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Ila Bonczek

Ila lives in the Garden State with her family and four chickens. She has been growing produce and perennials for 20 years, and recommends gardening for food and fun, but not for fortune.
Attract Dragonflies With Native Plants and Say ‘Adios’ to Mosquitos
Dragonflies may be bedazzling beauties of infinite fascination for the dreamers, but they also have a practical side that nearly everyone can get behind: They are voracious predators, eating up to 150 insects per day...
Seasonal Eating for June, and Why Local Matters
As we mentioned in the first part of this series, eating seasonally is intrinsically tied to eating locally. Local is a relative term, of course, and could mean anything from within your neighborhood, within your...
Forest Bathing – Accessible Ecotherapy for Mind and Body
While forest bathing may initially conjure up images of a whimsical wash up amongst ferns and fairies, the term actually refers to an ancient ecotherapy first documented in Persia 2,500 years ago by Cyrus the...
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Everything You’ve Yearned to Know About Yerba Maté
Yerba maté is a caffeinated herbal beverage widely consumed in South America, much like coffee is enjoyed in North America and many European countries. The traditional processing, preparation and method for drinking maté are fairly...
Square Dancing: Traditional, Healthy, Wholesome, and a Hoot!
“Allemande left and do-si-do!” Does this phrase make you want to dance? Does it recall vague memories from high school gym class? Or is it a mysterious mumble of mishmash? If you don’t know the...
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The Fascinating Process Behind the Production of Natural Fibers – Part IV: Linen
Continuing our series on natural fibers, today we will look at one of the most ancient fibers used by man that still has broad appeal today. It is more absorbent than cotton, and also dries...
Delightful Diminutives: Why Miniature is Captivating to the Max
From a very early age, we are engrossed in the miniature. Our world of play is packed with puny people, tiny cars, and diminutive building blocks. If we continue this healthy recreation into adulthood, miniatures...
Seasonal Eating for May, and the Yin Yang Principles
Continuing our series on seasonal eating, today we will examine the aspect of balance. Eating seasonally is a natural way to keep your body in harmony with your external environment as it passes through the...
Learn to Love Your Instant Pot
Instant pot owners seem to hail from two tribes — the ones who love their instant pot, and those who are somewhat intimidated by it. Suburban legends of exploding pressure cookers from back in the...
Fortify Your Diet Naturally With Easy-to-Find, Edible Flowers
Radiating exuberance, sunshine and hope, flowers are a feast for the eyes; but that’s not all. You are likely aware of the fact that every single fruit we enjoy begins with a flower. However, you...
Ant Invasion? This Natural, No-harm Solution Is Both Practical and Powerful
According to the 24-term Chinese Lunisolar calendar, March 6 began the two-week period called Jingzhe, or the “Awakening of the Insects.” By now they are not only awake, but also hungry; so you may find...
The Fascinating Process Behind the Beauty of Natural Fibers – Part III: Cotton
Do you have a favorite cotton T-shirt, love the crisp feel of fresh cotton sheets, or appreciate the absorptive power of cotton towels? You’re not alone. Cotton is the most widely-used natural fiber, and one...