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Rootology's Environmental Wellness Challenge

For thousands of years we have evolved to live in direct daily contact with the rest of nature. The forests, streams and savannahs were essential to our basic survival. But in the last few centuries, people in industrial societies have moved farther and farther away from that natural source of good health, with disastrous results.

Environmental well-being includes trying to live in harmony with the Earth by understanding the impact of your interaction with nature and your personal environment, and taking action to protect the world around you. By leading  a lifestyle that is respectful to our environment and minimizes any harm done to it is a critical part of environmental wellness. It can protect you from environmental hazards and minimizing the negative impact of your behavior on the environment.

Examples of environmental threats include air pollution, ultraviolet radiation in the sunlight, chemicals, noise, water pollution, and second-hand smoke. These are just a few of the ways we can tap the restorative powers of nature...

Rootology's Environmental Wellness Challenge:

  • Ride your bike, walk or take public transportation instead of driving.
  • Recycle and compost.
  • Plant and tend a garden.
  • Use natural cleaning products.
  • Remove clutter from your home or office.
  • Volunteer time to a worthy cause.

 

Sources:

  • Buzzell, Linda. "Have You Taken Your Vitamin 'N' Today?" The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 23 Aug. 2010. Web. 02 Apr. 2014.
  • "Mind Body Wellness Challenge." Wellness Challenge: Environmental Wellness. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.
  • "University of California, Riverside." Wellness: Environmental Wellness. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014. 
Plan Ahead: Spring Gardening

April is here! In case you haven’t heard it before… April’s showers brings May’s flowers! This is the perfect time to get re-acquainted with nature. Get outdoors, enjoy the fresh air, and do a little gardening — it’s the best therapy on earth!

Now in some areas, April brings the first signs of winter's end; in others, it's the gateway to hot, summery weather. But in most climates, it's the magical month when gardens start to come to life. And if the weather cooperates, it's a time to plant, water everything and take care of the lawn.

Remember to adjust gardening tips to fit your own growing season — but most important of all, wait until the last frost to put tender plants in the ground. Step outside and soak in the sights of the season with our friendly reminders on how to get started!

Plan Ahead Choose planting areas based on exposure to sun, shade, wind and distance from water source. Take a Soil Test and check soil pH with a home soil- test kit, taking several samples from different planting areas for an accurate reading. Enrich soil as necessary.

Watering — Don't let your garden dry out before it even hits full stride. Get into the rhythm of watering regularly early in the season to ensure happy, healthy plants.

Vegetables — In most areas, April is the real start of the outdoor vegetable garden, especially perennials such as asparagus, although it's probably still not warm enough to plant heat-loving crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and squash.

Pests — Don't let pests enjoy the fruits — or vegetables for that matter — of your gardening labors. Take precautions early and throughout the growing season to keep your plants healthy and edible.

Weeds Get the jump on weeds by applying a pre-emergent weed killer to beds and borders. Put it down in early April for best results. It works by preventing seeds from germinating, so don't apply anywhere you're planting seeds.

So, Spring doesn’t just mean reorganizing your house, it means re-energizing your soul. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses today!

  

Sources:

  • Anderson, Sally. "April Gardening Checklist." MSN Real Estate. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.
  • "Gardener's Check List for April." Organic Gardening. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.
  • "Spring Gardening Tips." Martha Stewart. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.