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Good Question: Composting Cooked Food

Cyd asks: When composting can you add cooked food to your compost like oats and such? Yes! If you've got leftover bits that you're not using to make soup, you can add them to your compost. You'll want to avoid adding anything that contains meat or dairy products because it will attract critters (stay tuned […] Read More

Reminder: Last Day to Enter to Win a PlanetBox

If you haven't entered to win the PlanetBox lunchbox I'm giving away, there's still time - but not much. Today is the last day! Full details on how to enter are on the original post. Contest closes at 6pm Thursday, May 19, 2011, Hawaii time. PS: It is a really cool lunch box […] Read More

Hand-Picking Leafhoppers

As your garden sprouts and grows, if you're like me, you're monitoring each little sprout, rejoicing in the possibilities. Unfortunately, there are bugs that are doing the same thing. I've had a long-standing battle with leafhoppers and it looks like that battle will continue here in my new garden. Leafhoppers vary by location (some are […] Read More

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Guest Post: Green Initiatives from Chez Sven

As part of the WordCount Blogathon, I'm participating in a guest post swap with Alexandra Grabbe who, along with her husband, runs Chez Sven, a bed and breakfast in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Chez Sven is a green B & B and Alexandra writes passionately about environmental issues in Wellfleet on her blog. I hope you'll enjoy […] Read More

Surprise Chicks

Look what I found in my chicken pen! One of the wild hens has been hanging around and yesterday she showed up with a bunch of chicks. Later in the day I found two that had made their way into our pen and couldn't get out. No mama in sight, so I brought them inside. […] Read More

Composting Coffee Grounds

Jane commented a couple of times on my instant compost post, wondering about adding coffee grounds to her compost pile. (Jane, by the way, has a great movie review site - check it out!) She had heard that they are too acidic and can wreak havoc in a garden. I figure if Jane's asking, other […] Read More

Supersize your Shampoo, Reduce Plastic

I stopped buying drug store variety shampoo many years ago because of the questionable ingredients (in particular sodium lauryl sulfate, which is also used as an industrial degreaser). After much searching, I found a natural shampoo that I was happy with. Trouble is, 1) it's expensive and 2) it comes in a ridiculously small container. […] Read More

PlanetBox Lunch Boxes -- zero waste lunch

PlanetBox Lunch Boxes

I received a PlanetBox for review purposes. If you send kids off to school every day, you know just how hard it is to pull together a zero-waste lunch. And if you're trying to skip plastic? That doubles the difficulty. Enter PlanetBox! Made of stainless steel, the hinged lunch box opens to reveal five individual compartments […] Read More

Sustainable Haiku

Today is a theme day for Word Count's Blogathon 2011: Haiku. Instead of writing haiku myself, I asked over on the Attainable Sustainable Facebook page for contributions from readers. I love these! From Rebecca: Pesto tastes the best From garlic planted in Fall By my three-year old. From Lee: don't throw it away reuse what […] Read More

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Homemade Refried Beans to Rival Rosarita

Over the years I've tried repeatedly to make refried beans from scratch, but my family has been only lukewarm about my attempts, preferring their old standby Rosarita brand refried beans. Rosarita beans are sold in cans that have bpa in the lining. Not cool. But my kids love refried beans, so I found myself torn […] Read More