This post may include affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I’ll earn a small fee at no extra cost to you. You might laugh, but I’ve already started planning for Christmas. It takes a huge bite out of our budget, so we’re always looking for ways to earn extra money (I refuse to use credit cards to buy presents). One of the easiest ways to earn a little extra
Five ways, not eight ways, Jackjack! Being thrifty and being green go hand-in-hand. Here are five easy ways you can go green and save a bit of money, too! 1. Try washing one load of laundry in cold water. You won’t pay to heat up the wash water, and your clothes will get just as clean. 2. Ditch the dryer sheets! Your clothes will be soft from the tumbling action
It started with a rant. We love Annie’s organic graham cracker bunnies, but I just couldn’t stand paying $4 a box. “I can do that for less!” I boldly declared, as Husband rolled his eyes (he hears that a lot). A bit of online searching, and I found a recipe. An Alton Brown recipe, no less—he’s my favorite Food Network chef. Huzzah! I found it quite humorous that the same
The watermelons are taking over everything. The jicama in the square next to them are completely overshadowed. There’s one teeny little jalapeno in there. Zucchini from seeds are a little slow to get growing. This empty expanse should be carrots, johnny jump-ups, and green onions. *Sigh* Green beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes are doing well. You never know who’s going to stop by!
Eeeeeek! Doesn’t it look like something out of a horror movie? The first time I saw one of these little guys, I wanted to squish it. Good thing I didn’t—it’s a ladybug larvae. Ladybugs are one of the many predator bugs you want in your garden, and here’s why:• They can eat their weight in aphids every day (that’s about 50 aphids per ladybug).• A female ladybug will lay more
The best place to get strawberries is at a little roadside stand. They’re fresh, local, and amazingly good. They actually taste like strawberries, unlike the little red golf balls you get at the grocery store. Jackjack and I picked up a whole bunch of strawberries recently to make freezer jam. Freezer jam doesn’t have to be cooked and canned, so it’s easier to do with a little one around. The
10. No more card catalogs—request books online. If a friend or fellow blogger mentions an author or suggests a book, it’s on my list with a couple of clicks. 9. The books can be delivered to any branch. I pick mine up at the library by work during lunchtime. Grab them off the reserve shelf, do self-checkout, and I’m out the door! 8. You can return books at any library
The garlic I planted last October is finally ready to harvest. The tips of their leaves are turning brown, and the stems have fallen over. According to Grandpa (the true garden expert), you need to stop watering them for a couple of days to let the papery skin dry out. I did that and then carefully dug them out, being careful not to cut or bruise them. Once harvested, I
This question usually comes up when friends take a look at the garden. There’s sometimes more interest in the garden “accessories” than in the plants themselves! Garden Box Strings We have a great backyard at our house, but the swimming pool takes up about 80% of it. The garden is in the back corner and along the back fence. I’ve gotten very good at squeezing crops in here and there,
Last summer’s garden, tucked in the far corner of the yard. There’s a lot going on in this small space! I hear this question all the time. Friends will start to read about gardening and then become paralyzed by all the decisions they think they have to make! Don’t stress. All you need to get started is sun, water, and dirt. Sun Yes, plants need lots of sun to grow.
On Friday, I went with friends to the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. “But wait!” you say. “She is a vegetable gardener, not a flower gardener! Whatever will she do in a flower garden?” I was in luck. The current exhibit is called “Edible Expeditions” and it featured beautiful, edible plants from around the world. While I haven’t eaten all of these (monster fruit? dragon eyes?)