Reduce waste through home composting

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Dandelion Community: Green Tip #1
Did you know that 24-percent of the municipal solid waste stream is food and yard waste? A great way to reduce your landfill contribution and create your own nutrient rich soil is home composting. City of Orlando offers free home composters and workshops through Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works initiative.

Click here to sign up to receive your free composter. See our backyard composting handbook for more information about the benefits of composting and how to get started with your own composting bin!

Click here to sign up to receive your free composter!

Composting Guides

Backyard Composting Handbook
UF compost guide
EPA compost guide

Composting Workshops

The City of Orlando and the Orange County IFAS Extension Office are partnering to bring you free composting workshops. Residents of the City of Orlando can pick up a FREE backyard composter. The first 20 attendees will receive a FREE kitchen scraps collector!

We’ve wrapped up our spring 2016 workshops, our summer 2016 workshop schedule will be coming soon.

Compost  Drop-Off Sites

Can’t use all of your compost? A colorful bin will be placed at these community garden sites to accept finished compost in case residents are not able to use all of their compost:

  • Parramore Community Garden
    654 W. Robinson St.
    Orlando, FL
  • Colonialtown North Community Garden
    1517 Lake Highland Dr.
    Orlando, FL
  • Festival Park Community Garden
    2911 E. Robinson St.
    Orlando, FL

Reduce Summer Pest with herbs

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Mosquitoes hate herbs like lavender, mint, lemon balm, sage, and of course, citronella.

Toss a few branches of herbs fresh or dry into the fire and what smells heavenly to you, will send bugs packing!

Even if you don’t have a firepit, then you can still create bug-repelling smoke. Making your own citronella candles is easy and inexpensive if you use recycled materials. See how to make these Citronella CANdles here:

 
Sage for campfires

There are plenty more mosquito-repelling plants that you can add to your landscape. See them on my eBay blog:

http://gardentherapy.ca/smudge-your-fire/

Raw Collard Green Salad

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Inspired by a FarmDaddy Customer

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Ingredients:

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1 bunch collard greens, washed

1/2 cup olive oil

1 small red onion, thinly sliced

1 cup raw apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup raw sugar – or to taste

Salt & pepper to taste

1 cup walnuts

1 cup cranberries

1/2 cup feta cheese

1/2 cup mandarin oranges, drained

 

Directions:

Remove ribs and stems from collards. Dry collards and stack on top of one another. Roll collards into a cigar shape. Slice very thin using a serrated knife. Place into large bowl. Add olive oil to collards, work thoroughly into greens with hands or a wooden spoon.

Thinly slice red onions using  a “v-slicer” or mandoline for best results. Mix apple cider vinegar and sugar together. Mix until sugar granules are dissolved.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Place red onions into apple cider vinaigrette and allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes.

Add red onions/apple cider vinaigrette into the collards greens along with walnuts, cranberries, feta cheese. Gently combine ingredients.  Top with mandarin oranges and serve.

http://www.farmdaddy.com/blog/

 

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY THUMBPRINTS

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed yet, but we love The Minimalist Baker! We were looking up cookies for a Christmas baking extravaganza, and came across this recipe for Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprints. We cooked them up, and they were so good, we ate them all before we were able to hand any out. I suppose we should make some more to share.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup soft vegan butter (earth balance)
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal and 2.5 tbsp water)
  • 10 tbsp jam of your choice (we used raspberry)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare flax egg, set aside. Beat peanut butter and earth balance together until they are light and fluffy. Then add flax egg and brown sugar, stir. Add graham cracker crumbs and stir to combine, then add flour a little at a time until the dough is firm, not crumbly. Scoop dough into one tbsp amounts, and roll into balls. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Next, flatten the balls gently with the bottom of a glass and use your thumb to make an indentation in the middle. Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven. The indentations should’ve puffed up, so press them back down a little and put back in the oven to brown a little more, about 2-3 minutes until they are golden brown. If they over bake, they will be too crunchy. Let them rest on the pans for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Once cooled, heat jam until warm and pourable in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Spoon small amounts of the jam into the middle of each cookie. Sprinkle with a few more graham cracker crumbs and serve!

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Herb Day At Dandelion Cafe May 7, 2016

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Dandelion Communitea Cafe & The Florida School of Holistic Living Presents

Herb Day May 7th from 11am- 5pm at the Dandelion Cafe:

Orlando’s Organic & Vegetarian Friendly Gathering Place

618 N Thornton Ave • Orlando FL 32803 • 407-362-1864

Herb Day at Dandelion

  • Free Workshops
  • Cooking Demo
  • Plant and tea sale
  • Weed walk
  • Activities for kids

Herb Day At Dandelion Cafe Facebook Event Page

Enjoying the little things in life

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Little things in Orlando

Little things in life

Little Doors on Trees in Orlando where is 1- 13?

 

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. Arthur Conan Doyle

 

 

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. Leo Buscaglia

Paying attention

Little doors can be found by paying attention

My view is that life is too short. I’m not being melodramatic or anything, but when your mother dies in your arms – just you and her, and it’s one o’clock in the morning, and you’re waiting for her to exhale – you just think, life’s too bloody short to argue about the little things. Saffron Aldridge

I don’t have to take a trip around the world or be on a yacht in the Mediterranean to have happiness. I can find it in the little things, like looking out into my backyard and seeing deer in the fields. Queen LatifahI 

Bugs everywhere

Wooden Bear sculpture in a tree

I found that if you take a few minutes out of your day to look around and find a few special little things in life— it is amazing how quickly all the big problems you thought you had all of the sudden seem smaller. Nanette Gregory

FarmDaddy Self Watering Growing System

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We have been up to FarmDaddy in the Sanford area to learn more about this growing system and what makes it different from many of the other systems out there.

FarmDaddy How It Works

One of the most ingenious features of the FarmDaddy is the simplicity of how the garden container is watered.  The unit requires NO electricity, attaches to a common garden hose (or rain barrel) and is self-regulating . The garden container provides each plant the precise amount of water it needs at the exact time it needs it. Each self watering container maintains optimal plant hydration 24/7 which maximizes plant growth potential. One box can be daisy chained to up to 600 boxes. Due to the bypass in each box, only the boxes that need water receive hydration. Other so called watering box systems still need the user to physically add water at regular intervals.

The FarmDaddy garden container provides accelerated growth and increased productivity for growing fresh organic food or flowers.

Collards at the FarmDaddy testing facility

Here is a video for you to watch to learn more:

http://www.farmdaddy.com/whyfarmdaddy/

 

MANGO COMPOTE

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mango_compote

makes one jar

This tasty, chunky spread goes great on toast, waffles, pancakes, banana bread, oatmeal, ice cream, yogurt… just about anything!

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango, finely diced
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • dash ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp powdered ginger
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup brown or coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar

Directions:

Simmer mango in a small pot over medium/low heat with coconut oil, spices, and vanilla – stir. Let cook for a couple minutes, then add sugars. Let this cook until desired consistency, which is thick and syrupy. Stir occasionally, cook approximately 45 minutes. The bubbles will get larger when it is close to done. After it is finished, remove from heat, let sit until cool. Then, either serve or refrigerate.

http://dandelion.kitchen/portfolio/mango-compote/

Quick day or weekend camping, kayak and just plain fun

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Looking to get away and enjoy the outdoors at a reasonable cost. Then you might want to consider the Canoe Outpost at the Little Manatee River.

Canoe Outpost on the Little Manatee River

Canoe Outpost on the Little Manatee River

Kayaking or canoeing on the Little Manatee

Kayaking or canoeing on the Little Manatee

The Canoe Outpost on the Little Manatee River is located on the Gulf coast of Florida in southern Hillsborough County. We are near the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton and Sarasota. So, whether you are visiting our area or live here, they are less than an hour’s drive away and their river trips are a great way to spend a part or all of your day.

Cabin rental on the Little Manatee River

Cabin rental on the Little Manatee River

They offer RV and tent camping for group or individuals, deluxe cabin rentals and a variety of lodging options. Relax and enjoy the river, fishing, hiking or other local activities like horseback riding or mountain biking.

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Music Stage at Canoe Outpost

Music Stage at Canoe Outpost

The place has character, has a stage for live music and run moonlight paddles throughout the year. To learn more visit: http://www.thecanoeoutpost.com/