13 Ideas For Turning Your Lawn Into A Vibrant Ecosystem

Travel across America today, and you’re likely to see more of a single plant species than any other. It’s not corn- Kentucky Bluegrass wins the award of being the country’s most cultivated crop. Grassy lawns take up more than three times the space of any other irrigated crop, covering a swath over 31 times as large as Delaware. Endless expanses of well-manicured grass might be… [read more]

Homemade Garlic & Hot Pepper Garden Pest Spray

I do love to garden, but there are a few pests out there I can do without. Even though I use many natural pest deterrent practices like companion planting, there are a few tenacious little creatures that will stop at nothing to get to my delicious fruits and veggies. A natural, yet effective way to keep pests out of your garden is to use hot peppers. Capsaicin, the same chemical… [read more]

12 Compelling Reasons To Grow Chives + How To Use Them

You don’t have to sport a green thumb to grow chives (allium schoenoprasum), they are almost a fail-proof crop and will build up your confidence to grow a variety of herbs. Chives, a relative to the onion, are hardy, drought tolerant perennials. They grow to be 8-20 inches high in mounds via underground bulbs. Not only are chives pretty with their dainty purple blossoms and… [read more]

7 Bad Habits That Are Ruining Your Heart Health

You probably already know that following a healthy diet and getting regular exercise are important habits for good heart health, but you probably don’t realize that there are many things you may be doing that have the opposite effect. There are multiple activities that few think twice about but can have a negative impact on heart health. Do you have any of these in common,… [read more]

DIY Calamine Lotion To Soothe Bug Bites & Itchy Rashes

Warmer weather undoubtedly means more time outside. Taking a hike, riding a bike, and even time spent in the garden will mean bug bites, rashes, or sunburn. Calamine lotion is the go-to, cure all that can be used to treat anything from sunburn to poison ivy to itchy mosquito bites. While store-bought calamine lotion isn’t as chemical laden as many over the counter cosmetics or anti-itch lotions, you can make… [read more]

Hügelkultur: Why You Should Build This Ultimate Raised Bed

Image used with permission from Tyrant Farms. Are you looking for a gardening strategy that reduces your water requirements, provides long-term soil fertility, and is a self-sustaining system once you set it up? If so, it’s time to learn more about hügelkultur, a traditional German gardening solution that relies on wood piles to grow healthier plants. Whether you’ve got a green thumb already or can… [read more]

10 Best Natural Hair Conditioners For Soft & Silky Hair

Long before acquiring hair care products involved a quick trip to the store, men and women cleaned their tresses with soaps made from plant or animal oils. Since these cleansers had the effect of drying out the hair, the conventional wisdom from the late 18th century onwards was to shampoo only very rarely (every four to six weeks) to prevent damage. The earliest known hair… [read more]

8 Ways To Get Rid Of Squash Bugs & How To Prevent Them

Squash bugs are persistent and can bring devastation to crops. Although squash bugs get their name from their most desirous crop, squash, they can also rip apart a pumpkin crop in a short amount of time. They are often misidentified as stink bugs because they look similar, although stink bugs are wider and rounder than squash bugs, both give off a foul odor when squished.… [read more]

12 Reasons To Grow Chamomile & 7 Brilliant Recipes

Chamomile is a common group name for a number of plants that are similar in nature to daisies and in the Asteraceae family. This well-loved and very ancient herb has earned a place of respect in traditional medicine for its mild and bittersweet taste and its ability to promote a sense of calm for the mind and body. You are probably most familiar with chamomile… [read more]

9 Best Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Gingivitis

Gingivitis, also known as gum disease, is regarded as inflammation that develops around the tissues that surround and support the teeth. It is commonly a result of poor dental hygiene and the condition varies widely in its severity. Signs Of Gingivitis You might have gingivitis if you have one more of these symptoms: Very red and swollen gums that tend to bleed easily when you… [read more]