Friday, April 27, 2012

Potted Semps

I love sempervivums and sedums and have been growing a lot of them and trying out different combinations in pots for fun.  Here are a couple I really like.  See what you think...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Be Gone You Pesky Fruit Flies!

Are you tired of those pesky fruit flies that buzz around your kitchen - or any other part of your house? 

Have you tried smooshing them with your hand or, swatting them with a fly swatter with no success?  And, they just keep on coming back!  Ugghhh! - I hate it when that happens!
I don't want to use any of those chemical pesticides - that should be labelled humanicides (I'm not sure if that's a word - but you know what I mean).  So, what can I do?
Well, luckily I found a solution!  And it's simple and cheap - like me!

Here's what you do:
Get a small container, a bowl, a cup, a baby food jar- whatever you have handy.  Put some apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar in it.  Just enough for the little fruit flies to have a nice swim.  Put a couple drops of dishwashing soap in it and mix it up.  Set your swimming hole of doom out where you see the fruit flies.  In a day or two you will have the remains of a fruit fly pool party that you can pour down the drain.

For those of you who are opposed to killing the little blighters here is a blog that shows you how to do it with a funnel and a jar.  Happy hunting!

Get your hands dirty!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Are You Getting Your Daily Allowance of Pesticides?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes an annual shopper's guide detailing the fruits and vegetables that contain the most and least amounts of pesticides. 

How sad is it that we even need a guide like this??? 

Anyway, they call it the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen.  The Dirty Dozen are the twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables that you need to avoid if possible - buy organic!  The Clean Fifteen are - as obvious as it sounds - the fruits and vegetables that are lowest in pesticide residue.

So, here they are:
     The Dirty Dozen                                                     
     1. Apples                                                             
     2. Celery                                                                 
     3. Strawberries                                                      
     4. Peaches                                                              
     5. Spinach
     6.  Nectarines, imported
     7. Grapes, imported
     8. Sweet bell peppers
     9.  Potatoes
     10. Blueberries, domestic
     11. Lettuce
     12. Kale / Collard greens

     The Sweet Fifteen
     1. Onions
     2. Sweet Corn
     3. Pineapples
     4. Avocado
     5. Asparagus
     6. Sweet Peas
     7. Mangoes
     8. Eggplant
     9. Cantaloupe, domestic
     10. Kiwi
     11. Cabbage
     12. Watermelon
     13. Sweet Potatoes
     14. Grapefruit
     15. Mushrooms

The best way to make sure you are getting safe food is still to grow your own.  For more information go to the Environmental Working Group website.  But beware, you may find more information than you want.

Get your hands dirty!!  (not your veggies)