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Dandelions are just dandy!

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I was brought up to believe that dandelions are weeds and to be eradicated. They mess up the look of the boring, unnatural, monocrop we call lawns. We want our lawns to be unnaturally green, lush, and dense. We can’t have pretty yellow flowers dotting the landscape!

Pfft!

This is a great article from eatlocalgrown.com showing some love for the wrongfully accused.

http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/13352-lawn-weed-tasty-herbal-remedy.html

How to thwart those pesky ticks

Most people are gearing up their gardens and only thinking about spring. But summer is not that far off. With summer, come the ticks. We found a great article at ehow.com full of great ideas for putting ticks in their place!

http://www.ehow.com/info_8393448_tea-tree-oil-tick-repellent.html

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“I can’t afford to eat healthy” – Why this assumption is wrong…

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For a while now, we have been trying to lead a healthier lifestyle based on a healthier diet. At first, we made the same assumption. Eating healthy is expensive. After research and trips to various stores, we discovered that we could fill our cart with healthier options with less or no chemicals, organic, holistic nutrition for about the same money. Sometimes it was even cheaper. This article is a great resource for those thinking they can’t afford to choose the healthier options.

http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/11467-20-ways-to-build-a-whole-food-kitchen-on-a-budget.html

Aquaponics – Engaging Youth

We are seeing it more and more, young people being introduced to Aquaponics and sustainability. With a strong foundation in the basics, their young minds can come up with amazing innovations. It’s great to see schools like this one in Sudbury, taking it to the classroom.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/lo-ellen-students-experiment-with-aquaponics-to-grow-food-indoors-1.2831007

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Questions about how/when/where to start seeds?

Sage Garden Greenhouses in Winnipeg, Manitoba has some ideas on that.

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http://www.herbs.mb.ca/en/plant-care/seed_starting_timing.html

Check them out on Facebook too!

Getting ready for spring!

Spring is just around the corner

Spring is just around the corner

Nature Conservancy Canada published this great set of tips for preparing your yard and garden for the coming spring.

Check it out here!

We are really looking forward to building our bat box. We hope to attract some fun wee bats to our yard.

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Grind Your Own Flour

Thanks once again to Homestead Survival for finding and sharing so many wonderful ideas! Please visit their blog for more!

Aquaponics in the city

It’s so nice to see young people embracing the potential of aquaponics and urban agriculture.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/aquaponics-a-growing-trend-in-urban-agriculture-1.2534250

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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Cubes – SO EASY!

Check out this article at Louise’s Country Closet for the super easy instructions…

http://www.louises-country-closet.com/2013/03/homemade-dishwasher-detergent-cubes.html

Image borrowed from Louise's Country Closet

Image borrowed from Louise’s Country Closet