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Planting Tomatoes in Pots

Container gardening has its advantages. It’s perfect if, like me, you’re renting and want to be able to take your plants with you when you move. It’s also a great way to get around gopher problems and plots with poor soil or disease issues. Container gardening might be the only way to have a garden for many apartment dwellers, and…

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DIY Natural Face Wash

Although I’ve been making lots of my own skin care products for a little while now, I’ve always been slightly intimidated by face wash, body wash and shampoo. However, thanks to a wonderful and powerful ingredient called castile soap, that’s about to be history! Castile soap is all natural, green and safe for sensitive skin! It’s also…

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Organic Agriculture: Know your Farmer or Big Food?

A growing controversy within the organic industry is whether or not the development of large-scale organic agriculture is in alignment with the original goals of the organic pioneers. Organic has been extremely successful, so much so that all the large food corporations now have their own organic brands for value-added (processed) organic products. There are those…

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The Roots of Organic Farming: Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front by Wendell Berry Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more of everything ready-made. Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die. And you will have a window in your head. Not even your future will be a mystery any more. Your mind will be…

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If Nothing Else, Grow Herbs

I love cooking with fresh herbs. They add just the right touch of flavor to bring a dish from decent to sensational. Not only are herbs delicious, but they also have numerous health benefits when used both internally and externally. Even if you don’t have space for a garden, you can still grow herbs on the patio…

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Freshly Harvested Tomato Basil Bisque

If you suddenly have a plethora of ripe and too-ripe tomatoes like I do, you may be wondering what you can make with them besides the delicious but perhaps worn out salads and pastas. What started out for me as a recipe for marinara from fresh tomatoes serendipitously became a culinary adventure into bisque-land. However,…

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