Wild Chickens and Ethics

Someone asked about our wild chickens - how exactly does that happen? We have maybe 15-20 that roam the gulley behind our house. These are chickens that are descended, I believe, from some of the cock fighting roosters that are prolific here, in spite of the fact that the "sport" is illegal. Did they escape? […] Read More

Razors for Green Living

My friend Cynthia asked me awhile back about razors, wondering what razor offers the least environmental impact. It's a good question and my answer is: it depends. Let's start with this: single use disposables are definitely out. Even if you manage to use these for a week before the blades dull, you're still throwing out […] Read More

How to Plant Tomatoes

If you've not yet planted your tomato plants out into the garden, let me share a little tip with you. With most other plants, you want to set the plant in the earth so that the soil level of the potted plant is at the same level as your garden soil. Tomato plants, however, like […] Read More

Make Your Own Vanilla

I've been meaning to make my own vanilla for ages, but I keep forgetting. My husband (the baker in the family) sees that we're low and picks up a big bottle at Costco, perpetuating a vicious vanilla cycle. Every bottle we get from the store is one more piece of plastic that we have to […] Read More

Free Mulch

How about a truckload of mulch for free? We have a couple of locations on the island that offer a green waste program. People drop off yard waste and the nice folks at the transfer station grind it up and turn it into mulch. The community is invited to pick up mulch for free. Our […] Read More

And the PlanetBox Winner is…

Amanda with no last name! Now, there were a couple of entries with the name Amanda but the winner wrote this: Love this lunch box! I “liked” your Facebook page a while ago I just subscribed via RSS and email, shared the post on Facebook and mentioned it on Twitter (5 entries)! My fingers are […] Read More

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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