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25 April 2009

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We learned what kinds of fruits and veg could thrive in a pot, bought a load of organic seeds from Seeds of Change, and set out to build a garden. So far we've harvested a bounty of herbs, salad greens, strawberries, and edamame, and we have three varieties of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and spring onions on the way. Other than some draining issues with a few of our pots, the plants are thriving in their little controlled worlds. We do fertilize, but with organic fertilizer made from bone meal and other stuff that smells awful. Chester loves it.

Turn the power all the way off.

For Vance's birthday, I got him a stack of books and two mystery boxes. Inside those boxes were two Belkin Conserve power strips. Many of our former power-sucking electronics (including our monster CRT television) are plugged into the white wonders, and rather than continuing to run up our electric bill while we're not there to enjoy it, they get completely cut off.

Go organic.

I made the switch to organic meats two years ago and I've been trying to increase the local, sustainable, and/or organic foods in other parts of my diet ever since. I jokingly add that organic food is "all the fat and calories, none of the poison" but it's only a half-joke. Organic foods reduce the toxins we put into our own bodies while reducing farm pollution and supporting small farms where the growers and ranchers have a personal commitment to quality and sustainability. It's one of the healthiest and tastiest ways we can respect the planet.

Recycle.

Like a lot of Americans, we don't have curbside recycling. But with the help of Whole Foods and programs like Gimme 5, we are still able to participate in the reduction in landfill waste. Plus, it means fewer trips to the dumpster to drop of our other household garbage.


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