EPA blocks a dozen products containing pesticides thought harmful to bees

The Environmental Protection Agency is pulling from the market a dozen products containing pesticides known to be toxic to a linchpin of the U.S. food system — the honeybee. The agency announced Monday it has canceled the registrations of 12 pest-killing products with compounds belonging to a class of chemicals known as neonicotinoids, as part of a legal settlement. For years, beekeepers and wildlife conversationalists alike have voiced concern that…

DANDELION & HONEY ICE CREAM [Get The Recipe!]

If dandelion wine captures the essence of summer for adults, then dandelion ice cream sums it up for kids.  This flower infused treat is sweetened with honey.  All you need is one cup of dandelion petals, which should be available on any respectable pesticide-free lawn. Making dandelions into ice cream isn’t a new idea, but rather than blossoms, most recipes use roasted dandelion roots.  The book Pacific Feast: A Foragers…

8 Best Homemade Garden Fertilizers

Organic gardening is as popular as ever, and the methods we use plays a critical role in our health and the health of the planet. There are many different all-natural fertilizers that you can use in your garden or with potting soil. Some of these fertilizers can be made or collected at home using common items from your pantry or your backyard. Here are 8 of our favorite DIY fertilizers for a variety of needs. Grass clippings.…

Gardening Know How Sponsorship Recipient: Dowell Elementary School

This year, Gardening Know How’s School and Community Garden Sponsorship Program was fortunate enough to help support 20 gardens with $1,000 each. These gardens represent a wide array of community and school programs, from Florida to Saskatchewan and many places in between. Each has its own unique and powerful story, and we’re excited to share them with you. Every other week we highlight one of our sponsorship recipients to help…

Mosquitoes Hate These Plants. Grow Them In Your Home

Scientists have already proven that mosquitoes choose their victims according to their body odor, and they are most fond of pregnant women and people with slightly higher body temperature. In addition, they also attract the smell of sweat, and some people simply have no luck with mosquitoes because they have a smell that draws them more intensely. But some strong scent is extremely unpleasant for mosquitoes, not only masking our…

Should Children Be Taught How To Grow Food As Part of Their Schooling?

If you are a parent, you should probably think about one good question: should your children be taught to grow food at school? The modern era is marked by the constant advancements in technology, and the new inventions have provided the comfort and conveniences that we never even imagined to live in. However, we lost a large part of the needed real-world knowledge and skills to survive and take care…

There’s A 6-Acre Sunflower Maze In Florida That’s Just As Magnificent As It Sounds

It’s hard not to drive through Florida during the spring and summer months and catch a glimpse of a sunflower farm or two. Especially for those driving along the beautiful country roads. One of Florida’s greatest natural pleasures comes in the form of these towering beauties, and if you’re looking for a way to enjoy them in their fullest, then this Florida farm is it. Sunflowers in Florida are not…

8 Ways To Get Rid of Garden Pests Without Any Chemicals!

1. Peppermint Castile Soap, via Rocky Hedge Farm – GET THE RECIPE! “There is a variety of things that can be done in a garden to help control the critters and insects that find the vegetable patch their tasty treat for the day. Companion planting, attracting birds and good insects, and even hand picking some of the bugs and placing them in a bucket of soapy water. Then there are…

Summer Tips from Monrovia, a Reputable Name You Can Trust

Planning summer vacation? Consider beautiful low-fuss plants. Your garden’s looking great right now, but your summer vacation is on the horizon. Maybe you have a live-in gardener who’ll nurture your plants every day while you’re gone, but if not, consider checking out some low-maintenance alternatives that almost take care of themselves. Choose some hardy plants from Monrovia that can stand up to the summer weather while you take that much…

Healthy, Non-Toxic & Green Cookware Handmade in the USA

Conscientious “green” cooking? I’ve handled all the issues when it comes to food prep. I eat from the garden, cook fresh, local and non-processed foods. I use heat instead of microwaves and stay current about how my food is grown. But here’s something I didn’t know. Even the finest cookware… I woke up to this fact: even the best pots and pans (and often most expensive) leach toxins into my…