Does your family use safe products? We're guessing no. Don't believe us? Check for yourself. EWG (The Environmental Working Group) has already done all the work for us.
Go to the links below, enter the name of the product or ingredient you are using today, and see what the independent research says.
Ouch....That didn't go so well
See...told you. Did your search come back with any ingredients of moderate or even high concern? First of all, don't feel bad. We are all just doing the best we can with the information we have. Nobody has the time or energy to research every single ingredient in every single product they use. We all have the right to assume groups like the EPA and FDA are looking out for our best interests when products get approved to go to market - but what is their definition of "safe"? In many cases, it's a particular range or threshold and not banning the use of a harmful ingredient altogether. They may admit a particular substance could be harmful, but they deem the level of concentration to be below the line of what would impact a person's health. But is it really? And what about the impact on the planet after I throw it away or flush it down the drain?
Nice flowers. Wait, what's that, they were treated with pesticides? Oh never mind, the pesticides were approved by the EPA so they must be safe, right? Hmmm, so why would Home Depot go to the trouble of putting this tag in there telling you where to go for more information? Is it because we have now confirmed Neonicotinoid use is harmful to bees and just may be a major contributing factor to colony collapse disorder? Is it because THE ENTIRE EUROPEAN UNION voted to ban it from being used at all outdoors? Seems like there was plenty of room to print that on there. Here, let me fix it for you Home Depot:
We have already started getting lots of great questions through our Facebook page, and the most common one so far is some variation of "What should I grow?". Ultimately it comes down to 2 things: 1) How much space do you have? 2) What will you actually eat? There is no right or wrong way to go about this, so if you have something in mind give it a try and see how it works out. The great thing about gardening as a hobby is nobody is going to starve if you make a few mistakes. But if you're interested in breaking ground on a new garden and have no idea where to start or what to grow, we've created this simple garden template that will both be manageable and give you a constant stream of fresh vegetables from June-November. In theory you could follow it exactly but it's really meant more as a starting point for you to adapt based on your own space and preferences. Continue reading to find out what you'll need to get this up and running.
Did you know that at exactly 5:58 pm tonight we will officially be in Spring? Seems like it should be a bigger deal, doesn't it? So how does Spring come at such a precise time? It's because astrologically speaking, Spring officially begins when the Earth moves into a position where the power of the sun is focused directly on the Equator.
You are probably familiar with the Summer Solstice in June (longest day of the year) and the Winter Solstice in December (shortest day of the year). The Vernal Equinox is the exact midpoint between those 2 days. If you have ever seen an image of the Earth at night (sorry flat earthers) you have seen the line where sunlight ends and darkness begins. During the Spring Equinox, this line is exactly perpendicular to the equator. The word equinox comes from the Latin Aequus, meaning "equal", and Nox, meaning "night".
So next time someone asks, "What the hell is the Vernal Equinox?"....now you know
Various cultures around the world have celebrated the Vernal Equinox as a symbol of resurrection and new life. The Pagans celebrated the feast of Eostre where they marked the return of the goddess of Spring with a feast featuring representations of eggs and rabbits which were images of fertility. Sound familiar?