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Spring is in the air! The warm sunshine, blooming flowers, and our love for sustainable living has us appreciating the earth and all it has to offer. Read on for some spring gardening tips, what and how to compost, and non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning tips, and recipes.

 

Natural Organic Gardening Planting Tips

Spring Gardening for Vegetables, Flowers, and Shrubs

It’s May! Warm weather is finally here to stay and the last frost is now behind us. The warmer weather makes a perfect environment for sowing seeds, allowing fast germination due to the warmer soil.

 

Vegetable varieties to  plant this month are beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, herbs (sage, oregano, thyme, and basil), melons, peppers, summer squash, and tomatoes.

 

Flowers that you can sow directly outdoors this month include scabious, cornflowers, and poppies - all which are excellent for attracting bees and butterflies to your garden. Sunflowers are now ready to be planted and limnanthes make a nice addition to help attract beneficial insects.

 

 

How to Compost at Home

Composting How To’s

Composting is an excellent and easy way to live a more sustainable lifestyle and help give your plants extra nutrients!

 

What do I need? You will need at the least a 3 foot cubed pile either on the ground or in a container consisting of 1 part fresh green material and 2 parts dry brown material, oxygen, and water.

 

Things to compost: (Fresh Greens/Nitrogen) Coffee grounds, yard waste, dust sweepings, hair and fur, tea leaves and tea bags, eggshells, fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, house plants (Dry Browns/Carbon) dead leaves, cardboard and paper, hay and straw, 100% natural fabrics like cotton and wool, sawdust and wood shavings

 

Things to avoid: meat, bones, cheese and dairy, heavily coated paper like magazines, plastic, stickers, any toxic chemicals, plastic lined cartons, cooking oils, manure from carnivores, diseased plants

 

How do I compost? Turn and mix the compost weekly; this helps to give oxygen to the microbes within. Add just enough water to keep it moist - too much or too little will slow the composting process. Use it! When you can no longer identify items and the material has turned into a black soil like consistency it is ready to be used. Add it to plants in the ground or in pots to give them an added boost of nutrients!

 

Non-Toxic Natural Home Cleaning Free Labels Link

Spring Cleaning with Earth Friendly and Non-toxic Cleaners

White Vinegar - a natural disinfectant; its acidity makes it great at reducing microbial contamination

Baking Soda - a natural deodorizer and brightening abrasive

Lemon Juice - kills mold and mildew and leaves behind a fresh lemony scent

Rubbing Alcohol (Isopropanol) - made of organic compounds that are polar molecules, helping it grab non-polar compounds such as fats and oils. Be sure to use on safe surfaces such as mirrors and not on painted surfaces, shellac, lacquer, and some man-made fabrics

Cream of Tartar - natural bleaching agent

Hydrogen peroxide - a natural antibacterial and bacteriostatic agent as well as a sporicide. This means it can help kill bacteria and fungal spores as well as prevent their growth.

Essential Oils 

Peppermint - antibacterial

Tea Tree - fights germs, bacteria, and viruses

Lemon - antiviral and antibacterial

Eucalyptus - natural germicide

Lavender - antibacterial

Rosemary - antibacterial and antiseptic

Orange - cuts grease

Cinnamon - antibacterial and antiseptic

Thyme - one of the most powerful against germs

Black Pepper - effective against the bacterias e. coli and salmonella

 

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