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Grow a Conscience: How to Garden Green

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Whether your farm fits in a window box or spans several acres,
ensure a truly green thumb with these Earth-friendly gardening gizmos.
Hand-powered lawn mower

Trim your lawn's carbon footprint (and stay in shape) with the Brill RazorCut 38 manual-push reel mower from ECOMOWERS. That it doesn't use gas is a blessing, considering that U.S. homeowners best the Exxon Valdez every year by spilling 17 million gallons of oil just while refueling yard appliances. This mower also comes in a cordless electric version for those who can't forgo a motor but still want a lesser (i.e., battery-powered) evil. EcoMowers offsets its carbon emissions and donates to the U.S. Green Building Council. $239

COBRAHEAD's short-handle weeder and cultivator, manufactured in the U.S., has a grip made of flax fibers and recycled plastic. The rugged, multipurpose implement serves as a trowel, dibble, hand fork, and hoe. $25

American homeowners use toxic pesticides in far greater concentrations than our farmers do. But you can destroy bugs, weeds, and fungi without endangering wildlife (or pets or kids) with ECOSMART TECHNOLOGIES' Organic Garden Insect Killer, a nontoxic blend of food-grade essential oils. $8 for 24 oz.

Want to make sure your produce is organic, local, and farmed by someone smart and sexy? Grow your own. OLIVE BARN's Organic Herb Garden Trio Kit comes with biodegradable pots in recycled-paper packaging. Choose three certified-organic packets of seeds from a selection of seven kinds of basil, a salad mix, chives, cilantro, dill, and other herbs. $26

Keep your hands clean, figuratively and otherwise, with these Memphis Green gloves from MCR SAFETY. They're made from the pulp of bamboo grass, which is cooler than cotton, naturally antibacterial, and 100 percent biodegradable. $8

For more green gardening tips, listen to this week's edition of Sierra Club Radio.

--Avital Binshtock

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