9 Reasons To Start Composting With A Bokashi Bucket + How To Get Started

Does your current compost system leave your garden lacking? Are you sick of having to sort out the veggie scraps from meat and dairy products? It might be time to experiment with a more advanced composting system- one that lets you build up your soil without being overly picky about the ingredients, and without producing bad odors in the process. Using a bokashi bucket flips… [read more]

How To Make Mosquito Repelling Citronella Candles

Citronella has a long reputation for repelling mosquitoes and other pests. It works by masking our bodies with a distinctive aroma that bugs hate. The top use for Citronella is as an insect repellent due to its natural non-toxic repellent properties. There are loads of commercially produced citronella products available for home use, but most of the time the candles and oils are mixed with cheap and harmful… [read more]

How To Make Your Own Beautifully Scented Wax Melts

Wax melts are scented pieces of wax, without a wick, that are melted in a warmer to release a fragrance. They are a great way to try out different aromas without having to invest in several types of candles. Wax melts last longer than a standard candle and are highly customizable. Unlike candles, the wax does not evaporate; only the scent dissipates. Once you can no… [read more]

5 Steps To Making Your Own Fruit Wine + 8 Recipes To Get You Started

A much more natural way to imbibe this summer, fruit wine – also known as country wine – can be composed of any combination of fruits, flowers, and herbs. Budget-friendly and easy to make, homemade wines allow you to flex your culinary prowess to make a wine true to your tastes, while also producing a cleaner beverage since it doesn’t contain the preservatives or pesticides… [read more]

20 Uses For Cloves For Home, Health & Beauty

You may know cloves for their sweet and spicy aroma. These dried flower buds are from the evergreen Syzygium aromaticum tree. The word cloves come from the Latin word “clavus” which means “nail.” This is because the shaft and head look so much like a nail. The Syzygium tree can be found in warmer climates, mostly in Brazil, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Cloves were spread… [read more]

18 Unexpected Health Risks In Every Grocery Store

Information about the best ways to ensure you source safe food abounds today, but have you given much thought to the potential dangers of the grocery store? While most of us know it’s vital to avoid GMO ingredients and pesticides on our produce; it’s easy to discount the effect of the store itself on the overall food safety. Unfortunately, recent research reveals that shopping at… [read more]

10 Reasons To Freeze Dry Food At Home & How To Get Started

Are you sick of constantly throwing away the food you shoved into the fridge to “use later”? Food waste is a major concern in the modern world, and tossing out spoiled produce every few weeks really starts to add up – both for the planet and your pocketbook. CNBC estimates that the average family of four annually wastes almost $2,500 in food costs because it… [read more]

17 Ways To Start Homesteading Wherever You Are

Let’s face it. Your life lacks a level of intentionality, and you’re looking to change that. The modern world might be efficient, but outsourcing every task necessary for daily living makes it easy to feel disengaged from what’s going on around you. So what’s the solution? For many people, it’s finding ways to move a little closer to the land by adopting a homesteading lifestyle.… [read more]

The Problem Of “Greenwashing”? & How To Avoid It

Walk through the grocery store today, and you might be surprised by the number of sustainability-minded brands in sight. Product labels like “pure and natural”, “made with recycled ingredients” and “good for the environment” might look impressive, but do they deliver what they promise? To find out the facts, it’s important to understand exactly what companies have to gain by “greenwashing” their products- or appearing… [read more]

Wild Garlic – 5 Reasons To Forage For This Superfood + Best Recipes

Wild garlic, also known as ramsons or ramps, grows free in abundance on many lands open to foraging. In North America, it’s widespread across the eastern U.S. and eastern Canada, growing all the way from Missouri and Minnesota, as far north as Quebec and in higher elevations in the south, though it can also be found in areas along the west coast. It’s a distant… [read more]