A Quick Guide to Composting For Every Season

A Quick Guide to Composting For Every Season

By Kristina Phelan Many homeowners think that composting is just a spring and summer activity, but a well-groomed compost pile needs attention all throughout the year. That may sound like too much work, but it’s quite easy if you follow these simple steps to care for your compost pile throughout every season. Spring is When to Make the Most Out of Your Compost Most experienced gardeners use their matured compost pile in the spring to add...

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What Determines the Lifespan of a Solar Panel?

What Determines the Lifespan of a Solar Panel?

By Kyle Pennell There’s an old maxim that nothing lasts forever, and solar panels are no exception. But why do solar panels die? And how can you ensure your panels have a long, useful life? Solar panels don’t typically die in the way that batteries or other appliances do. Instead, they remain operable but stop producing the same amount of power that they did back when they were first installed. The slow, steady decline in a solar...

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The Health Benefits of Gardening

The Health Benefits of Gardening

By Uma Campbell Many people choose to take up gardening because they enjoy seeing (and eating) the fruits of their labor once their plants begin to grow. But the beauty of blooming flowers and the taste of organic home-grown produce are not the only rewards that can be reaped from gardening. So what are these other, “hidden” benefits of gardening? 1. Gardening Improves Mental Health Numerous studies have shown that gardening can...

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Water for Food Preservation – Everything You Need to Know

Water for Food Preservation – Everything You Need to Know

By Uma Campbell Food is perishable by nature. It easily falls victim to bacteria and fungi and soon starts to degrade. Food spoilage can have fatal consequences. Traditional food preservation methods have been used over the years to protect food supplies from spoilage. Although these methods are effective, they have a negative impact on foods’ taste and flavor. The modern day, enlightened consumer is no longer interested in the...

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Improving the Air Quality in Your Home

Improving the Air Quality in Your Home

By Sally Keys The idea of air pollution conjures up images of traffic jams and smokey cities, big factories and power plants. You probably don’t immediately think of your own home, but actually, the air inside your home can be just as polluted as the outside air – and in many cases, more than 100 times more toxic. As a keen off-gridder, you’re already trying to help minimize your impact on the environment, but have you thought...

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