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Felt Leaf Rug

Author: Shawndrea Corbin
Issue: April, 2013, Page 46

Heart Felt

Spanish rug manufacturer, nanimarquina, has introduced a new line of rugs designed to bring the outdoors in with nature motifs. The “Little Field of Flowers” rug (left), is made from hand-woven felt flowers and comes in purple, red, green and ecru colorways. nanimarquina practices sustainability through the use of natural dyes and chemical-free vegetable washes; their rugs are constructed from renewable resources, such as wool, cotton and silk. The company is also an advocate of fair-trade practices and has located its production facilities in developing countries to support struggling local economies. For more information, visit

Stellar Solar
Illuminate the outdoors with these eco-friendly Aurora Glow String Lights from Bambeco. Made from hand-blown glass, the lights are strung with high-powered LED bulbs that automatically come on at dusk and go off at dawn. Each set of six comes with copper hanging hooks and a dedicated solar panel for charging. View them at

Organically grown fruits and vegetables have risen in popularity over the past few years, due to consumers’ concern for their health, that of the planet, and a general increase in environmental awareness. In Building Soils Naturally: Innovative Methods for Organic Gardeners (Acres U.S.A), author Phil Nauta writes for those hoping to switch to organic gardening and for organic gardeners looking for new and successful methods.

Nauta states that successful organic gardening begins with the proper soil and notes that many gardens lack certain microorganisms that enable plants to thrive. He outlines soil and plant testing as the first steps to a successful organic garden. The book also covers the following topics:
• Watering
• Composting (indoors and out)
• Soil testing
• Addressing predators and weeds
without chemicals

Each topic is divided into helpful steps and includes quick tips and thorough instructions. A convenient summary at the end of each chapter recaps vital information. Nauta warns, however, that the book is not for the “lazy” gardener but “beginning gardeners can absolutely have success as long as they are willing to put forth the effort.”
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