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Great Gifts: Electric Snow Thrower

What: Greenworks Electric Snow Thrower

Features: Is it time to clear snow in your neck of the woods? The Greenworks 12 amp electric snow thrower clears a 20-inch path at a depth of 10 inches and has a cord lock that holds an extension cord securely in place.

Green Factor: Zero carbon emissions and zero pollution because it doesn’t use gas. No smelly engine emissions, no trips to fill the gas can and no tune-ups!

Bonus: On sale for $159.99 with a fabulous 4 year warranty (twice the industry standard) plus FREE SHIPPING!

Find It Here:  Amazon

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Wildflower Seed Bombs

What: Pouches packed with five ready-to-grow seed balls, each suitable for one U.S. region.

Features: Help the grass stay greener on the other side of abandoned fences with “guerrilla gardening.” Simply throw and grow! Each pouch holds five seed balls. Seed Bombs are ideal for use during spring, summer, or early fall.

Green Factor: Pouches are made of muslin and balls are handmade from clay and worm castings to enrich soil.

Bonus: Made in the USA

Find It Here: Uncommon Goods

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Kangaroom Recycle Bags

reusable tall recycle bagsWhat: Reusable recycling bags

Features: Tall, stand-on-their-own reusable, washable bags with reinforced handles to store and tote your recycling.

Green Factor: Made from recycled materials.

Bonus: A bargain at $12.99 for two bags—also great for lawn clippings.

Find It Here: Great Useful Stuff

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Kids Garden in a Bag

What: A complete garden kit in a bag

Features: This kit contains everything needed to grow flowers in the bag, plus the outside is made to be colored so every child’s bag garden is unique.

Green Factor: Once the plant outgrows the bag, it can be re-planted in a pot and continue to grow. Plants absorb carbon and release oxygen plus they look pretty, teach kids about nature and with any luck, will help instill a love for gardening.

Bonus: Made in Idaho (see also: not made in China).

Find It Here: Branch

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Bye Bye, Jack!

Every year, one billion pounds of pumpkins are produced in the United States alone. That’s a LOT of organic material that will just go rot in the landfill if not disposed of naturally.

If you don’t have a compost bin, this is a great time to start one—with the remains of your holiday pumpkin! You can find directions on starting composting here.

If you already compost, here are some things to remember:

1) If you carved your pumpkin and got rid of all the flesh and seeds inside it, you don’t need to worry about that stuff. Just remember to remove any candles/wax.

2) If you didn’t carve your pumpkin, you should open it up and get out all the seeds because they can sprout in your compost bin/heap!

3) Cut or smash your pumpkin into pieces smaller than your fist, if possible. If your pumpkin had a thick, hard stem, it can take a long time for that to break down—you may want to leave the stem out.

4) Put the pumpkin pieces in your heap or bin and add some drier material like leaves or grass clippings.

5) Turn your compost as frequently as you normally would.

6) If you live in a cooler region, you may want to move your bin to a spot where it will get some sun every day.

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Your Garden Show

Wgardenshow.jpghat: An online community and social network for gardening enthusiasts.

Features: Set up a free account and begin sharing your gardening experiences, ideas, photos, videos, inspiration and more with other gardening enthusiasts. The site also includes a blog and a forum for gardening questions.

Green Factor: Gardening is an excellent way to introduce kids to ecology, nature, science and sustainability.

Bonus: Your Garden Show features a vast 6,000 vegetable database and a 5,900 ornamental database.

Find It Here: YourGardenShow.com

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NatureZap Weed Killer

naturezap.pngWhat: A device that kills weeds

Features: Uses thermogenic heat to disrupt the weed’s normal function, causing it to shrivel up and die.

Green Factor: Uses NO herbicides or chemicals of any kind so your yard, gardens etc. remain blissfully untainted by toxic nastiness. This is safer for you, your children, your pets, wildlife, the groundwater and the overall environment. Also noteworthy, it’s a corded electric device so there are no noxious fumes or emissions.

Bonus: The temperature of the ceramic stone plateaus at a pre-defined set point of 400˚F so that it can safely be used around mulch and pine straw without the threat of instantaneous ignition or scorching.

Find It Here: CompostMania

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Gifts That Grow

productonly.jpgWhat: Pre-Seeded Gift Wrap

Features: Plant the paper after it’s been used and grow wildflowers

Green Factor: Made from 100% recycled paper, creates zero waste

Cool  Factor: Totally NOT generic (so your gift will stand out!)

Find It Here: Little Kay Gardens

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Earth

disney_earth.jpgI let my kids watch TV. I admit it. But I’m also very picky about what I let them watch, opting predominantly for science and nature shows. One series that we’ve enjoyed immensely is Planet Earth on the Discovery Channel. The cinematography is so groundbreaking that we’ve been able to see things we would never ever witness otherwise and so indescribably amazing that it regularly gave me chills. It’s because of our love of nature that I’m especially excited about a movie from Disneynature films called Earth. It tells the story of three animal families and their journeys across the planet over the course of a year. It was directed by Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, the Emmy Award-winning creative team behind the Planet Earth series which pretty much guarantees it will be both epic and visually astounding. What’s really cool is that Disney is going to plant a tree for every person who sees the film during it’s opening week, starting on Earth Day, April 22, 2009. That’s some serious green potential and I’m really excited about it! To help kick off this awesome new film, we’ve teamed up with Disneynature films to give away an Earth reusable grocery bag, a biodegradable tumbler, and a tree seedling so you can plant your own tree! (details below)

Find It Here: Disneynature Films

Win It: We’re giving away an Earth reusable grocery bag, a biodegradable tumbler, and a tree seedling. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter DE3 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What, specifically, are the three kinds of animals featured in Earth? Enter by 4/07/09. $60 value. Contest Closed. Congrats  Sherry!

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The Gloves are On

sm-glove-wk-bk.gifWhen I work in my yard, I always wear gloves. This is partly because I’m kind of prissy and don’t really like getting dirty but also because gloves protect my hands from branches, thorns, stubborn weeds that can cut and of course all the bacterium that live in soil. I learned about all the aforementioned hazards the hard way…by NOT using gloves and thus, I’m now a big fan. Of course, I always wear my husband’s el cheapo grande work gloves and of course, I always swear I’m going to get myself a decent pair. The ones I have my eye on are the West County Gardener Work Gloves. Full of recycling goodness, they’re constructed with a high-tech spandex mesh fabric derived from recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) beverage bottles that have been ground up and spun into recycled yarn and each pair of gloves removes one 8-ounce beverage bottle from landfill. Only adding to their coolness is the fact that they also make them for kids. The Kid’s Classic glove is an exact replica of the adult Classic Glove, with all the same comfort and durability, but smaller. And cuter. My daughter, who always wants the gloves off my hands, literally, would be thrilled to have her very own and I’d be thrilled because then she could help me pull weeds!

Find It Here: West County Gloves

 Win It: We’re giving away three pair of West County Gardener gloves. The winner can choose from the Kid’s Classic and the Work Glove. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter WC3 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is a signature feature of the Work Glove? Open to US residents. Enter by 3/20/09. $60 value. Contest Closed. Congrats Shawn!

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In to Gardening? Read This!

gardening-supplies.jpgI know this is short notice but at noon today EST, a horticulturist from Burpee Seeds will be on The Motherhood site doing a live text chat answering questions about growing your own vegetables.

Post to The Motherhood that you’ll be planting a vegetable garden this year and you could win enough seeds to grow $650 worth of veggies. They’ll randomly pick ten winners by Wednesday (2/25).

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Love. This. Composter.

cleanairgardening_2021_24716274.jpg One of my goals this year was to start a compost pile. I was feeling a wee bit guilty thinking about all my kitchen scraps ending up in an airtight plastic bag in a landfill somewhere. Something about biodegradable organic matter not being able to biodegrade is just, well, wrong. And yet, I’ve been doing it for years! *sigh* But his year, after continually hearing how easy it is to compost, I finally got off my duff and decided to do it. There are lots of ways to compost and many of them are very inexpensive. However, I’m a bit lazy and I liked the idea of getting a gadgety thing for my yard that would make composting REALLY easy. Hence, my new found affection for the Tumbleweed Composter. Assembling this composter is really easy. I did it in less than an hour, and that evening I was already composting without any prior experience. Just open the lid, stuff in your garden refuse and kitchen scraps, and then give it a “tumble” or two and your done. It is so wonderfully easy to use – and the best part is that if you tumble it every day or so, you’ll have beautiful compost in just about a month. And don’t forget the added bonus of all that good green karma coming your way!

Find It Here: Clean Air Gardening

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