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October, 2007

  1. Free 1-Year Subscription to Organic Gardening Magazine!

    October 31, 2007 by Jocelyn

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    Right now Stoneyfield Farms yogurt is offering a free, year long subscription to Organic Gardening magazine if you send in 4 of their specially marked foil lids by January 31, 2008.

     

    I love this yogurt; I buy it all the time. This is a great deal if you already get this yogurt; but even if you don’t, I’d recommend getting some! The yogurt is amazing, and you’ll get a free year’s worth of organic gardening advice! Can’t get much better than that, if you ask me.

    In order to complete the offer, you have to buy 4 of the big 32 oz. tubs of yogurt- I don’t think the offer is available with their small cups. Once you’ve saved (and washed, of course) 4 of the foil lids, simply include your name and address on a 3×5 card, and mail them to:

    Stonyfield Farm Organic Gardening Magazine Offer
    P.O. Box 4840
    Manchester, NH 03108-4840

    There you have it, folks. Eat some great yogurt, and get some great reading materials while you’re at it! Enjoy!


  2. 8 Great Ways to Make Your Garden Eco-Friendly.

    October 15, 2007 by Jocelyn

    Blog Action Day is finally here folks, and I’d like to take this opportunity to give you all some great advice on making your gardens a little bit greener. Here is a list of all participating blogs, if you’d like to browse through other environmentally friendly posts.

    8 Great Ways to Make Your Garden Eco-Friendly

    1. Use native plants! These plants already have an excellent natural defense against pests and harsh weather in your area. eNature has a great search tool for finding plants native to your area. For those of you up here in Minnesota, a few nice native plants are Purple Coneflowers and Black Eyed Susans. Native plants are great because they are much lower maintenance, and you don’t have to use a ton of water or fertilizer to keep them looking great.

    2. Stop using pesticides and fertilizers. This one is obvious. 99% of insects in your garden are beneficial, but trying to kill that small 1% of harmful bugs can do a lot of damage to the good creatures as well (including birds, butterflies, fish, even your family!) If you must rid your garden of certain pests, try using a natural pesticide. Have aphids? Get some ladybugs. Ladybugs can eat up to 5,000 aphids in one lifetime. Or, look around for some organic pesticides; there are a lot of them on the market.

    3. Feed your plants, the natural way. Composting is the BEST way to go when trying to give your plants an extra boost. There are quite a few different composting bins out there, all in different sizes. Composting is not only beneficial to your plants, but it’s also saving you a lot of work in the long run. On average, every American throws away 1,200 lbs. of organic materials that could instead be composted!

    4. Reduce! The amount of watering, that is. This can be done by using drip lines, or a layer of mulch. Drip lines use much less water than a sprinkler, while mulch will hold moisture in the soil for longer and thus require less frequent watering.

    5. Reuse! I’m talking about your pots! I know that it doesn’t seem too appealing, but if you’re growing a lot of small plants or herbs, then used yogurt containers will work perfectly! And if you really don’t like how they look, you can always have some craft time and decorate them a bit.

    6. Recycle! Or buy recycled, that is. If you’re getting new pots, or even lawn furniture- consider buying recycled materials.

    7. Use Great Design. Create a cool Rain Garden by planting your garden low in your yard, so that it will collect more water when it rains! This will almost eliminate the need for watering, and will also help prevent runoff pollution!

    8. Use rainwater. Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater. Make sure to keep a screen over the top of it!


  3. Fall Colors and Last Blooms

    October 7, 2007 by Jocelyn

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    This picture doesn’t do this tree justice; it is a huge, gorgeous maple inside of a small, square courtyard at my old college. I looks amazing right now, and I wanted to get more pictures of it, but a big thunderstorm chased me back inside.

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    There are only a few new blooms on the hydrangea bushes; this one looks like it’s almost ready!

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    And some happy pink daisies!

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    Visit As the Garden Grows for more information about Green Thumb Sunday.