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6 Chili Peppers You Should Grow

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There are over 50,000 varieties of chili peppers; so no wonder people have a difficult time choosing which ones they should grow. I’ve put together this list of my favorite chili peppers to grow and cook with. I’ve ordered them from least spicy to most spicy. Even if you are not much of a heat lover, do not be deterred from the hotter varieties; with the heat comes a lot of unique flavor that can be extremely useful in a wide range of cuisines.

Preserving Your Summer Tomato Bounty-4 Recipes to Can or Freeze

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Hello Spring! Before long the iconic tastes of summer will abundant. As any gardener knows, nothing quite stands up to a homegrown tomato. Of course any gardener will also tell you that when tomatoes start growing, there is no stopping them. Many people end up with so many tomatoes by the end of summer, that they can’t find enough people to pawn them off on. As plentiful as they are in the summer we are all sad to see them go as soon as fall rolls around. This summer, when your garden, neighbors and friends start sharing an abundance of tasty tomatoes with you, try these easy recipes to preserve them for the winter. This will keep them from going to waste as well as fulfill your cravings in the winter, when supermarket tomatoes just fail to hit the spot. Enjoy!

Phasing Out Plastic--Practical Swaps You Can Make Today

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You don’t have to be a devote environmentalist to begin phasing plastic out of your life. There are several simple swaps that anyone can tackle. Some are more extreme than others, but every little bit helps so you should never feel overwhelmed. It’s as simple as one step at a time.  I’ve put together this list of plastic-free swaps that I have integrated into my life over the course of 3 years. Many of them took some getting used to, but now they are simply a part of my day-to-day life. Every lifestyle is unique and we all can commit differently, but you can make a difference!! Something as simple as using a reusable grocery bag can prevent 1,500 plastic bags from being thrown away annually. Every single one of us is part of the problem, so decide to be part of the solution.

Fighting Food Waste: 4 Ways to Use Kitchen Scraps Without Composting

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Every year, an astounding 1/3 of all food that is grown and produced, ends up as waste. A 1 trillion-dollar value, trillion with 12 0’s ($1,000,000,000,000). This then leads to wasted water, oil, and energy. Over 90% of food that is thrown away ends up in landfills, where its energy and organic material is completely wasted. Food waste happens at multiple levels, but we as consumers can fight it. Simply being conscious of the food we toss out is the first step. Composting has quickly become the best way to combat food waste at home, but it certainly is not the only way. Here are 4 different ways that your kitchen scraps can benefit you instead of rotting in a landfill.

10 Culinary Herbs for Your Garden—Tips to Grow and Preserve

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Herbs have been essential to humans for thousands of years. Whether for healing a wide range of ailments, providing good luck or simply giving a delightful herbal essence to our cuisine. Culinary herbs can be dried and ground, eaten fresh, brewed into tea or even juiced and added to wellness elixirs. No matter how you use them, most of us use herbs enough to justify growing and preserving them ourselves. This provides year round access to some of the most desirable flavors that nature has to offer. Whether you are a professional chef or a casual home cook, there is common ground to be found in the vast world of herbs. To get you started, here are some tips and tricks to grow and preserve 10 very useful culinary herbs. Once you know the basics, you can grow hundreds of different herbs!

How to Plant a Pollinator Garden

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As amazing as we humans are, we simply cannot grow crops without pollinators. Nearly 95% of all flowering plants rely on pollinators to reproduce; This includes all of our yummy fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts. Common pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and birds are all vital to not only our food systems, but to our raw materials as well. As much as half of the world’s raw materials come from plants that need regular pollination. Unfortunately, habitat destruction and pesticide use are on the rise, resulting in a dramatic decrease in the number of pollinators. But fear not! All of us can do our part to help out these petite creatures by planting a pollinator garden, and this is just the place to learn how to do it!