Holistic, Organic and Natural Lawn Care

Most people out there are now aware of the meaning of holistic lawn care and holistic weed control, nonetheless, for the few ones who may still find it a bit difficult to understand, holistic weed control is the control of weed organically, naturally or without the use of any harmful chemicals. Organic weed control comes with a number of benefits which include the safety of the household and the environment as a whole.

Holistic lawn care is quickly growing into a trend for big companies and home owners who are beginning to understand the repercussions of using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Tests have continued to show that chemicals have dire consequences. These chemicals are harmful to our children, our pets and the environment as a whole especially when used for long periods of time. Continue reading Holistic, Organic and Natural Lawn Care

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YOUR GO – TO MODERN GARDEN ROOMS GUIDE (INFOGRAPHIC)

We’re right in the midst of the booming market of garden rooms. Perhaps you’ve taken the plunge and bought your first garden room, or you’re seriously considering one for your home business, study or music room. We here at Modern Garden Rooms are fully aware of a sea of questions that arise upon the consideration of a garden room:

What else is a garden room actually used for?

What are the legal legislation’s surrounding garden rooms?

How do I protect my garden room from damping?

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Read the FULL article at: “ModernGardenRooms.com

Grow Together: The Benefits of Starting a School Garden Program

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““A garden is a grand teacher,” horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll wrote. School administrators obviously agree because the nation is in the midst of a school gardening boom. The number of school gardens nearly doubled between 2013 and 2015. More than 7,000 American schools now have a garden.

Most teachers start a school garden program in elementary schools, and grow flowers or veggies. Some include unique features, such as chickens, orchards, and aquaponics systems (where students raise fish and use the fishes’ waste to feed plants). Teachers use gardening activities to teach nearly every discipline, including health, nutrition, science, math, environmental studies, language arts, art, and social studies. Students in one California school sow native plants to learn what the state looked like prior to European settlement. In other schools, kids test soil composition, learn about food chains and ecosystems, measure plants as they grow, calculate the perimeter and area of garden beds, and keep gardening journals.

Researchers examining how gardening impacts students have found that school gardens–sometimes called “living classrooms”–cultivate more than just plants. Students who participate in school gardens are on average more engaged in what they’re learning, boast higher science test scores, and eat more fruits and vegetables than their non-gardening peers.”

Read the FULL Article at: “Quill.com

Rooftop farms in Gaza provide a lifeline to the community

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“Meeting even basic needs can be a challenge for the nearly 2 million people that live in Gaza. An Israeli blockade inhibits international trade and prevents vital supplies from reaching the 141 square mile territory, so the Palestinians living there rely on resilience and innovation to survive with the resources they have. Squeezed out of arable land, many Gaza residents are farming upwards, on the rooftops of the dense urban Mediterranean territory.”

View the Original Story at: “Inhabitat.com

New Orleans golf course transformed into city’s biggest urban farm with an Eco-Campus

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“A former golf course in New Orleans’ City Park has been transformed into the city’s biggest urban farm—Grow Dat Youth Farm. The seven-acre sustainable farming nonprofit features a low-energy Eco-Campus built with seven recycled shipping containers and designed by Tulane University architecture students. The urban farming and leadership program teaches local youth how to sustainably grow fruits and veggies that are then sold to CSAs, local restaurants, and markets, as well as donated to neighborhoods lacking access to healthy, fresh food.”

Read the FULL STORY at: “Inhabitat.com

Top 10 Most Profitable Vegetables and Herbs to Grow at Home [Infographic]

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“In the past few years, the prices of conventional produce have increased steadily. As a result, many families have decided to grow their own foods at home, especially vegetables and herbs. Indoor or outdoor, almost everyone are now enjoying setting up their home organic garden so they can save money and keep their family healthy at all times.

Now, if you are new to gardening or have been doing it for a while and is looking for the most practical veggies and herbs to plant, we have compiled 10 of the best based on the recommendations given by garden experts as well as avid home gardeners. They are not only cost-effective or profitable but are also easy to grow in your indoor or outdoor home garden. They can give you abundant harvests in a short amount of time too.”

Read the FULL Story at: “GardenAware.com

Cut the Crap: Making Your Own Fertilizers is Easier Than You Think!

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“Making your own natural fertilizers is a safe and effective way to grow a lush, chemical-free garden.

Since there are multiple options for DIY natural fertilizers, you may want to experiment with different formulations in different areas of the garden. For example, you could try compost tea for acid-loving plants, fireplace ashes for plants that prefer more alkaline soil, and recycled aquarium water for fruits, vegetables, herbs, and even houseplants.

You can switch things up further, using different natural fertilizers at different times of the year. Ashes may be more abundant in the spring after an entire winter of fires, and your compost might not be ready until the end of summer when the heat has worked its magic to transform waste into nutrient-rich soil.

Experiment with different kinds of natural fertilizers to see how DIY recipes provide the best results in your garden.

Depending on the type of natural fertilizer you choose, the “green” approach to gardening can also help you reduce waste and reuse or recycle natural materials, making DIY fertilizers both inexpensive and environmentally friendly.”

Source: eReplacementParts.com blog

For These Urban Farmers, the Harvest Is About More Than Healthy Eating

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“Summer is usually the most exciting season for a gardener, but for many of Detroit’s black farmers, the harvest is also about survival.

In its annual look at the city’s food systems, the Detroit Food Policy Council, a food security advisory board, found in 2017 that 47 percent of Detroiters — roughly 300,000 residents — were eligible for food stamps. And nearly half of Detroiters are at the mercy of junk food retail. Fringe food retailers, such as liquor stores and convenience marts, make up 92 percent of the authorized food stamp retailers in the city, whose population is majority black.”

Read the REST OF THE STORY, here: “NextCity.org

 

CropSwap APP – NOW available in the App Store! (FOR FREE)

Buy, sell and trade homegrown produce from your phone. Cropswap is the groundbreaking local food app that connects urban gardeners, farmers and casual growers who happen to have an extra tree!

 Go download it and start selling, buying and trading produce with folks around you.

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Customer Reviews

Genius!!! Love the app 😀  //   by EstefaniaRebellon

I just signed up a friend recommended this app to me because I don’t like shopping at over priced groceries store like Whole Foods or even Ralph’s in LA. Sometimes you can taste the chemicals on the fruit and it’s expensive to eat healthy which is crazy to me but that’s a whole other deal. Anyways CROPSWAP is easy to follow and I love the chat option. I don’t have a garden so I don’t have anything to swap but I am on it as a hungry customer looking for organic produce from people who I don’t mind giving my money too lol. Great app if you’re trying to eat healthy and save!!! Love it!!!!

Revolutionary! //  by farmerjacky

This app is giving power to the people! We don’t have to rely on the industrial farming and grocery system, we can grow our own and share with others. Thank you Cropswap for making this life changing tool! This is sure to reduce waste, packaging, travel distances, chemicals and everything else that gives conventionally grown and purchased food such a large carbon foot print. No more! Drawdown is within our hands. We can live in a way that sequesters carbon, fosters personal growth, and inspires community building. Three cheers for this app!

Love this!  //  by Mathgirl22

I grow a lot of my own food at home but don’t have room to grow everything I want. This app is awesome at connecting you with other local growers so you can trade for other crops! I love this idea, it’s so unique and helpful for people who want to be more self sustaining. Just like the old days of bartering! I just wish more people would join soon so I can get more variety of crops 😉

 

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Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Washington Business Offers Rooftop Views, Urban Gardening and Yoga

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“For nearly 150 years, many residents in the Washington, D.C., area have turned to W.S. Jenks & Son for their hardware and home improvement needs.

The product selection has shifted from wood-burning stoves, heaters and horseshoes to an array of modern hardware and lawn and garden products, but the business remains a spot for community members to gather.

In 2014, the family-owned and operated business moved to a new location in a unique, older building, says Jerry Siegel, president of W.S. Jenks & Son.”

See MORE Pictures at: “HardwareRetailing.com

Dream of urban gardens stymied by red tape

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“The dream of urban gardens sprouting up across San Diego on small pockets of blighted, empty land has been stymied by legal wrangling over property tax incentives created to spur the creation of the gardens.

More than 18 months after the San Diego City Council approved one of the first urban garden incentives in the state, no gardens have been created because the city and county have been unable to hammer out details of the incentive.”

Read the FULL Article: “SanDiegoUnionTribune.com