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Materials You Cannot Compost

Composting isn't a free-for-all. You can't toss in anything and everything you come across waste-wise and expect it to produce usable, healthy compost. Some materials definitely don't qualify as compost [more…]

Choosing a Location for Your Compost Pile

You've decided to get into the composting game. Way to go! First, you need to figure out a good location in your landscape to situate your composting efforts. To be a good neighbor, take into account your [more…]

How to Design a Solar Room or Greenhouse

Solar greenhouses and sunrooms share some common design features. To design a solar room or greenhouse, you need to understand the greenhouse effect, which occurs when sunlight enters the enclosed space [more…]

How to Build a Compost Bin from Wood Pallets

Wood shipping pallets are a great option for creating highly effective composting systems, especially when you have a lot of organic matter to process. You can build a compost bin from wood pallets in [more…]

Choosing Sustainable Landscaping Alternatives

Skipping over conventional landscaping practices and moving to sustainable techniques will help the environment, save you money, and still deliver beautiful landscaping results. Try these alternatives [more…]

Identifying Ways to Make Your Landscape Sustainable

Getting to know your yard is the first step toward improving the sustainability of your landscape. You have to gather some information about your property, so grab a lawn chair, get comfortable, and consider [more…]

Simple Strategies for a Water-Thrifty Landscape

A key component of a sustainable landscape is water conservation. Ideally, creating a landscape that requires no, or very little irrigation, is the most sustainable option and it’s certainly possible. [more…]

Selecting Sustainable Plants for Your Yard

Selecting and combining the right plants, trees, and shrubs will contribute to a beautiful, sustainable landscape that you can enjoy for years. Ask these key sustainability-oriented questions when mapping [more…]

Sustainable Landscaping For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you want to create a sustainable landscape, examine your yard to determine what eco-friendly improvements can be made right away. Start conserving water and select plans that have similar temperature [more…]

How to Create a Simple Compost Pile

Creating a freestanding pile is the easiest method to break into composting. Your freestanding pile must be at least 3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet (1 cubic yard or 1 cubic meter) up to 5 cubic feet [more…]

How to Plan and Plant Your Home Garden

Planting a successful home garden takes a lot more than just dropping seeds into holes in the ground. To have a healthy, bountiful garden, you need to plan the garden, prepare the soil, and plot out your [more…]

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