How to Sprout Your Own Garden Starts


One of the best ways to ensure good food -- and save money in the bargain -- is to grow a garden. My parents always had a garden when I was growing up, and my husband and I regularly planted a garden when we had a house. While you can buy young plants to transplant into your garden, it can be more cost-efficient (and rewarding) to sprout your own garden sprouts. If you want to get a head start on your garden, you can sprout plants indoors, where they are safe from the cold weather, and move them outside to…

Three Home Appliances that can Shrink your Electric Bill


Electric bills are like opinions. Everybody has one, and not all of them are good. If you’re electric bill has skyrocketed these past few months, you may want to check your consumption and see if one of your appliances is out of whack, or maybe one member of your household sleeps with the lights and TV on. In any event, your job as a consumer and earth defender is to lower your carbon footprint. To do this, you must be vigilant about your current crop of appliances and the ones you are currently in the market for if a replacement…

How to grow herbs inside your home


Recently, I moved across the country. Instead of living in a home with a large backyard (complete with herb-filled raised garden bed), I live in a spacious third-floor apartment. While I have a small balcony, there really isn't ample room out there for an herb garden. Plus, I like the idea of growing fresh herbs year-round. Growing herbs indoors seems like the way to go -- especially since the last of the herbs I dried from my old home will run out soon. Here's my plan for planting an indoor herb garden: Choose the right herbs Some herbs grow better…

Tips to Preserve Produce for Winter


One of the things I liked about having produce in my backyard was the ability to preserve some of it for the future. I learned the value of food preservation while growing up. My parents had a huge garden, and we froze and bottled vegetables every harvest to preserve food for winter. If you want to preserve produce for winter, it doesn't have to be difficult. Here are some tips for making sure that you can enjoy your garden year-round: Get the Right Equipment While you don't want to spend an arm and a leg, the truth is that a…

Green Back to School Tips


Summer is almost over! It's time to reclaim your sanity and send the kids back to school. But before you head to the store for your back to school shopping, take a few minutes to consider how you can make this time of year a little more eco-friendly. Here are a few tips that can help you get back to school the green way: School Supplies First of all, find out what school supplies you are responsible for, and which the school will provide. There is no point in doubling consumption by buying what the school is already providing. Get…

Why You Should Consider Adopting Minimalist Principles


In the last few years, there has been a lot of interested in the idea of minimalism. The idea that you can do with less in your life is a powerful one. How many of sometimes wish that our homes and our lives were a little less cluttered? The good news is that you don't have to reduce your belongings to 100 of your favorite things, and you don't have to move into a tiny house to adopt a few minimalist principles. Adding a few minimalist principles to your life can have the following benefits: Help the Environment By definition, living…