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 ...
What Are Aquaponics? An increased interest in sustainability and conservation has led many farmers to begin growing plants through hydroponic growing. Hydroponics cultivates plants using only water and a growing medium, with no soil necessary. This provides the opportunity to grow a substantially larger crop yield in less space.Aquaculture is a word used to describe the raising and cultivating of marine animals, fish, and crops that are grown in both fresh and salt waters. When you combine “aquaculture” and “hydroponics,” you end up with “aquaponics” – raising fish and plants together without soil, using only water!Fish waste provides plants with essential nitrates, and the plants in turn provide the fish with clean water. It takes work to ensure the plants and fish are thriving together. “These systems require monitoring to make sure everything is in balance and running smoot...
Splendid SucculentsYou are probably seeing succulents all over Pinterest and Instagram – those cute little potted plants that are sweeping the nation. Succulents vary from flowered versions, to desert cacti, to the garden staple “hens and chicks,” and all of them are nearly impossible to kill. As a result of their hardiness and pleasing appearance, they are currently being incorporated into wedding bouquets, apartment living, coffee shops, party favors, and even nail art.Gwyneth Kelly says this about succulents in an article for The New Republic: “Succulents are the closest plant to plastic, and you really have to try for it to die. For a millennial obsessed with authenticity in this pre-apocalyptic age of the Kardashians and social media, there’s nothing better. I barely have to remember to water my succulents; they survive in spite of me. I get to feel like I am somehow connected to the ear...
Uses for wooden pallets abound, there is truly no shortage
of projects these rustic wood pieces can achieve! They can be used for things
such as a bookshelf, filled with novels to give a rustic and charming vibe. Maybe
put them to even better green use by creating flower pot hangers, or even an
herb garden. Here are a couple ways wooden pallets can not only be used as
decoration or as more useful:A Pallet Herb GardenHerb gardens are one of those things that give food a spark
with their fragrance and fresh flavor in your favorite meals. Sometimes just a
small herb garden is enough to make a big difference. You can shape the pallets
into many sizes, as a
trusty saw will cut your pallet into whatever size desired. Planting an
herb garden in a pallet keeps all the herbs in one spot and makes the garden
portable. You can pick up your pallet and move your little garden wherever is
best. Wooden pallet gardens...
Escape to a gorgeous, exotic location this summer – right in
your own home! Tropical flora adds that extra touch of uncommon beauty to any
landscape and it is easier to cultivate and keep than you may think. Many
jungle- and rainforest-native plants thrive with little attention, even in
northern locations, making it simple for almost anyone to give their home or
garden a tropical twist. Available in a plethora of shades and types, exotic
plants deserve a closer look from anyone seeking to add variety, and a pop of
color, to their environment.One of the most popular exotic plants is the Peace Lily.
Beloved for its smooth white “flowers”, parts
of the stem that grow over and protect the actual flowers, this elegant beauty is
quite simple to grow. Some have even said that Peace
Lilies bring good luck to a home by cleaning the air of
poisonous toxins! Also called White Sails, this blossoming plant ...