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HOW TO: Store Fruit & Vegetables Without Plastic. You gotta love summer’s abundant fruits and vegetables: Strawberries, juicy tomatoes, fresh carrots, dark leafy spinach, spicy arugula.

HOW TO: Store Fruit & Vegetables Without Plastic

If you’re busy harvesting all of this organic goodness from your garden, you’re probably wondering what the best way to keep it fresh and tasty as long as possible. Yes, plastic baggies and cling wrap may be popular containers for storing food, but there are better, less-wasteful, less-plastic options. Here are some fantastic tips provided by the Berkeley Farmer’s Market on how to extend the life of your produce in and out of the refrigerator, without resorting to plastic. Apples—Store on a cool counter or shelf for up to two weeks.

10 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (Infographic) Spiced Chai Concentrate. I've had this recipe for homemade spiced chai concentrate bookmarked since January, but I finally got around to making up a batch this morning.

Spiced Chai Concentrate

The verdict? Delicious. It's easy to make and smells delicious, too. I only made a couple of changes to the recipe, reducing the amount of sugar and ginger to suit my tastes. Spiced Chai Concentrate 4 1/2 cups water 1 stick cinnamon 1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped 7 whole cardamom pods 2 whole star anise pods 10 whole cloves 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon orange zest 10 bags of black tea 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon vanilla Prepare the spices and the tea, and set aside. Strain the mixture into a 4-cup glass measuring cup or large bowl, discarding the spices. To serve, mix 1 part concentrate with 1 part milk. From TheCatNipCat's recipe on the Tasty Kitchen Blog. Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds. If you've started reading raw cookbooks, you've probably noticed that soaking nuts and seeds is a pretty common practice!

Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds

The main reason soaking nuts and seeds is so important is because they contain enzyme inhibitors. The purpose of these enzyme inhibitors is to protect the nut or seed until it has what it needs for growing. Nature allowed the inhibitors and toxic substances to be easily removed when the conditions (enough rain and sun) were met. In nature, when it rains the nut gets enough moisture so it can germinate and produce a plant. The plant then continues to grow with the sunlight. By soaking nuts and seeds, you release these toxic enzyme inhibitors AND increase the life and vitality contained within them! The Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds Enzyme inhibitors get neutralized.

Below is a soaking and sprouting chart. Feel free to browse the store by clicking on the category links. Soaking and Sprouting Times Soaking Nuts and Seeds Gather your raw, organic nuts or seeds. Attracting Bats to Your Garden. Bats have long been maligned by humans as a taboo or a creature to be shunned.

Attracting Bats to Your Garden

These little furry animals that fly seemed to be half-bird, half-mammal, and looked ugly. Today they are being given their proper recognition as valuable to mankind in the ecological system. Many plants, such as bananas and the endangered saguaro cactus, are dependent upon bats for pollination because they bloom at night. Bats are also responsible for 95% of the reforestation of the tropical rain forests through their dispersal of seeds. Their immediate appeal to most people is their enormous capacity for consuming insects. A single little brown bat (Myotis lucifugas) or big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus), some of the most abundant and widespread bats in North America, can eat 3,000 to 7,000 mosquitoes each night, and a bat can live to be 20 years old. BC's Best Community Gardens. Menu Search.

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Of Diversity - Checkout. 4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel. Container gardening isn't only for savvy urban gardeners and folks with limited space to grow, it can also be for folks who want to maximize their yields in a controlled environment.

4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel

Not only does growing potatoes in a barrel reduce the amount of weeding and exposure to pests and fungi, you don't even have to risk shovel-damage to the tender potatoes by digging them out of the ground when they're done, just tip the container over! Elderberry flower syrup. Delicious idea: maple syrup made in Kimberley  Posted on 13.

Delicious idea: maple syrup made in Kimberley 

Apr, 2011 by Chris Shepherd in Kimberley | ShareThis A Kimberley resident has asked that city’s council for permission to tap trees in the park for syrup, reports Carolyn Grant in the Kimberley Daily Bulletin. Ilona Hale started getting syrup from red maples and wants to expand the work in conjunction with Wildsight, an East Kootenay environmental group, and schools. Photo source: frostnova, Flickr, Creative Commons. “Very informal, preliminary discussions with Wildsight raised some ideas about the possibility of incorporating demonstrations of maple syrup production into some of their educational programs like Footsteps for the Future,” Hale said.

Read the full story, including some concerns councillors had for the health of the trees, at the Kimberley Daily Bulletin. Tags: maple syrup. My Potato Project; The Importance of "Organic"