Did you know that green roofs have been around for a long time? In some parts of the world they are making a comeback.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon – which was one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world – was a terraced garden structure outside of modern-day Baghdad that used a complicated irrigation system.
Germany has become a green leader in Europe with green policies including green roofs. European homes have used sod as a roofing material for a long time for its benefits in helping to heat and cool a home.
In this United States, cities are starting to see the benefits of encouraging business and building owners to plant green roofs. For example, Chicago’s City Hall is a famous example of rooftop gardening. In addition, Chicago has started a citywide green roof initiative to try to do its part to help combat the effects of climate change.
More and more Americans want their food to be free of synthetic chemicals. Pesticides have been linked to cancer, decreased cognitive function, and behavior problems in children. In addition, children and infants are more vulnerable to the impact of pesticides.
Thankfully, the EWG’s Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce conducts a study each year to help parents make informed choices for themselves and children’s food. This study helps parents make informed, researched based, decisions when it comes to their produce shopping.
Do you miss gardening in the depth of winter? I know I do, and winter has barely gotten started. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been dreaming of having a greenhouse on your property for years, even when you knew very little about how to build one or what you’d grow in it. I just love the look and feel of walking into a nice greenhouse – especially when the weather outside is cool or downright cold. There’s something so invigorating about all those living plants around you in the warm, humid air.
If you’re wondering about the best reasons to build a greenhouse, look no further!
Can you imagine life without the extravagance of a refrigerator? It is so nice to be able to keep cold so many of our favorite and essential foods. It is hard to believe that for centuries people functioned fine without this modern day luxury.
One time tested way that those before refrigerators survived daily life was by using a root cellar. A root cellar was an essential part of everyday homes. Not only are these cellars great for storing your favorite produce, they have many different purposes that can help you feel like to you face any storm or zombie apocalypse that comes your way.
Aldi, the German supermarket chain, announced on January 1, 2016 that they will be the first major retail supermarket chain to ban bee killing pesticides from their produce. Aldi’s push to make dramatic changes doesn’t stop there. They continue to step up the game by offering additional organic food options, removing some artificial ingredients from its products, and adding more gluten-free items.
Are you feeling stuffy being stuck indoors during these long, cold winter days? You might notice that the air around you doesn’t feel as clean and fresh as it does in the spring and summer months. Have you ever wondered what causes that to happen?
Indoor air can be some of the worst air to breathe. The air inside can build up with all the daily contaminants like smoke, toxins, pesticides, mold, bacteria, etc. We can clean like crazy, but still not get rid of all the different contaminants found in our air.
It was my first Christmas as a young adult on my own, and I was so excited about having my first live Christmas tree in my own home. Growing up, my family always used artificial trees, so when I was able to experience that amazing evergreen aroma in my living room during the holidays I was hooked.
However, when it came down to tearing down the tree and finding a way to recycle it, I felt a little lost. In fact, I had no idea what to do, I had missed our garbage Christmas tree pickup dates and found myself with my tree hanging out in my backyard for the rest of winter. At that point, I needed to get creative to find other ways to recycle a dead Christmas tree.
With the holidays approaching fast, you might be starting that long process of trying to find the perfect gift. A list can get lengthy when you want to share with teachers, friends, neighbors, and family how much you appreciate them. Or, maybe you want to find a special way to say thank you to a special host.
Look no further, because you will never go wrong giving a gift of nature.