, nurture, Personal Growth, planting, relationship, transformation, Yoga

AsparagusAs I watched my girlfriend plant the asparagus roots in the freshly tilled soil this past weekend, the thought finally hit me: I might yet stand a chance.

Seeds are amazingly simple in design for what they are meant to do. Soil, water, warmth and a bit of faith creates a plant that provides food, generates more seeds and nurtures the soil, all while cleaning the air and water. It was the cultivation of a few seeds that gave me a completely new perspective on absolutely everything in my life.

Flower Power: How to Find Happiness Among the Petals

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | May 20th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home, Personal Growth | tags: Chris Freytag, flowers, garden, gardening, house plants, meditation, memory improvement, mood

Learn the power of flowers, and what it means for your health

The best physical results come when you take care of the whole person — mind, body and spirit! You could say I am a big fan of anything that will help change your mood and attitude, like affirmations, meditation and, yes, flowers too. In Minnesota, where things have been pretty drab and covered with snow for months, it is mood-changing to see all the flowers and foliage blooming.

Gaiam Employees Harvest Fruits & Veggies from Organic Garden

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | September 18th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Green Living | tags: community garden, gaiam, gardening, harvest, organic, organic garden, vegetable garden, veggies

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Gaiam garden volunteers have harvested and enjoyed a bounty of delicious organic fruits and veggies this summer from the Gaiam community garden at our headquarters in Boulder, Colo.

We began harvesting our plentiful red-leaf lettuce in June and now have a healthy new crop of green-leaf lettuce.

The People Have Spoken: Announcing The Gaiam Compost-Off Finalists

Joe Rogel by Joe Rogel | August 6th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Green Living | tags: compost, composters, composting, compostoff, contest, gaiam, garden, gardening, social-media

After asking you to vote on four composters we selected from your suggestions, the first round of the Gaiam Compost-Off has come to a close and only two composters remain standing. Here are the results:

Finalists:

Orb Composter – 51% Votes
Earthmaker Composter – 29.5% Votes

Voted Out:

Green Cone Composter – 15% Votes
Wigwam Composter – 4.5% Votes

Vote for the Compost Champ and You Could Win a Composter!

Joe Rogel by Joe Rogel | July 28th, 2009 | 33 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Green Living | tags: compost, composters, composting, contest, garden, gardening

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If you’re a Gaiam fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or are a member of Gaia, you’ll recall that we recently asked for your input on how to make the best compost, best materials to use for composting, and suggestions on your favorite composters. Why, you may ask? Because we want to step up our selection of composting products to make it even better — and we want you to help us pick the next composter we should carry in our catalog.

Gaiam Employees Plant an Organic Kitchen Garden at Our Colorado HQ

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | July 8th, 2009 | 13 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Giving Back, Green Living | tags: community garden, compost, gaiam, gardening, harvest, herbs, natural fertilizers, organic, vegetable garden, veggies

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“Our garden has gotten people so fired up,” says Kate Weaver, a lead volunteer in a team of Gaiam employees who’s bringing a new organic garden to life at our Boulder, Colo., headquarters. “I’ve never seen so much heart go into anything.”

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The Ladybug Wars: Confessions of an Obsessed Organic Gardener

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | June 26th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: aphids, flowers, gardening, ladybugs, organic garden, vegetable garden

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There comes a time in any mother’s trajectory when she can clearly look back and see when she lost her mind. My moment of insanity occurred last week. My six-year-old and I were enjoying a lovely morning outside — me poking around in my garden while she, bug bucket in hand, sought out toads or creepy crawlies to examine. I was mentally congratulating myself on my perennials, which (if I do say so myself) are looking quite spectacular.

Making Sure You Don’t Overwater

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | June 17th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: gardening, Green Living, summer, water conservation

It’s summertime. You want to water your garden and lawn so they don’t go brown. But remembering to water is a hassle. So you installed an automated system. Problem is, your system goes off even when there’s a downpour, wasting both water and energy. What to do?

Not the Composting Type? Newsflash: There Isn’t One Anymore

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | June 3rd, 2009 | 6 Comments
topic: Girlfriend@Gaiam, Green Living | tags: compost, composters, composting, eco-friendly, environmental, food waste, garden, gardening, green, guide, how to, kitchen scraps, soil

Composting the Kitchen WasteI could barely contain my surprise when my brother asked me a few months ago which compost bin he should buy from Gaiam. We’re talking about a guy who arguably has the cleanest fingernails on the planet (he’s a heart surgeon) and who has absolutely no tree-hugging tendencies. His SUV gets 13 miles to the gallon. He doesn’t have a single compact fluorescent light bulb in his entire house. He occasionally bikes to work, but mostly to avoid becoming like one of his patients. But his 13-year-old son came home from Boy Scouts one day and said, “Dad, we have to start composting.”

Beauty, Friendship, Green, and Healing: My Most Memorable Good Memory of 2008

Annie B. Bond by Annie B. Bond | December 31st, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: friendship, gardening, heirloom seeds

Look back at 2008 and find your most memorable good memory. Spending some time recognizing good memories can help make you aware of what you want to draw to you in the future.