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!
Backyard Composting Handbook
UF compost guide
EPA compost guide
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.
- Colonialtown North Community Garden
1517 Lake Highland Dr.
- Festival Park Community Garden
2911 E. Robinson St.
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:
There are plenty more mosquito-repelling plants that you can add to your landscape. See them on my eBay blog:
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
- Free Workshops
- Cooking Demo
- Plant and tea sale
- Weed walk
- Activities for kids
Herb Day At Dandelion Cafe Facebook Event Page
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
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
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
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.
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.
Here is a video for you to watch to learn more:
makes one jar
This tasty, chunky spread goes great on toast, waffles, pancakes, banana bread, oatmeal, ice cream, yogurt… just about anything!
- 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
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.
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
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
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.
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/
makes 4-6 servings
As Chef Mark knows, I am a huge fan of soup. All kinds of soup! So he whipped me up this beautiful concoction to teach me a thing or two. This is a fairly basic soup, and many of the ingredients can be swapped out more to your liking. Instead of broccoli, try cauliflower or mushrooms; or switch the potatoes out for rice or white beans. The seasonings can be switched too, try curry powder or saffron, or even chili seasonings for more spice. You can also add on vegan or dairy cheese (cream cheese works great!), or throw in some crackers for some crunch. However you like it, let us know your favorite combination!
- 8 cups broccoli, rough chop
- 2 russet or baking potatoes, large cubes
- 7 cups vegetable stock
- ½ white onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled & smashed
- kosher salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- red pepper flakes, pinch
- ½ tsp Italian seasoning
- extra virgin olive oil
- baguette for croutons, if desired
Sweat onions in EVOO over medium heat. Add garlic cloves, salt, and pepper; then veg stock. Bring to a oil. Add red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and potatoes. Cook until potatoes are tender, then add broccoli. Adjust seasoning to your liking. Cook until broccoli is tender enough to puree, it should still be bright green. Let cool until safe enough to puree. Use either immersion blender, food mill, or regular blender until smooth. Add salt to taste, and a cream or cream substitute if desired to add texture. (We added some almond milk in ours!)
Traditional Croutons: chop baguette in small chunks. Cover bottom of a pan with EVOO, cook over medium heat. Cook croutons to desired color, flipping once. Add black pepper & salt to taste.
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
Henry David Thoreau
Even though it is winter there is lots of beauty to see along the way on an early morning walk or anytime during the day.
Orlando has lots of greenery, along with wonderful flowering bushes and citrus.
Plus walking helps improve a mood, gives you time to think, helps keep your brain active, increases balance, cost next to nothing and much more.
A little orange in life
Being creative with stones
Orlando Flowering bushes some even bloom in the winter