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Grow your own salad

May 15, 2009

This is a box of lettuces, well, two, that took only a few weeks to grow.  They’re set up atop a low table in the backyard, in soil that came from a large compost box about 20 feet away.  The seeds are from a packet (you can see it there on a little stick; how’s [...]

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The plastic bag tree

April 12, 2009

My mother recycled long before it was fashionable: thirty-five years ago, going all green and sustainable was called being practical or, perhaps more accurately, being poor.  She washed out tin cans and glass jars and reused them, patched clothes and redistributed them; she even–to my abject horror–insisted on saving the wrapping paper from Christmasses and [...]

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