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are you gardening yet?

I hope you’re planting a garden, since it’s May 14 and prime planting season!   I am enjoying the sunshine and getting my hands in the dirt (that’s “grounding” that gives you lots of antioxidants, by the way).   This is my first year doing it solo, though, so it’s lots more work, turning all […]

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national study on grocery budgeting

How much does the average family spend on groceries?   Nationwide, according to the USDA, here it is:   Two adults: $361 thrifty / $459 low-cost / $569 moderate / $711 liberal   Two adults and 2 kids under 11: $603 thrifty / $779 low-cost / $974 moderate / $1,182 liberal   Spending for my […]

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benefits of drying food . . . part 2 of 3

So what are the benefits of drying food?   Pressure cooking preserves food, too, but kills all the enzymes at 240 degrees.   Canning also destroys water soluble vitamins.   Freezing is the other best way to keep your fruit and vegetables, but nutrients are lost over time, and most people just can’t keep much […]

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The Essential GreenSmoothieGirl Library . . . last part

For those wanting to grow a garden (the #1 way to save money eating a plant-based diet), these are my “bibles”–click on the link if you want to pick it up at Amazon:   Marian Morash’s The Victory Garden Cookbook is the definitive garden how-to, with hundreds of recipes on how to use each of […]

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Wall-E

I just took the kids to the dollar movie tonight, Wall-E, for the last night of the “Staycation” we’ve been having for their fall school break.   If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a robot that is the only remaining life form on Earth, since humans destroyed it with  profligate consumption and garbage pileup […]

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fall/winter planting: get heirloom garden seeds

If you garden, you should use nonhybridized, untreated, non-genetically modified seeds, known as “heirloom.”   Much of what you get at the local nursery has been chemically treated or mildly radiated to not produce offspring (so the seeds cannot be stored for more than one season).   Or their genetic components have been changed, so […]

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Ten and the Giant Beet

beet cake, and pink smoothie, here I come

Look what I pulled out of my garden!    Tennyson is holding  a beet, the size of a cantaloupe, now washed, peeled, and cut into chunks in my freezer.   I love fall, when we can pull all the produce out of the garden and put it in jars (fermented) or in the freezer against […]

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look what ELSE is in the garden!

You saw my 5′ tall spinach plants.   Now here’s my 5′ tall gopher snake.   Actually it was in my neighbor’s garden during our party last night.   Fun, huh?   Happy 4th of July!   

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pathetic garden overgrowth . . . but, it’s free food!

I’m a little ashamed to admit that parts of my garden have been sadly neglected this year, due to my being gone a lot and not being able to use it as quickly as it has grown.     I try not to  post many no-makeup photos so that people don’t write  GSG off as […]

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gardening does so much more than provide food

Is there anything better than garden tomatoes?   Twenty years ago, we used to make my sister-in-law, when she was a college student, sing a John Denver song before we gave her any of our garden tomatoes: “Only two things that money can’t buy, and that’s true love and home-grown tomatoes!” Yesterday, Apr. 5, I […]

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