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The 30 greatest yoga holidays on the planet

For yoga in enchanting locations<p>1. Silver Island, Greece<p>I could quite happily live on this delightful, 60-acre private island strewn with rough flower-filled tracks, which has an ancient church, a romantic lighthouse and more than 2,500 olive trees. Come for week-long holidays with yoga sessions …

How To Keep Mosquitoes From Ruining Your Perfect Summer

I live in Florida and I know very well how bugs can ruin both special outdoor events and perfectly ordinary daily moments. Just last week our s'mores …

Mosquitoes

A New "Solar Paint" Lets You Transform Your Entire House Into a Source of Clean Energy

Powerful Paint<p>Powering homes using clean energy is becoming easier thanks to a growing number of innovative technologies and initiatives. Some …

Why the shade garden is so underrated — and how to create your own

Shade gathers from year to year in the garden like the wrinkles on your face, growing more pronounced with time.<p>Small bushes develop into large shrubs, young patio trees shift from skinny to broad, newly planted trees rise to the rooftops and beyond. This is a direct consequence of our love of …

Make This Cardamom Cold Brew Vietnamese Coffee ASAP

Hot summer weather is finally here, and that means only one thing for my morning routine: the return of cold brew coffee! While I typically drink it …

Coffee

Tertill Weeding Robot

Created by the inventor of the Roomba, the Tertill Weeding Robot promises to do for weeds in your garden what the former does for dirt on your floor. …

Gardening

The hourly wage needed to rent a two-bedroom home in every state

To rent a two-bedroom home, on average, you would need to earn $21.21 per hour as a full-time worker in the United States.<p>That figure is higher in states like New York and California that are hurting the most from the nation's affordable housing crisis.<p>A new report from the National Low Income …

Housing

Bearded Irises: A Lost Generation of Flowers Has a Moment

Bliss irises, developed during or just after World War One, belong to the Lost Generation. They show subtle variations of color that strongly evoke …

Google’s Project Sunroof will peer pressure you to get solar panels

Check if you're the only one on the block without solar panels<p>You can now check if your neighbors have installed solar panels on their rooftops, thanks to a new feature in Google’s Project Sunroof. The free online tool has been around for a couple years, allowing users to check whether installing …

Solar Power

Do It Yourself Soil pH Test

We're always told to test for our soil pH. It's not one of the more fun or interesting tasks of tending a garden, but it really is crucial. Plants …

Bring butterflies and hummingbirds home with a single plant

The humble scarlet beebalm (<i>Monarda didyma</i>) has a lot to recommend it, especially in eastern North America, where it originated. This easy-care perennial not only attracts bees to your garden, but butterflies and hummingbirds also find it irresistible. It’s a welcome addition to a perennial garden, …

North America

12 Flowers That Are Good For Bees

Contrary to popular belief, bees aren’t just a summertime inconvenience. Sure, it gets increasingly hard to relax outside on long, scorching days and …

Country Lifestyle

This Adorable Beehive Design Raised a Quarter Million Dollars in Just 15 Minutes | Inc.com

Over recent years, bee populations have been declining at staggering rates, with thousands of hive keepers reporting losses. That's alarming because, as pollinators, bees directly or indirectly contribute to a host of industries, playing a major role in the maintenance of fragile ecosystems. But a …

Ecology

5 jazz versions of pop songs you really should hear

Don’t dig jazz? Want to understand the music but struggle to “get” it? Or just clueless about where to start your jazz journey?<p>We (might) have the …

Pop Music

The art of listening to birds with David Sibley

<b>In which the walking ornithology encyclopedia known as David Sibley showed me how to identify birds by their songs in New York City's Central Park.</b><p>It …

Birds
Pets

How To Make Your Own Cold Brew Coffee At Home (That Will Stay Fresh For A Month)

Set your grinder to its most coarse setting, and check a little of its output before doing the full grind – you are looking for roughly the same …

Replace Your Lawn With These Superior Alternatives

Earlier this week, we suggested you stop mowing your lawn. American lawn care consumes almost a third of all U.S. domestic water use and produces 4% …

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8 Plants That Repel Bugs and Mosquitoes

Grow these in your garden or plant them in a pot to keep the bugs away.<p><i>Originally appeared on Real Simple</i>

Gardening

Guitar basics: how to solo over a 12-bar blues chord progression

<b>Whether you’re a seasoned improviser or a jam-session novice, you can always refresh those 12-bar blues licks. We get jamming over the staple</b> …

Electric Guitar

The Supplement Industry Is Devastating The Environment–Can Algae Fix It?

Qualitas Health, a Texas-based nutrition company, just inked an expansion deal that’ll triple their algae production capabilities, and position their omega-3-rich products as a more sustainable alternative to nutrients derived from fish and animals.<p>Over the course of the last decade, the U.S. …

Biofuel

10 plants that will help you get a good night's sleep

<b>Some people may be put-off having houseplants in the bedroom due to allergies but, if you choose the right ones, they can actually improve allergy</b> …

Sleep

Tesla Solar Roof: Is It Worth It?

Many homeowners intrigued by the idea of using their roof to generate power are turned off by the look of the ugly black solar panels they’d need to …

Lasagna Gardening

Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener. The name …

14 Healthiest Vegetables on Earth

By Rachael Link<p>Vegetables are well-known for being good for your health. Most vegetables are low in calories but high in vitamins, minerals and fiber.<p>…

Nutrition

The Many Benefits of Playing the Guitar

Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino and Fender's SVP weigh in on why young people should play the guitar.<p>“I’ll just flat out say it: I’m not a very good guitar player,” reveals Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast’s rad-as-hell lead singer and (still quite apt) guitarist. “But I’ve gotten away with being a …

The 1-Pan, 3-Ingredient, High-Protein Recipe You Can Eat Any Meal of the Day

Looking for an easy high-protein, high-fiber meal that's perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? All you need for this recipe are basically three ingredients, one pan, and your oven.<p>For just over 400 calories, this roasted tofu, sweet potato, and bell pepper dish offers 34 grams of protein and 7.9 …

Has This Silicon Valley Startup Finally Nailed The Indoor Farming Model?

Indoor farming is a trendy startup space, but many of those ventures have recently failed. Plenty thinks its technology, model, and timing mean it’s the place that will finally turn greens into green.<p>“I like to call this the cathedral.” So says Matt Barnard, CEO and cofounder of the vertical …

Aquaponics

Ground Covers that Replace Grass and Take Foot Traffic

Grass is a great ground cover. Yet, grass replacements are widely sought for a number of reasons—not least among them the fact that some low-growing …