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Rain, Rain, Summer Day

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Today is the second time this week I’ve woken up to a surprise summer rain. Sunday’s rain took everyone by surprise, but I’m not sure about this one as I don’t really pay attention to the forecast in the summer.

Summer rains have meant different things to me throughout my life. As a little kid, it meant we couldn’t go to the pool that day. Mom wasn’t going to sit in the rain so my sister and I had to find something else to do. “Quick, what are the other kids on the block doing?” Read the rest of this entry

DIY: Cinderblock Raised Garden

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DIY: Cinderblock Raised Garden

You should really watch this video about NC A&T’s Tomato Festival first.

Crunchers, do you want tomatoes grown at home, better than the ones from the store like in this video? Have you built a raised bed to try to achieve that result? How did you decide on which type to make? Plank? Railroad ties? Cedar? Cinderblock? These were questions my husband and I had to answer after the seed starting when we got to the point of planting seedlings. Read the rest of this entry

DIY Basil: From Garden to Jar

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Surprise Basil Plant

Surprise Basil Plant

Last year, my mother-in-law gave us a planter with several herbs growing in it. My favorite was the basil. It’s just so versatile, especially for the non-cook!

The basil grew and grew and I picked off the flowers so that it would keep growing and growing. To my surprise this past spring, a basil plant was growing on its own outside of the planter. One of the seeds from last year survived and grew more basil! Read the rest of this entry

Compost: The Beginning

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About two years ago, we upped our veggie intake and I was eating a salad almost every day for lunch. When preparing meals, we were creating a lot of trash with all of the parts of a veggie that we didn’t eat. Honestly though, my husband does most of the cooking so he was probably doing most of the throwing away. I realized what was going on once his job moved him out of Northern Virginia and my job/grad school kept me there. Once I was doing most of the throwing away, I started thinking about composting. Read the rest of this entry