Composting is great for helping your plants grow, preventing certain plant diseases and deterring some pests in your garden. Composting also helps prevent food scraps and yard waste from heading to the landfill, and saves you money on gardening products you would otherwise buy at the store.
You can compost inside on your countertop or outside, but if you are just starting out, I suggest trying a kitchen compost to see how you like it.
Here are four simple steps to get started:
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I bought my house approximately eight million years ago (or, five, depending upon who you ask). We moved in, stupidly juggling dueling mortgages and a four-year old child, and were amazed by all the space. Nothing like a tiny three bedroom condo to make a full-sized house look a little intimidating.
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Money Saving Tips
When a company tries to pass a somewhat green product off as truly
eco-friendly, it's known as "greenwashing." Sometimes greenwashers
also advertise eco-friendly products for the sake of appearance, as
opposed to any actual earth-friendly motivation.
Here's how to tell when companies are more concerned
about looking green than actually being green:
Keep an eye out for obvious contradictions to an
otherwise earth-friendly message. One of the most obvious examples
is the Live H2O music festival. With three days of live
entertainment at more than 30 locations around the world, this
festival probably does meet its stated goal of promoting peace and
at 9:56AM, 2 years ago |
Hurricane Irene struck a few days ago and some people in the Northeast are still without power and other basic services. This got me thinking about some basic emergency preparedness and how sometime the old solutions are still the best. You may get all your news on your iPhone via The HuffPo, or eat only microwave organic food normally--but most likely that's not gonna cut it after an earthquake, hurricane or other natural disaster.
Here are ten items you are going to want stashed away somewhere in case of emergency.
at 9:56AM, 3 years ago |
Frugal people sometimes miss the importance of the splurge. When you can buy three days worth of groceries for $5, a latte just seems like a poor investment. But if that latte becomes important enough, a frugal person will find somewhere else to squeeze out that $5.
By Fought70 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons
When we moved into our little house 2 1/2 years ago, I thought it was my dream house. We worked hard before we moved. We avoided paying rent by living in a camper for 9 months (even through part of a South Dakota winter!) in order to save up money and pay off bills so we would qualify for a mortgage.
We found the little house nestled on 10 acres of prairie land and declared it perfect, blindly ignoring that fact that it was a foreclosure and may have unforeseen problems. We got a great deal and we were in good shape to buy the house. We moved in in the middle of winter and looked forward to the spring and getting our home all set up.
The inside of the house was a mess. The doors and light fixtures were about 40 years old, maybe older. The paint was an extremely high gloss that we discovered was not at all easy to cover up, even with four coats of very good paint. The bathrooms were small and had cheap fixtures and the outlet sockets were so old that you could plug something in, only to watch it fall right back out.