b organic with Michele Beschen
This series embraces all things creative while keeping a conscious mind. Host Michele Beschen invigorates a renewed 'back to basics' lifestyle that embraces nature, simplicity and an eco-friendly approach to doing it yourself. The series covers an expansive range of content that creatively celebrates the many shades of green for every aspect of your life - at home, at work, and at play. Expect fresh ideas for your garden, for your home, for your office, for your kids, for your pets and for your overall health and well-being.
b organic with Michele Beschen Previous Broadcasts
Kids in the Garden (Episode #204)
KQED Life: Thu, May 30, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Michele helps her young daughter set up her very own garden. Tips on selecting and preparing a location and how to make it a colorful, educational adventure for kids with interesting plant selections they make themselves, the right tools, and a few handmade "artful" additions.
Resourceful Renovating Take II (Episode #203)
KQED Life: Wed, May 29, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
The conclusion to Michele's resourceful kitchen renovation. She chats about choices when it comes to purchasing appliances and the benefits of natural copper sinks. She installs a countertop kitchen garden, throws together scrap lumber for inset cutting boards and shares tips on how to disguise mismatched appliances and making the most use out of every bit of space
Resourceful Renovating Take I (Episode #202)
KQED Life: Tue, May 28, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
This two-part episode follows Michele and her husband as they re-do their kitchen as resourceful as possible. They challenge themselves to work with what they have, and to salvage anything and everything. Old beams become wood tile flooring, garage roofing covers the ceiling and bricks off demolished buildings adorn the walls and crushed wine bottles find their way to some do it yourself concrete countertops.
Organic, and What It Means to Us (Episode #201)
KQED Life: Mon, May 27, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
What does organic and being green really mean to everyone? This episode breaks down our approach to what it means to live an organic lifestyle. Things to think about, what to look for and how to embrace your own shade of "green". Meet a couple of families who are celebrating 'organic' through their naturalized landscapes.
Re-Fashioned (Episode #208)
KQED Life: Sun, May 26, 2013 -- 12:30 PM
Michele shares resourceful ways to refashion things from your closet to create brand new wearables for you and your home. Learn how to turn one old sweater into SEVERAL brand new, useful things; simple ways to mix up the "parts" of your clothing to create new looks; a new spin on the garden apron; and an easy way to repurpose clothes into stylish home decor.
Let It Rain (Episode #112)
KQED Life: Thu, May 23, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Sit back, relax and enjoy the rain the next time it falls. Michele Beschen is joined by her friends from the NRCS to share how and why to install rain gardens. She'll also show you an easy way to install a rain barrel as well as an inexpensive way to create your own set of decorative rain chains using copper tubing.
Better Building (Episode #111)
KQED Life: Wed, May 22, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
How to use salvaged building materials for new projects. Michele Beschen shares her love for salvaged woodwork and lumber and tells you what to look for and interesting ways to handle. She'll also show you how easy it is to rewire old lighting and make it better than new along with resourceful ways to repurpose what you already have in the way of furniture.
Kids Can Too (Episode #110)
KQED Life: Tue, May 21, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Get outside and Play! Michele Beschen shares an exciting way to hook your kids onto maginative outdoor play and adventures by creating a miniature scale treehouse for your yard using salvaged lumber and scraps. She'll also show you how to create a family of rustic residents to take care of the placing using branches, pods and nuts.
At The Office (Episode #109)
KQED Life: Mon, May 20, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Resourceful ways to naturally take care of business. Michele Beschen shares what it takes to make your office healthier, more resourceful and less wasteful. Tips on how to decorate and light your work space. What to look for by way of supplies, clever methods of repurposing and recycling right there at your desk, and how to pack a waste free lunch.
What's Up with Wheatgrass (Episode #207)
KQED Life: Sun, May 19, 2013 -- 12:30 PM
Michele gets schooled on how to go about drinking her "greens". Her friend Kerri Rush, "the local wheatgrass girl", shares the wonderful benefits of wheatgrass. She shows us how to grow it, how to juice it and some tasty recipes that even kids enjoy.
Sensible Shopping (Episode #107)
KQED Life: Thu, May 16, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Bulk up on fresh produce the next time you shop, because you'll be inspired to start canning again. It's easy, economical and a healthy way to stock your pantry. Michele Beschen is joined by her brother, Rory Brown, to share the easy, economical and healthy ways to stock your pantry with do it yourself jams, vegetable stocks and a healthy spread alternative apple butter.
Restyled Outdoor Home Enhancements (Episode #106)
KQED Life: Wed, May 15, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Clever ways to enhance your outdoor spaces using unique reclaimed goods. Michele Beschen is joined by backyard conservationist Sheila O'Riley who shares her innovative ideas for recycling old sinks into fountains and birdbaths. See how she rescues a corn crib from the landfill and turns it into a beautiful gazebo for her backyard and how to create a disappearing fountain for your yard by repurposing a storage tote.
Old School Ideas for Today (Episode #105)
KQED Life: Tue, May 14, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
This show is a mixed bag of oldies but goodies. Michele Beschen will show you it's all in the jar when it comes to sensible storage ideas along with how to turn those old jars into beautiful flower frogs. The timeless task of quilting gets invigorated with a quick, easy way to make use of those fabric scraps. See how composting can take a big bite out of the amount of garbage you haul to the curb, and then throw the kettle on because you'll also learn natural remedies for pesky outdoor annoyances that are friendly to the environment and your wallet.
Natural Art (Episode #104)
KQED Life: Mon, May 13, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Creative escapes with natural art. Michele Beschen shares how to create your own art supplies using outdoor items and recyclables. Discover how easy it is to create your own handmade papers using old newspapers and junk mail. Unique ways to make 'natural' additions to your papers and artwork. Put the get up and go in your creative efforts by creating a portable art set-up you can take with you to the great outdoors. Whether you think you're a natural or not... art-making is.
Free Reign with Cut Flowers (Episode #206)
KQED Life: Sun, May 12, 2013 -- 12:30 PM
Fresh flower arrangements brighten rooms and moods. Michele's floral designing mom shares how to gather, condition and manipulate pretty much anything and everything that you may have growing in your yard or garden. Interesting tips and tricks for one of a kind arrangements you can easily create yourself.
Recycling Refreshed (Episode #102)
KQED Life: Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Michele Beschen shares some refreshing ways to put your everyday recyclables to creative use. See how to take yesterday's news and roll it up into tomorrow's fire log. Tin cans house many functional uses when you put some weight into them. How to quickly give your old cupboard doors a new, charming look with old, reclaimed lumber. She'll also share a colorful way to cut down on what gets sent out in the trash by organizing it, storing it and decorating with it - All in one!
Sticks and Stones (Episode #101)
KQED Life: Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Everything you need to decorate, to build, to play, and to relax is right outside your door. Sticks and stones are the humblest of materials, yet so versatile and plentiful. Michele Beschen shares clever ways to create organic tabletop decor with unique branch arrangements. Learn how to create a do it yourself game board and playful ways to use nature's finds. See the simplicity in taking just the right ranch and turning it into a one of a kind rustic side table and a no fuss water feature that enables you to use stones to your relaxing advantage.
Natural Babies (Episode #313)
KQED Life: Tue, May 7, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Michele shares her experiences with their newest little one and talks everything from cloth diapers, the benefits of babywearing, and do it yourself baby foods, to healthy bedding, clothing and toy options. She shows how keeping things simple keeps things healthy, happy and economical.
Naturally Entertaining - Outdoor (Episode #312)
KQED Life: Mon, May 6, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Clever, budget friendly ideas on how to have naturally great parties outdoors with "party plantings", "no waste serving ware", "repurposed lighting", and multi-purpose, long lasting cement block patio furniture you can build yourself.
Green - Inside and Out (Episode #205)
KQED Life: Sun, May 5, 2013 -- 12:30 PM
Michele asks her friend Ernie to share to share a delicious dish that utilizes some of the native weeds common to a lot of our backyards. He even tosses in a few "helicopters" off the maple tree. Learn tips on what to look for, how and when to harvest and other guidelines that help keep foraging safe and delicious!
Naturally Decorative (Episode #310)
KQED Life: Thu, May 2, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Michele shares resourceful, budget friendly ideas on how she creatively redecorated a guest bedroom using nothing but scraps of wood and fabric from around the house and natural items from the backyard. Everything from a bed, headboard and trim work to lamps, rugs, and art accessories.
Dehydrated (Episode #309)
KQED Life: Wed, May 1, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Michele visits nutritionist Sheree Clark's home to see first hand her love for the dehydrator and how she uses it to prepare some of the most delicious meals and snacks that are fresh, simple and healthy.