Top 10 Greenhouses on Amazon in 2018

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Welcome to our guide of the Top 10 Greenhouses on Amazon in 2018!

Farmers and Gardeners everywhere, in all climate zones appreciate the power of Greenhouses. They allow us to extend the season and grow things that otherwise, would not grow as well in an outdoor climate.

There are many customization aspects of Greenhouses but they all certainly have the same Top 10 Greenhouses on Amazon 2018 New GReenhouse Plants Succulents Soil Dirt Gardenneeds and concerns to consider. With the growing demand of greenhouses, ordering online is a safe and easy option for many small-scale greenhouses.

In our guide of the Top 10 greenhouses for 2018 we will preface you with the major concerns with greenhouse care before breaking down the Pro’s and Con’s of each Greenhouse. Their best uses, and their price point.

How do Greenhouses work?

The temperature in a greenhouse is due to the amount of Solar Radiation that passes through the transparent, or sometimes semi-transparent roofing and wall structures. As the structure is closes, the warmer air may not be able to escape (otherwise known as convection) so the temperature in the greenhouse will steadily rise.

Heating, Cooling, Energy, and Ventilation

Top 10 Greenhouses on Amazon 2018 New GReenhouse Plants Succulents Soil Dirt Garden Fan Vent VentillationVentilation is the most important component in a successful greenhouse.

When no proper ventilation is present, the growing plants and soil within may become prone to issues, such as molds, fungal growth, and defective growth. These are caused by conditions such as humidity, and temperature regulation issues. For this reason, re-circulation vans, and vents will be useful to optimize the functionality of your greenhouse.

This is not to be mistaken with the theory known as the “greenhouse effect” that is  associated with environmental and atmospheric concerns.

Heating and Electricity

When considering the long-term costs of operating a greenhouse, the energy inputs of any heating and cooling system for a greenhouse will be a pertinent concern to address.

Passive heating exists and may be utilized to lower energy input. Some examples include waste heat from livestock, solar energy, black water barrels that can trap extra heat, and window actuators to open windows on the spot when a temperature difference is detected.

Lighting

Many Greenhouses boast the wonderful amenity of natural lighting. If you were to want to work at night, utilizing grow lights and LED lights will not only help guide you through the dusk and dawn hours of the day, but increase yield due to their powerful effects on seedlings. For more information about growing plants with lighting please read our guide on How to Germinate Healthy Seedlings for more information on grow lights!

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How To Germinate Healthy Seedlings

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 How To Germinate Seeds and Grow Healthy Seedlings

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1. When trying to figure out how to germinate seeds and grow healthy seedlings it is important to research your crop and read the seed packet if available.

My best advise is to start a spreadsheet with your crops and seedlings, and the following information. This will allow you to germinate seeds in the most efficient way.

Click HERE to download our Free Crop Research Template.

This is the exact template we use on the farm to research new crops and to keep information up to date. This information shows when and how to germinate seeds.


2. Once you have selected your seeds, you will want to sow into trays or cells.

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I highly advise against the use of ‘peat pots’ as they are notoriously bad draining. You will never see a professional greenhouse using peat pots because they are not reliable, and peat moss is bad for the environment to unearth. I still use peat moss to germinate seed in small amounts, and when I am finished with my germination mix I always compost the leftover soil so that it may be reused in a garden bed or, as more potting mix.

What I do recommend for starting healthy plants is to use basic, re-usable plastic propagation cells with trays. This is where your crop research will be vital. Certain plants will need more or less room than others.

For Example here are some of the cell blocks tray sizes I prefer for certain crops that I have germinated before.

Lettuce – 200 cells

Tomato – 120 cells

Squash / Zucchini – 6 cells


3. Germination Mix Recipe!

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You will want to start your seeds in a sterile well draining soil mixture. There are many products that may have similar results but in my personal experiences, nothing works better than your own custom recipes.

My own personal germination mix recipe

  • 5 cups finely sieved Peat Moss
  • 1 cup of Fine Vermiculite
  • 1 heaping cup of Perlite
  • 1/4 cup of Garden Lime
  • 1 level cup Composted Cow Manure
  • Mix well.

You can scale this recipe up and make gallons of it at a time. I highly recommend using a 1/2 inch screen to sieve the peat moss, or a stainless steel colander might work well. You want to compost and discard the leftover large chunks of peat moss. They will inhibit germination. You want a well-draining soil mixture that is an ideal environment for a seed to shoot its roots down.


4. How to Start The Seeds

Refer to your crop research.

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Consider how deep you may need to plant your seed. Some plants want to be uncovered, and others may require a certain depth. burying all seeds about 1/4 inch deep is usually a safe bet. I have found that seed depth is not always important. I’ve started seeds burred in the pots and right on the surface. Both will work.

Fill your seedling cells with soil, and pack it fairly tight without over filling it.

Consider lighting. Many plants want a well ventilated area, some will require warmth. Many will require complete darkness, and for others, light will aid germination. Amaranth, Lavender, and Eggplant are an example of crops where light may aid germination. Once your sprout appears it will want to be in direct light.

Natural lighting is of course one of many ways this can be acheived. You can grow starts successfully in a well-ventilated warm window.

Consider Temperature.

In my experience many seedlings want a 60 to 75 degree area to germinate.

You can use your sunlit window, a growing rack, or even a warm laundry room with a fluorescent light set up.

Some tomatoes and peppers will require additional heating to germinate the seedlings.

Additional Lighting.

I always use T12 fluorescent bulbs for seedlings and plant starts. So far I have had great results so I am pleased to share this information with my readers. The bulbs only put off minimum heat, which is in a way helpful sometimes. The main concern is timing. Give seedlings about 16 hours of light a day, and they will be very happy. You can grab a cheap and efficient light timer like the one below. I use the same one for my newly started seedlings.

Consider Watering

This is very important, always bottom water your plants using the bottom tray and discard the leftover water. Do not allow stagnant water to sit for more than an hour in your bottom tray. Allowing water to sit in your freshly germinated seedlings will cause fungal growth, and lead to plant issues.


5. Hardening Off

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On the last week of your seedlings time in the germination tray, you will want to introduce it to the light for an hour a day for 7 days and slightly reduce watering. Increase that time by another hour everyday until on the 7th day and 7 hours has been achieved, your seedling should be hardy enough to survive the transplant outdoors. Be careful when reducing water as the direct sunlight can try cell trays out quicker. They have less soil than most pots and trays.


6. Maintaining healthy outdoor soil

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For more information on bed and soil prep and how to maintain healthy soil outdoors refer to this article.

If you have any questions for this article, please let me know down below using the contact form.

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Neem Oil and How To Make Use Of It’s Profound Spirit

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Neem Tree

The Neem Tree, also known as “The Divine Tree” or “The Life Giving Tree” is a fast growing plant that can reach as tall as 65 foot.

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As an evergreen, this prolific tree never loses it’s green leaves even through the seasonal weather changes. Neem is an omnipotent and sacred medicinal plant.

This quick growing gift from nature is often referred to as the divine tree, and boasts miraculously healing benefits. The use of it’s oils, bark, leaves, and even roots offer a wide array of uses in a variety of different forms.

The tree is both highly cultivated and found natively in the Tropics and Subtropical climate regions around the world. The divine tree is a highly recognized, and potent, medicinal plant. Neem is grown all over the world, but most notably in these areas;

  • West Africa
  • Sri Lana
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Nepal

Neem Oil can be made used a topically applied form such as Creams and Salves, and is safe to apply topically.

More importantly, Neem Oil can also be used as a natural multi-functional pesticide for your garden.

Uses in the Garden

  • Cold-Pressed Neem Oil is completely natural and free of chemicals.
  • Non harmful and can be used for anything!
  • Insect Replant
  • Simple spray be used to fight off plant fungus

Recipe for Gardening Use:

  • 2 Cups of vinegar
  • 1 Cup of Distilled Water
  • 1 Tablespoon – Neem Oil

Raw Usage

The leaves, twigs, blossoms, and berries of the ‘life-giving’ tree can be used in making antiseptic toothpastes, mouthwashes, and even many different poultices.

I am going to include some of my favorite recipes at the bottom of this post. Remember to bookmark this page!

This is because of it’s micro-bacterial fighting properties that help in preventing tooth, gum disease and more dental issues like tooth-decay and cavity prevention. If your chickens or pets have an infection, purchasing a high-quality medicinal variety of the Azadirachta indica is advisable.

Uses of Azadirachta indica as an Antiseptic


There are many products that include the robust and ever-useful oil’s of this wonderful tree. Their uses include the following;

  • Heals Abrasions
  • Relieves Burns
  • Soothes Cuts
  • Treats Dried Skin
  • Mends and disinfects Septic Sores
  • Prevents Acne and Pimples
  • Smooths and Softens Skin
  • Reduces Fever

Examples of Using  Leaves Year Round

  • Mushing the leaves into a paste for topical skin rash.
  • Soaking in a bathtub full of Neem Leaves for fighting poison ivy, athletes foot, and chicken pox.
  • Dried herbs and capsules containing Neem aid gastrointestinal inflammation.
  • Making a powder and sprinkling around your home, to prevent flea and tick infestations.
  • Making Potions and Poultices for Livestock.

Examples of Using Neem Bark and Roots

  • Removing too much of the bark will in fact kill the Azadirachta indica tree rendering it useless. The bark is the most unused part of the tree, due to it’s slow regeneration. This isn’t always true for all trees, especially evergreens, but it is always better to under harvest instead of over harvesting.
  • The Bark of the tree itself is a highly concentrated version of the leaf and seed of the Neem tree, making it an extremely potent anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antiseptic.
  • The Bark and Roots can be ground up into a fine powder and used in the same ways as the leaves, helping fight gingivitis, and improve overall dental health by preventing cavities and disinfecting any possible gum sores or wounds.
  • Neem oil often is found in many organic toothpastes, health products and mouthwashes for it’s powerful antiseptic properties, and since it may be safely consumed in small amounts it is completely non-toxic. There are even capsule forms.

Warnings About Neem

  • It is non-toxic to birds, bees, mammals, and plants.
  • It is, however, toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms.

Children are sometimes more sensitive to natural pesticides, if a sensitivity is present. With Neem, recent studies have found that there is no data to show that children have any different mortality rate, or effectiveness, from conception to birth, and through out childhood at any level of exposure. If a sensitivity exists in an individual it may be carried from childhood or possibly have developed over time so my best advice is to use it with caution as any other strongly concentrated chemical. Respect the divine life-giving tree and it will surely come in handy when the time calls for it’s uses.

Recipes

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Below are recipes for a variety of ailments and uses, feel free to modify and alter your application for your needs. Be sure to be careful when using oils as they are far more potent than raw materials.

Skin Applications

  • 1/2 tsp of Neem Oil
  • 8 oz of Aloe Vera Gel
  • Directions: Use mixture as a spot treatment by applying to area with a Q-tip.

Cleaning Applications

  • 1 tablespoon of Neem oil
  • 1 Cup of distilled water into a spray bottle
  • You can spray this into your mattress to kill microbes and mattes,
  • Wait for 5 minutes to evaporate, use a fan to dry faster
  • flip and repeat the process, do not soak your mattress, you only want a light mist and you want it to dry completely before you return your sheets to the bed.

Tea Mixtures

  • 1 teaspoon, (3 or 4 leaves) per cup of hot water
  • Steep with boiled water or add to green tea for 5 to 10 minutes

Skin Care Treatment Recipe

  • 1 Tablespoon of Neem Oil
  • 6 oz of Coconut Oil
  • Mix together and use for skin moisturizing, it’s healing properties and high levels of antioxidants the neem will protect the skin from environmental damage, and free radical damage in the skin. Use cold-pressed neem oil for cosmetics.
  • Apply to wrinkles, dry skin, eczema, acne, and red, itchy skin for powerful relief

Dental Care & Toothpaste Recipe

  • 1 1/2 Cups of Coconut Oil
  • 4 Tablespoon – Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup – Redmond Clay
  • 1 Tablespoon – Neem Oil
  • 10 Drops – Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops – Clove Essential Oil
  • 20 Drops – Sweet Orange Oil
  • 20 Drops – Peppermint Oil

Recipe for Gardening use;

  • 2 Cups of Vinegar
  • 1 Cup of Distilled Water
  • 1 Tablespoon – Neem Oil

 

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Happy Earth Day – Blog Entry #7

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Happy Earth Day Earthlings!

April 22nd or Earth Day, marks the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

This anniversary marks the height of counterculture the 1970s brought.

During those times the entire world was being intensely over-polluted and, by large, ruined by corporations and industry environmental impacts for the sole purpose of maximizing profits. These issues still persist on a large scale today.

Some could argue that for over 45 years things have gotten worse and more young people now than ever before have become tired of it.

A large part of taking a stand for the environment is local small farming.

Building awareness to environmental inequity,  the growing issues like climate change and the unequal burden of environmental degradation on the minorities of society.

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The word environment is of massive importance as it reveals to us the nature of which everything surrounding us holds on to so tightly. Because of our surroundings we were able to persistent, and it will be the end of us if we are not to rectify the damages of which under-utilizing non-renewable energy will cause.

If you ask yourself why this has been done, try not to look too deep into any rabbit holes or conspiracy theories.

Earth Day is about Advocating for Environmental Awareness!

The simple fact that the cost of these environmental impacts are passed on to future generations is enough to cause immense greed, enough to corrupt these corporations and influence their agendas.

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Industrialized Agriculture is literally dying.

The fossil fuel industry has found its way into our food system and it’s our mission to ensure the research of locally produced and sustainable food systems are implemented into our society once more. Rooftop gardening and urban farming are massively important in our context today if we are to stand up and fight for the Earth Movement. Conventional Industrial Agriculture is is not necessary to feed the world and it never will be if we continue to burn finite resources for our conveniences. We need to focus more on local soil health and the rebuilding of microbiomes that are associated with diverse wildlife ecosystems.

There are many myths about agriculture and I really recommend this article because it has a lot of great research and references.

http://www.jbnassociates.com/5-common-myths-about-careers-in-agriculture/

Take this Earth Day to educate yourself and a friend about the environment. Talk to them about calculating your Carbon Footprint and what you may do to reduce your carbon footprint as well.

“Great Things Are Done By A Series Of Small Things Brought Together.”

-Vincent Van Gogh

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Asheville Farmers Market Info – Blog Entry #6

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River Arts District (RAD) Asheville Farmers Market Information

Hello everybody!

I am super grateful and excited to announce the opening day for the River Arts District Asheville Farmers market will be every Wednesday, starting May 2nd! Located across from the Grey Eagle at 175 Clingman Avenue

Mark your calendars and join us at the RAD Asheville Farmers Market from 2PM until 6PM. Weekly bounties include Microgreens and Spring Mix!

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Join us every week as Spring unfolds and Summer greets us warmly.

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Plant-Based Vegan Ribs Recipe

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Good Evening!

I decided yesterday that I was going to try something new, and I made a post on Facebook promising a cool new recipe so I am here to deliver.

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I have really been fascinated with all of the newest plant-based products as of lately, and I have found so many that I do like. Unlike Soy-based Veggie Sausages and Tofu, this recipe is going to be unprocessed and honestly it’s a really quick way to make your own Seitan. My recipe includes lots of garlic, cayenne, and sriracha barbecue sauce. The base of this recipe can be used in a bunch of different ways. I am excited to experiment with Vital Wheat Gluten even more. I will include a link on where to buy some high quality Vital Wheat Gluten.

 

Tools:

Whisk

 

Mixing Bowl

Measuring Cup

Cutting Board – for kneading

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Vital Wheat Gluten
  • 2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 3/4 cup Vegetable Stock or Broth
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tsp Shoyu Sauce
  • 1 Cup Sriracha BBQ
  • Coconut Oil for Pan

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 and set aside a well-oiled baking dish.

2. In mixing bowl, whisk together vital wheat gluten, nutritional year, pepper, cayenne, paprika, into a dry mixture.

3. In a measuring cup, whisk together the stock, peanut butter, shoyu and mix well with a fork.

4. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture bowl and mix by hand until soft dough is formed. Knead gently on a bamboo cutting board for no more than 2 minutes.

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5. Spread evenly in dish and score with a knife so that it may be split evenly down the middle with ease. You don’t want to separate them until after you serve.

6. Bake for 25 minutes.

7. Saute in a stainless steel pan to form crust, using coconut oil. for 2-3 minutes on each side.

8. Serve, coated in Sriracha BBQ sauce. Makes two servings.

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How To Prepare your Garden for Spring, and How To Equip Your Shed for the Growing Season

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Hey everybody,

Eric here. Spring is technically here and Summer is near.  By now, I am assuming you already have your seeds and crops planned for the early spring plantings. On my farm we rotate a number of crops during the spring and those include Golden Beets, Spinach, Lettuce, Radishes, and of course, Microgreens.

In this blog post I will be going over what I think everybody should consider with the onset of spring.

The Spring Equinox, or March Equinox, falls on Tuesday, March 20th of 2018.

This is the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere so enjoy the quickly changing season as everything greens for our visual pleasures. With this equinox, we will experience increasing sunlight hours, earlier dawns, and later sunsets.

This time of season is often the last chance to finish our farm projects and construction for the season. With that in mind, I will now tell you of some things to consider before spring reaches full swing!

1. Clear up beds, borders and compost bins.

It’s warming up so it’s time to get dirty. here are some great tasks to start filling your garden to-do lists with early spring, every season.

Clear and remove leaves and debris from flower borders, ponds, and lawns.

Compost your grass, leaves, and any animal manure you have on hand. You are about to need it! If your ground is workable, consider forking empty beds and ammending early-season fertilizer such as well-aged chicken manure, cow manure, and well-rotted compost from the previous year. Any new compost from fall to present, will not have broken down or rotted well enough to be used and can burn crops!

I highly recommend using a compost thermometer so you can monitor when your compost pile is ready to turn, and/or use. I will attach a link to find one, for whatever your set up is. I haul mine out in this large cart and I have a 2 bin system. Once it’s begun to rot, I will put it into the soil maker bin and water it once a week or less. I also use a manure fork to turn it.


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 2. Ordering Summer Bulbs and Seeds

Now is the perfect time to order seeds and summer-blooming bulbs to be planted and grown over the summer and into the beginning of fall. It’s not too late to order Spinach and Radish seed as they in the heat as well but you want to start them early spring.

3. Outfit Your Greenhouse

Wash out and clean your greenhouse before Spring winds up. You will be neck deep in dirty trays, starts, cuttings, and plant debris so now is the perfect time to sweep up and clean house in the Greenhouse. Dry well with ventilation.

4. Soil Mixtures, Liquid Fertilizer, and Preparations

On the farm we use a few different products and a few different potting mixes.

We make all of our own seedling mix, our own potting mix, and we only use liquid fertilizer for feeding our plants directly. Dry fertilizer mixes offer less control to the grower and are longer time to break down, which will take longer for plants to receive nutrients. Dry fertilizers are also dusty and messy and need a mask to be applied, unlike liquid fertilizer. We tend to use dry fertilizer (chicken manure) when amending soil in beds for an overall change in soil composition and nutrient quality over time. Particularly early season, or between plantings.

Make your potting mixes, mix your fertilizers, and clean your trays.

5. Clean Trays and Tools

Cleaning rusty tools is simple. Soak in baking soda and vinegar overnight, scrub with steel wool. Use boiled linseed oil to preserve and improve the tools vigor.


6. Identify Pests

Hunting down and removing hibernating pests can and will save you a lot of time come mid-season. Look around the perennials for slugs, aphids colonies, or snails. Drop pests into a bucket of soapy water and they will break the surface tension and sink. Remove them from the property now so you don’t have to waste anytime during critical times during the season. Below are some books, and exactly what I use to catch up pests and remove them. There are a lot of natural pest deterring strategies to implement from within the book. For example, buying Ladybugs for the property to compete with Aphids, causing them to leave for good instead of spraying harmful pesticides, which as an organic gardener, I ALWAYS ADVISE AGAINST. Never spray harmful chemicals near your food or anything living. These harmful chemicals are proving to cause great harm in humans, especially children, plants, and animal lives.



7. Fix Fences, Gates and Trellises

Since traffic will increase, and you will be using these sooner rather than later, go ahead and break out the drill and fix everything up before mid-season. It may go without say, but you won’t want collapsing fruit when your first succession is trying to grow up faulty infrastructure.

8. Properly Equip Your Tool Shed

I can’t stress this enough, use the right stuff. I have been cooking for a few years and I have only been gardening seriously for about a year. This rings true for both professions, using the appropriate technology and not over killing every project with technicality. Be ready and create a plan, even if you know it’s just the first sketch of the big picture. Here are a few things you will surely want to have on-hand before the season begins.

 

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My Top 15 Best Cooking Utensils For Your Kitchen

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Hey everybody!

Eric here, I’ve been cooking all week and planting seeds as you have read in other blog posts. Today’s post isn’t quite exactly farm related but I will be going into detail about what I use in the Kitchen and why.

I have been asked what brands and type of utensils I prefer and my answer is that it depends on what you are cooking with but as a starting point we want to cook with clean, healthy surfaces that can be cleaned easily without too much effort.

That is why I cannot recommend these antimicrobial bamboo cooking utensils enough! I have only owned a couple sets throughout the last few years as they do last a long time if CLEANED PROPERLY.

They are not dishwasher safe which means you are going to want to avoid soaking this in water for long periods as it could ruin the antimicrobial and antibacterial properties of the utensil.

There are many other reasons to use bamboo in general, but for this context I will focus only on cooking and food preparation.

Bamboo is a regenerative resource so it is be considered to be a highly ethical and sustainable source of timber.

Bamboo naturally contains an antimicrobial called Kun which helps prevent the build op of bacteria. It is an anti-odor, anti-fungal, and possibly one of the most soundest plants to ethically harvest and process. As a fast-growing grass, try implementing this hardwood substitute into your kitchen in as many ways as possible!

I also personally use bamboo kitchen mats and toothbrushes too!

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So when it comes to cook ware I only use two options.

Stainless Steel Woks, Pots and Pans

 

Cast Iron Skillet

I currently have an electric glass-top but anytime I grill I always use a cast-iron pan/skillet!

I also only use Stainless steel Skewers when I am.

Now you may ask, should I use Bamboo Skewers on the grill?

Not necessarily, as it could simply be wasteful.

The only time I would advise to use bamboo skewers if you had a lot of skewers to grill all at once!

Need Pot Holders?

Just use a dry towel.


Avoid plastics and even silicone when and wherever available. Although food safe, the lower the amount of plastic use we can encourage the more benefit we will all be to this planet. Plastics contain endocrine disrupting chemicals, and even when it states ‘heat-resistant’ or ‘cook-safe’ they still release chemicals at higher temperatures, causing lasting harm to the consumer. There are a million and one reasons to avoid plastics so I won’t go down a rabbit hole with it. Just know that Stainless Steel and Bamboo are your best option if you want to cook on a sanitary surface.

Without further a due, the pictures of the day are of some of what I made for lunch today.

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I made Jasmine Rice using Veggie Stock, Turmeric, Basil, and Black Pepper as it helps activate the health benefits of the Turmeric and adds a powerfully fragrant, irresistible aroma similar to Star Anise, which I am always out of.

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So today I made a very simple Cayenne Fried Rice using fresh Shitake Mushrooms, White Onions, and Shoyu Sauce, an amazing new Tamari, Soy Sauce alternative. It’s very similiar to Soy but has a slightly warmer, more bold falvor, if you add to the veggies right at the end and then finished with a light sautee and reducing the heat to avoid the Soy from burning immediately.

I topped the veggies in the rice so we had to dig the flavorful fungus from the bottom of the bowl, while immenently adding doses of health-packed Beansprouts to the top layer.

This weeks blend was Green Peas, Crimon Lentils, and Mung Bean.

I gladly buy all my sprouting good from Sprout People.

I did however try a new Mung Bean from Amazon this week, and they had a very mild cool and delicate flavor which was very welcome, as the bowl was searing with Cayenne and Black Pepper.

I only found them to be worth purchasing if buying more than a couple pounds, try them out if you are new to sprouting. Soak for 12-24 hours, then drain, rinse, and leave tilted in a clean dark location with ventilation.

 

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Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoy my art, if you have any questions or comments leave them below or send me an email or direct message!

Eric Scott, Appalachian Vegan

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