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Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden
Food production

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...your mix when lasagna gardening for the best growth will come with time. Use a mix of compost and soil for a productive food-producing lasagna garden 7) It’s planting time in the lasagna garden! At this point you are ready to plant your seeds or even ‘starts’ if you purchased or started your own plants in pot...

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

...grown in the Himalayas does not automatically make it better for you than berries grown in your locale. Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are antioxidant-rich fruits that you are likely to find grown locally. Small adjustments like those listed here could have a noticeable impact on global resources if they t...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...growing their own food is likely to be someone who leans towards wanting a green lifestyle; but this sure ain't it. Without a doubt this is super cute, and a real head turner, but pulling a greenhouse down the highway for the two months it takes a tomato to grow so you can make a sandwich, to us does not fall within ...

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center
Lifestyle and environment

Why recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home

...your intent to recycle something may have had a more detrimental effect on the environment that if you threw it in the trash in the first place. How to properly sort your own recyclable materials Now that you have rinsed containers out (we hope), there are other things to consider. First, don’t put lids back on con...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...your roof: Icicles on a roof are caused by heat escaping, pure and simple . So many homes have them that we have grown accustomed to seeing them and think nothing of it, but they don't grow by themselves - they are cooked up by the heat leaving your house - and ice in a roof, known as ice damming, is problematic and ...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...grow. While the upside of perennials is that they reappear year after year, the downside is they do need to be divided periodically to maintain the best health and appearance. Just consider it free plant babies you can spread throughout your garden or give to friends to plant in their own backyards. Xeriscaping your ...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

...your property as well as help prevent flooding. It is very easy for individual homeowners to manage their own stormwater onsite, and this should not be seen as a burden but rather an opportunity. Allowing water to penetrate the hard surfaces of your property offers trees the ability to hydrate naturally without needing...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...your house large, medium or small? Is it pretty airtight or pretty drafty? Will your wood stove be the main heat source or just supplementary? Is your house poorly, moderately or super-insulated? Since there is no way for a wood stove manufacturer to know how well-insulated or airtight your house is, square footage a...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...Growing Fruits and vegetables all year round in Canada or the colder parts of North America would be wonderful but, sadly, our climate limits us to a few growing months in the summer. And even that would be in the balmier areas of our country; at high altitudes and further north it is difficult to grow any edibles with...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...owntown urban living isn't for everyone, so by all means live the way you want. But there is no denying the fact that the housing density and shared resources of urban centers will be the best way to reduce your personal carbon footprint if that's your thing. The economics of tiny houses: They will for sure cost yo...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...your wood high enough off the ground to avoid absorbing moisture. Protect it from rain, but keep the sides open so air can flow through and dry it. Avoid stacking your wood against your house. It prevents air flow through your wood and can prevent the wall of your home from shedding moisture as well. It can...