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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day

Every year, April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day. Still, it is best to be kind to the earth every day.
This is where we live, and unless our habitat is in good shape, we cannot live as well or as long as we would like. Here are some great ideas to keep the earth clean.
*Never throw things away unless you use a trash container or a recycle container.
*If you see trash on the street, pick it up and throw it away.
*When you no longer need an item like a toy or clothing, give it away to someone who can use it.
*Have a yard sale with your family or friends.
*Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
*Buy recycled paper and plastic products whenever possible.
*Use paper instead of plastic bags, or better yet, used cloth bags when shopping.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Capsicum 'Black Pearl'

Attractive pearl-like black fruits appear on this ornamental pepper in summer, but the real show begins when those fruits mature to cherry red in sharp contrast with the plant’s superb, season-long, glossy black foliage. Plants typically grow in pyramidal shaped mounds to 18 inches tall and exhibit good tolerance for high heat and humidity. This is an excellent selection for beds, borders or containers. Plant in Full Sun.

Dichondra "Silver Falls"

Branching silver stems with soft, rounded, fan-shaped, silver leaves spread rapidly on this creeping/trailing foliage plant. In a single season, stems will cascade from a hanging basket to 3-6 feet or will creep along the ground rooting at the nodes to 3-4 feet. Tiny greenish-yellow spring flowers are not showy. It is the dense, metallic foliage that impresses. Great as an accent plant in containers and hanging baskets. Plant in full sun.

TerraCycle Sells Trash

TerraCycle manufactures affordable, potent, organic products that are not only made from waste, but are also packaged entirely in waste! TerraCycle Plant Food™ is made by feeding premium organic waste to millions of worms. The worm poop is then liquified into a powerful organic plant food and bottled directly in used soda bottles.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


The first seasonal strawberries appear in our markets and shops in April. The fruit we know today has evolved from the wild or alpine strawberry, which can still be found in grassy woodlands all over Europe. You can experience their delicate flavour in wild strawberry jam which is available from specialist shops. Cultivated strawberries come in many varieties and in all shapes and sizes. Look for fruit that is firm and unblemished and go for smaller fruits, because larger ones, although they may may look like more of a treat, are often watery. Supermarkets will often stock only one or two varieties but if you venture out and find a pick-your-own farm you should get wider choice and more fruit for your money.Adding balsamic vinegar to the strawberries does wonders for the flavor and produces delicious juices.
1 pint box strawberries
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Hull and slice the strawberries and combine them with the sugar and balsamic vinegar. Leave for 1 hour before serving.

Green Floor Coverings

Anso Nylon Carpet in Fresh N Fabulous. Subtle yet striking, Fresh N Fabulous from Shaw offers dimension and fashion with a raised geometric square pattern and natural striations of soft two-toned color. Made of luxurious, durable Anso ® nylon, Fresh N Fabulous contains recycled content and is recyclable into new carpet again and again –CARPET TO CARPET ™. Shown in Java.

Green toilets

Wellworth Pressure Lite Elongated Toilet FEATURED IN THE HGTV GREEN HOME, the Wellworth elongated toilet brings graceful design and superior functionality to the bathroom with the Pressure Assist technology, precision-engineered to deliver complete 1.1-gpf performance. 30-1/4"L x 21-1/4"W x 29-1/4"H
Pressure Assist flushing system
Two-piece toilet with elongated bowl
Meets strict flushing performance guidelines established by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) WaterSense program - uses at least 20% less water than standard 1.6-gallon toilets.