Taters and garlic are ordered and on their way →
This morning we put in an order of 100 lbs. of Red Pontiac potatoes, some of which we plan to put in the ground asap. We also ordered a pound each of three types of garlic: Sicilian Silver, Inchilium, and Brown Tempest. The order is just one of the many first steps that we’ve taken to start up our small farm with the Community Food Bank’s help and Community Culivators program....
Aardvark Paper Straws at Cafe This Way in Bar... →
I haven’t reported on any new products that either use no or little plastic packaging because we have been pretty strict on buying only bulk items that we store in glass mason jars. However, while on vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine last week we went out to dinner as a family at Cafe This Way. The food was AMAZING, the service even better, and when they served our drinks of iced tea and...
Brief Garden Update
Artichoke plant is nearly dead. Possible reasons include extreme heat, overwatering from monsoon rains, or the toxic water from compost that I routinely pour over it when cleaning out the bin…whoops! It yielded over two dozen artichoke so I’m still happy. I think I will pull out the entire plant this year, rather than leave in the stump as I did last year, to free up some space. Three...
I can have berries once again! 100% biodegradable... →
Just found frozen blackberries, blueberries and strawberries at the Food Conspiracy Coop on 4th Ave in Tucson. The company is Stahlbush Island Farms and they have 100% biodegradable packaging. It is very difficult to find berries without a plastic shell around them, but I can deal with frozen over fresh if I means more smoothies and more berry-topped waffles and pancakes! In fact, I’m...
Wasa Crispbreads:Crackers without all the... →
Because I don’t have time to bake bread every week it’s good to have something to snack on, dip in soup, or give some crunch to any meal. I don’t even consider buying other crackers now since Wasa is the only brand that I’ve found so far that does not have any plastic packaging. The crispbreads are wrapped in paper and come in lots of flavors - my favorite is sesame. One of...
Tofutti Cuties →
The second item on my list of products without plastic are Tofutti cuties. They are delicious little tofu ice cream sandwiches. Tofutti cuties come in a recyclable cardboard box and each cutie is wrapped in paper. Even though they advertise as a living healthy treat, they do have high fructose corn syrup and other additives - but they are so good! So just have your cuties in moderation :)
Garden Notes 4/11/10
A second attempt at planting the Native Seeds Search seeds has been made – I have a much better feeling about it this time. There are a number of factors that may have contributed to the last planting’s failure: the soil mix, the colder night temperatures in March, or a couple of dry days due to late watering. I am certain that it was human error and not seeds that are fault for 100%...
Native Seeds Search →
Went by the NSS Store on Campbell this morning and picked up another batch of the same seeds. This time I’ll plant them directly in the ground and hope for the best! Also picked up a sunflower packet :)
Native Seeds SEARCH Review
As a yet another perk to being a member of Community Gardens of Tucson I have received free seeds from Native Seeds SEARCH! Up until last month I had only transplanted veggies and herbs and had good results. In both the summer and winter plantings I was behind the clock, so most plants were a little later to produce. No complaints at all though! I’ve been shocked to see what the desert...