Starting the spring garden organically

Garden/Allotment

Garden/Allotment (Photo credit: tricky (rick harrison))

One way to get more chemical-free food into your diet is to grow it yourself. Early spring is the perfect time to consider adding fruits or vegetables to your backyard garden. It’s also an opportunity to begin — or get better at — gardening organically.

As a backyard grower, you may not achieve the standard of “certified organic.” But you can take incremental steps toward that ideal each year. Here are a few to consider. – Read more

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Spring Cleaning? Remember the Stockton School’s Rummage Sale

English: Prallsville Mill, Stockton, New Jersey.

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Maybe it’s the weather — the handful of warm, sunny days we’ve enjoyed recently — but something seems to be triggering that age-old instinct to clean in spring. The first phase of this annual ritual, of course, is purging our homes of unwanted, unused and untidy mounds of stuff.

I’ve heard a number of people proclaim that this is absolutely going to be the year they take back the den from the kids or get to see the floor of their garage or basement. Some want to pare down in an effort to further simplify their lives. Others are at a particular stage in the mourning of a parent or other loved one when they are finally ready to part with that person’s household possessions, long kept in a self-storage unit or a relative’s attic. – Read more