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What is companion planting?

Companion planting is planting two different types of plants together, so that they benefit from each other. One recent example paired alyssum, a flower, with lettuce. Traditionally-grown lettuce prices shot up in 2014 because many of them were overcome by aphids, tiny insect predators that can easily take over and destroy many crops. But...

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Gardening Update on Back to Eden Method of Mulching

A little over a year ago, I posted about a video I had seen, The Garden of Eden, and that I was trying to use the method recommended, which was to get a truckload of wood chips and leaves to use for mulch. You can read the post here. I want to give you...

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How to Prevent Constipation When Travelling

What’s a post on constipation doing on a vegan blog? Yes, generally speaking, most vegans are not bothered by constipation. Their diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, is also high in fiber. But even vegans can fall prey to traveler’s constipation. When you travel, your body’s circadian rhythm, the daily...

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Vegetarian and Vegan Substitutions for Dishes

If you need to transform or alter a dish this Thanksgiving, or at any other meal, so that a vegetarian can eat it, and you are not sure what to do, here are some ways to do so. In this other post, I listed some vegetarian-friendly Thanksgiving dishes and suggestions. Vegetarian Substitutions for Bacon...

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What Do Vegetarians Eat for Thanksgiving?

What Do Vegetarians Eat for Thanksgiving?

Funny Save a Turkey Vegetarian Thanksgiving Shirt Thanksgiving has a special place in my heart, because I chose the day after Thanksgiving to become a vegetarian, way back in 1983. I liked turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing, and I wanted to eat that one more time before giving it all up. Every year,...

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How Fast Can You Make Vegan Ice Cream?

How Fast Can You Make Vegan Ice Cream?

When I was doing research for my book, The New Scoop: Recipes for Dairy-Free, Vegan Ice Cream in Unusual Flavors (Plus Some Old Favorites), many people were complaining that the recipes out there called for cooking and cooling, then chilling, then churning. That meant waiting at least several hours before you could have ice...

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Trying out the Back to Eden Gardening Method

Trying out the Back to Eden Gardening Method

So I’ve decided I have nothing to lose by trying the gardening method in the film Back to Eden. See this post for more information on the Back to Eden farming method. In short, a thick layer of wood chip and leaf mulch is added over a layer of compost over your garden area....

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How to Grow Lemongrass

How to Grow Lemongrass

I wrote a guest blog post on author and gardener Cherie Foster Colburn’s blog. Consider growing lemongrass if you want something that is very low maintenance, grows fast, and works to flavor food and beverages. Plus you can start plants from the stuff you buy at the grocery store. Read the blog post to...

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Grilled Green Beans

Grilled Green Beans

One of the best (and luckiest) things I did in Austin for this year’s annual Herb Society of America’s annual educational conference was to order the grilled beans at Condessa Restaurant. It’s an upscale Mexican restaurant, just across the bridge from the hotel where the conference was held. It was slamming busy, but the...

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How to Protect Your Fruit From Birds

How to Protect Your Fruit From Birds

We have a mango tree in our front yard that is small enough that we can pick the fruit fairly easily. The problem is that the birds always get to them before we do. That wouldn’t be so bad (I don’t mind sharing,) except that they eat the fruit a day or two before...

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Vegan Ice Cream Cookbook

Greens Reusable Fabric Tote

Fun Animal Poems, Facts, and Activities for Kids

Learn about Hawaii while you draw

A Gratefulness Journal with Prompts

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