Zero Waste Challenge Day 10: Compost

Composting is one of those incredibly simple activities that has a huge pay off. Not only is it better for the environment, but you’re left with rich, nutrient-dense soil that can be used for gardening. I love composting because it keeps food and other perishables out of the landfills so it can decompose naturally andContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 10: Compost”

Day 88: Garden Progress!!!

The garden is exploding! Weeks of rain followed by all this sunshine and now we can’t keep up with everything ready to be harvested. The herbs especially are going nuts. There’s so much dill, oregano, sage, and cilantro we’ve had to cut it back. Anyone want some fresh herbs? We’ve also got a ton ofContinue reading “Day 88: Garden Progress!!!”

Day 66: Change your Perspective about Weeds

In a previous post, I discussed the importance of organic gardening and reasons why we should avoid herbicides and insecticides. We can take it a step beyond that and learn to appreciate weeds. Now, nobody wants a weed growing in their garden, taking up space and depleting nutrients from your vegetables and herbs, but weContinue reading “Day 66: Change your Perspective about Weeds”

QUARANTINE CHALLENGE #8: No More Pesticides!!!

Pesticides are not new. They include a wide range of compounds like fungicides, insecticides, herbicides, etc. They grew in popularity in the 1960s and have been commonly used in households since despite numerous reports of their negative impact on the environment and our health. Though they can control harmful pests and yield better crops, theContinue reading “QUARANTINE CHALLENGE #8: No More Pesticides!!!”

Day 57: Would you survive an apocalyptic world? 20 Questions

I’ve been watching The Walking Dead a lot lately and it’s got me wondering: would I survive an apocalypse? If I had to survive off the land, could I? If another depression hit, would I make it through? I’ve owned the book “Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century” for years and I’m only just nowContinue reading “Day 57: Would you survive an apocalyptic world? 20 Questions”

Day 32: Need a Time Filler? Make a Bucket List.

If you’ve got some time to kill why not update your bucket lists. A bucket list is a list of experiences or achievements a person hopes to accomplish someday. It could be places to travel, fun experiences, life goals, or any number of things. I have a US travel bucket list posted here: What’sContinue reading “Day 32: Need a Time Filler? Make a Bucket List.”


We’re officially one week into quarantine which means it’s time for me to post my first quarantine challenge. And I challenge my friends with the space and the tools to start a garden this year. Gardening has a ton of benefits and we’re right at the start of spring, so this is perfect timing. NotContinue reading “QUARANTINE CHALLENGE #1: Start a Garden!”

Gardening in the Middle East

I love the expat life.  You meet a lot of interesting people and you get to go to a lot of interesting places, but there are things back home I miss.  I miss my independence.  I miss seasons.  And I especially miss gardening.  I’m from the Midwest and gardening was a big part of myContinue reading “Gardening in the Middle East”