A Different Kind of Tree Hugger

This week the tree behind my terrace was cut down. It was a victim of drought and greed. Its former golf course owners sold the land to a developer, and the tree lost its caretaker. ...more

Kick-start Winter Composting With -- Well -- Worms.

It's no secret that I hate to see things go to waste. I have been known to dig recyclable items out of the trash and attempt to Freecycle or otherwise give away some of the craziest stuff before I will consider tossing it in the trash. I really have a hard time throwing away table scraps and fruit and vegetable peels, especially considering my children eat fruit like there's no tomorrow. All of that fruit adds up to a whole lot of orange peels, apple cores and watermelon rinds. ...more

Thanks for clarifying the dog doo (er, is that don't?) dilemma with composting.

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Where do you get your diamonds?  Are they certified by the Kimberley Process as "conflict free" diamonds?  If so, you've purchased a sense of well being, but KP authentication is no guarantee of a bloodless sparkly.  The Kimberley Process certification "guarantees" that certain diamonds don't come from conflict countries.  If you only buy KP diamonds, the thinking goes, you'll have avoided funding bloody revolutions and enslaving minors.  Sweet....more

kumquats in honey-ginger syrup

Something Old, Something New for Valentine's Day: Bleeding Hearts

Rhonda Fleming Hayes I hate to disappoint anyone. I was about to title this post with some of the quaintly descriptive names of Dicentra spectabilis, otherwise known by the tragically romantic moniker, "Old-Fashioned Bleeding Hearts". And then I remembered the unsavory search words that showed up in my referrals when I blogged about appreciating and harvesting rose hips. It seems there are some people who like Big Hips but aren't seeking out gardening advice. ...more

Cash Crop

In our part of Central Illinois the usual crops are corn and soybeans.  There's the occasional field of sunflowers or sorghum, but for the most part fields look something like this: Once upon a time though, my grandpa grew something a little different. ...more

Have An Organic Valentine's Day!

What do you do if you are a romantic and want to celebrate Valentine's Day with your special someone?  You don't want to betray your heart-felt feelings of social and environmental sustainability, yet you want to show your heart-felt feelings of personal affection.... ...more

For next years´ Valentine´s Day!

Cadbury Dairy Milk is now Fair Trade Certified in Canada ...more

Recipes That Are Truly For The Birds

While I was growing up, my father took charge of keeping the bird feeders full at all times. "I don't get it," I proclaimed in a fit of pique during high school. "You're just enabling them. Shouldn't those birds all fly south for the winter? What happens if you go out of town and don't refill the feeder? They rely on you and so they'll starve to death."...more

Well what a great blog, Thank you. I love feeding the brids and the recipes sound great. Will ...more

Got a Balcony? Grow Your Own Fresh Food in 2010!

My balcony garden makes me proud though all it produces is chard, since I've managed to serial kill all the herbs. The sunny SoCal weather has my chard plants -- which I planted in May -- feeding me through the winter, but I have a problem: I want more chard! This is what I have now (I just harvested): ...more

Thanks for all the info! I have a large garden but want to supplement it with container ...more

2010 Perennial Plant of the Year: Baptisia australis...The True Beauty of False Indigo (and how it reminded me of Stevie Nicks)

Rhonda Fleming Hayes I was toying with the idea of comparing the 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year to a chubby, pretty girl in the third row of a choir. And then I witnessed the Taylor Swift/Stevie Nicks duet on the Grammys last night....read more at The Garden Buzz...more