Sunday, November 19, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

We All Need A Walk On The Wild Side

If you know someone who you want to say "take a hike" to, this would be the day to do it!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fast Food

While today is National Fast Food Day, when it comes to gardeners, fast food doesn't have the same meaning as it might for others. After all, what could be faster than getting your food fresh from containers located on your window sill and patio or from the garden only a few steps from your door?

Of course, there are those who would argue that it takes time to produce all of that produce. So it's not really fast at all. However, the meat, fish and veggies used in the production of  meals for fast food restaurants doesn't just appear in an instant from out of nowhere. So all things being equal, gardeners are quite justified in calling what they eat fast food. It's all in how you look at things, isn't it?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Coming Around Again

Gardeners certainly don't need to be reminded of recycling by a special day. After all, we see recycling, repurposing and upcycling around us on a daily basis. The discarded storage totes we've made into planters, the two liter bottles that have been converted into long term automatic watering devices, the old water hose that now serves as a neat border and a host of other things constantly remind us that we live in a country of abundance where there is more than enough of just about anything that can be used to make life better and reduce the size of landfills.

As stewards of the land we are acutely aware of the effect our choices have on the environment and are always seeking to make the best choices for sustainable living. For us the the old adage, "Waste not. Want not." is not an outdated idea but a way of life. And we encourage others, whether they be gardeners or not, to celebrate and practice recycling not just in America, but around the world 24/7, every day of the year.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

If You're In A Pickle, Then This Is Your Day!

Yes, it's National Pickle Day. And for those of us who garden, we know that pickling is one of the tried and true ways we can make our harvest last all year long. There is almost no limit to what you can pickle. But here are a few general rules to follow:

1. Always start with clean, sterilized mason jars! Don’t skimp…they are fairly cheap and you can reuse the jars several times.

2. New canning lids …never reuse old seals or ones that have been used before. never! You can reuse the screw lid tops but, what the heck..just keep with new ones and make a wind chime or something with the old ones:)

3. For best results, make sure that whatever you are pickling is at its peak of ripeness and freshness.

4. Use 5% vinegar distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar…if you like me sometimes I will use a combination of both of these vinegars.  The key here is to look at the labels on the vinegar to make sure you have a 5% acidity rate.  Vinegar along with the salt is what preserves your pickles and keeps them from spoiling. So very Important…to get the right stuff!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

When Buildings Go Green In Barcelona, They Don't Do It Halfway!

For some reason, I don't think anyone would mind me having a garden on my balcony in this building.