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Flirting With Solar

by Daisy Green Up

Who wouldn’t love to say goodbye to their electric bill (or most of it) and get your electricity from the sun? I think I would, but the high cost, the complexity, the fact that it always seems like the next big breakthrough in solar is just around the corner (will I be stuck with clunky […]

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Bagging For Bug-Free Fruit

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Did you know you could keep the birds and the bees and still have no spots on your apples? Fruit bagging is an age-old practice in Japanese orchards. After the fruit clusters have been thinned, bags are carefully placed around the remaining fruit as soon as they are big enough to resemble fruit, when they’re […]

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Overseeding Your Lawn

by Ivory Soap Free Plans & Printables

A lush green lawn is the perfect welcome mat for your home. But despite your best efforts, it’s not always easy to keep it in top shape. Bare spots, or weak, thinning or patchy grass can appear seemingly overnight due to compacted soil, poor drainage, weed infestations, or just plain weather. To bring your lawn […]

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Suggestions, Please: Promoting Green Lawn Care in Your Neighborhood

by Daisy Green Up

Every spring when I step outside and the stench of my neighbors’ lawn care service chemicals hits me like a bad memory, I have the same impulse: convince everybody to go natural! This year, with the increased popularity of Nextdoor.com, I was hoping I might have more of an opportunity to reach a few people […]

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Zowie! Smoothie

by Daisy Green Up

I wanted a smoothie this morning that would give me a kickstart, so I gathered up spicy, tingly, hot, and tangy ingredients, along with a banana and yogurt to balance it all out. I also topped it off with a passionfruit, because I’m crazy for passionfruit and they’re ripe in the yard this time of […]

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Eggshell Toothpaste and Face Scrub In One

by Daisy Body Care Products

Yes, you read that correctly, and yes, I may be crazy. My kids think so. “Are you putting toothpaste on your face?!” “Yes, I’m putting toothpaste on my face. Show me the rule that says you can’t put toothpaste on your face.” In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have fed them the “show me the rule” […]

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Overwhelmed

by Daisy Green Up

Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. Outnumbered. There’s fluoride and prescription medicine in the water. Glyphosate is in everything. Even “organic” food isn’t organic. Milk is contaminated with hormones that make children reach puberty too fast. The fillings in our teeth are poisoning us, root canals will kill you, and those wisdom teeth extractions, tonsillectomies, and […]

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No ‘Poo For Me

by Daisy Body Care Products

Did the people who named the shampoo-free movement “no ‘poo” really think that one through? Besides being confusing (it’s hard to communicate that apostrophe in spoken communication), it’s a bit inelegant. But what’s done is done. I’ve gone no ‘poo and I think I’m sticking with it. It’s been about three weeks and I’m liking […]

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Restaurant Compost Update

by Daisy Garden

As I wrote about before in this post, I’m composting the kitchen scraps of a restaurant in town. Every Friday I get a wheelbarrow full of pineapple skins, shiitake mushroom stems, spoiled avocados, tomato trimmings, corn shucks and cobs, kale stems, spent tea leaves, onion skins, and the like. It’s high quality stuff. Every time […]

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Composting Partnership

by Daisy Garden

My hometown has an organization called Project Green Fork. You can read all about it here, but briefly, it’s a way to encourage food service providers to reduce or eliminate the amount of waste they generate. They oversee a six-step certification process. Upon completion of the steps, a restaurant can use the PGF logo to […]

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A Safer Transformer Oil?

by Daisy Green Up

Transformers fall into the category of necessary evil. How else to describe something which makes it possible for us to power our homes yet sometimes explodes, leaks, catches fire, and spills toxic chemicals? This is not only the case for those transformers located overhead on a pole like mine, but also those pad-mounted and buried […]

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5 Things to Know Before You Build With Pallets

by Ivory Soap Green Up

I have more than a couple of friends who working warehousing and retail and shipping and all that and I’ve been quizzing them over using wood pallets. Here’s what you need to know: 1)  They aren’t always discards.  Many companies store the pallets outside before they are returned, recycled, etc.  If you take them, it […]

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Why Buy Organic Seeds?

by Daisy Garden

One of the reasons I grow vegetables is to save money. SO–why should I plunk down the extra money to buy organic seeds instead of conventional seeds? I will be growing the plant itself organically, isn’t that all that really matters? There’s no way the tiny bit of agri-chem which is on that little seed […]

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Waste Not, Want Not: A Breakfast Tutorial

by Ivory Soap Green Up

If you’ve been following me this summer, you know that my kids lived on whop biscuits and nitrate-free hotdogs.  Apart from oatmeal, there wasn’t a whole grain to be found in my pantry.  But now that I’ve recovered from summer and returned to my natural state as homeschool mom and spontaneous short order cook, I […]

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Even Simpler DIY Stain Routine

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

Yesterday, I did a presentation on DIY cleaning at my local library.  I think I learned as much as they did.  Having to explain the stain routine and answer questions really helped me refine it.  The best contribution, though, was a lady who knew what old-timers used to use for enzyme cleaners before the fancy […]

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5 Ways to Live Seasonally in June

by Ivory Soap DIY

Farmer’s Markets are in full swing, mama animals are making tons of milk, and the produce in the garden is coming on faster than you can pick it.  Welcome to summer!  Well, technically, summer doesn’t start till June 20th, but the HEAT is already here in West Tennessee. So what can we do to live […]

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10 Things You Should Know Before Making Homemade Laundry Detergent

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

I have spent HOURS on the this database researching all of the possible chemical formulations of laundry detergent, and like dishwasher detergent, it has completely CHANGED how I make homemade laundry detergent! Cleaning Power 1. NO commercial detergents contain BORAX and WASHING SODA together. It’s an either/or.   Powder is washing soda.  Liquid detergents have borax, usually […]

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10 Things You Should Know Before Making Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

I have spent HOURS on  this database researching all of the possible chemical formulations of dishwasher detergent and it has completely CHANGED how I make homemade dishwasher detergent! Cleaning Power 1. NO commercial dishwasher detergents contain BORAX. Isn’t that nuts?  I was so surprised.  I studied the chemistry and  I wouldn’t go so far as to say […]

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3 Steps to Simplify DIY Stain Removal

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

1.  Reality Check Do you really treat stains?  I don’t.  I NOTICE stains after they’ve been through the wash.  If you aren’t an avid stain treater, you really only need a bar of soap and a faucet.  Here’s my REAL stain routine: Shoot, there’s a stain on the shirt I just put on! Can I […]

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3 Steps to Simplify Your DIY Cleaning Products

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  1.  Learn About T.A.C.T T.A.C.T. stands for Temperature, Agitation, Chemistry, and Time.  It means, the hotter the water the better it cleans.  The more elbow grease you use the better it cleans.  The stronger the chemicals are, the better it cleans.  The longer you let it soak or sit, the better it cleans. Now […]

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