13 Things Your Nanny Won’t Tell You

It’s appalling how much junk you feed your kids iStock/monkeybusinessimages Seriously—give them veggies once in awhile! If you don’t keep junk food in your house, your kids can’t eat it. You can give them choices without destroying their health. Find out the toxic things you didn’t know you were feeding your children. Don’t come home drunk in the middle of the night… iStock/helenecanada … Wake up your children to play…

An app can help introduce newbies to the garden. But the real rewards are in the dirt.

Some children garden at the knee of their parents or grandparents, and by the time they are young adults and ready to start their own plant adventures, a lot of the horticulture comes naturally. But such lucky people are thinner on the ground than in previous generations, I suspect, even though there has never been a more urgent time to introduce younger folks to the power of the plant kingdom,…

The battle against bugs: it’s time to end chemical warfare

Insects are important wildlife often overlooked in urban habitats. What we do notice are the cockroaches, ants, and mosquitoes in and around our homes. All too often we reach for the insect spray. But not all insects are pests – a wide variety of them help keep our cities healthy. They pollinate plants, feed other wildlife, recycle our rubbish, and eat other insect pests. Insects are vital to our well-being.…

What are soil contaminants—and how did soil get contaminated?

Newswise — Feb. 18, 2019 – Soil is all around us, in cities and rural areas. But some soil becomes contaminated. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Feb. 15 Soils Matter blog post summarizes common contaminants and the risks they carry. “The biggest risks for soil contamination are in urban areas, and former industrial sites,” writes Lauren Svejcar, a researcher at Murdoch University. “Common contaminants in urban soils include…

High School Garden Club Helps Students ‘Grow’ Their Skills

LOS ANGELES, CA – Pens and paper are the typical supplies for many high school students, but that is not the case at Arroyo High School in El Monte. Students growing their skills in garden club Found in part by Eco Urban Gardens Helping students learn about agriculture, nutrition The school is part of a growing program, founded in partnership with a local nonprofit Eco Urban Gardens, meant to help…

7 Innovative Architectural Ideas With World-Changing Potential

Our ancient relatives, Homo heidelbergensis, were constructing shelters at least 400,000 years ago, and architectural innovation has been a defining feature of societies since then, changing to suit the needs and desires of the builders and occupants as they evolved. From energy-efficient designs to community-based spaces, these seven designs could help shape the future. As the population ages, society is faced with a challenge: How to help people who require…

Top 7 Herbs for Healing a Broken Heart

One of the most amazing occurrences in life is to fall in love, but the loss of such a relationship can be devastating. The real physical and emotional pain can take a toll on day to day life. Sleep and eating may become affected and sometimes we turn to certain bad habits to help us over the hump. Pharmaceutical remedies may help us cope with heartbreak, but they come with…

HGTV® Dream Home 2019: Gardening in Montana

The sweepstakes entry period for this year’s HGTV® Dream Home 2019 in Whitefish, Montana is well underway, and I’m sure you’ve all had a chance by now to daydream and drool over the photos and videos of this modern mountain retreat. In my last post, I admired the seamless indoors to outdoors ambience of this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath retreat and the benefits it had to offer from a gardening perspective.…

HGTV® Dream Home 2019: Bringing the Outdoors Inside

If you’re a gardener, then it goes without saying that you have a deep appreciation for the outdoors. You’ve probably already tried to bring the “outdoors in” by populating the interior of your home with an assortment of houseplants but, for me, I’ve never found this truly satisfying, as there is still a disconnect between indoor and outdoor life. My home lacks a lot of big windows, so I do…

After Years of Planning Santa Clara’s Urban Farm ‘Agrihood’ is Set to Break Ground by 2020

One of Santa Clara’s biggest and most unique affordable housing projects in the pipeline promises to offer a blend of urban living and farm life. The City Council last week granted final approvals to a housing project on a six-acre plot of land across the street from Westfield Valley Fair mall. The project, known as the “Agrihood,” will to provide 361 new homes, 181 of which will be below market rate.…