1. Planning My Victory Garden

    Posted on February 18, 2009 by Allie

    I won’t have as much time for my garden this year, but I still want to have a garden.

    There are three reasons for this:

    1. I really enjoy the solid thinking time gardening gives me.  I come up with some of my best ideas when I’m doing yard work.
    2. I love the satisfaction of growing and preserving my own food.
    3. I dug up a quarter of our backyard last year, and if I don’t garden it, it’ll turn into a muddy weed pit. Read more…
  2. Howling Hill Seed Swap

    Posted on December 5, 2008 by Allie

    So, I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to do a video post about Howling Hill’s Seed Swap.  First the sound didn’t work.  Then the sound worked, but my webcam stopped recording after 29 minutes.  Then Argo put his big head in the shot, which would have been fine, but it turns out the sound stopped working again.  Then I got something recorded only to realize that I have no idea how to turn this video into a file I can upload.  You may get a video blog post from me some day, but today is not that day. Read more…

  3. I Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers

    Posted on October 22, 2008 by Allie

    Okay, not quite, but I did pick all the peppers left in my garden this weekend.  I spent 4 hours roasting them on the grill on Sunday, and then eleventy-million hours peeling, seeding, and cutting them.  I was so burnt out by Monday morning that I couldn’t even bear to be in the kitchen, but wow, it was worth it.  The peppers turned out great.

    Here’s what I did with them. Read more…

  4. What’s In the Bag – Updates

    Posted on September 30, 2008 by Allie

    While we were away, my friend Michele took our CSA bags for us, and her enthusiasm for the veggies and trying new things was inspiring. After hearing about her roasted red pepper pizzas and bok choy stir fries, I resolved to get back in gear and make the most of my CSA bags and goods from my garden. Read more…

  5. Tip of the Day – There is such a thing as too many tomatoes

    Posted on August 26, 2008 by Allie


    I haven’t put up a garden update in a very long time, so I’m going to disguise it as a tip.  Or, I’m going to make today’s tip a lesson I learned from my tomatoes.  One or the other.  All about how you look at it.  Read more…

  6. Tip of the Day – Another Use for Plastic Bottles

    Posted on May 28, 2008 by Allie


    Gardening conflicts with my other favorite summer activity – backpacking. It’s hard to get away for a weekend in the woods when the tomatoes need watering, so here’s my solution. Read more…

  7. The Growing Challenge Update

    Posted on May 20, 2008 by Allie


    Well, I’ve been totally delinquent with my Growing Challenge posts, for several reasons. Read more…

  8. Tip of the Day – Make Your Own Composter

    Posted on by Allie


    I’ve been eying compost tumblers for awhile now, but I just can’t get past the price tag. Most of them run over 100 bucks. So, I did a little research and made my own.

    Read more…

  9. The Growing Challenge Update

    Posted on April 22, 2008 by Allie



    I’ve been busy with the garden lately. The picture above is a moth or cicada in its pupal stage. Anyone know exactly what it is? It wiggled in my hand when I picked it up. Read more…

  10. Tip of the Day – Save Your Pots

    Posted on April 14, 2008 by Allie


    If you are planning a garden this year and plan to buy plants at the nursery instead of starting them from seed, you’ll probably bring home a lot of plastic along with your plants. Read more…

Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It


According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.

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