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green smoothie “tea” for your plants

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: After 2 years of drinking green smoothies I started just 3 months ago rinsing my blender after making smoothies and pouring mixture into a bucket. Then I refill with water the empty smoothie bottles throughout  the day. This makes a weak green smoothie that I pour into same bucket and then water my […]

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Weedy Smoothie

When you’re weeding in your yard or garden, are you keeping the edible ones and tossing them in your smoothie? My GS today is made 100% from volunteer greens: volunteer chard and spinach, greens regrown on beets I overwintered from last year, and . .  . MORNING GLORY and DANDELION. If you don’t know what […]

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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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Square-foot Gardening

Robyn, Not sure if you have shared this before, if so could you point me in the right direction? If not, would you be willing to share your square-foot garden with us? I am interested in what and/or how much you plant.   I do have Mel Bartholomew’s book and one large garden bed all […]

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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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Vitamin B12

You have probably read that the average person eats 10 lbs. of bugs per year.   That’s not a fact you like to think about much, I’ll bet.   When our culture began to fear micro-organisms, we started to fear bugs, too.   John the Baptist would be so disappointed in us. J Virtually everything […]

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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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