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Traditional burial, in a coffin, takes a huge toll on the environment. Every year Americans cut down 4 million acres of hardwood forest to bury our dead. Once our bodies are “preserved” and sealed into wooden or metal caskets, they are buried in vast fields of granite tombstones, along with nearly a million gallons of formaldehyde per year. These cemeteries or...

An Oakland jury awarded a staggering $2 billion-plus in damages Monday to a Bay Area couple who both came down with cancer after spraying Monsanto Co.’s widely used Roundup weed killer on their properties for more than 30 years. It’s the third such verdict against Monsanto, all in Bay Area lawsuits, and by far the largest judgment against the company. Alva Pilliod,...

It’s planting season in metro Detroit, and gardeners are getting ready to stock up on greenery. From tiny urban gardens to rolling landscapes in the suburbs, here are 9 hot trends for 2019, according to horticultural experts. No space? No problem The biggest issue for most gardeners this year figuring out how to tackle a small garden. According to the U.S....

Small gardens are often seen as having little or no scope for design. This couldn’t be further from the truth. You can squeeze a lot into a small plot: be bold, be strong, ensure a lavish backbone of evergreens with spring color to enliven spirits after the long winter gloom – and don’t forget to incorporate the scent. But remember, in small gardens, less is...

Not to worry, Seattle, about the Seattle we fear losing. Not as long as people like Mark Storey are around. That would be the unconventional, a bit off-kilter Seattle that separates us from same-sameness that envelopes many of our cities. He’s one of the co-founders of World Naked Gardening Day, now in its 13th year, which was celebrated around the world last Saturday,...

Photo by: Agonjaka [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]So spring has arrived, and you’re feeling accomplished! You carefully transplant your young plants out into the garden and sow your seeds into the soil.  Days later you come out to find all of your newly planted crops have disappeared! Birds have been eating away at your tiny...

Here are some useful tips that will help you grow healthy and delicious tomatoes in your garden: Plant the tomato seedlings in pots, and poke holes underneath to prevent water stagnation. In order to make them flourish and ripen, you should ensure they receive at least 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Moreover, water the tomato seedlings twice a day, in the morning...

Photo: Josh Edelson / Associated Press 2018 Monsanto Co. asked a state appeals court Wednesday to overturn a groundbreaking $78.5 million damage award to a Bay Area groundskeeper who was diagnosed with cancer after years of spraying the company’s best-selling herbicide, arguing that there is no credible evidence the product is dangerous. In the years that plaintiff...

In the wake of widespread condemning of neonicotinoid pesticides as they affect bee populations, chemical companies have tried to come up with alternatives. One of those alternatives is a pesticide called Sivanto, made by Bayer CropScience. Sivanto is Bayer’s brand name for a pesticide called flupyradifurone, and the company has stressed that the pesticide is...

The smell of rosemary enhances our ability to recall past events and remember what to do in the future studies find. For one recent study, researchers from Northumbria University placed 150 healthy senior citizens in rooms which had been infused with either rosemary essential oil, lavender essential oil, or no scent at all, and then tested them on their ability...

We like to surround ourselves with friends, pets, fresh air, and sunshine, but have you ever considered the benefits of plants? According to some new research, living in the midst of healthy vegetation has proven to significantly extend one’s life expectancy. Research coming directly out of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as well as the Brigham and...

When Dennis and Danielle McClung bought a foreclosed home in Mesa, Ariz., in 2009, their new yard featured a broken, empty. Instead of spending a small fortune to repair and fill it, Dennis had a far more prescient idea: He built a plastic cap over it and started growing things inside. Thus, with help from family and friends and a ton of internet research, Garden...

Months ago I wanted to start making my own kombucha.  I was buying bottles of kombucha from the health store and the costs were adding up and I felt it was time for a cheaper way.  I researched a few ways for how to grow a kombucha scoby.  A scoby is the white alien looking thing floating at the top of the jar.  You need a scoby to ferment the tea to brew kombucha. ...

Anthracnose disease is a plant disease that affects a number of shade trees and shrubs, even ornamental plants during the growing season. Belonging to the kingdom of fungi, Anthracnose disease is generally common in the eastern parts of the United States. It was identified in 1875 in Germany. Since then, it has spread all around the world. Today, a number of nations,...

Notre Dame Cathedral’s three beehives — home to more than 180,000 bees — survived Monday’s destructive fire. The keeper of the hives, Nicolas Geant, shared the good news on Thursday. “The bees are alive. Until this morning, I had had no news,” Geant, who has cared for the hives since they were installed in 2013, told AFP. Geant originally feared the worst...

Everyone is familiar with hydrogen peroxide uses as a topical antiseptic and a personal care product. However, most people are unaware of the fact that this simple substance has amazing benefits and is something of a miracle product when it comes to gardening. In every phase and type of gardening, H202 can be extremely useful and helpful. In this article, we explore...

JESSICA GRIFFIN / FILE PHOTOGRAPH A group of Bhutanese refugees in South Philly cultivate a garden of Thai roselle, the fruit of which can be used to make a beverage. The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild recently reported an “overwhelming demand” for beginner classes for beekeeping. And in Grays Ferry, seniors and youth tend an 80-year-old community garden. Those...

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Dye Easter Eggs The Natural Way! Dyeing Easter eggs is a fun tradition that’s been around for centuries. So, how did our ancestors make all of those bright colors back before commercial egg dyes were sold in stores every spring? They used natural Easter egg dye colors. Making Natural Easter Egg Dyes With Fruits and Veggies Making natural Easter egg dye colors out...

“John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ shares with the easiest way he has discovered to rid his vegetable plants of aphids and whiteflies without using any insecticide. In this episode, you will learn about how a Ryobi tool on clearance can be used to remove aphids and other soft-bodied insects from your plants. You will learn how the Ryobi High Volume...

Photo by Getty Images/funky-data Make the most of your space by choosing quick growers like lettuce, radishes or beets instead, vegetables that offer high yields or repeat harvests such as zucchini or chard, or high-value herbs. Space-saving forms of fruits such as cordon or step-over forms of apple and pear, cane fruits such as raspberry and, of course, compact strawberries...