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6 Reasons You Should Plant an Herb Garden

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | May 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: food, foodie, fun recipes, healthy food, herb, herbs, house plants, local food, natural food, organic foods, plants, recipe, recipes, superfood, sustainable food, vegetarian recipes

When I got married, my sister gave me an herb garden planted in a giant galvanized metal tub. At that time in my life, the only plants I’d ever kept alive were a couple scrawny succulents on my dorm room windowsill, and while I already loved to cook, I had no idea what to do with nine varieties of fresh herbs. Needless to say, I was intimidated. The plants died a slow, neglected death, which I rationalized as okay because all the herbs I ever needed were available at the grocery store.
Sixteen years later, I’ve come full circle on the idea of growing my own herbs (although that tub is usually used for keeping beer cold at parties). Now I grow herbs in pots, and here are some good reasons why you should, too.
  1. Cooking with fresh herbs is fun; it feels very “chef-y” to do things like chiffonade.

9 Easy Ways to Detox Your Home

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | April 5th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: air quality, beauty products, bedding, carpet, chemicals, cleaners, clutter, Cosmetics, decor, detox, dirt, dry cleaning, family, flooring, food containers, furniture, green, home, house, indoor pollution, natural, organic, paint, personal care, plants, resolutions, spring cleaning, take off shoes, toxic, toxins, VOCs, window, winter

Woman cleaning the kitchen

You’ve had “spring cleaning” on your to-do list for weeks now, but it hasn’t happened yet. Don’t despair; as with meditation and yoga, now is the perfect time to begin again (and again … ).

It is also a perfect time to detox your home environment. We spend much of our time indoors with our windows closed, so it is even more important to be mindful of healthy air quality. Consider this: The average home contains 500-1,000 chemicals resulting in indoor air quality that is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Yikes!

Here are nine easy ways that you can detox your home, so you and your family and enjoy a healthier spring:

How Far Should We Go to Rescue At-Risk Species?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | July 16th, 2010 | 8 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: assisted migration, Australia, biodiversity, botanic gardens, butterfly, citizen activists, citizen science, climate change, dune thistle, ecology, endangered, environment, environmental activists, extinct, extinction, fauna, flora, Florida torreya, global-warming, habitat destruction, natural habitats, plants, Queensland, species extinction, Torreya Guardians, wildflower, wildlife

Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

The white lemuroid possum may soon hold a brand-new world title: First species to go extinct due to climate change.

In December 2009, scientists reported that the possum is missing from its only home in the mountain forests of northern Queensland, Australia. It hasn’t been seen there in three years. A slight temperature rise (of only 1 or 2 degrees) is likely the reason: The possum typically dies in as few as four or five hours at 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grass Roots Green: Humble Things in Nature Can ‘Make’ a Room

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | September 24th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living | tags: affordable green decorating, branches, conscious design, decorating with nature, eco-friendly decorating, eco-friendly design, flowers, nature in the home, nature indoors, plants, rocks

cropped2ndblogI have always been a frugalista, eco-fashionista, and precycler — I just didn’t know the labels! Eco thinking is embodied in my everyday behavior and the natural way I have always designed spaces, which I refer to as conscious design. Having elements from nature in a home environment signals a presence of life supporting systems, which inherently give us a feel-good-green-vibe. The good news (really good news these days) is that it is not expensive; in fact, it’s often free!