Harvest, Health, Houseplants, Self Sufficiency, Succulents

The Most Useful Houseplant in My World

Most people have houseplants because they create a calming atmosphere as they reconnect us with nature. These days maintaining our mental health can be difficult. Houseplants can be like our mental superheroes, tossing on their green capes and flying to our rescue. In this sense, any houseplant is a useful houseplant and we should cultivate… Continue reading The Most Useful Houseplant in My World

Garden Formulas, Harvest, Health, Self Sufficiency, Trees

Grow Your Own Greens

Growing, processing and shipping one pound of lettuce consumes approximately 5,000 calories of Fossil Fuel Energy, while returning a mere 80 calories to the consumer. Great for the waist line, but not so good for the waste line.  Growing your own greens is the most cost effective, energy efficient thing imaginable. Even a couple small pots… Continue reading Grow Your Own Greens

Community Gardens, Seeds, Self Sufficiency, Vegetable

Growing Your Own Groceries? Consider These Top Five Produce Picks.

1 – Herbs Herbs take the number one spot hands down. No other category of plants give such a huge return for such little space. You don't even need a garden. You can successfully grow herbs in a few pots parked on a windowsill. A pot of herbs sell for the same price as a… Continue reading Growing Your Own Groceries? Consider These Top Five Produce Picks.

Record Breakers, Self Sufficiency, Trees

Before 1882 Almost All Paper Was Made of Hemp

Long before pulp and paper mills, 75–90% of all paper in the world was made with hemp fibre. If you are lucky enough to own papers or books that predate 1883, the paper is most likely made of hemp. Mark Twain’s novels, the US Constitution, The US Declaration of Independence and the UK’s Magna Carta… Continue reading Before 1882 Almost All Paper Was Made of Hemp

Garden Formulas, Self Sufficiency

How Much Rain Can One Roof “Catch”?

Rainwater is fantastic for plants and a great way to cut down on your use of municipal sourced H20. Chances are you will be pleasantly surprised at just how much rain you can catch off one small roof. One inch of rain falling on a 1000 square foot roof will produce enough runoff to fill… Continue reading How Much Rain Can One Roof “Catch”?