Just say NO to plastic produce bags and hello to BYO Bags!

So you’ve switched from paper or plastic and gone to reusable grocery bags. If you haven’t yet done so, it’s now time to ditch non-recyclable plastic produce bags for something a bit more earth-friendly too. A great alternative to them are the fabulous BYO Bags. They’re made of a lightweight nylon mesh that’s not only breathable, but durable, washable, quick drying and, of course, reusable. I found my set of 3–one small, one medium and one large bag–at my local coop for 9 bucks, but you can order them from Cool Hats for just a buck more for shipping. Continue Reading

Recycle Your Onions Into an Endless Supply of Scallions.

I’ve been doing this ever since I’ve had a patch of dirt in which to grow ’em. Next time you grab a bunch of scallions/green onions at the supermarket, hold onto the root ends.

Then, simply plant them about one inch into the dirt (in the garden or a pot). Water well, and wait for the greens to return. The more you snip them, they faster they’ll grow.

You can also do this with whole garlic bulbs and use the green sprouts in pastas, stirfrys, etc. Continue Reading

How To Plant a Winter Garden.

Super-cool gardening magazine Mother Earth Living maintains, “With a few seed packets and a little planning, you can enjoy fresh salads, cooking greens and other garden treats year-round.” They offer a series of tips for planting and growing hearty greens, lettuces, and root vegetables.

  • Plant in mid-August to mid-September. (Right now!)
  • Use leaves to keep soil warm.
  • Keep out bugs and critters.
  • All sorts of nutrional benefits. 

How To Use All Those Summer Vegetables.

It's that time of year: all the plants to which you've so gingerly tended have returned the favor, with thousands of fruits and vegetables that you and your family can never eat.

Of course, you're thankful for the zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and the tomatoes….the countless, countless tomatoes.

Here's a couple options to use all that nature has provided. Please post your favorite tips below.

  • Kayln's Kitchen suggests slow roasting tomatoes and then freezing for later use.
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Produce Washing Machine

The Clean Cuisine is advertized as a means to purify fruits and vegetables using an ozone process also known as Activated Oxygen. It is purported to kill “bacteria and mold, and safely [break] down pesticides to provide you with food that is as safe as possible.” At 180 bucks, it isn’t cheap, but considering there are over 33 million cases of food-borne illnesses a year in the US alone, it might be worth the cost. If it works, that is. Continue Reading