Children of Terra

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Learning About Soil: Part 3 of 3

Posted on March 24, 2020 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s a force that carves valleys, forms caves, and washes away nutrients in our soil. It also helps distribute crucial minerals and nutrients into the food chain and form majestic streams and rivers. Erosion is a natural force unlike no other, and must be considered for so many areas in our everyday lives. Erosion must be accounted for when building roads, bridges, and buildings. It plays a major role in field planning and daily operations of farms. It destroys while simultaneously crea...

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Build your own simple DIY plant press

Posted on October 25, 2019 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever been taking a walk and noticed a plant you didn’t recognize? There’s an app for that! In fact, there are quite a few apps to help identify plants. Sometimes, though, they don’t work right. The photo recognition technology these apps use isn’t perfect, and can get confused. Sometimes you don’t have service, or your battery is too low to take a picture. When technology fails, it’s usually best to know the “old-school” method of doing...

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Bugs, bats, and birds: Building a DIY Bughouse

Posted on October 24, 2019 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Finish this sentence: Bugs are…

 

I’m really hoping your answers were something along the lines of “awesome" or “extremely beneficial", because they are! Bugs are (at least partially) responsible for pollination, maintaining the health of our soil, recycling nutrients, and even breaking down our waste! Some species are beneficial in that they prey on bugs that may harm our crops or carry disease. Not only are they b...

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Dirty water? Clean it up by building a water filter!

Posted on August 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Water is one of the most important things for life. More than seventy percent of our planet’s surface is covered in water and more than 55 percent of our bodies are made of water. We drink it, use it to clean ourselves, cook with it, travel on it, hunt in it, and so much more! But… what happens when we don’t have clean water to use? What if it has been polluted or poorly managed? What if a natural occurrence makes our water unusable? Even fresh spring water may not be entire...

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Learn about landfills by building your own desktop model!

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

If you’ve ever taken the garbage out (which, who hasn’t?), you have a good idea of how nasty our trash can get. It smells gross, it looks disgusting, and tends to have all manner of horrifying fluid leaking from it. Most of us are just happy when the garbage truck comes and takes it away, because all of that nastiness is gone… right? Have you ever thought about where that truck takes our garbage though?

Most cities have some form of a waste disposal site. Some places c...

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Learn how to build your own land or water terrarium!

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

We all love having plants around the home. Whether they add that special touch to a décor scheme, or act as a beautiful centerpiece on the dining room table, so many homes have found a reason to keep a plant or two around. But did you know that keeping plants in the house comes with a whole host of psychological and physical benefits?

It’s true! Per a study by the University of Michigan, being around a natural setting can increase your memory and concentration by up to twent...

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DIY Puppy Paw Balm

Posted on February 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Ohio winters are harsh. Even lately, with our “Spring-is-here-no-it’s-not” weather, every time the cold weather moves in, the driest and coldest of conditions come with it. As most of us know, this kind of weather wreaks havoc on our skin. Personally, I have a lot of issue with dry facial skin, dry scalp, and cracking skin on my hands during the winter. While many of us keep some sort of moisturizing product around for ourselves, how many of us are thinking about the dermal ...

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DIY Layered Coffee Soap

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes after a long, hard day we need to bathe and find our pick-me-up of choice. Many people turn to coffee for the afternoon or evening perk, but who’s going to drink coffee in the shower? Few people would, of course. So why not just cut out the middle man and bathe with your coffee?

That’s right… bathe with your coffee. It has a wide host of health and beauty benefits for your skin! By dehydrating fatty cells, coffee can reduce the appearance of cellulite. The c...

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DIY Honey and Spiced Oatmeal Soap

Posted on October 8, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

With National Oatmeal day right around the corner (October 29th), it seems like a good time to talk about these incredible grains! Did you know that oats were some of the earliest cereals farmed by humans? Evidence shows oats as a known crop in China since around 7000 B.C... Did you also know that oatmeal is so popular that around 70% of Americans have oatmeal in their pantry? It’s even launched a food cart craze! It’s easy to understand why, given all of the good health benefits ...

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DIY Calming Body Butter

Posted on September 26, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Throughout my life, I have always loved the smell of mint. It has always connected to memories of running through the woods in the late summer and early fall, and my grandfather’s greenhouse, though for many it connects to wintertime holidays. While mint, or more specifically peppermint, may smell amazing, it has a host of uses as a natural remedy. Many of us already make peppermint tea of our stomachs aren’t very happy with us, or chew on a leaf when we want a snack or to freshen...

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