Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Looking for an all natural fertilizer?

By Andrew

If you’ve been reading our earlier articles, you will probably already know that I’ve been working on a balcony garden in order to get myself a little closer to the food production process.  To date, I have been successful in growing chives, basil, oregano, potatoes, tomatoes, asparagus, peppers, and onions.  Unfortunately I’ve only been able to eat the first four items on this list due to the time it takes for food to grow in particularly nutrient poor soils.  The soil in flower pots are relatively nutrient poor for the reason that they rarely have active bacterial soil cultures and access to decaying organic material.  An easy answer to this would be to use some conventional fertilizer or compost.  But, if you’re like me you’ll want to try to avoid using chemicals and you lack the space for a composter.  Don’t fret, a slightly unconventional answer to this has been highlighted in Scientific American by using urine.  Now before you get all grossed out, please note that urine is completely sterile.  Read on to find out more…

Friday, July 16, 2010

Staycation: Sibbald Point Provincial Park

By Andrew

       The idea began as most far-flung adventures did and often tend to; in the company of friends over a few drinks.  It was a Saturday evening, five or six of us gathered around the television watching Top Gear’s Vietnam special.  The intrepid hosts of the program were undertaking a journey on second hand motorbikes and mopeds from the south to the north of the country.  About half way through the episode a conversation among us unfolded regarding travel and adventure.  Being springtime at the university, most of us were left wonting of this particular aspect of our lives as midterms were well underway.  It was at this moment that the harebrained scheme was hatched.  My friend Jack and I had set in our minds that we were going to bike from Toronto to Lake Simcoe, more specifically to Sibbald Point Provincial Park.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Tree Uproots Concrete

On the balcony, there's a big pot of dirt, littered with a half-dying, yet somehow half flourishing, poinsettia plant from Christmas and a few dwarf-like weeds. In the middle of the pot, a bare snake-like twig crawls upwards. “It's my mother nature pot,” my friend says. “Whatever grows, grows.”

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fresh "Food"abase

By: Noah

Until the tender age of 18 or there-abouts, my Mom still packed me a lunch every day.  Yup, that’s right...momma’s boy.  She seemed to want to do it, she made some damn good sandwiches, and working Landscaping 12 hours a day leaves you with little energy to do the little things in life.  This culinary luxury however procured a certain hunger for homemade deli sandwiches.  And this tossed me a curveball in my quest to eat Local sustainable organics; how do I reconcile my unwavering desire for these deli meats, when seemingly nobody offers them certifiably the way I’m trying to live?

Fortunately for me I stumbled across a new website launched last month from Greenbelt Ontario entitled .  It’s a website that seeks to connect buyers, growers, restaurateurs, and markets together in a massive online database.  Regardless of who you are, it’s seemingly easy navigation and attractive layout makes it an effortless solution to one of life’s my daunting questions: What do I want to eat?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

DIY - Homebrew

By Andrew

As many of you have begun to notice, it’s starting to get really hot outside.  With temperatures in May reaching the high 20s there is a good chance that the upcoming summer weather will be nice and sticky.  Beating the heat isn’t always easy, but it can be fun and delicious.  The solution that my roommate and I turned to was brewing our own beer!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bulk Public Transit


By: Noah

Many Torontonians seeking quick, easy and environmentally friendly access to the various corners of our city turn to the TTC for public transportation.  It's snaking maze of subway, bus and streetcar routes truly makes the city feel smaller and more like a community.  Unfortnately for many of us, the $3 price tag on the service makes it a little less of an attractive ride.  Now we all knew that it wasn't going to be cheap going green, so in the eyes of Positive Pete let's just say: at least it's lower than the $10-$35 you could spend on a taxi ride!  And ceratinly it's faster than walking - and safer (most of the time) than riding your bike.  In the end, it is an undeniably responsible form of alternative (albeit expensive) trasportation when you're trying to be eco-conscious.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Joe Millionaire Reporting Live

Guest Post By: Oliver Spicer

One of my biggest pet peeves– of which I have many – is the general inaccuracy of the television media. This is, of course, the only media an ignorant blue collar boy from B-Veg ever consumes.  We don’t read papers, we don’t listen to radio, we watch television.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My Life Without Cable

By Andrew

If you’ve been following our earlier posts, you will have noticed that I decided to cut cable television out of my life upon moving into my new place.  This was not an easy decision as I was a Discovery Channel and Nature Channel fanatic, but my final decision was made based on several factors:
  1. Cable TV is fairly expensive if you are living on a budget
  2. TVs use a relatively large amount of energy
  3. It’s easy to waste away the hours staring at useless programming
  4. I have better things to do with my time

Sunday, May 16, 2010

How to Make Crème Fraiche

by Braeden

Crème fraiche is the French version of sour cream that tastes better and is much more versatile. On the one hand, it is pretty expensive to buy. On the other, it is very easy to make at home if you're up for a low maintenance food science experiment.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

DIY - Lightbulb Terrarium

By Andrew

For those of you that have discovered this blog, there is an extraordinarily large chance that you are interested in living a more low impact lifestyle.  What better way to live the dream than to dive into a simple green project!