Ideas for Edible Landscaping


Often, we think of landscaping and food gardening as two different activities. However, to the creative gardener, there is plenty of room for overlap. There are a great many lovely plants that also happen to be edible. As you plan your yard this spring, and consider what to plant, consider edible landscaping. Here are some ideas: Edible Flowers Many of us know that dandelion leaves can make a great addition to a salad. Unfortunately, no matter how pretty your kids think dandelions are, they aren't considered a viable part of a good-looking landscape. But there are plenty of other edible…

4 Tips for Teaching Your Child to Live More Sustainably


One day, a couple of years ago, as my son and I headed home from whatever appointment we had, we saw someone toss a can out the window. "That's not good for the environment, mom," he said. "We should go pick that up." What could I do? I want to teach my son to live a little more sustainably, and to try to take good care of the environment, so I pulled the car over and we picked up the trash. I was proud of my son, and, I have to admit, I did give myself a pat on the…

Green vs. Sustainability


Many of us like to think that we are "being green" and living in a sustainable manner. However, just because something is considered "green," doesn't mean that it is sustainable. There is a bit of a difference between green and sustainability. Understanding that difference can help you recognize that some of your choices may not be completely sustainable, and help you work toward living in a way that is a little more sustainable. What is Green? A "green" product is often one that is labeled that for marketing purposes. These are products that may help you reduce your impact on…

Never Under-Estimate the Power of Mother Nature


Several weeks ago I was out on our front porch with lil' SPF enjoying the late day summer breeze when I spotted an odd looking plant sprouting from the garden. Well the plant itself was not odd but it was very odd to find it there among the flowers and bushes. You see I had spotted a tomato plant! Later that day SPF and I took a close look and found a massive tomato plant growing in our front garden. There were at least five shoots off the main plant and at least a dozen young, green fruit already growing.…

Thrift Stores as Part of Your Sustainable and Frugal Lifestyle


One of the best ways to live sustainably and frugally is to do your shopping at thrift stores. You can save money, and at the same time reduce the number of resources being used up.  Sustainable Living with Thrift Stores Many consumers make a big deal of using products made from recycled materials. This is a good thing, of course. Often, these products have less of an impact on the environment. However, it still requires resources and energy to turn old items into new. Thrift stores get rid of that requirement. Instead, you have access to used items that don't…

That Old Refrigerator May Be Costing You


The refrigerator is one of the heaviest consumers of power amongst household appliances. It runs 365 days a year, making it important to have an energy friendly refrigerator in your household. An energy friendly refrigerator in 2006 was estimated to consume 481 kilowatt hours per year. The energy consumption of refrigerators has improved steadily year over year. In 1990, the average Canadian refrigerator consumed a whopping 1,525 kilowatt hours per year making it the heaviest consumer of power amongst household appliances. Did you really think that the old refrigerator in your garage or basement wasn’t costing you that much in…