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Legalizing Weed(s) August 20, 2009

Filed under: eco-friendly,environmentally friendly,gardening,green,healthy,non-toxic,organic — MindfulMerchant @ 12:22 am

3450787717_e64384c740[1] April 22, 2009 was a significant day for my husband and his landscaping abilities. 250+ Pesticides were banned for cosmetic uses in the Province of Ontario. This meant he felt less guilty about the state of our lawn. Kidding aside, it is about time this legislation has come into effect. 

I love my garden. I loathe weeds. Roadside weeds are lovely blowing in the breeze. Next to my Peonies, that is a problem. Now that this ban rgyb[1]is in place, the battle to remove them from my flowerbeds has been a tough one. I have been looking for any tool to help do the job. I have broken/bent many a weed puller, darn weak little things. You could have putted golf balls in our yard after removing dandelions with a new standing extractor. Sure, the dandelion was gone but chunk of turf it took with it was the size of a small cantaloupe. On the bright side, we have many chipmunks that moved in that summer. You are welcome Chippy!

I stumbled upon a very odd-looking device at our local garden centre. Suspiciously, I questioned the cashier,”Does The Garden Bandit” work?” She sold me on all the wonderful things it does. (Warning to women, it looks like something your doctor might have used at your last physical). If you can get past that image, it actually frees the weeds without much effort. A quick scoop and they are in the yard waste bin. I use the small hand held device.  I like it so much I bought the telescopic model for my Mom (she has trouble bending)  Big bonus…it is a Canadian product!  yeah!

If you too are growing weed(s) in your yard and are not happy about it, you might want to try The Garden Bandit. Good luck with the battle.




Tree Huggers Unite! August 14, 2009

Filed under: climate change,environmentally friendly,gardening,Ottawa — MindfulMerchant @ 1:10 am

photo opp 013 Ottawa, Ontario is where my husband and I have decided to raise our family.  We love living here and think it is a beautiful city.  If you have never been to Ottawa, I encourage you to visit Canada’s Capital city.  It has so much to offer, impressive museums, national treasures, great dining, and friendly people.

On May 8th 2007 the City of Ottawa issued a national challenge, asking Canadian municipalities to join Ottawa in planting trees for the planet as part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Planet for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign. This is a major worldwide tree planting campaign with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide.  Impressive, no?

As a resident, we can receive a free tree every year to plant wherever we want.  Big trees, small trees, fruit trees, small shrubs, there is a variety to chose.  Free.  It gets better…this year they actually deliver the tree to your front door.  How simple is that?  I find that a large number of Ottawa-nians (is that the correct term?) are unaware of this awesome program.  I am planning a small-scale reforestation project in our yard that is now spreading throughout our neighbourhood.  Trees are good for the environment, good for curb appeal, and good for reducing your energy bills.   

If you live in Ottawa, why not sign up for a free tree? It is as easy as filling out an on-line request form and the digging of a small hole.  If you live outside the region, I would love to hear about what your municipality is doing to meet this worldwide challenge.

Free trees are fantastic!