D.I.Y. Fridays – Helping the Bees with our Plants and Gardens

There has been a lot of buzz about saving the bees lately. Beekeepers, environmental groups, farmers (who rely on the bees to pollinate up to 80% of their flowering crops), and even mainstream media outlets are all reporting a shocking decline in the bee population, especially honeybees, in North America and many regions of Europe. Here is a list of some plants that can be useful to both you and our pollinator friends in your gardens.

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D.I.Y. Fridays – D.I.Y. Video Inspiration

by Nicole Wines This week’s D.I.Y. Fridays post is a resource post. We are sharing three awesome, short videos about D.I.Y. lifestyle. These are just for a little inspiration, to show you the amazing things you can do with your … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Building a Cold Frame

by Nicole Wines It’s been a mild winter in central NJ.  The warm days have us already anticipating the beginning of our planting season, really just a few weeks away for the cool weather crops.  We just worked out our … Continue reading

D.I.Y. Fridays – Adventures in Soapmaking

by Nicole Wines (NOTE: This is not an instructional article, this is about our own experience learning how to make soap with a teacher.  Making soap involves chemical processes and can be dangerous if not done properly.  Raíces recommends finding … Continue reading

The Eco-Logic of First Peoples

by Francisco G. Gómez A few days ago I attended a screening of “The Economics of Happiness” at the behest of a friend. The film, in a nut shell, addresses the “New” trend called Localization, which appears to be very … Continue reading

Living in the Garden State – Raíces Eco-Culture Garden Fall Update

It’s the Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox.  For most gardeners, this is the time to wind things down, to pick the last harvest, turn the soil and prepare the earth for spring. At the Raíces … Continue reading

North African Plants – Treasures From The Desert

by Carolina Gonzalez Living in the Canary Islands, on the Northwest coast of Africa, makes gardening a challenging task. A six month summer, with desert temperatures and dry, burning African winds allows only the stronger, more water-saving herbs to survive … Continue reading

Of Gurus and Harvests

It took only two short years to make a Pachamama believer out of me. Not being one to seek out sages, gurus or other learned individuals who seem to be in abundance today, a very young person who sought learning … Continue reading