A primary benefit of organic gardening, whether planting vegetables or flowers, is the elimination of chemicals in your yard and ultimately in groundwater and the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, studies have shown that vegetables grown in organic soil are not only chemical free but often taste better and are more nutritious.
Water in nature never exists as just pure H20. More than 60% of the earth's water is groundwater below the surface. When water passes through soft rock formations such as shale and limestone, it dissolves and picks up minerals from the rock and ends up in the underground aquifers we draw our water supply from. "Hard water" is basically water containing higher amounts of dissolved minerals-usually calcium and magnesium but also iron.
The especially cold temperatures we've had recently provide extra incentive for mice to find a way into your house. If you suspect you have mice, address the problem immediately. Mice present a health hazard to you and your family. And since a female can have up to 10 litters a year with six or more babies per litter there is no such thing as one mouse!
Getting rid of clutter will make your home feel bigger, help you value the things you choose to keep and can lift your spirits. Despite these obvious benefits, dealing with clutter can seem like an overwhelming task. Try starting with just one room or area. And remember, getting rid of all the clutter doesn't have to get done in one day. Here are some tips for tackling the clutter.