There has been a lot of buzz about using pallet wood for home and garden projects lately. Pallet projects recycle perfectly useful wood to make all kinds of interesting things, using free or inexpensive materials. But concerns about their safety have been raised by environmental and health advocates, and for good reason. Pallets can contain potentially harmful substances. Here are the risks and the steps that you can take to avoid them.
Gardening in Phoenix, Arizona is challenging, particularly in May and June when the temperatures soar and rainfall is rare. In order to properly water our plants, we employ Permaculture strategies that conserve our precious water resources while providing the moisture that our gardens need to survive the low desert summer.
What is Permaculture? In a nutshell, its a way of mimicking and working with nature to develop agricultural (and garden) ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.
Whenever we can, we apply low-cost, labor-saving solutions and use recycled materials in an effort to be green and thrifty. But most of all, we take hands with nature to make our garden more like a resilient, natural ecosystem. Many of these strategies that we use to imitate nature serve more than one purpose, reducing water usage, improving our garden soil, protecting our plants and saving us money on our utility bill, too!
Here are some tips that you can use:
It sounds like a dance step, but it's actually a tree; one that is gaining popularity in gardens for its many benefits. Lately, I have been hearing a lot about Moringa trees and it stirred my curiosity. I asked Moringa enthusiast, Andrew Pisher of Nātcher Culture for the scoop. Here is the exciting information that he shared with me:
Kari Spencer is a happy wife and the mother of four beautiful daughters. Always on the go, she invests her time in nurturing her family and farm, volunteering as a Master Gardener mentor, and teaching Sustainability online at South West College of Healing Arts. A popular teacher and speaker in Phoenix, Arizona, Kari enthusiastically shares her passion by training others to garden, raise livestock and nourish their families.