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Lawn history is rooted in wealth and status.
In 17th century England, only rich landowners had lawns (a monoculture of short, manicured grass). Work once done by sheep increasingly shifted to human labour, especially closer to the house. Before lawnmowers, only a few could afford to hire people to scythe and weed their grass.
Lawn's purpose? Purely decorative.
Given today's reality...
- Water shortages
- The health benefits of digging in dirt
- Our passion for clean, local food
- A desire to waste less
- How busy we say we are
- No need to show how much money you make
...I think society is ready to question, even ditch, the lawn habit.Continue reading »
It's hot. Many provinces are in flames and there's a water shortage.
Now, for the bad news: Our households consume about 340 litres of water per day. And the thirstiest culprit is your toilet, followed by laundry, faucets, showers and leaks.
This is not a problem of the week or this summer. This is what lies ahead.
Five water-saving habits inside your home (in order of impact)
"If it's yellow, let it mellow..." is the two-part jingle. But what about all the other times?
- Don't flush tissue or toilet paper each time you blow your nose. Switch to hankies (see laundering tip below).
- Stop flushing the unflushables like baby wipes, floss and hair. Don't treat your toilet like a garbage can.
- Install low-flow toilet(s). Old toilets use about 12 litres; low flow will cut that in half.
You came through with some creative, invented words and definitions. Let's vote for the best one! The winner gets a T-shirt signed by David Suzuki. (Plus, we'll all commit to start to use the term. It will be our little Queen of Green community inside joke.)
Crature • To crave nature. Submitted by Crystal.
Denatured • Deprived of nature. Submitted by Liz and Andrea.
Dysnatural • Submitted by Michelle.
Earth-ache • Submitted by Stacey.
Flora-Fauna-Fever • Submitted by Stacey.Continue reading »
We all know that bees are busy. So it makes sense that they get thirsty!
But have you ever witnessed a bee watering hole? Now you can make one.
Fact is, bees are crash landers (like those other beneficial insects, ladybugs). Open water, like a creek or pond (even a bird bath) means bees risk drowning or being caught by predators — you've seen fish jumping out of water to catch yummy insects, right?
Prevent bee drownings — make a bee bath! These three simple steps use ingredients already in your home. Your creation will also combat pests like aphids, because ladybugs that stop by for a sip will eat 'em!Continue reading »
Don't throw out silica gel packs found in vitamin bottles, packaging for electronics and leather goods — even seaweed snacks! Instead, reuse them to combat excess moisture in your home.
Watch this video to understand how silica dries things out.
Six ways to reuse silica gel packs
Spice it up
Do you get a workout shaking clumped chili or garlic powder? Toss silica gel packs into spice jars and sugar and salt containers.Continue reading »