How To Have Yourself an Eco-Wedding

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So, what IS an eco-wedding you ask?

Well, it’s one where you try to make everything involved as "green" as possible.  (And I don’t mean the color, unless of course it’s your favorite to begin with.) An eco-wedding is one that does everything in as environmentally friendly a way as possible.  That can include everything from the flowers to the invitations to the ring to the dress and more.

Say you decide an eco-wedding is for you.  Where do you start and how do you keep it from costing a fortune? Well, here are just a few ideas of things you can try:

Nowadays, garden weddings are becoming more and more popular.  This doesn’t mean that it has to be YOUR garden, though. Try to have your wedding in a garden or outdoor location that’s centrally located to all who attend.  That way they can save on travel time and fuel, saving your friends and family money and putting less stress on the environment.  And if the locale already has an existing recyling/compost center nearby, that’s a bigger plus for when it’s time to tear down… Read the rest of this entry »

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Japanese Garden Ideas – Building Your Own

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Japanese Garden

I don’t know about you, but I love Japanese gardens, both the rock garden style and the more lush traditional type.  The simplicity and tranquility of Japanese gardens help me still my mind after a busy day.  With just a few simple items and plants, strategically placed, you can have an area of beauty and restfullness and it doesn’t take a lot of space to achieve it.

Japanese Rock GardenJapanese rock gardens (karesansui) can go  on a desk, in a small space in a corner of a yard, or can be created to take advantage of a large lot.  It’s up to you how much space you want to devote to yours. They vary anywhere from very austere (rocks and sand only) to ones with a few plants added in. The traditional Japanese garden adds water features, decorations and many more plants.  Whichever type you choose is only limited by your imagination (and budget). Read the rest of this entry »

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Is It a Killer Bee?

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Now that the weather is warming up again, our friendly neighborhood bees are starting to wander by our yards, helping to pollinate our plants. 

Or is it a friendly neighborhood bee?  What if it’s a killer bee?  How do you tell? Read the rest of this entry »

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Get Fit Through Gardening

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Now that’s one way to combine two things I need to do: get both me and my garden in shape!

This book focuses on keeping the gardener fit and flexible, which can only help improve our garden. I mean, how great do your plants grow when your back is too out of whack to bend over to get those pesky weeds out of their way?

The GET FIT THROUGH GARDENING book gives you all sorts of great exercises you can do while working on your garden, whether it’s a small kitchen garden or a whole acre or more.  Even if you just cut the grass regularly, you can pick up some great tips on making sure your knees, neck and back don’t suffer any more than they have to to have a great garden or landscape.

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California Wine – Buy or Grow Your Own?

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If you love a good California wine, you’re not alone.  Enough people enjoy California wine that there are over 1100 vineyards producing it!  (They grew over 3 million tons of wine grapes just in 2008 alone…)  In fact, California, if it were a country, would be the 4th largest one producing wines in the world, just after France, Italy and Spain.

While most people think of California wines as coming from the Napa or Sonoma Counties up near San Francisco, in reality, the bulk of the grapes are grown in the Central Valley (reaching from Sacramento to San Joaquin.)  This area produces over 75% of the grapes grown to make California’s wines each year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Check Out This Solar Powered Bird Bath!

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Now here’s a garden fountain & bird bath I can get behind…!

Not only is it stylish, but it runs on solar energy.  How great not to have to plug it in.  You can put it anywhere in the garden that gets enough direct sunlight to power the solar cell that sits in the middle.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Does Anyone Know Simple Ways to Create Low Frequency Vibrations? Can a Radio Be Altered to Do It?

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Q: Specifically, I’m looking to make vibrations that are inaudible or almost inaudible to the human ear.  What sorts of home appliances can do this? Oh, my reason? I’m trying to think of a way to discourage my chickens from digging up my garden and have read that many animals can sense and will avoid certain low frequency sounds. Thanks for your advice!

A: While I agree that this may not be very effective at stopping the chickens, if you did want to try, I suspect a mechanical vibrator will be simpler and cheaper than the signal generator, amplifier and speaker option. An approximately 1750RPM motor (a common speed in areas with 60Hz power) with an eccentric weight on the shaft will generate about a 29Hz vibration. This might be hard on the bearings of a general purpose motor, but it might be OK for a short experiment, if it works, purpose built vibration motors are available. powered by Yahoo answers

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