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A More Sustainable Easter Basket

If your kids are expecting a visit from the Easter Bunny, now's a good time to alert the rabbit to the fact that your household would appreciate a little less waste than usual. The "Basket" Sure, we call it a basket, but it's just as common nowadays to see a plastic bucket or toy stand […] Read More

Save Energy, Water, and Time by Using Towels More than Once

Less laundry = more time for other activities, plus it saves energy and water. Instead of getting a fresh bath towel every time you shower, hang your damp towel up to dry and use it several times before you toss it in the laundry pile. Bonus: your towels will last longer meaning you won't have […] Read More

Deep Watering in the Garden

I've mentioned before the fact that my soil has a hard time holding on to moisture. Between that and the fact that some of my veggies are planted on a slope to utilize as much of our space as possible, getting water to the roots of my plants - and keeping it there for a […] Read More

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Switching from Boxed and Canned to Homemade

Basing my assumptions on a trip through the grocery store, it looks like much of America begins the process of "cooking" with something that comes in a box or a can. Mother Nature does not produce food that comes contained in a box; this is purely a human invention to a) speed up the process […] Read More

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Save that Water!

Instead of pouring the water that you've used to cook hard boiled eggs, vegetables, or pasta down the drain, allow it to cool and then use it to water some of your outdoor plants. Alternatively, you can use the boiling water to kill weeds. Just pour the hot water onto driveway cracks or other weedy […] Read More

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Combat Poor Soil with Lasagna Beds

Over on my Facebook page, Catherine laments the fact that her clay soil isn't good for gardening and her budget just doesn't allow for hiring a big piece of equipment to turn and improve the soil. While I don't have clay soil, I've mentioned before that our soil is puny. When we first moved in, […] Read More

Eggplant takes up just a small patch of ground but will continue to produce throughout the growing season.

Utilizing the Garden Space You Have

When my family moved into this house, the very steep front yard was filled with pineapple plants (undeniably cool, I know). It was probably an easy way for the previous resident to use the awkward space, but we wanted more productivity from the only sunny spot in the yard. The pineapples ripened over the course […] Read More

Chicken Tractor in a Pinch

So, I've got chickens. I've raised egg laying chickens for more than a dozen years but I'm finding it to be a bit of a challenge here in suburbia. Mostly because the chickens are refusing to follow directions. See, we have little in the way of predators, so unlike some of you, I don't need […] Read More

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Egg Carton Conundrum

If you don't raise chickens for eggs, you can make a more sustainable choice at the grocery store. For goodness sake, stop buying eggs in Styrofoam! You may pay slightly more for eggs in fiber cartons but those cartons can be composted! And if your neighborhood egg sellers are offering you eggs in plastic (one […] Read More

Save Your Seedlings from Bugs

Something has been munching my seedlings and transplants off right at the ground, so I've been using cardboard toilet paper tubes to foil the little buggers. When planting large seeds like melons or squash, I push a section of tube (I cut the rolls in half) into the soil so about 1/2" of the tube […] Read More