How to Use Baking Soda as Organic Fungicide for Your Garden

How to Use Baking Soda as Organic Fungicide for Your Garden

Guest post by Owais Shah

 

The use of baking soda as a fungicide is not new. Scientifically known as Sodium Bicarbonate, it has been an effective and safe fungicide for the treatment of various fungal diseases. It is also effective at eliminating the effects of fungal diseases on common vegetable plants.

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Road Tripping in an Electric Vehicle

Road Tripping in an Electric Vehicle

Road trips have been a great American tradition since cars were first made popular in the early 20th century. Though at first a privilege granted only to the wealthy, cars were soon made available for families, who were then able to explore all across the country.

Road tripping is still a popular family vacation today, but Americans have different concerns than they did 100 years ago. The harmful emissions caused by cars are polluting the air and harming our environment, which is why many families and car owners have opted to go the green route by investing in an electric vehicle.

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How to take care of your indoor seedlings

How to take care of your indoor seedlings

Spring is officially around the corner! Although the weather may not have begun warming significantly where you live, there’s no reason you can’t start your growing season a little early. After visiting my local nurseries for the past month now and repeatedly being told that no new herb or vegetable plants had come in yet, I decided to invest in a few simple tools and start planting some seeds indoors. Whether you’ve got the itch to grow right now, or you’re interested in getting a jump start on your gardening, there are a few things you can do today to start growing something good and make sure that it thrives well into the warm season.

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Turkish lentil soup

Turkish lentil soup

This fast, easy, and healthy recipe for kırmızı mercimek çorba, or (Turkish) red lentil soup, is one of my family’s favorite. My 8-year old requests it every week. It’s one of several ways that this soup can be made: you can omit the carrots and Hungarian paprika if you prefer, or take more time and strain the soup through a sieve if you like, creating a thinner consistency (which is the way you will usually find it being made in Turkey). You can also add more water to make it less thick and hearty.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Successful Indoor Gardening

A Beginner’s Guide to Successful Indoor Gardening

Guest post by Ashly Rosa

When the winter gets you feeling down and you find yourself dreaming of fresh herbs and veggies from the summer garden, consider creating your own garden indoors! Besides providing plenty of delicious food to eat, indoor plants clean the air in your home and add a pop of vibrant green space to the indoor space.

Indoor gardening is a great solution for those who do not have enough outdoor space, especially for those who live in cities where space is at a premium. Plants do not have to take up much space - if a sunny window, table, or shelf can work with the current configuration of your space, then a plant can thrive. For outdoor garden spots, indoor gardening may be a great way to get seedlings going before planting them outside the spring.

Here are some important things to consider when starting an indoor garden:

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Make Green Living easier with these free zero-waste checklists

Make Green Living easier with these free zero-waste checklists

Guest post by Jeff Smith

 A huge part of reducing your carbon footprint is being mindful of the amount of waste you produce on a day-to-day basis. While businesses and corporations are hugely responsible for their impact on our planet, individual consumers make up a lot of the waste as well, so it’s on all of us to do our part to leave the earth in better shape than when we first entered it.

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Why You Should Avoid Taking Antibiotics Whenever Possible

Why You Should Avoid Taking Antibiotics Whenever Possible

Ok, at least here in the US, we’re nearing the end of cold and flu season (or so I thought!), yet there are still plenty of people around me getting sick. Several of my students had emailed in sick these past 2 weeks, and others came in to class anyway, even though they clearly should have stayed at home in bed!

So I thought it was time to write a post about not resorting to antibiotics to cure yourself from many of the sicknesses that will resolve on their own, or that can be cured by other means.

Let me say one thing from the start, though. This is NOT an anti-vac post or anything like that. Even though we do not take the flu vaccine in my household (and never get sick, even when we are exposed to the flu), we have all our required shots. Whether or not you take antibiotics is ultimately up to you, and there are definitely times when you absolutely should take them. The problem with antibiotics is that many people take them when they should not, and that is ultimately what this post is about: why you should avoid the unnecessary use of antibiotics.

Here are 4 reasons to avoid antibiotics when they are not absolutely necessary:

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What makes hemp such a sustainable crop?

What makes hemp such a sustainable crop?

Guest post by Keilah Kaiser

Unique characteristics of hemp

Since the early 1700s, hemp has built a strong name for itself as a sustainable crop and textile resource. Yet a lot of people are confused about this industrial plant and its relationship to marijuana. Because of this confusion, negative stereotypes are commonly associated with the hemp plant, striking fear in the public.

But there's a clear distinction between the two. It's imperative to note the benefits the hemp plant brings. And it starts by taking a close look at the structure of the seed and the stalk of the plant.

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8 Sustainable Innovations that are Shaping the Construction Sector

8 Sustainable Innovations that are Shaping the Construction Sector

Guest post by Hannah Bullimore

With the UK construction, operation and maintenance industry accounting for 48% of the UK’s carbon emissions, the focus of many innovations in construction is now on reducing the construction sector's CO2 output.

Protection Supplies uncovered the cutting-edge yet conscious building materials of the future before revealing how these materials are changing the way that buildings are now being constructed.

The UK’s construction industry also needs to build 300,000 homes a year to overcome the current housing shortage. As the industry is failing to do this, materials which can shorten the time it takes to build homes and make them more affordable are crucial for a true construction revolution.

Some of the benefits of these innovative materials include:

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What if we could see exhaust emissions?

What if we could see exhaust emissions?

guest post by Select Car Leasing

Have you ever been walking down a busy high-street and been overcome by the smell of exhaust fumes from cars passing by? The air in front of you seems to be clear, but the smell is overwhelming. This is because once the initial white smoke comes out of a car exhaust and dissipates, harmful chemicals remain in the air but appear invisible to the human eye.

Research by The Independent used an infra-red camera to look at a bus stopped at some traffic lights surrounded by cyclists and shoppers. The camera showed that harmful particles such as nitrogen oxides were swirling around the cyclists and being blown to the other side of the street, where they would balloon up into the shoppers’ faces without them knowing.

It makes you wonder how differently we would feel if the chemicals emitted from car exhausts were visible in the air around us.

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Eco-Friendly Tips That Can Save Your Business Money

Eco-Friendly Tips That Can Save Your Business Money

Guest post by Robert S. Miller

 There are many reasons your business may be trying to go green. First and foremost, you may be concerned about the lasting impact your company’s activities will have on the environment. You may be interested in recent technological advancements that make it easier to reduce your ecological footprint. You also may be looking to take advantage of the positive associations consumers have with eco-conscious brands.

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creamy potato-sweet potato soup (recipe)

creamy potato-sweet potato soup (recipe)

(vegan option)

This is a thick, rich, and creamy soup that is perfect for the cold season. Even better, it is quick and easy to make – 45 minutes from start to finish! It has a number of different variations you can try to suit your particular tastes, variations that range from the sweetness to the thickness to spices used in this soup. You can even choose to make it vegan by skipping the last part, that adds a dollop of plain yogurt to the finished soup.

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Sustainable Beauty: How You Can Transform Your Beauty Regime to Be More Sustainable

Sustainable Beauty: How You Can Transform Your Beauty Regime to Be More Sustainable

uest post by Poppy Jones

We all know how difficult it can be when it comes to switching up our beauty regime, particularly when we have set products that we know and love and refuse to change. If you’re interested in becoming more eco-conscious, then making small changes to your beauty regime is a great place to start. In recent years, the sustainable beauty movement has gained considerable recognition world-wide as more and more people are realising the importance of engaging more sustainable day-to-day practices, because of the destructive impact that our consumer habits are having has on our planet. Brands have responded to this movement by creating simple solutions to assist you in consuming products in more sustainable ways.

Here are some amazing eco-friendly replacements you can make to your beauty regime so you can make a positive change this year.

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Eco-Housing Design Types

Eco-Housing Design Types

Guest post by Lou Crane of Roof Stores

Private homes are estimated to be responsible for about one-fifth to one-fourth of global carbon dioxide emissions, and for that reason, eco-friendly construction or green building is becoming more and more of a necessity. If you’re looking to move home and want something more eco-friendly, Roof Stores have been investigating some alternative types of housing that will help you cut down your carbon footprint…

Read on for more information, and check out the infographic!

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How to Safely Transport Your Plants

How to Safely Transport Your Plants

guest post by Tess Halpren

(image by Brina Blum on Unsplash)

There has been a ton of research to establish why plants have such a positive impact on the environment, and on our well-being. They add more than just aesthetics to a room. Some of their many other benefits include

  • Improved air quality

  • Improved humidity levels

  • Reduced stress and improved well-being

  • The ability to evoke a calmer, happier effect

  • Reduced negativity in the workplace and home

  • Ability to absorb noise

  • Help in saving energy

  • Aid in speeding up recovery from illnesses

  • Help in reduction of carbon dioxide levels

Based on these impressive benefits, it’s no surprise people hold their plants so dearly. And if you’re planning on moving or relocating in 2019, the thought of how to best transport your plants might have already came to mind. The Zebra created this helpful guide on how to effectively and safely transport your plants. It includes best practices, safety precautions, and helpful tips for before, during, and after your move.

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