On the ten year plan for Tom & myself is building a koi pond in our backyard. So we really enjoyed this post on said topic. If you’re interested in building a pond dedicated to koi fish we have some incredible design ideas to consider. Not only are koi fish beautiful to look at, studies have shown that the relaxing environment they provide actively improves the health of those who’ve suffered from stress-related illnesses like high-blood pressure and certain heart defects.
Baby #2 left me 50 pounds over my "normal" weight. In retrospect, I was too hard on myself. Not only had I just had a baby, but I had a difficult and abnormal pregnancy. [She's thriving now]. But there I was.....flabby. Size 4 jeans were a thing of the past. And being short sure didn't help. Six months later, I had most of the weight off, 8 months later, I weighed less than before I was pregnant. And what I did was simple. So this is my #1 weight loss tip.....
You know what fall means... crunchy leaves, pumpkin muffins, apple picking and garlic planting. And did you know?!....garlic is actually a vegetable. A delicious vegetable that you need for almost every savory recipe. And the jarred or freeze dried stuff just isn't the same as fresh, now is it? Okay in a pinch but not ideal. Best of all garlic is super easy to grow and requires very little space.
There are many reasons why you should jump at the chance to build your own polytunnel; perhaps one of the biggest selling points is that it can cost you less than half the price of an equivalent sized, glass greenhouse and works just as well.
If you’re thinking about growing vegetables in your future garden, but you’re worried about the amount of space that you might need, you’re in luck. [And it's never too early to start thinking about gardening again....!]
Fall is here. So it's time to bring some of those colorful outdoorsy items inside, or at least on your front porch or entranceway for some Fall flavor. The best part? When the seasons done, you either recycle these items or toss them in the backyard for the deer to eat - no storage necessary! And cleanup is quick and easy.
Let's talk about squash. How squashy are you? A 10 for very squashy? A 1 for not so much? Eat it every couple of days in season....roasted, mashed, fried, in casseroles, soup or just alone? I love squash- they're high in fiber, nutritious and rich in flavor. Unlike squishy summer squash, winter squash has those hard shells with hollow seed-filled centers. This makes them last a whole lot longer than their summer squash cousins.
I don't know about you, but I instinctively check out peoples garbage Sunday nights, our garbage day being Monday. We drive slowly around the neighborhood in our old convertible, kids in tow. But then again, we happen to live in a neighborhood where people throw away good stuff. Maybe you do to?
It's crunch time. Sure, I'm giving plenty of organic vegetables away, but it's time to get serious about eating the last of the crop as well. Besides, I hate wasting food! Especially since food is crazy expensive these days. I love this recipe because it uses up so many of my veggies at the same time like cucumbers, corn, peppers, onions, tomatoes, basil and cilantro. Bursting with flavor, it's also super nutritious.
Well. I became the proud adoptive mother of quadruplets. But sadly, two didn't make it. I'm talking butterflies of course! [What did you have in mind?] Buffalo native and butterfly extraordinaire Chris Kukla filled us in. And we had no idea, none whatsoever what a fun adventure it would be!
This year was excellent for composting. Not only did I reap the benefits of dumping all my compost scraps in the garden, but they did something quite unexpected. Something I was thrilled about.