Looking for an easy, budget-friendly decor idea for your table this Fall? Take a few empty jars, wrap them with twine, and pop in a few plant cuttings! It's a little bit rustic, a little bit romantic. Try eucalyptus or evergreen branches, or even a small gathering of herbs. So pretty!
Bokashi is a method of composting developed in Japan that uses microbes to decompose food, effectively fermenting it so that it doesn't smell as it is breaking down. Besides lack of smell, another advantage with bokashi is that all food, including meat, fish and dairy, can be composed with this system. Bokashi has gotten a lot of attention in large-scale commercial uses, but what about at home?
Over the years I've owned many grills and worked in several outdoor spaces, yet one thing remains the same: you always need a place to put stuff, and you don't need to buy the extra expensive grill with all the drawers and cabinets! Instead, check out this DIY project that'll give you all the storage and prep space you need.
My two favorite flowers are peonies and tulips, so come Spring I can't help splurging a little when they finally show up at the farmer's market. The peonies I bought last week (in a dashing shade of crimson) are still bright and blooming almost seven days later. I'm a notorious black thumb, so while I'd love to have greenery in my apartment at all times of the year, the sad fact is that most greenery doesn't make it very long in my company. So cut flowers, in their fleeting beauty, are my perfect companion. Here are few lovely Spring bouquets to inspire your kitchen and dining table decor:
Wildflowers in a vase on your table, yes. But wildflowers in your food? Sure! Edible wildflowers pack a powerful nutritional punch, and look amazing when sprinkled over pancakes, salads, poached eggs, pizza—whatever strikes your fancy! Read on for the 10 rules for edible wildflowers.
Composting kitchen scraps is a great way to reduce waste and produce nutritious food for your plants in the process. Even without outdoor space, you can still compost using an indoor system, or through compost pick-up services available in certain cities. Check out our favorite composting buckets and bins, along with a few tips for making the most of your composter.
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On a weekend getaway to the Santa Cruz Mountains, we stumbled upon this homesteader's paradise and it's the sort of place that makes us consider moving to the area permanently. If you visit, give yourself plenty of time to meander Mountain Feed & Farm Supply's eclectic and colorful maze of buildings, pathways, and gardens. By the time you leave, you'll be armed with the inspiration and tools for such worthy pursuits as canning, beekeeping, beer brewing, and sausage and cheese making.
OK, OK — most of us probably don't have apple trees in the back yard. (Although we wish we did.) But if you do, or if you're a weekend warrior at the U-pick apple orchards, this little tool might come in handy. It helps you pick fruit off high branches without resorting to a dangerous, wobbly ladder. Stick this on a broom handle, and get fruit off the higher branches with ease.
Composting kitchen scraps reduces material waste, but this way of collecting the scraps also reduces time and energy waste. With a built-in receptacle flush with the countertop, it's so easy to just sweep kitchen scraps right in.