Enjoy your garden indoors and put your bloomed zinnias in a cute vase filled with cold water.
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21

Grow Your Own Secret Garden

Shubhra

Make a fairytale come true and have your own real secret garden.  The Secret Garden kit is perfect for a child, or even a gift to yourself to get you in the springtime mood.  This cute kit comes with 6 varieties of flowering seeds, growing directions, and a “secret garden” plan to grow a sunflower walls and a snow flower carpet. We love that it comes so cutely packaged in a recycled steel case with its own “magic” key and reusable storage tins for seeds.  Unlock the magic and get started growing your garden today to experience beautiful colors and wonderful scents.

Written by Greenista Girl Shubhra

Photos by Branch Home

The soothing colors and scents of a garden can be an escape from the pressures of a job or other responsibilities. This kind of sanctuary can help lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease.
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Jul
30

Go Greek: Grow Your Own Olive Tree

Shubhra

Thought the Greek life was just for crazy college kids?  Join in on the fun and get a VeriFlora eco-friendly miniature olive tree.  The VeriFlora “Certified Sustainably Grown” label guarantees that flowers and potted plants have been produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. This means water is not wasted, product packaging is minimized, and pests are controlled with the least environmental impact. Greenista Girl Shubhra wanted to remember her trip to Greece so she got one of her very own olive trees. Simply water daily and watch flowers bloom in spring that will lead to olives in the fall.  So next time you make a martini, garnish it with your own home grown olive. Opa!

Written by Greenista Girl Shubhra

Photos by Google Images

Olives have antioxidants that give health benefits such as improving eyesight and strengthening teeth and bones. The antioxidants also reduce the harmful influences of carcinogens, preventing the risks of many forms of cancer.
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Jul
29

I Thee Wed: A Green Wedding

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Are you committed to the environment? One couple, Julia Davis and Andy McLeod, is vowing to make their wedding as eco as possible. They are growing all the food that will be served at their September 25th reception – including the chickens. For their 100 guests they will be growing (among other items) 27 pounds of butternut squash, 40 pounds of potatoes, 12 pounds of cabbage, and 15 pounds of carrots. On September 24th, they’ll be enlisting friends and family to cook this massive feast. You can follow their journey on their blog, “A Local Food Wedding: From Seed to Plate.” Check out this awesome list of what the couple will be growing, cooking, and serving at their nuptials.

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  • Homemade hummus
  • Fruit (cantaloupe, watermelon, apples, etc.)
  • Bread from a local bakery
  • Cheese
  • Homemade pesto
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  • Autumn gold squash soup
  • Oven fries
  • Cubed hubbard squash with kale
  • Green salad
  • Caprese salad (tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and olive oil)
  • Asian cabbage slaw
  • Pickles made from Davis’ great-grandmother’s recipe
  • Bread from a local bakery
  • DESSERT:
  • Pie made by the bride and groom’s moms
  • Ice cream from John’s Ice Cream Factory in Liberty

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photos by The Portland Herald

The average food travels over 1,500 miles to get to you – that’s a lot of wasted gas, emissions, cooling, and packaging.
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Jul
09

Stop Buggin’ Me: DIY Pest Spray

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Written by Greenista Girl Shubhra

Photos by Brianne DiSylvester

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Jun
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Orange Bowl: Grow an Orange Tree

Shubhra

Wanna score a touchdown in your garden this summer? Cheer on team citrus with your very own orange tree. Greenista Girl Shubhra has been testing out Satsumas, which are small Clementine-like oranges. She says, they are seedless, simple to peel, sweet as can be, and super easy to grow in your garden or in a pot on your terrace. In the beginning of spring, the tree gets beautiful and fragrant jasmine-like white flowers on it. Eventually the flowers fall leaving tiny green beads that grow bigger every day until they change from green to yellow to orange.  Once you see that glowing orange color, it’s ripe and juicy for the picking. You can find Satsuma orange trees in nurseries now all ready to go with tiny oranges on them. Growing fruit in your own garden means no pesticides or CO2 emissions from shipping and packaging. It is a win-win situation.

Greenista Cocktail Factoid: Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Eating foods rich in vitamin C helps your  body develop resistance against infectious agents and also scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from your blood.

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Photos by Shubra and Rachel Eats

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