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Tweet Along the time when tea was dumped into the Boston harbor to protest Britain’s rule over the colonies, naturalist William Bartram filled his breakfast tea cup in the Carolina Piedmont. It was the 1770’s. He sat reviewing his plant journals recently inked while traveling throughout southeastern North America. One spectacular native plant he observed […]

Tweet Isn’t it true that most folks treat their front yard like some department store display? Look but better not mess it up! Unlike Victorian homes, modern houses lack comfortable porches so little time is spent loitering there. Visitors step from the car into an invisible ‘front yard’ zone that urges them straight to the […]

Tweet My water bill last December doubled and I blame my kitchen faucet. When the bill came I wasn’t surprised actually, just annoyed.  Six months later and it still bothers me. It did have something to do with the 17 house guests that stayed for Christmas. (yes, of course I love my relatives) The fact […]

Tweet Heuchera  x ‘Plum Pudding’  Coral Bells How about a very hardy native plant that tolerates shade and sun, isn’t too picky about soil pH, is drought tolerant and adds a sense of the ‘Johnny Depp’ scallywag to your garden? Enter Heuchera x Plum Pudding coral bells. [hew-chair-a] With unique shiny, dark purple ruffled leaves […]

Tweet Voting is Now open – Your vote means a lot to us!  Readers like you are picking the Best Green Blog from Monday, 7 March to Friday, 15 April 2011. We have been nominated in the 2011 JDR Industry Green Blogger Awards! Build That Green promotes and encourages sustained building of healthy, high-performance homes […]

Tweet 2011 tax credits help you have a greener home Yippee! For the third year in a row, you can get federal tax credits (and more) for your green home building or remodeling. Many people mistakenly believe the $2,000 federal tax credit for new, energy-efficient homes ended in 2010, but Congress extended the perks through […]

Tweet Christmas is over and the presents have all been opened, but there’s still a way to give your family an extra “something special” with that old wreath or tree. Chipping your Christmas greens and other yard waste into winter mulch creates a pile of very versatile material that all gardens need. Plus, you’ll feel […]

Tweet ====================   Highly Recommended   ===================== Now available – Sneaky Solar Strategies That Pay Over & Over Video This video has the home energy comfort answers you’re looking for. Click the blue title to learn more. ================================================================= 10/10/10 at 10 am we pick up a new addition to the family – an Abyssinian cat named Axum […]

Tweet By Joanne H. Shawcross I used to have a college friend that had the cutest apartment in an old Victorian, but it had some of the ugliest radiators you’ve ever seen. Let’s say you have a room at home that has something you want to ignore or hide.  It could be a ‘bad bookcase’ […]

Tweet We had an unexpected visitor the other day that reminded me about diversity. But before I show you, I wanted to point something  out. Although green building is typically focused on built stuff like your house, the design of your yard and garden with its natural elements have a significant environmental impact too. Good […]