Vegetables / Guides

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials

Waste management: compost and recycling

...vegetables contain a lot of water, so balancing them with drier materials such as stale bread, dead leaves, newsprint and cardboard will help develop a rich mix. Having too little moisture content in your compost is an easily rectified problem, but limit the amount of liquids you introduce in the first place. Keep a li...

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food
Food production

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...vegetables at home while eliminating the need to have your kitchen waste and some recyclable materials picked up and disposed of by municipal services. That advantage alone is enough to convince some people to try creating and enjoying a lasagne garden. Build it in the spring, layer it up, and it’s ready to plant alm...

Indoor hydroponic vegetable garden
Food production

Growing food indoors

...vegetables can help lighten our footprint on the earth, but the environmental benefits of this system go beyond the elimination of fuel used to transport our consumables. Growing food hydroponically, given the absence of soil, allows us to grow more food in smaller spaces. For example, without soil a healthy cherry t...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...vegetables, you will likely need to supplement your rain water supply with well water, so be sure that your outdoor hose is hooked up before going through a water softening system, in order to avoid adding unwanted salt to your soil. Mechanical solutions: More complex (but certainly a noble undertaking) would be th...

Keyhole Garden

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...vegetables that grow in the shade , and you've a winning combination for urban gardens! Here are your basic considerations for building a keyhole garden, broken down to four fairly simple steps. 1.) Site: Once you have chosen an area large enough to house an 8 - 10 foot diameter circle that has sufficient sun expos...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...vegetables, shrubs and even small trees. Extensive roofs are designed primarily for high performance water management and thermal advantages, while keeping the overall weight of the roof to a minimum. Soil depth ranges from 1.5 to 6 inches deep. Extensive green roof: Pros: A green roof blocks UV rays, reduces the...

Why you should Never put Coffee Grounds In the Garden
Exteriors - Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Why to NEVER put coffee grounds on plants or the garden...

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The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...vegetables, meats and eggs. In certain ways rural living can’t help but increase your personal emissions, food production and buying local is one way to balance that. 3. Avoid building a home in a fragile ecosystem. Any new home will have an ecological impact, this guide is about limiting that wherever possible. We...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...vegetables in containers or a garden. Cooking at home, eating more leftovers, and creating menus based on what's in your pantry to reduce spoilage and waste. Bringing your own containers when you dine at restaurants to preserve leftovers and avoid plastic take-home boxes. Does Zero Waste Make a Difference? It...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...vegetables and even fruit. Strictly speaking, a solarium is not a greenhouse, but can be used as such. The typical solarium is usually a glazed space adjacent to a dwelling, separated by an exterior wall and accessed through a door. Roofs are sometimes glazed, but not necessarily. Other solariums are permanently inte...

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

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

...vegetables without using municipal water. This is easily done by installing rain barrels under downspouts to collect rainwater for lawn and garden watering where allowed. Avoid using a garden hose whenever possible. In only one hour, it will deliver about 1,000 liters of drinking water; more water than most people woul...