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waste reduction

My friend Hollie posted an article in her blog a while back about the virtues of making one’s own laundry detergent.  Now while I’m into the DIY thing and I like to make lots of stuff from scratch, it seemed a little more effort than it would be worth to make detergent.  I mean, doesn’t [...]

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Since we have such a small Homestead area, I can’t put up a giant hoop house or big greenhouse without really making some hard decisions about land use.  And since we’re in the city limits, I have to restrict my outbuildings to two permanent structures.  I already have a detatched garage that counts as one, [...]

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Hot.

by Lisa Linderman on July 26, 2009

in penny pinching,waste reduction

While heat is all relative, we’re having quite a heat wave for our area. For us, that’s temperatures in the upper 90′s to triple digits for more than a day or two. It happens pretty much every summer for a week or two, but it seems to always be shocking to the residents of the [...]

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Plants on a Budget

by Lisa Linderman on May 18, 2009

in penny pinching,waste reduction

I love plants. There are certain places where it’s dangerous for me to go unescorted, at least when I have my wallet with me: bookstores, craft stores, hardware stores, “organic” type food stores, and nurseries. I seem to be incapable of walking out of a nursery without at least one or two new plants. Problem [...]

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So I just wrote about dealing with the overflow of plastic pots you might have if you buy plants very often. Of course one easy thing to do with them is use them to start new seeds. But if you actually have a situation where you don’t have enough little plastic pots, or yours are [...]

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Nursery Pot Recycling

by Lisa Linderman on May 13, 2009

in waste reduction

It’s late spring, and gardens are underway everywhere during this prime planting time. For folks who buy plants at nurseries or garden stores, this tends to leave one with a flood of plastic pots of all shapes and sizes. (If your storage shed is anything like mine, you’d swear they reproduce as soon as the [...]

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Bananananana Bread

by Lisa Linderman on May 8, 2009

in recipe,waste reduction

I’ve been trying to cut down on our garbage output, especially in the form of wasted food. We compost, and we feed scraps to our chickens, and I’ve been getting better about using leftovers and freezing half of the large batches of food I make so they don’t go bad before they’re consumed. So I [...]

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