Your Guide to Toxin Free Spring Cleaning

  How to select safe household cleaners   Many cleansers labeled natural or green do not completely disclose their ingredients. Sometimes even going to the manufacturer's website can leave you clueless. Take that as a bad sign and don't use it.   Environmental Working Group (EWG), the producers of annual Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists to help consumers avoid produce that is grown with too much toxic material, also has a section in its website to help consumers with household cleaning … [Read more...]

Top 5 Garden Vegetables for Spring

Spring is finally here! All of you gardeners out there know that now is the time to get sprouting. There's no better way to know where your food comes from than by growing it yourself.   Seeds: Regardless of what crop you are growing, always choose organic, non-GMO varieties of seed.   Recommended seed sources: - Bakers Creek - High Mowing - Seed Savers Exchange   Gardening for Health: All vegetables are healthy for you in their own unique ways! We've put together a … [Read more...]

Spring Allergy Season

Spring is in full swing here in Michigan! However, for some, this season means a runny nose, congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes and ears, sinus pressure, sleeplessness, and fatigue. These are all symptoms of spring allergies. Hay fever is among the most common allergy, affecting one in five Americans and lingering for months at a time while pollen circulates in the air. Since allergies are so common among Americans, it can be easy to buy in to marketing campaigns from the pharmaceutical companies. … [Read more...]

How to Successfully Start Seeds Indoors

Spring is here! Are you ready to grow some fresh, organic herbs, veggies, and flowers? Here are some tips for successful seed starting.   Materials for Starting Seeds: Containers - Either purchased pots or flats or containers you've saved, like egg cartons and yogurt cups. Used pots should be thoroughly cleaned using a scrubbing brush or pad. Potting Mix - Seeds do best in a soilless mix where there are fewer inherent problems than with garden soil Seeds - Your choice. … [Read more...]