Links Worth Sharing: Week of April 20, 2019

Links Worth Sharing

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great Easter weekend!

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Links Worth Sharing: Week of April 13, 2019

Links Worth Sharing

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some posts you may have missed from Simply Frugal:

7 Foods From The Grocery Store You Can Regrow

Food is expensive. When it comes to making a budget for your family, you’ll notice that one of the highest costs you have is food. While it’s not possible to eliminate food from your grocery bill, you can decrease the costs by growing your own food.

On that note, did you know that many of the scraps from foods you purchase on a regular basis from the grocery store can be regrown in your very own kitchen? Instead of throwing away food scraps, you can start thinking differently about them!

Below, I’ve listed 7 foods from the grocery store that you can regrow in the comfort of your home. If you consider growing your own food right in your garden, you’ll have no problem growing your own produce from scraps.

Did you know that many of the scraps from foods you purchase on a regular basis from the grocery store can be regrown in your very own kitchen? Instead of throwing away food scraps, you can start thinking differently about them! Here are 7 foods from the grocery store that you can regrow in the comfort of your home.

Celery

One of the simplest foods from the grocery store you can grow from scraps, is celery.

Planting celery is very simple: Cut off the base or the bottom part of the vegetable and place it in a bowl with warm water. Place the container in a spot that has direct sunlight most of the day.

After a week, you’ll notice that there are leaves growing at the base of the celery. Once you see these leaves, it is now ready to be transplanted in the soil.

Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce is easy to grow from leftover scraps. Instead of throwing the bottom of the full head of lettuce in the trash, place it in a bowl with a bit of water.

Keep this bowl in a place with direct sunlight. Mist the leaves with water consistently. After two to three days, you will see that there are shoots of new leaves appearing. Once you see them, your lettuce is now ready to be transplanted or simply harvested for salads.

Bean Sprouts

Growing bean sprouts is easy. Just soak a handful of dry beans in water then leave it overnight.

Drain the water and place the beans in a container. Cover it with a towel, leave it overnight, then rinse it again the next day.

Keep doing this until you see the sprouts growing, then you can transfer them to your garden.

Onion

Another easy vegetable to grow, whether it is indoors or outdoors, are onions.

Cut the root of the onions off and plant it in a garden plot or container. Cover the root with potting soil but leave at least half an inch of the onion exposed. In a few weeks, you will start to see leaves growing.

For Green Onions, use the top part of the onion and leave the bottom 2-3 inches with the roots attached.  Place them in a container with water covering the roots. In no time you’ll see the tops of the green onions growing new green.  You can keep them this way and just continue using the tops and allowing them to grow in the water. Just change the water periodically and rinse the roots.

Garlic

Garlic is an easy way to start growing scraps with fast results.

For garlic, choose a whole bulb or individual cloves that have started to send out green sprouts. Place the bulb or clove in a small amount of water and change the water daily.

Potato

Did you know that you can grow a potato out of potato peelings?

Check the peelings to see if there are eyes on them. Cut the peelings into two to three-inch pieces but make sure that there are at least three eyes on each peel.

Dry these peelings, then plant them in your soil, about three to four inches deep. In a few weeks, you will see a potato plant starting to grow.

Tomato

Don’t throw away the seeds from the tomatoes! Rinse them and allow them to dry.

Once dried, you can start planting the seeds in a rich potting soil. Once the seedlings are a few inches high, you can transplant them outdoors where there is plenty of sunlight.

Turn your food scraps into golden nuggets. Instead of throwing them away, use them as another source of food. You are not only saving money, you are also assured that your family gets better and healthier food.

Links Worth Sharing: Week of April 6, 2019

We just finished celebrating both of my girls’ birthdays back to back and now it’s time for mine. Today happens to be my birthday. It’s funny, as I have gotten older, birthdays just aren’t as important as they were as a child. However, watching my daughters celebrate theirs brings back so many memories of the excitement of being one year older. It makes me think, that perhaps, all birthdays should be a celebration. Another year of happy memories, lessons learned, new friendships, old friendships and yes, another year on earth. Here’s to being one year older!

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Links Worth Sharing: Week of March 30, 2019

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here is a post you may have missed from Simply Frugal:

Tips for a beautiful potted herb garden

Potted herbs are a great addition to your yard or even the interior of your home. A potted herb garden can supply your family with fresh herbs regardless of your living situation as long as you have some form of light for your garden. If your herbs are inside your home, a sunny window or a grow light work perfectly. With a little planning and work, you can have a beautiful potted herb garden to accent any space using the tips provided below.

With a little planning and work, you can have a beautiful potted herb garden to accent any space using the tips provided here.

Get creative with pots

Get creative when you choose pots for your herb garden. While you can buy beautiful pots that fit your style at your local garden center, sometimes the best pots for your potted herb garden use a little creativity. Teapots and teacups make beautiful pots for smaller or grassy herbs that don’t need a lot of room for their roots. Galvanized tubs make beautiful large pots for growing multiple herbs together.

Plant to impress

Plant to impress when choosing your herbs. Look for herbs that will work well in your kitchen while adding style and a pop of color to your potted garden. Flowering herbs like lemon balm and chives can be a beautiful addition. Larger pots can grow bushy herbs like lavender with its delicate and fragrant purple blooms that will attract the eye wherever you place it.

Have some fun

Have a little fun and add decorations to your potted herb garden. Just like a full-size outdoor garden, you can have fun by tucking away little treasures in your potted herb garden to catch the eye. Small fairy garden items from your local dollar or craft store are a great option. you could even get crafty and make your own cute plant markers and painted stones to add to your potted herbs.

Use accents

Use accents around your pots to make them stand out. Small potted plants can be placed inside lanterns and birdcages to enhance your decor. This is a great way to spice up more ordinary leafy green herbs to add a touch of style.

I hope these ideas will help to inspire you to plant a beautiful and practical potted herb garden! I love that each of these ideas can be done on a budget by either purchasing cheap items or with items you already own!