Athena Magazine

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Organic Envy blog: Modern Green Living+Spa Wisdom September 14, 2009

organicenvyI just found a great new organic blog, an offshoot of Organic Spa magazine:

Welcome to Organic Envy! After launching Organic Spa Magazine in January 2007, we felt it was time to open the doors to communication even further. The mission of the magazine is to bring spa wisdom home, as well as to highlight the spas that are leading the organic way. Is there something special you do to find that elusive balance we all seek? We love to share ideas and exchange thoughts revolving around a healthier planet and a healthier you. Please join us in the conversation.

Organic Envy belongs to the Organic Spa Magazine, if you love the publication you will enjoy this green blog.

http://organicspamagazine.com
http://blog.organicspamagazine.com

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http://www.facebook.com/AthenaMag?ref=profile#/group.php?gid=68951712325

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Drought-Resistant Landscape Plan July 28, 2009

drought_tolerantI’ve found a lovely, easy-to-execute design for a drought-resistant planting bed. Save water and make the world a more beautiful place. Discover it here …

 

How to draw your own landspace plans July 26, 2009

final_planFor those of us who have no fear of rushing in, this is a great article on how to draw your own landscape plans. I must admit, it makes me tired just reading it, but it’s very illuminating, if only just enough to persuade you to hire a pro. Read more …

 

Learn Landscape Design in Stella’s Yard July 25, 2009

landscapeI’ve discovered a wonderful site for the DIY gardener. Stellasyard.com offers free landscape plans (with wonderful articles that explain the basic concepts of landscape design) and tips on earth friendly gardening. More here …

 

Organic Gurus July 13, 2009

organicgurusIsn’t that just what we need in this confusing green world? This cleaner vs. that one, what are the p.c. beauty products and so forth. Well, there’s a new web site that’s just that: Organic Gurus offers everything from bath and body stuff to eco books. Their tagline is “Getting you green” and if that doesn’t just make me heave a big, ol’ sigh of relief, ‘cuz it sounds so painless. Get green here. Visit the Facebook fan page here.

Can something so pretty be good for you, too? Apparently!

Can something so pretty be good for you, too? Apparently!

 

DJ Gregory: Walking the PGA tour one step at a time June 16, 2009

djWhether you play golf or not, here’s a story of unbeatable inspiration:

http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/video?id=3696478

 

Native Plant Nursery: Edge of the Woods May 10, 2009

eowEdge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery is a nursery in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania specializing in native plants. Native plants provide natural and sustainable beauty and a welcoming habitat for birds, butterflies and other insects, ensuring a future filled with a healthy diversity of plants and wildlife.

eow2They are committed to sustainable growing practices and use a peat-free compost based potting mix. (Peat is a non-renewable resource.) Compost provides an excellent source of organic nutrients and helps retain moisture. They use minimal pesticides in the nursery and practice IPM (Integrated Pest Management). See the Q&A below or click here to learn more. For affordable design services, click here.

What are native plants?

Native plants are indigenous plants, that occurred in the region before settlement by Europeans. They thrive in the climate and conditions of the area. Non-native plants were introduced from other countries or regions.

Why should I plant native plants?

Because they are fun, beautiful and easy! Native plants were living here long before we arrived with our fertilizers and pruners. Once established, native plants provide 4 seasons of carefree beauty if they are properly sited.

Will native plants grow in my garden?

There are native plants adapted to thrive in any condition from wet, soggy clay to dry, gravelly soil, and from hot sun to full shade. When well placed, native plants do not require watering, fertilizer or pesticides. Native plants provide four seasons of pleasure, with flowers in the spring, berries in the summer, brilliant colors in the fall and interesting bark and twig patterns in the winter.

What difference does it make if I plant a native or non-native?

The seed from non-native plants can travel a distance from your garden, via birds and animals. Invasive plants have been known to take over waysides, waterways and roadsides – – Miscanthus grass, purple loosestrife and bamboo are a few examples. Once they are on the ‘highway system” its a short trip to natural and naturalized areas. We all need to garden as if we lived on the edge of the woods.

Discover Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery.