What's Green with Betsy

Simple steps that make a difference.

Hot Tea!

Tea is tasty, nutritious, medicinal and “hot” right now. So is compost tea for your lawn, trees, gardens and shrubs!

Celebrate Earth Day!

Mark your calendars for Earth Day next Tuesday, April 22, a day to commemorate the earth, celebrate green acts, raise awareness and work towards a more sustainable future. If you read my blog regularly, I imagine you already practice green acts. Earth Day is a good time to commit to adding new green habits.

What else can you do?

Adopt “meatless Mondays”. The meat industry is responsible for nearly one-fifth of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Organic Lawns – What Kind Do You Want?

About this time of year, we’ve had enough of winter and are anxious to start gardening and working on the lawn. There are lots of creative options for lawns and now is the time to start planning.

Oil Pulling

I recently discovered oil pulling. Oil what?

Oil pulling is an age-old remedy started in India thousands of years ago that uses oil to clean, detoxify, and nourish teeth and gums; it also whitens teeth. Oil pulling removes excessive and bad bacteria from your mouth, which also helps with detoxification of the entire body. It is well known that bacteria in the mouth can lead to other health related problems besides gum disease.

If You Can't Garden, Clean!

Happy Spring! Whether it feels like spring or not, there is a psychological lift to just spotting a crocus or two and knowing that winter is officially over. It may be too early to start gardening, but it’s not too early to start a thorough spring cleaning!

Are Frozen Dinners Worth the Convenience?


We live in a busy, fast-paced society where taking the time to prepare a delicious and healthy meal is not always possible. Pre-prepared foods and frozen dinners offer a quick and easy alternative, but at what price?

Easy Green Tips for Kids!

It’s never too early for kids to make environmentally responsible practices a part of their daily life. For the future of the earth, kids must get involved. That’s how change happens. Below are simple, money-saving, kid-friendly ideas that make a difference.


Turn Your Kitchen Waste into Gold!

One more Vitamix advantage that I neglected to mention in last week’s blog - When making a smoothie or juice drink in your Vitamix, the whole fruit is juiced, which includes the juice and the fiber. The fiber contains valuable nutrition that is missing in extracted juice, making your Vitamix drinks even more nutritious!

Several of my readers have asked me about composting.

Vitamix Bliss!


My nephew and his adorable new bride inspired me to write a blog post with some simple recipes for the new Vitamix they received as a wedding gift.