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Soda Bottle Carrots

Soda Bottle Carrots
Seventeen days after I planted carrots in a sawed-off soda bottle, young carrot tops had sprouted on the windowsill in my basement. I encourage people who have little space that they can still grow small kitchen gardens. To that end, on May 1st I cut the top off of a two-liter soda bottle, filled the bottle with soil, and planted carrots in it. I described this project in a post titled Small Kitchen Garden Carrots in Containers. I mentioned my container carrots again on May 18, and again on June 17. It has been an interesting project, and I encourage you to try it. Mature Container Carrots After three months of growing, a carrot of nearly any variety should be mature. After three months of growth, my container carrots have pathetic tops. So, my container carrots—a variety that matures in 65 days—ought to be dropping seeds all over my deck. The good news is that those sickly-looking carrot tops protrude from very pronounced orange carrot shoulders. Pushing Plants If I don’t? Related:  Tips and Tricks

Make Your Own Rock Candy A wooden skewer (you can also use a clean wooden chopstick) A clothespin 1 cup of water2-3 cups of sugarA tall narrow glass or jar Clip the wooden skewer into the clothespin so that it hangs down inside the glass and is about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the bottom of the glass. (as shown) Remove the skewer and clothespin and put them aside for now. Get a helpful adult!Pour the water into a pan and bring it to boil. Pour about 1/4 cup of sugar into the boiling water, stirring until it dissolves. Want colored rock candy? When you mixed the water and sugar you made a SUPER SATURATED SOLUTION.

Helga Meyer, Illustration zum Thema Garten Diverse Gartentipps, Copyright Garten Zeitung Late Summer Lentil Salad We've been thinking a lot about seasonal transition dishes lately, and warm grain salads fit the bill perfectly. One of our favorites pairs the earthy comfort of a lentil and farro pilaf with a crisp tomato, cucumber, and sweet pepper salad that still sings of summer.Hearty brown or green lentils are combined with farro, which provides a satisfying chewiness; spelt may also be substituted. The pilaf is then topped with a salad inspired by Greek horiatiki salata. The fruit sizes given below are just a guide, you can mix it up according to whichever varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers are available and tastiest at the moment. Although we haven't included classic Greek salad ingredients such as feta cheese and olives here, they can also add a nice touch. Late Summer Lentil SaladServes 4 to 6 For the pilaf1 cup farro1 cup lentils1 teaspoon salt1 bay leafExtra virgin olive oil To make pilafPut farro, 4 cups water, and salt in a medium or large pot. (Image: Gregory Han and Emily Ho)

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10 Vegan Lunch Ideas. I almost skipped lunch today. But then I reminded myself that there is one situation when I should never skip lunch: when I am hungry! Get my ten vegan lunch ideas and pull off lunch.. More often than I'd like to admit, I slack on lunch when I am indeed hungry. Sounds silly. But today I pulled myself out of my chair amidst smoothie book writing and into the kitchen where I did in fact pull off lunch. Site Update: Visual Index. And heads up - BIG giveaway starts tomorrow! 10 Easy Vegan Lunch Ideas note: some of these recipes are easier/faster than others - and some can even be made ahead of time to easily pull from the fridge or reheat. 1. I paired this meal with baby carrots and a Grapefruit Smoothie: 1 large grapefruit, peeled. Grapefruit + Banana + Blueberry Smoothie: (OK, so that was my lunch today. 2. Also try.. 3. Try my Bagel-wich Sandiwch & Lemonade Frosty. 4. 5. I also love love love slaw salads. Carrot Slaw with Tofu Cubes. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. BONUS.

Documented Results Demonsrtation Here is a video and step by step pictorial on how to use the revolutionary new Air-Propagator. For more details, click on the link at the bottom of the page, below the korean demonstration video, to download the pdf instruction sheet. Wound the stem Using a sharp knife or cable cutter, make two parallel cuts about 1” apart around the stem. Caution: Don’t cut through the stem. Remove the Bark Remove the bark and cambium (inner layer bark) around the stem between two cuts made. Apply Rooting Hormone Apply rooting hormone around the exposed stem with a brush. Place Soil Disks and Add Water Place a soil disk in each air propagator shell. Attach Air Propagator to Stem Attach a plastic tie around the stem about 2” below the exposed stem. Next, carefully put two air-propagators together around the exposed stem on the plastic tie. Secure Air Propagator Shells Together Using plastic ties or metal binder clip, securely attach air-propagator shells together. Check Progress After 6-8 Weeks

44 Vegan Lunch Ideas! I posted a picture of my delicious vegan sandwich on the My Vegan Journal Facebook Page, and MVJ “fans” were kind enough to share what they were eating for lunch too! Although we couldn’t all sit around at a giant table & enjoy the feast (how awesome would THAT be?!), it was really nice to see what a HUGE variety of vegan lunches everyone was enjoying around the world! Check it out! I also posted a few of my lunch pictures! 1) I just enjoyed a super scrumptious lightly toasted Tofurky & avocado sandwich on rye with some crunchy organic carrots & grapes for lunch! 2) I ate an Amy’s vegan spinach pizza for lunch 3) One of my go-to favs, quesadilla! 4) Tofurky with tomato, raw onion, tofutti cheese slice, veganaise on some good toasted bread! 5) i had a bowl of potatoes kale and falafel lol 6) I made Upside Down Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Caulipots from Appetite for Reduction for a week’s worth of lunches. 8 ) Spaghetti squash w roasted garlic and grape tomatoes and steamed asparagus yummmm

21 Tricks That Will Change the Way You Garden It’s almost time to dig out your gardening gloves and tools to prepare for spring planting. Whether you’re a beginner gardener or someone who’s been at it for years, we can all use a few tips to make gardening easier, right? We’ve found some terrific gardening tricks for everything from testing your soil composition to starting your seeds and beyond. Check them out! And don’t miss our post with tips to get rid of weeds and out garden DIYs to make your garden the envy of the neighborhood. Place egg shells around the bottoms of plants to add calcium to the soil. via The Chic Site If you’re an early planter, warm up the soil before you put your seeds or plants in the ground. via Whole Lifestyle Nutrition Insulate tomato plants with plastic wrap if you live in a cooler climate. via Don’t Waste the Crumbs Do a quick mason jar soil test to determine the soil composition of your garden space, and make adjustments as necessary. via Preparedness Mama via Real Simple via This Mama Loves via eBay

Salad Wraps Happy Friday! The summer seems to be flying by and I'm trying to hold on to all of its dripping wet, sticky glory. The weather has been HOT and that means light fare is the way to go when it comes to healthy eating. So many people I know are trying to lose a few lbs. and no one wants to be stuck cooking in a hot kitchen. So today I'm featuring some glorious and gorgeous carb free salad wraps which not only taste delicious but are also easy on the eye. And that's really important when you're on a diet and you may not be getting your full sensory fill from food. Take a look at these great veggie wraps that make eating salad fun and far from boring: Wrap #1 Chop up mushrooms, asparagus and tomatoes and fill lettuce cups with cut up vegetables. Wrap #2 Lay out lettuce leaves, fill with shredded cabbage, carrots, cut up avocado and cucumbers. Wrap #3 Prepare tuna salad as desired. Drizzle your favorite low cal dressing on any of these wraps. (I still don't have one!) #6 Ombre hair: xo Sharon

14 Garden Hacks for Thrifty Gardeners Gardening doesn’t have to be difficult or costly with these solutions utilizing things that you already have around the house, or using things you have in a different way. By doing so you can save some money, time and in a lot of cases, reuse / recycle things that would commonly just be thrown away. Here are some fun and clever garden hacks to help make your garden more successful. 1. Via Simmworks Family 2. Via A Cultivated Nest 3. Via Instructables 4. Simply clean them and poke holes in the lid. 5. Via Thrifty Jinxy 6. Via The Greenists 7. Keep your indoor plants watered with some paper towels and a glass of water. 8. More details: Mademoiselle Chaos 9. Via Popsugar 10. Via Instructables 11. Clever huh? 12. 13. Via Dunster House 14. Get the instructions here Which one of these hacks was the biggest surprise for you?

Vegan Caesar Lettuce Wraps // with quinoa, kale, + tofu This recipe has been a long time coming. It’s a recreation of a meal I’ve had half-a-dozen times at a local restaurant, Tasty Harmony. Tied for my second favorite restaurant in town. The entire menu is vegetarian friendly, mostly vegan, and also features numerous gluten-free options. All of the food is extremely fresh, organic, local when possible, etc. So anyway. I should seriously have a photo of the monstrosity that is this meal. Basically, it’s HUGE. A brand new discovery: Cast iron skillets are fantastic for crisping tofu! Tasty Harmony serves this wrap on a whole wheat tortilla. Today I decided to use butter lettuce for an even milder flavor and for easy packing + wrapping. This recipe is a bit on the messy side but so worth it. Or, you can definitely eat this mixture all on its own! You’ll really want to load up on the dressing here, as the quinoa soaks it in. Delicious hot or cold, whichever you prefer. Print this! Vegan Caesar Dressing gluten-free, vegan // yields ~1 1/4 cup