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DIY – How to Plan a Raised Veggie Garden


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If you’re looking to perk up your dinner plate and mood, check out this FREE Kitchen Garden Planner from Gardener’s Supply Company. Choose from 8 different types of veggie gardens and learn how to organize plants in a 3 foot x 6 foot raised bed area. With twelve inches of snow heading toward New York City, it’s never too soon to plan for spring.

Nothing quite beats growing your own, right? I’ve got a handful of organic herbs and arugula growing in windowsill pots right now, and having the ability to pick a handful of sweet fresh greens for my daily salad just can’t be beat. It not only tastes amazing but also the greenery looks great, too.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Two Eco Versions of Sleek Ford Family Car Rolled Out


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News out of Detroit this morning has the Blue Oval promising its first-ever production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Ford C-MAX Energi compact minivan, set for 2012. Seating five passengers, the hybrid hauler is expected to garner more MPGs than the Ford Fusion Hybrid, currently, the most fuel-efficient U.S. “sedan.” With the help of both a lithium-ion battery system and engine that’s similar to that of the Chevy Volt, the family-friendly car is expected to offer more than 500 miles of driving range per charge – more than any other plug-in or extended range vehicle.

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Drivers will also be privy to a unique application of MyFord Touch, technology that Ford hopes will put consumers at ease when operating an EV. Information available to car owners will include fuel level, battery power level, miles per gallon, and the car gadgetry that’s sucking major juice (air conditioning, for example).

Ford calls the C-MAX Energi a “multi-activity vehicle;” we call it a small scale minivan. Regardless, the sleek shape will also be available to consumers as a more traditional hybrid option – the C-MAX Hybrid – which will run in electric mode at lower speeds, cruising ’round the neighborhood and checking off some of those pesky errands. Best of all, these two cars will be mated with three other electrified vehicles brought to American dealerships in the next two years. (Ford Focus Electric and commercial van Ford Transit Connect Electric will make up two others, alongside a yet-to-be-announced hybrid.)

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Khunu – a Tried and True Green Product Review


Many thanks to Khunu for providing us with the Alexandra, a black knit sweater made of yak wool, for the purposes of this Tried and True Green Product Review…

In short – I love the sweater, but I also love the story of how Khunu came to be and what it represents. It’s not just good marketing.

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Khunu just launched their winter collection – three different styles of both men’s and women’s knitwear. The ribbed knit, cowl neck pullover (above) is the Alexandra, it has a great cut and edgy details. There’s flattering lines on the front and sleeves; and a logo embossed on the black sleeve is so subtle you might not even notice. When I first opened the package, I was a little apprehensive because I thought the yak wool might feel itchy against my skin. So I wear it over a cami – it feels totally comfy and looks smart..hot with jeans and boots. (It’s available in 3 hues and retails for $190.)

The background of Khunu reads almost like the screenplay of an epic adventure … born in the Himalayas, with roots in Shangri-La and now residing in Colorado – here’s a quick synopsis.

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Khunu is the brainchild of two friends and intrepid travelers, Julian Wilson and Aaron Pattillo, (above). While camping out on the Tibetan plateau one very cold December night, they happened (more…)

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monday’s eco news roundup


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