April 17, 2012 As I look at living green-er I find myself on a slippery slope. Today, as I wrote about my home-made toothpaste and deodorant (see link below), I started thinking about the goal of less packaging and transportation costs. The Slippery SlopeSo I now have eliminated the plastic containers of the toothpaste and deodorant, along with the chemicals that are used to create the products. .. “but” ... the coconut oil came in a plastic container, tsk tsk. And I put...
April 14/12 This is a continuation of our interview with Eric Toensmeier, reknowned author and expert on permaculture and perennial edibles. I cannot thank Mr. T enough for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions and share his wisdom!! (PART I) And now.. the interview, part II: GT: How did you get interested in gardening .. and then in perennial gardening? ET: My father was an ornamental gardener and we grew lots of rhododendrons and daffodils in...
I’m really excited about having connected with Eric Toensmeier for an interview of sorts, as he answers questions posted by our members. Eric Toensmeier is the author of “Perennial Vegetables” and shares his wisdom and experiences not only in his book but on his website and in his videos as well. For me, he is one of today’s experts on permaculture and is an inspiration to gardeners everywhere. Eric Toensmeier (photo from his website) This is R...
March 29, 2012 Yesterday I was out shopping (with my daughter and grandson – happy 10 months, little guy – who by the way took 3 steps on his own yesterday) and we were at the Bulk Barn and I found some shampoo bar soap. So this morning I used the “shampoo and conditioner bar” by Soap Works .... drum roll…. Lather: two thumbs upHair Cleanliness: two thumbs up. My hair feels soft and smooth and not bogged down like it did when I used the Dr. Bronner...
March 27, 2012 Yesterday I purchased some almond milk to try as a substitute for cow’s milk. This morning was the big taste test. I held my breath as I poured it onto my cereal and then took my first bite. Hey—this stuff isn’t bad at all. No real taste difference. Huh!! So … let’s see, if I switch to almond milk: less cow’s milk being needed to be produced, with the ramifications on land use etc more almonds required, which means more almond t...
Apricots, anyone? Oh I do hope these little guys survive the upcoming “cold spell’ we are going to have. [NOTE: last year we planted the tree on May 5th and it had blossoms then. We are a little earlier this year!] And here is my apple tree surrounded by daffodils.I forget the purpose of having daffodils around the base of the tree … but there is some beneficial effect. [Around the dripline helps keep deer away and helps keep the grass from encroaching on the tree...
March 13, 2012 Following a comment by Vince Kirchner, posted on Daltxguy's blog here, I thought about using bar soap instead of liquid shampoo. As Vince stated this means no plastic containers, no transporting of excess water. Good points. Recently I had received a free sample of Dr. Bronner's bar soap from Well.ca and today I thought I’d give it a try. Probably not the best day for the experiment as I am headed to my now favourite restaurant Smoke-n-Bones in London, Ontario for ...
1/18/12 This week I purchased a Kobo Vox eReader and downloaded several free books to begin my digital reading journey. One of the books, Life In The Backwoods by Susanna Moodie, was a treasure!! The book is like a diary except the stories were lumped together (ex. fires experienced) rather than staying true to the timeline of the Moodie’s life. The book is about Mrs Moodie’s life around 1835 and, much to my surprise, is about a location not too far from here, in the grand s...
A few years back, Pam and I enjoyed a day at Bok Towers in Lake Wales, Florida. It was October and they were having thier Boktober Fest including music and venders. It happened to also be the same weekend as Biketober Fest in Daytona. Being the loving (and smart) hubby that I am, I offered to skip Biketober fest and take Pam to Bok Tower. There was one condition, since I was giving up biketober fest, we’d ride the Harley. (I was told the hat is a fashion statement)Now I say “smart” becau...
Hi Everyone! I am a single land owner who is looking to startup a berry farm! I don’t qualify for farming grants or loans, so I am looking to the community for support! I own 5 acres of land and I am raising seed donations as well as funds to help me to start a goji berry and lochness blackberry farm on the 5 acres! For more details about my project go here: http://www.gofundme.com/Organic-Berry-Farm Thanks!- Tom
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