Backyard Garden

Making the Most Out of Your Small Outdoor Space

Anyone who has lived in the city knows it has its many advantages. City life offers luxurious living, modern amenities, delicious food, and a close proximity to entertainment and nightlife. However, most people will tell you the one thing city life is missing is personal outdoor space. Everyone doesn’t have a patio, balcony, backyard or …

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An Increase of Weed Killers in Your Body

  Researchers tested urine levels of glyphosate and its metabolite aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) among 100 people living in Southern California over a period of 23 years — from 1993 to 2016 At the start of the study, very few of the participants had detectable levels of glyphosate in their urine but, by 2016, 70 percent …

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Using Regenerative Gardening Techniques to Grow More Nutrient Dense Food

  “The challenge facing most farmers today is that conventional agriculture has really decimated the topsoil with tilling and the use of synthetic fertilizers, both of which disrupt and destroy microbial life. Maria-Helena Semedo of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has warned that at the current rate of topsoil degradation, all the …

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Growing Lavender

Lavenders look stunning and their healing qualities go back many centuries. Below are some health benefits of using lavender: Improves digestion Lavender is thought to improve your digestion by stimulating the production of bile and gastric juices. As such, it may help alleviate conditions like diarrhea, flatulence, indigestion and stomach pain. Induces sleep Lavender is widely …

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Vanishing Insects and the Fallout for Ecosystems

“Declines in certain insect groups like bees, butterflies and even moths have been apparent for some time, according to researchers of a recent study published in PLOS One.3 However, their study looked at total flying insect biomass over a period of 27 years in 63 protected areas in Germany to assess the bigger picture. Using malaise …

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The Threat to Bees and Trees

  “Systemic neonicotinoid pesticides have made recent headlines for their association with bee deaths, while glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, has also been the topic of much debate following the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) 2015 declaration that the chemical is a probable human carcinogen. A relative newcomer to the scene is …

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Preparing Your Garden For Autumn

The days are growing shorter, the leaves are turning colors, and stores are packed with both Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations. Autumn has officially arrived. But before you can head out for trick-or-treating, you need to worry about your garden. The plants that thrived in spring and summer provided food and beauty, but not so much …

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