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International Day of Forest
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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An Introduction to Aquaponics
By: Admin    October 10 2017 , 09:17 pm
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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...
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How to Incorporate Succulents into Your Home or Landscape
By: Admin    September 11 2017 , 08:09 pm
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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...
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Exciting, Unique Uses for Wooden Pallets
By: Admin    July 25 2017 , 12:41 pm
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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...
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How to Grow and Maintain Tropical Plants
By: Admin    July 01 2017 , 09:33 am
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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 ...
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