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How to Pick Fresh Veggies

When choosing fresh veggies, my first thought goes straight to the garden. Growing up in Virginia, we would visit my grandparents every summer in North Carolina.  My Grandfather had this huge, amazing garden and a green thumb to go along with.  I remember sitting in the kitchen with my Grandma shucking corn and snapping peas, but my favorite of all were the fresh tomatoes. I can’t … Continue reading How to Pick Fresh Veggies

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DIY Eco-Friendly Party Favors

We’ve all seen the mismatched tea cups, mugs, and various ceramic items at second-hand shops and neighborhood garage sales. Most of us aren’t looking for an eclectic mix of tableware, so it’s not likely that these items will find a home…unless they can be repurposed into something new. All you need for this eco-friendly party favor is: an assortment of unique “pots” cactus blend potting mix … Continue reading DIY Eco-Friendly Party Favors

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UPCYCLE DIY – Repurposed Centerpiece

One of our favorite upcycling projects this summer is to repurpose glass bottles into a stunning centerpiece for your next outdoor party. All you need is a handful of empty glass bottles, a little spray paint and some freshly cut flowers. STEP 1: Raid your recycle bin! Tip: Look for bottles with varying sizes and shapes to create a more balanced set. Remove all labels … Continue reading UPCYCLE DIY – Repurposed Centerpiece

Tips for Organic Raised Bed Gardens

If you are making an effort to reduce your carbon footprint and lead a more sustainable life, try growing your own garden this summer. Organic raised bed gardens are a great choice for a beginner, and chock-full of awesome benefits. Why a Raised Bed Garden? One great feature of raised bed gardens is the control you have over the soil. If the condition of your … Continue reading Tips for Organic Raised Bed Gardens

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Beginner’s Guide to Composting

There are so many benefits to starting a compost bin or pile. By recycling your kitchen and lawn waste, you reduce your carbon footprint and minimize your contribution to landfills. Composting is also a key element in growing a successful, flourishing organic garden (link to raised bed post). It helps the soil retain water, improves its composition and acts as a nutrient-rich, natural alternative to … Continue reading Beginner’s Guide to Composting

Stylish Compost Bin

DIY Stylish Compost Bin

A compost bin is hard on your landscaping, because it really doesn’t fit. If you don’t have a natural spot to place it, a compost bin will stand out like a sore thumb. This do-it-yourself stylish compost bin will complement your landscaping. Supplies: Wooden pallets (3-4) Saw Hammer Screws or nails Any type of flexible wire mesh Small door hinges (4) Staple gun/staples (optional) Simple … Continue reading DIY Stylish Compost Bin