How What and Why Do We Compost

Spring, summer, winter or fall, composting does not take a lot of time, energy, or space yet it makes an amazing difference to the environment. The average household in the United States creates around 200 pounds of vegetable waste per year. This waste can be transformed into nutrient rich soil if it is composted but when tossed into the trash it instead combines with other waste to become a hazardous toxic mix. 

It is estimated that about twenty-three percent of all landfill waste in the USA is made up of yard and household vegetable waste. The majority of that landfill trash doesn't have to be there. Much of your yard and household trash can be recycled, up-cycled, or composted. If you are not already reducing your carbon footprint then it is definitely time to get onboard. Composting is actually quite easy. Anyone can participate even those who live in an apartment. It really does not take a lot of time or space to turn your vegetable waste from the kitchen or yard back into nut…

How to Kill Weeds Naturally Without Chemicals

Weeds have a remarkable tendency to grow where ever you do not want them to. They sow themselves and generally thrive in gardens, flowerbeds, lawns or where ever else it is where they are the least wanted.

The seeds blow in each year on the wind or are carried in by birds, squirrels, or other wandering wildlife. Sometimes we bring them onto our property within the small cracks and wedges in the soles of the shoes that we wear or in the tires of our vehicle. 

Generally if a plant is something you don't want there then it is officially designated a weed and this unwanted greenery can put you on a never ending mission to remove them from your little section of paradise. Unwanted plants are generally quite resilient.

Weeds in the lawn or flower bed can look unattractive and weeds in the garden can crowd out your vegetables. The acceptable means of weed removal used to be chemicals but we are now beginning to see exactly how unhealthy that can be. Not only do toxic weed removal methods ex…

Plants that Clean Pollutants in Indoor Air

Having houseplants placed strategically throughout your home is much more than just a decorative option these attractive living house guests can actually help to filter and remove toxins from the indoor air that surrounds them. 

A two year study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration found that greenery in a room really does act like an air purifier in removing pollutants. They also discovered that some plants worked better than others when removing different types of toxins. Studies show that plants can remove pollutants from the air within your home or work place.
It is a fact that having houseplants can greatly improve indoor air quality. Just place a plant or two in each room of your home or office and the air that you and breathe on a daily basis can be much cleaner courtesy of a plants ability to remove the contaminants around them.
Many individuals are unaware that the air they and their families are breathing may be contaminated by a variety of household toxins.


Raccoon Behavior Facts

Inquisitive, intelligent, and seemingly always hungry the raccoon has developed a love hate relationship with the humans it shares its environment with. 

He has adapted quite well to city living and to making use of the food sources available there. The raccoon's antics and the black mask which surrounds its eyes have rightfully earned this small mammal the title of a masked bandit. On his never ending hunt for food the raccoon does tend to make more than a few messes and enemies. This is an animal that is a professional when it comes to seeking out food sources hidden from its view.

Their habits aren't quite like our own. Often referred to as a varmit, vermin, or rodent this tiny masked bandit actually falls into the classification of mammal in the order of Carnivora. The raccoon is an omnivore existing on a highly diversified diet of plant, fruit, insect, fish, and meat sources rather than being the carnivore it is listed as.

It is the raccoons distinctive black mask that is it…

Why We Get Goosebumps When Cold or Afraid

It is an occurrence that is not hazardous to your health and nor is it contagious. This phenomenon is known as goose bumps. Named after the tiny bumps on a goose's flesh it is a condition that most of us have experienced at some point in time.

It begins as an icy cold sensation that races down the spine and is then followed by a tingling sensation on the neck and arms. If you look down you will see tiny bumps erupting across the affected skin.
Goosebumps are a natural defence of the body and occur when we experience a sense of fear or a chill in the air. These tiny bumps are a fight or flight response designed to make the body appear larger than it actually is.
If your doctor should mention that you have a bad case of Cutis anserina do not panic. He is simply using the official medical term for those little bumps protruding from your skin. Goose bumps are harmless and you will be perfectly fine. If you have an outbreak while you are being diagnosed then it is most likely your doctors…

Camping: Tent or RV

I love the outdoors and I love to head out on a camping trip every now and then but when it comes to camping in a tent well that is where I have to draw the line. 

I am a little older and a little less nimble than I was in my younger days so I have also gotten quite a bit more picky when it comes to my creature comforts. Trust me when I say that I have definitely done my fair share of tenting but now I much prefer to head out into the wilderness in a van or RV rather than in that flimsy little bit of material that they refer to as a tent. When it comes to a choice of RV camping or spending a few nights in an outback area in a tent well there is just no question as to which one I prefer. I love camping but I do not enjoy tenting.

There is just no decision to be made. I'll go camping if we get to take the van or an RV but a tent is out of the question. Tents are just not as secure to camp in as an RV. A vehicle provides a level of safety that is just not available in the thin canvas s…

Most Dangerous Snakes

When it comes to dangerous animals snakes are one of the most feared creatures on Earth. These slippery, slithery creatures can deliver one of the most painful bites that you will ever receive. Add to this pain the fact the many snakes are going to inject you with a poisonous venom within their bite and you can see why snakes are one of the most dangerous animals out there.

A snakes venom ranges in toxicity, and if you happen to be the unlucky fellow who interrupts one of these snakes when he really isn't expecting company, well you just might soon discover exactly how lethal a snakes bite can be. 

So let's take a look at which snake species are the most dangerous snakes in the world.

How snakes are classified is the reason for the large degree of
discrepancy in exactly which snakes top the list. Some believe that it is the toxicity of a snakes venom which merits it a place on the list. Whereas others believe that it is the amount of venom that a snake is able to produce which m…