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By: Admin    May 22 2018 , 09:38 am
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Category: Nature , DIY
Saving for a rainy day? Try building a rain barrel! Collecting rainwater is a fantastic way to save money and use naturals resources. Rain barrels collect the water runoff from a roof and store it for later use, typically to water gardens and lawns. During the wet summer months, you might conserve around 1,300 gallons of water. Using a rain barrel can save you an average of $35 a month on your water bill in the summer! Before building a rain barrel check your state regulations to see if there are any laws against it, as it is not legal in certain parts of North America. Selecting Your Barrel  All rain barrels are basically made the same way, but depending on the materials, it can cost anywhere from $15 to $150 and up. The primary tool you will need is, of course, a barrel. You can also recycle an outdoor trash can if you have one lying around -- this is one of the cheaper barre...
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By: Admin    April 25 2018 , 01:48 pm
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Category: Animals , Nature
Why shouldn’t you feed wildlife? The idea of a deer coming up to you and eating straight out of the palm of your hand sounds like such a surreal and perfect moment. However, this is one fairytale moment that should come with a warning label. Feeding wildlife can have a long-lasting negative effect on the life of the animal, in many cases. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but in general, it is a good idea to avoid feeding wildlife.Why is Feeding Dangerous?One of the main reasons to not feed wildlife is the bond it creates. This may sound exactly like what you are wanting, but not everyone has the same kind-hearted intentions for the animal in question. If deer or other wildlife start to imprint on humans, they lose their sense of fear which could make them a much easier target for hunters or a nuisance in an urban environment. Especially if you are feeding from your car, the animals will learn...
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By: Admin    April 18 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Nature , DIY
Writing used to be a complicated task.If you wanted to write a letter to a friend a couple hundred years ago, it was not as easy as buying mass-produced pens and paper. Writing utensils were handcrafted. Pens were simple tools, made of carefully carved sturdy feathers, or quills. Getting ink was a more complicated process. People produced their own ink from ingredients found in nature. Using creativity and a little bit of science they created a vast variety of colored inks, and improved them through time. Famed Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci used ink made from black walnuts during the Renaissance Era, and people continued to make this type of ink for centuries. Iron gall ink was used in the creation and signing of the Declaration of Independence, which lasted longer than black walnut ink, but demanded more chemistry. With the right materials and know-how, you too can make your own quill and ink ...
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By: Admin    April 09 2018 , 04:27 pm
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Category: Outdoors , Nature
Plants are more than just pretty to look at.Since humans began roaming the earth thousands of years ago, plants have been vital to our well-being. Before the dawn of agriculture, humans foraged for wild plants to find food. In time, they discovered that some plants were able to cure them of certain illnesses. Today we have the luxury of nearly limitless grocery stores, over-the-counter drugs, and hospitals. Modern medicine and accessibility to food have enhanced life greatly, but have you ever wondered what wild plants could aid your survival if put to the ultimate test?Edible PlantsA lot of plants that you regularly see may be edible without you realizing it. Clovers grow virtually everywhere in North America and they are actually a member of the pea family. You can certainly eat them raw, but boiling them or making a tea out of them is a better-tasting option.If you found a cattail plant outside as a...
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By: Admin    March 20 2018 , 01:51 pm
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Category: Nature , Urban Gardens
On March 21st we celebrate International Day of Forest! The first International Day of Forest was established in 2012 and celebrated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013. This day helps raise awareness of the importance of trees.2018’s Theme: Forest and Sustainable CitiesEach year, a theme is selected by the Collaborative Partnership on Forest (CPF). The theme for 2018 is “Forest and Sustainable Cities.”Some of the key points in this year’s message are to spread the importance of trees in an urban setting. Just because you live in an urban setting does not mean your accessibility to green life needs to decrease! Trees and plants store carbon, which means they reduce the pollution in highly populated areas and filter out harmful particles, producing cleaner air.Have you ever wandered off into the shade on a hot day? That is because the temperature is likely two to eight degrees cooler ...
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