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DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics System

DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics System

Aquaponics = aquaculture (the raising of edible fish) + hydroponics (growing vegetables and herbs without soil). You may have seen examples of this revolutionary way of growing food in some of the

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Meet 5 Common Backyard Plants with Healing Superpowers

Meet 5 Common Backyard Plants with Healing Superpowers

Although you may already be familiar with many of your neighborhood "weeds" and their myriad uses (such as using dandelion leaves in salad), it's quite possible that you pass by several other important

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RECIPE: Sweet, Spicy and Super Tasty Moroccan-Style Eggplant

RECIPE: Sweet, Spicy and Super Tasty Moroccan-Style Eggplant

Eggplants are bountiful at this time of year, but after a couple of batches of babaganough and a big dish of ratatouille, it's easy to get stuck in a rut just roasting them. This recipe for sweet and

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DIY Gift Idea: Make 10 Epicurean Vegan Treats in Beautiful Recycled Glass Jars

DIY Gift Idea: Make 10 Epicurean Vegan Treats in Beautiful Recycled Glass Jars

Social events and celebrations happen year-round, and delicious food gifts are as much fun to give away as they are to make! Whenever you buy products that come in glass jars, from jams and jellies to

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Green Your Neighbourhood this Autumn with a Little Guerilla Gardening!

Green Your Neighbourhood this Autumn with a Little Guerilla Gardening!

Just because summer's winding down doesn't mean that guerilla gardening needs to slow down anytime soon! Fall is actually the ideal time to plant all kinds of flower bulbs and seed that will sleep sweetly

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DIY: Make Your Own Tiny Terrarium Garden That’ll Stay Green All Winter Long

DIY: Make Your Own Tiny Terrarium Garden That’ll Stay Green All Winter Long

Avid gardeners and outdoor lovers tend to mope all winter long because of the lack of greenery around them, but there's an easy way to fix that! Indoor plants give any space a lively splash of green, and

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DIY: How to Make a Bird Feeder From a Plastic Bottle!

DIY: How to Make a Bird Feeder From a Plastic Bottle!

The cooler half of the year is right around the corner (though most of us don't want to admit it!), and all over the northern hemisphere, little feathered friends will be looking for food to help them

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RECIPE: Seriously Yummy No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

RECIPE: Seriously Yummy No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

Think you can't get kids to eat chickpeas? Or even some adults for that matter? This recipe for vegan chocolate chip cookies is packed with vegan protein, manganese, antioxidant phytonutrients, and

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How-To: Make a Summery Coconut-Sea Salt Lip Scrub

How-To: Make a Summery Coconut-Sea Salt Lip Scrub

Step 1: Gather your materials: Virgin coconut oil (refrigerate it in warm weather for easier mixing), fine-grained natural sea salt (real seal salt has bonus minerals, and larger crystals are too rough

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How to Make Your Own Terrarium

How to Make Your Own Terrarium

I've always coveted my friend Melissa's fabulous terrarium, which is the centerpiece of her stylish, cozy Brooklyn apartment. I've secretly wanted one of my own for ages, and recently realizing that some

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How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

If you love plants but don't have much outdoor space to indulge your green thumb, you might feel a bit bummed about all the things you can't grow indoors. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you

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Scientists Discover New Way the Egyptian Pyramids SHOULD Have Been Built

Scientists Discover New Way the Egyptian Pyramids SHOULD Have Been Built

The Egyptian pyramids are an incredible feat of human ingenuity - but they could have been built in a better way. Three physicists at Indiana State University came up with a brilliant method of stone

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Everything You Need to Know to Build a Backyard Greywater Wetland

Everything You Need to Know to Build a Backyard Greywater Wetland

If you stop to think about it, it’s quite odd that we flush our wastewater into local rivers, isn't it? It flows away, only to be siphoned off and cleaned by the community downstream before repeating

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How to Build and Maintain a Community House

How to Build and Maintain a Community House

There’s a notable difference between a home and a community: a home is a place you’re forced to be; a place where you might not feel like you belong because your family won’t let you use the

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5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities

5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities

If there is one unifying characteristic among the weeds of the world, it's strength. Unlike many intentionally cultivated plants, weeds tend to be tolerant of the poorest growing conditions, which they

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How to Can Fruit and Veggie Juices to Preserve Summer’s Sweetness

How to Can Fruit and Veggie Juices to Preserve Summer’s Sweetness

It's the height of the summer harvest season here in the northern hemisphere, and the southern one will see a huge influx of berries and early spring fruits in the very near future, all of which can be

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DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

The supple branches of willow trees are a prime material to start with. We’ve all seen baskets woven from willow branches, but it’s possible to weave the branches while they're still alive to create

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Seed-Saving Part 1: Harvesting and Storing Herb, Tomato, and Berry Seeds

Seed-Saving Part 1: Harvesting and Storing Herb, Tomato, and Berry Seeds

Another great aspect of harvest season is that it’s the time of year when most plants go to seed, thus ensuring a strong new crop for the following spring. Those of you with food gardens have probably

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DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

We're still in the height of summer here in the northern hemisphere, and to stay hydrated, we've been indulging in everything from herbed waters and iced tea to granita and sorbets, but it's always fun to

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7 Easily Propagated Fruits for Transforming Your Backyard into a Food Forest

7 Easily Propagated Fruits for Transforming Your Backyard into a Food Forest

Fruit trees cost anywhere from $20 to $100, which can be cost-prohibitive for some, especially if you’re looking to establish a neighborhood-scale orchard. Some people attempt to grow their own from the

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INFOGRAPHIC: Guerrilla Gardening Guide

INFOGRAPHIC: Guerrilla Gardening Guide

By now, it's more than likely that you're familiar with the term "guerrilla gardening"... but if you aren't, it's a great subject to look into. All over the world, people are planting everything from

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How To: Create Unique Fabric Prints with Veggies

How To: Create Unique Fabric Prints with Veggies

Here’s What You’ll Need: Potato, yam, sweet potato, jicama, or other firm, starchy veggies Paring knife and X-acto knife 100% cotton fabric Acrylic Paint and Acrylic Fabric Medium (which

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DIY: A Simple Guide to Beer Brewing for Seasonal Ale Lovers

DIY: A Simple Guide to Beer Brewing for Seasonal Ale Lovers

What You’ll Need: 5 gallon pot Bottling bucket Fermentation bucket or glass carboy (carboys are more expensive, but will last longer) Tubing Clamp for the

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How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

Image via Shutterstock Jeans Dirt rarely shows its face on denim until it's really dirty, so unless you're wearing jeans to trek through mud or you always go commando, don't wash them after every wear.

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How To: Make Perfect Piña Colada Popsicles for a Delicious Summertime Treat

How To: Make Perfect Piña Colada Popsicles for a Delicious Summertime Treat

Looking for the perfect tropical treat to beat the scorching summer sun? Try out this fabulous recipe for piña colada popsicles! Whether you'll be taking these to the beach or just chilling on your

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6 Super Easy Eco-Home Changes You Can Make for $20 or Less

6 Super Easy Eco-Home Changes You Can Make for $20 or Less

Image via Shutterstock Caulk Your Home If you're looking for the most eco-bang for your buck, it's hard to go wrong with caulking. You can score a can of caulk for about $3.00-$4.00 and a caulking gun

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DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed Into It

DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed Into It

Many cities around the world now have composting programs so household food scraps and garden clippings can be mulched rather than ending up in landfills. This is a great practice, but there are also a

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How to Prolong the Life of Your Favorite Eco-friendly Cosmetics

How to Prolong the Life of Your Favorite Eco-friendly Cosmetics

Image via Shutterstock The Big Bads: Heat, Light, Air, & Moisture Don't double task! Most of us do our hair, makeup and everything else all at once, near the bathroom sink or in a steamy bathroom

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DIY Hostess Gift Idea: Homemade Pesto in Gourmet-Looking Recycled Glass Jars

DIY Hostess Gift Idea: Homemade Pesto in Gourmet-Looking Recycled Glass Jars

MATERIALS: For the packaging: A glass jar (we used a stout artichoke jar but you can use any jar you like) A rubber band A square of recycled fabric or tissue paper that will fit over the

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Natural, DIY Cleaning Products

INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Natural, DIY Cleaning Products

We all appreciate a clean living environment, but so many cleaning products out there are full of really nasty chemicals that can wreak havoc on our health. Sure, they'll get the job done, but they can

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