How To: Make the Ultimate, Reusable Fruit Fly Trap

by Chris Gardner
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Learn how to get rid of fruit flies for good.

Ah ... summertime. The pinnacle of the produce season means amazing things for your palate: sun-ripened fruit, homegrown vegetables, and fresh herbs for days.

Unfortunately, ripe produce also invites other guests to the flavor party: fruit flies. These little monsters (drosophilidae), with their big red eyes and kneejerk-wave inspiring flight patterns, aren't terribly harmful (they have a...

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How to: Grow a Year-Round Salad Garden

by Matt Allison

 

How to: Grow a Year-Round Salad Garden

As you may have gathered from my weekly "Foodie Friday" posts I enjoy cooking, but equally I enjoying growing my own food, which I write about on my site, curate this space.

Aside from the health and nutritional benefits of doing so, there is also something quite primal about knowing where and how your food is grown.

Today I'm going to teach you how to grow your own easy to grow salad garden which will grow all year round in frost free areas.

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Apple Decor: 6 DIY Projects Using Fall's Favorite Fruit

by DIY Maven

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This time of year means one thing and one thing only, as far as produce goes that is. It's the beginning of apple season. Lucky for us, however, it's pretty much apple season all year round. Whether it's New Zealand Braeburns or Minnesota Honeycrisps*, there's always something delicious to choose from. So, in celebration of that dependable--and yummy--fruit, I decided to surf the waves for how-to's using them in decor projects. Here are some of...

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How To: Learn Basic, Safe Kitchen Knife Skills

by Chris Gardner

How To: Learn Basic, Safe Kitchen Knife Skills

Since graduating from college, I've slowly been developing good knife technique in the kitchen. I've learned that big, sharp knifes are actually safer, have been practicing efficient and consistent ways to prep all sorts of fresh veggies, aromatics like onions and garlic, and even a bit of DIY butchering.

And, ever since I got good enough to make it look like I sorta know what I'm doing, I've been saying, "Man, I should write up a Curbly post...

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7 Foods Chefs Are Avoiding Now

by DIY Maven

 

 

7 Foods Chefs Are Avoiding Now

If you haven't noticed, that picture perfect produce at the grocery store is less than tasty this time of year. Simply put, certain items are not in season and no amount of time in a hothouse can replicate what Mother Nature is able to achieve. So, that being said, here's 7 foods chefs won't eat at this time of year:

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How To: Make Your Own Fruit and Vegetable Wash.

by Chris Gardner

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Whether your produce is treated or straight from your own organic-method backyard, it's always wise to wash it before consuming. If commercial, washing will remove any chemicals, waxes, or supplements, and if natural, it can help rid your goodies of dirt or insects. A quick spray 'wash' helps save water, plus "most chemicals used on produce won't be washed off with a simple application of water—if they were, they wouldn't be very effective in...

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10 Tips for Starting a Simple Garden.

by Chris Gardner

Briana Feola of Brainstorm Print & Design. is a full time artist with a huge passion for gardening. She's assembled ten great tips for Indie Fixx on getting started with your own food production garden.

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1) START SMALL

2) START PLANTS INSIDE

3) COMPOST!

4) OBTAIN APPROPRIATE SUPPLIES

5) PICK SEEDS AND PLANTS NATIVE TO YOUR AREA
6) GET PROPER FENCING TO KEEP CRITTERS OUT

7) GET THE SOIL READY

8) DON’T PLANT TOO SOON

9) DON’T FORGET TO...

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Just say NO to plastic produce bags and hello to BYO Bags!

by DIY Maven

Just say NO to plastic produce bags and hello to BYO Bags!

So you've switched from paper or plastic and gone to reusable grocery bags. If you haven't yet done so, it's now time to ditch non-recyclable plastic produce bags for something a bit more earth-friendly too. A great alternative to them are the fabulous BYO Bags. They’re made of a lightweight nylon mesh that’s not only breathable, but durable, washable, quick drying and, of course, reusable. I found my set of 3–one small, one medium and one large...

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Recycle Your Onions Into an Endless Supply of Scallions.

by Chris Gardner

Recycle Your Onions Into an Endless Supply of Scallions.

I've been doing this ever since I've had a patch of dirt in which to grow 'em. Next time you grab a bunch of scallions/green onions at the supermarket, hold onto the root ends.

Then, simply plant them about one inch into the dirt (in the garden or a pot). Water well, and wait for the greens to return. The more you snip them, they faster they'll grow.

You can also do this with whole garlic bulbs and use the green sprouts in pastas...

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How To Plant a Winter Garden.

by Chris Gardner

Super-cool gardening magazine Mother Earth Living maintains, "With a few seed packets and a little planning, you can enjoy fresh salads, cooking greens and other garden treats year-round." They offer a series of tips for planting and growing hearty greens, lettuces, and root vegetables.

How To Plant a Winter Garden.
  • Plant in mid-August to mid-September. (Right now!)
  • Use leaves to keep soil warm.
  • Keep out bugs and critters.
  • All sorts of nutrional benefits. 

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How To Use All Those Summer Vegetables.

by Chris Gardner

It's that time of year: all the plants to which you've so gingerly tended have returned the favor, with thousands of fruits and vegetables that you and your family can never eat.

Of course, you're thankful for the zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and the tomatoes....the countless, countless tomatoes.

How To Use All Those Summer Vegetables.
Here's a couple options to use all that nature has provided. Please post your favorite tips below.

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Produce Washing Machine

by DIY Maven

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The Clean Cuisine is advertized as a means to purify fruits and vegetables using an ozone process also known as Activated Oxygen. It is purported to kill "bacteria and mold, and safely [break] down pesticides to provide you with food that is as safe as possible." At 180 bucks, it isn’t cheap, but considering there are over 33 million cases of food-borne illnesses a year in the US alone, it might be worth the cost. If it works, that is.

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