Why You Shouldn’t Feed Hummingbirds Red Dye

In the same group as bees and butterflies, hummingbirds are not to be forgotten as very important pollinators. When they drink nectar from our flowers, their foreheads rub against the stamens and pistils, thus collecting pollen and moving it around our...

From Farm To Table In The City: Planning An Urban Veggie Garden

It’s a dreamy idea: to have a private vegetable garden within a city. Imagine being able to bring your food from farm to table every morning and night. You would have complete control over how your food is handled and the environment in which it is grown....

Victory Against Monsanto In First Of Many Roundup Cancer Trials

Does glyphosate kill more than just weeds? A California jury has been convinced it does. The jury is so sure, it ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million US in damages to a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed killers caused his cancer. This is...

Building A Backyard Oasis With The Perfect Deck

For many of us, our outdoor space serves as a private oasis where we relax, draw inspiration, and retreat from the chaos of our busy lives. When planning the construction of a new deck, there are many things to think about; choosing the right material,...

Nature-Approved: Try These Remedies Made From Medicinal Plants

My five-year-old daughter has terrible eczema all over her body; people ask me all the time what the painful-looking rashes are on her arms and legs. I tried products with cortisone without any luck. Then, earlier this summer at the farmer’s market, a...

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The Healing Powers Of Medicinal Gardens
Herbalism is often considered to be an alternative form of medicine, but there’s nothing alternative about it. Plants have been used to treat a variety of illnesses for thousands of years. Long before Aspirin and Advil, our ancestors achieved pain relief...
outdoor plants
Six Ways To Get The Biggest Plants Outdoors
Looking for a way to grow bigger and better plants outdoors? We’ve got you covered with six great tips for achieving the very best results outside with the help of organics, recycling, and plant training. 1. Pruning And Support Many people train their...
planting outdoors
Things To Consider Before Planting Outdoors
As we enjoy the lovely warmer months of summer, green-fingered enthusiasts reap the benefits of their annual outdoor gardens. With each new growing season, most gardeners are keen to grow bigger and better than ever before. Below are my top tips on what to...
Lufa Farms
Lufa Farms: A Model For Feeding Cities And Reconnecting People To Food
Fixing a broken food system and reconnecting people with the food they eat is no easy task. But Lufa Farms in Montreal is doing it. With three rooftop greenhouses spread out across the city, Lufa has 140,000 sq. ft. of growing space dedicated to feeding...
Modern Farming
Quality Over Quantity: Modern Farming Company Changing The Foodscape
Quantity over quality; that just about sums up today’s food industry. We want lots of food, we want it fast, and we want it cheap. So, we turn to mass-produced foods that are often genetically modified and full of chemicals, herbicides and other things we...
government grants
Hydroponic Help: Government Grants For Farmers Making The Switch
We love hearing from our readers, and just recently, we got a great question about what kind of government support there is for people looking to start farming with hydroponics. This is such a timely topic! The world’s population is currently at 7.6...
Monsanto weed killer round up
Victory Against Monsanto In First Of Many Roundup Cancer Trials
Does glyphosate kill more than just weeds? A California jury has been convinced it does. The jury is so sure, it ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million US in damages to a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed killers caused his cancer. This is...
gene-edited is the same as gmos
The EU’s Top Court Rules: Gene-Editing and GMOs Are One And The Same
Something big happened in Europe last week: The EU’s top court has ruled that gene-edited plants and animals will be regulated under the same restrictions as GMOs. And while environmental protection groups are celebrating, many scientists say the landmark...
no till
No-Till And No-Dig Gardening Techniques Gaining Ground
I bought some carrots at my local farmer’s market a couple of weeks ago and the girl I got them from told me they were the world’s best carrots. She was right; they were perfectly sweet and earthy tasting. When I went back to buy more the following week, I...
Hummingbirds
Why You Shouldn’t Feed Hummingbirds Red Dye
In the same group as bees and butterflies, hummingbirds are not to be forgotten as very important pollinators. When they drink nectar from our flowers, their foreheads rub against the stamens and pistils, thus collecting pollen and moving it around our...
Make your own home remedies with medicinal plants
Nature-Approved: Try These Remedies Made From Medicinal Plants
My five-year-old daughter has terrible eczema all over her body; people ask me all the time what the painful-looking rashes are on her arms and legs. I tried products with cortisone without any luck. Then, earlier this summer at the farmer’s market, a...
mushrooms growing in your houseplants
What To Do When You Find Mushrooms Growing In Your Houseplants
I’ve successfully grown my first mushrooms! Great news, right? Nope. Unfortunately, I wasn’t even trying to grow mushrooms, and therefore, these are not edible or even wanted. I have two beautiful Clivia Miniata plants in my front windows, also known as...
Farm to Table Urban Garden
From Farm To Table In The City: Planning An Urban Veggie Garden
It’s a dreamy idea: to have a private vegetable garden within a city. Imagine being able to bring your food from farm to table every morning and night. You would have complete control over how your food is handled and the environment in which it is grown....
Monarch on a milkweed
Monarch Butterflies And Milkweed Go Hand In Hand
As a kid, I remember chasing butterflies around my yard. They were almost always monarchs; I’d cup them in my hands for a couple of seconds, admiring their vibrant orange and black wings before releasing them back into the air. Simpler times, for sure....
Deer
Keeping The Deer Away From The Veggie Patch With Pig’s Blood
At dusk the other night, I had a staring contest with a deer in my backyard. And lost. After waving my son’s toy lawn mower in the air like a crazy person, she finally left, albeit very reluctantly. The next morning, I awoke to a collapsed deer fence...
Peat
Peat-Free Movement Gaining Steam In UK; Other Countries Should Follow Suit
Peat moss is widely-used in gardens around the world, and for good reason. Plants thrive in peat because it provides a sterile growing medium and delivers highly-absorbent qualities; it retains water better than other types of soil and prevents soil...
honeybee
Attracting The Honeybee To Your Garden; Why We All Need To Help
Now that everything is in bloom, you’ll probably be seeing creatures both great and small paying a visit to your backyard or garden. Of all the animals you might see, our buzzing bee friends are among the most important. You might be a little wary of these...
Composting Food
Healthy Soil, Healthy People: Why Composting Food Waste Is So Important
Every year, a third of the food we produce is wasted. That alone is a travesty, but what's even worse, is the wasted food often ends up in landfills, where without proper airflow, it decomposes and emits methane into the atmosphere. One of the most...
Backyard deck oasis
Building A Backyard Oasis With The Perfect Deck
For many of us, our outdoor space serves as a private oasis where we relax, draw inspiration, and retreat from the chaos of our busy lives. When planning the construction of a new deck, there are many things to think about; choosing the right material,...
Stepping Stones
Beautify Your Yard With These DIY Stepping Stones
This is our first full summer at our new house, and my husband and I have been working hard giving the yard and gardens a bit of a facelift. Cramming non-stop landscaping and gardening into such a short season is exhausting, but it’s also deeply...
flexitarian
Are You A Flexitarian? Trend Of Eating Less Meat On The Rise
In my household, we can go weeks without eating a single piece of meat. It’s not something we do on purpose; it just kind of happens that we design our meals around fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Sometimes -- but rarely -- the opposite is...