The next time a recipe calls for fresh basil, skip the poor substitute of dried basil, forgo the last-minute dash to the supermarket for some overpriced wilted basil, and just pluck a few tender leaves off of the basil plant you have growing in your... Read more
Greening your life—reducing your impact on the environment—takes a little research and planning. Because the kitchen is the most waste-producing room in an average house, it's a great place to start. The best way to do it is slowly, b... Read more
Environmentalists have been admonishing us for years to conserve fuel to lessen our impact on the planet. Some of us have taken heed by walking, biking, carpooling, combining trips, or trading in our SUVs for hybrids. While you probably appreciate th... Read more
Do the changing seasons leave you a little wistful for summer’s wealth of fresh produce? Then keep the growing season going all year by starting an indoor herb garden! Even if you have little experience with plants or very little space to work... Read more
When organic matter such as leaves, grass clippings and food scraps break down, you get compost, a dark, dirt-like "soil" that is rich in nutrients. Compost happens even without human involvement; for example, the leaves that fall on the fo... Read more
Made a wonderful lentil soup today. Used garden kale instead of spinach and added miso, fresh (actually frozen) grated turmeric root and cumin. Yum. Might add potato or yam to stretch out and fortify leftovers. Yum, yum.... Read more
"Do it now!" Do you see weeds in your garden? Pull it now? A pile of sheets to be folded? Fold it now. A room to clean downstairs? Clean it now. That is what I have been telling myself and I have been moving more nowadays!!... Read more
After eating out of my garden for a few weeks. I began to notice that my body would que me when I am deficient in nutrients such as protein or calcium. This is my first year with a real garden but hope it won't be the last.!... Read more
Plant a garden even if it's just a few pots of herbs or a small container garden. Lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, green peppers and such can be grown in containers. Enjoy eating fresh food.... Read more
You can plant gardens wherever are and enjoy the fruits of your labor in the freshest vegetables and fruits you can eat. Whether it is a container garden, a garden under lights, or in your back yard, it can also elevate your spirits and provide a li... Read more
When I was little, I had no concept of where my food came from. I just knew that my mom went to the store and came back with lots of things for my family to eat. I never thought about the journey my food went through to make it into the s... Read more
I've been saying for years that I want to start my own garden. I love this time of year when farmer's markets open, and each week, and vendors have new things to try. I always go and think "I'm sure it couldn't be tha... Read more
This past year my brother has had some serious heart issues. Thankfully he was a candidate for a new surgical procedure and successfully is recovering from surgery this spring. He is still limited in what he can do but he's come a long way. Was wa... Read more
This is my cherry tomato plant that I re:potted then put the pot in an urn, in full sun. I'm looking forward to these wee succulent morsels all summer right up into September!
And that got me thinking, "why not grow my own salad fixings... Read more
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