There’s a chain reaction that starts when you bring your own bags to the store on a regular basis. You start to notice that there’s a whole lot of things in the store that are really over-packaged, from fruit on styrofoam trays wrapped in plastic to cookies and crackers that are packed in an inner tray, in an inner sleeve in a package. It becomes painfully obvious that if you are bringing your own bag to the store to reduce the amount of garbage you create, why buy things that are packaged and create waste? Taking this to the extreme, why buy anything that comes in a bag or box which means, why shop anything but the outside aisles of the store?
So what can you do? Here’s what Blake decided to do this summer (Blake is the co-founder of Eco-Bags): Blake decided to garden not only the back yard but the front yard, turning his 80×20 land space into a suburban farm. There will be more blogs about that coming soon. And, then Blake decided to see how difficult it is to make crackers and pasta and bread. The answer is…not hard at all. The recipes can be easily found online and, surprisingly, it doesn’t even take that long to do. You simply have to decide to do it. The end-result of all this home-growing and make-it-yourself? One bag of garbage after a few weeks of living and successfully recycling and composting. See if you can do it yourself (or are already doing this) and let us know how it’s going.
What happens when you say “yes” to your husband – educator turned farmer…master of the front and back yard? I’m talking about 20’x100′ front and back total not acres!
He, Blake, has turned away from MOWING to a NO-MOW way of life. Where once there was grass there are now blueberries, lettuces, collards, beans, squash and soon – Tomatoes (the queens of the season). Nothing is better than a freshly picked, still warm from the sun, tomato plopped onto sourdough bread, sprinkled with olive oil, a little salt and a basil leaf. Nada!
The neighbors? They are very curious. When will the pumpkins come in? Cool beans. Are those sunflowers? Can I eat those flowers,too? How can I do this?
What’s the impact? Fresh from the garden means fewer trips to the store and, if you love to cook like we do, minimal to no purchases of already made. We’re not fanatics but really, if you’ve made your own pasta and pasta sauce you know what I’m talking about.
Well it turns out there’s a whole Edible Front Yard movement going on. Back Yard gardens are growing like crazy but putting it all out front now that’s really cool
Here’s a really cool video – Watch this and get inspired.
Enjoy your tomatoes!