The last of the summer squash and the Perfect Twist vegetable spiralizer

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This year, I’ve sadly neglected my garden.  It’s overgrown with weeds and untamed vegetable plants. Somehow it struggles on without my help, relying on rain and hope to keep going.  Today I harvested a few tomatoes, and discovered 2 yellow squash that were so big and hard that they resembled gourds you’d use for a bird feeder.  What to do?  It was time to pull out the Vegetable Spiralizer I just received from Smart Buy Center. [Read more…]

Sustainability Made Simple book + bag

Unless you’ve been hiding under a moss-covered rock, you have probably tried at least one way to “go green” in the past few years.  Most of us have reached an awareness about reusing items, recycling, and reducing our footprint. Disclosure: I received a Growing a Green Family pack, too. Opinions shared are mine.  In the book Sustainability Made Simple, readers can consider some really do-able action steps to raising an environmentally aware family. [Read more…]

Container gardening made easy

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Houseplants cower in fear when I come near, but somehow I am able to keep vegetable plants alive.  Maybe it’s because Mother Nature helps me out with rain.  Gardening is my favorite summertime activity.  Seeing my husband enjoy a tomato sandwich made from homegrown ‘maters warms my heart.  My kids love zucchini when it’s baked into sweet bread.  Our garden always produces more than we can eat, so we love to share the bounty with neighbors and friends.  Like I said, I’m not a natural green thumb.  So, my secret is this: Container gardening.

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So those seed starter kits really work?!

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My husband has been bitten by the gardening bug.  A few days ago, he arrived home with a bag full of seed packets and a few of these seed starter kits.  Remember that we are now in a much smaller house, and no longer have a sunroom, so I wasn’t sure where he planned to set up his little production.  To my surprise, he planted the seeds right at the kitchen table.  He set up the trays near the sunny window and left them for a few days.  We were greeted with these beauties just a couple of days later!  [Read more…]

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Collection

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Heirloom-Seed-Collection-LSS-000_7231 The Heirloom Seed Collection from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is the perfect way to save money and acquire a safe, secure food supply for your family. Most of the seeds in this package will store 4-10 years if kept cool and dry. What a great way to try many heirloom favorites. These easy-to-grow varieties have been tried-and-true for generations! The collection contains 25 full-sized packets of seeds and a Clyde’s Garden Planner—all packaged in a sturdy, resealable, mylar bag for long lasting storage. If you’re not familiar with Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, I encourage you to visit their site. They participate in the Safe Seed Pledge, which means they use non-GMO seeds and plants. Varieties in this package are chosen to be productive in most climates throughout the United States. Bakers Creek supports innovative sustainability methods, such as urban gardening, and helps to teach children how to grow crops. We’ve been using their seeds for years! Thanks to our Grand Prize sponsor, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, one lucky reader will receive the Heirloom Seed Collection and the 2016 Whole Seed Catalog. This Grand Prize package is valued at $58. Good luck! [Read more…]

Mason Jar salads make a fun lunch – book review

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A couple of years ago, one of my students gave our team a basket of salads for an end-of-year gift.  The salads were delicious;  even better, they were assembled in layers inside mason jars.  I ended up purchasing more items from the farm where the salad ingredients were grown.  Inspired by the delicious salad idea, I wanted to experiment with more jarred lunches.

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Recycling flowers: grow next year’s flowers from this year’s seeds

Last year we grew these gorgeous poppies and sunflowers from seed.  We grew wave petunias in pots that cascaded around the front porch.  Dahlias, zinnias, and many other bright and beautiful blooms decorated our outdoor space.   I thought about how I could re-use these plants…..then did a little searching to see what I could come up with.

Basically, here’s what you do with petunias.  The steps vary for other flowers, but the idea is generally the same. [Read more…]

Small changes to go green this spring

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It may sound like a cat poster, but it’s true.  Small changes can make a big difference.  What if each of us committed to doing one thing to make the Earth smile this spring?  Together we might make a profound impact on the environment!  Here are three go-green ideas that will make you wonder why you didn’t try it sooner.

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Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop featuring The Four-Season Harvest

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Welcome to the Clear Your Shelves giveaway hop hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. While this hop is a great way to share books of all genres, it’s no doubt a chance for you to try some new authors and titles!

At the Savings in Seconds house, we’re gearing up for gardening season. Last year I decided to try my hand at year-round gardening. In the hopes that someone else can benefit from my ambition, I’m giving away my personally purchased copy of Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long, 2nd Edition. While I had some limited success (my lettuce, spinach, and kale are still going strong!) I didn’t get around to building any cold frames or ordering seeds for unusual winter crops.

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Landscape lighting repair can be a real backbreaker

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Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Andy’s Sprinkler. The opinions shared here are 100% mine.

My husband comes from a hard working family. Everyone in his family has a very strong work ethic and it shows. Within the first few times I met his grandparents, I realized that his grandfather always had some kind of project going on at the house. When he ran out of projects at his own house, he started moving on to rental properties. My husband got that gene, apparently, because there’s always some kind of project going on here at the Savings in Seconds homestead, too. The other factor in the equation is that these men don’t believe in hiring out the work. Instead, they think the job’s not right unless they do it on their own. Which would be a good thing, except that my husband really doesn’t have time to devote to a DIY project on most weekends. We’re lucky if we make it to the grocery store to pick up some milk. Finishing an outdoor project just doesn’t make it to the short term to-do list most weeks.
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