Sustainable

In the Garden of Deeden: Honey Bees Part 1

In 2008, I was in a waiting room and picked up a magazine. In it was an article about colony collapse disorder and its plight on the bee population. Given my love of gardening, it seemed natural that I would become a beekeeper. I met with a colleague’s husband who is a beekeeper, got some … Read more

In the Garden of Deeden: Rain Harvesting with Rain Barrels

The Amazon rainforest is masterful at capturing and dispersing rainfall: bromeliads, pitcher shaped plants, drip tips. But what to do in a northern urban homestead? Water is a precious and limited resource.  In many places, people don’t think much about it. They turn on the tap, and potable water flows out. Increasingly, however, we’re hearing … Read more

A Taste of Summer

A Red-eyed, 17-year, Cicada

Entomophagy, the practice of eating insects, is widely embraced by ethnic and indigenous communities in parts of Asia, Africa, and Latin America as a cheap and sustainable source of protein. Introducing more insects into the Western diet as a more sustainable food source is the way of the future.

In the Garden of Deeden: Worms Eat My Garbage

The average American generates about a pound of food waste/day. Have you ever heard of vermicomposting, also known as worm composting? Even as a little girl, I was fascinated with worms – don’t ask me why. However, I did try to save worms I found on the driveway after it rained. Although I started a … Read more