Originally published in NaturalNews.com
(NaturalNews) Organic gardening avoids the use of chemicals to make plants grow or protect them from insects, relying instead on natural gardening principles used for thousands of years. Permaculture organic gardening goes a step further and also emphasizes growing plants sustainably, working with rather than against the grain of the natural environment. Permaculture organic gardening is growing in popularity as more people realize that it offers an inexpensive and relatively low-maintenance way to grow their own fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Dangerous bleach, ammonia, and alcohol make up most household cleaning products. For options that don’t leave a chemical residue, stay away from store-bought concoctions and go au naturale. You’ve probably got these simple products in your kitchen already: baking soda, vinegar, lemon, club soda and cornstarch. As an extra bonus, these cleaning agents are often more affordable than store-bought brands. Follow these hints and you’ll feel safe enough to eat off the floor—literally.
One of the most basic items you can use in maintaining a green home is baking soda. Bicarbonate of soda, a naturally occurring mineral in our bodies, the earth, even the ocean, is useful in every area of our life. From a cleaning agent to a leavening agent, for your upset stomach to your deodorant, even extinguishing kitchen fires, baking soda functions in every room of the house.
Winter is upon us; and, with our homes closed up, there is a danger that we can be at risk to mold and mildew and their accompanying health effects. Mold is a fungus and is part of nature’s way of breaking down dead organic matter in the outdoor world. Mold can survive the cold of space, as well as high temperatures. It is when mold comes indoors that it can play havoc on our homes and our health. Overexposure to high spore levels can cause breathing problems, congestion, hay fever, and allergies––just to name a few.
The spring housekeeping bug has hit me and I am busy cleaning out closets and sending unused articles to charity, repainting walls and shampooing the carpets. As I do so, I am reminded of the task of finding environmentally friendly alternatives to the products that I use everyday. Here are a few tips for an environmentally friendly home.
Less than 1% of all insects are destructive to plants and many insects feed on the damaging pests. Using harmful pesticides changes the dynamics of a garden, often increasing those unwanted visitors
Summer is enjoying the abundance of nature in my backyard. Yet, as I sit on my lounge I see weeds, the bane of gardening; and, over there, black spot on my roses. Taming those pesky unwanted intrusions need not mean a trip to the pesticide department.
Everyday Ecology: Microwave Ovens: Safe or not? That play at lighthearted humor may be more accurate than you think.Food cooked in a microwave oven suffers molecular damage and can cause abnormal changes in human blood and immune systems. As a result of studies conducted on microwave energy & food, a Swiss food scientist was fired from his job with a prohibition on talking about his research and the Soviet Union banned the use of ovens in 1976. Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic energy, like light waves or radio waves. All wave energy changes polarity from positive to negative with each cycle of the wave.
Here is a simple recipe you can make at home
for controlling a variety of insects and diseases.
Here is a simple recipe you can make at home for controlling a variety of insects and diseases.
To my mind, resolutions that help our outer environment need also be ones that help to simplify our inner life, too.It's the beginning of another New Year and time for resolutions.
We're halfway through this decade and the world seems to be moving ahead quickly, leaving the feeling of more to be done than there is time. To my mind, resolutions that help our outer environment need also be ones that help to simplify our inner life, too.
If you're using a plastic container to heat your dinner, be aware plastic contains chemical additives,which can leach out. Recently, a magazine crossed my path that has inspired me and I would like to recommend it to you. It's Organic Style: Fresh Thinking. Fresh Living. This column is adapted from their June 2005 issue.
If you're using a plastic container to heat your dinner, be aware plastic contains chemical additives, which can leach out and may increase the risk of birth defects and hormone-related illnesses. University studies show heat releases these harmful additives into the food being heated. So, eliminate the use of all plastic in the microwave and dishwasher.
Bringing a new consciousness to my life about the results of my actions and including a "living green" attitude has been a priority of mine for some time. As I do my research for this column, I am discovering that I am not alone. The number of people who are interested in improving the environment is increasing.
We are being called the "cultural creatives." (http://www.culturalcreatives.org/). In the book, Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World, the authors focus on an audience that distrusts the media, relies on targeted advertising, is looking for companies that share their vision and may compose half of the U.S. population in 10 years. Yet, we are busy people who are looking to simplify our live rather than add to them. The purpose of this column is to suggest to you simple things you can do to be a "cultural creative".