Monday, May 24, 2010

A Chance to Help the Environment and a Freebie!

In case you don't have a Facebook account or haven't seen The Sierra's Club latest offering, check out this link. For more than 100 years, the Sierra Club is dedicated to preserving our National Parks and so much more.  Join now and receive four free eco-chic shopping bags! So handy to stash in your car or even your backpack...
More about the Sierra Club from Wikipedia:
The Sierra Club's mission is:
To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

Planting Vegetable Gardens

Leave it to my mother to be one of the very few people I know that is successfully growing tomatoes in one of those topsy-turvy tomato planters! The Topsy Turvy website's infomercial makes it look so easy, but I've heard of more misses than hits.  Her desert garden includes okra, zucchini, watermelon and beans... along with a variety of herbs.  Some are in rows and some in raised beds, but all seemed to be thriving when I visited Tucson last week.  In mother's case, I think it's both her Southern genes and years of gardening experience.   Perhaps you'll be one of the success stories too.

If you're needing help getting started with your vegetable garden, try the Free Vegetable Garden Guide from Burpee. The website also has a great "companion plants" guide that helps with ideas for optimum planting of vegetables, with minimum insects and maximum shade (where needed).

Happy Gardening!
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