It was suggested to me by Theresa at Pondering the Myriad Things that I should focus on what I have done and not what I haven’t. So, here goes:
I have been using baking soda as a facial scrub for the last three weeks – and I love it! My complexion has cleared up considerably (go figure) with the scrub – just baking soda with a little water, scrub for a minute then rinse, and with the olive oil moisturizer. Just with those two items I will save a total of approximately 12 plastic containers per year from going into the landfill. And, as I said, I think they do a better job on my face than the other stuff I was paying a chunk a money on.
I have been using baking soda as deodorant and think this also works better than the deodorant I bought in stick form (in plastic) from the store. I used the crystal at one time and it did nothing for me in the odor department, so went back to the commercial product. The one problem is that it does nothing about wetness – and so far this hasn’t been a huge problem. But with the heat of summer approaching this could be a problem. At the very least I can see myself using this during three seasons of the year – a potential savings of 5-8 plastic deodorant containers per year depending on the summer usage.
I have been a planting demon these past few weeks. Not only are the tomatoes I planted in February a great size, and have been replanted into larger containers (all will go into containers this year until I’m sure all the ivy has been killed off) but the cucumbers and zucchini plants are a nice size as well and have also been transferred to larger containers. The bell peppers still have not come up yet, but should (if they are going to) in the next week to 10 days. This weekend I planted from seeds: acorn squash, cantaloupe, beans, peas, cayenne pepper, pablano pepper, parsley, scallions, garlic chives, cilantro, and butternut squash from the seeds I saved from last years crop. Yes, these are all in pots on my back patio at the moment.
I have a potato to go in soon, just drying with the Comet on the cut edge as I was instructed by a friend. She she had heard a great tip for growing potatoes in pots. Get a large, tall pot, fill it with about a foot of soil and put the potato in. Cover and let grow… When there are two shoots coming out of the plant, cover the first shoot with soil, wait for another shoot to come out of the plan then cover the lower one. Continue this until you come to the top of the pot. Evidently each of these shoots has the capacity to produce potatoes. When the season is over, to harvest the potatoes, all you have to do is flip the pot over. Now, I’ve not tried this yet, but it sounds like an interesting way to get a large crop of potatoes in a small amount of space. I’ll let you all know how it works.