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Exchange

Look around your home.  Do you have things left over from a DIY project?  I know that I have a package of shingles in my crawlspace that the previous owner left behind.  You could have siding, tiles, lumber, fencing, or even nails and screws.  All of these are things that someone else could use... Read More >>

Thrift

Thrift is a great way to "dispose" of the things around your home that you don't need, but can still be used. Clothing and household items that are still in good shape can be donated to a thrift store.  These stores are great places to find hidden treasures and the money raised could benefit... Read More >>

Think About Alternatives

Refusing certain actions and products doesn't mean limiting your life. Alternatives can be found for almost anything. Some are easy... Substitute something friendlier for straight-to-the-landfill items such as styrofoam. This can be as easy as looking one shelf up in the grocery store, buying... Read More >>

Lifestyle

In the world of Waste Reduction, we tend to place a lot of importance on Recycling. This is great, since recycling is one simple thing everyone can do to help reduce waste and protect the environment. It is important to remember, however, that "recycle" is the last of the 5 R's.  Consider your... Read More >>

Water Wise

During the summer, 50% of our household water is used outside to keep our lawns and gardens green. You can reverse the trend by planting native species and other drought resistant plants. Plants from around the world are adapted to grow with little or no supplemental water. These plants are termed... Read More >>

Companion Gardening

Planting certain plants together can enhance growth and nearly eliminate some pest and disease problems. On the flip side, planting other combinations together can hinder growth.   Cabbage FamilyCorn and sunflowers provide shade. Beans, clover and peas enrich the soil for future crops... Read More >>

Beneficial Insects

Large dark brown or black beetle with grooves down its backMany insects in your garden are predators and therefore help control the populations of harmful insects. Any measures you take to kill insects should be undertaken with care to avoid harming beneficial insects...in fact, 95% of insects are... Read More >>

Trouble Shooting

Problem with your composter? Here are some common problems and some solutions to try. If problems persist, please call for a "compost consultation." SYMPTOM PROBLEM SOLUTION... Read More >>

Worms and More

Worms, Grasscycling and Plastic Bag Composting Worms! Composting indoors? Yes! Start with a bin, red-wiggler worms, damp paper, organic materials and you can set up an odourless indoor composter.  Red-wiggler worms are a special breed of very hungry worms, who consume their body weight in... Read More >>

Northern Tips

The composting process works perfectly well in the North, but due to our shorter seasons, there are some particular tips to follow for successful northern composting. Using Activators. Organic activators are high in nitrogen. They "kickstart" and maintian the heating process. While comercial... Read More >>