Worldwide, participating residences, commercial facilities, government buildings and iconic landmarks will all go dark for one hour at 8:30 p.m. (local time) on March 26 to take a stand for conscious stewardship of Earth’s resources. Last year, the lights went out in 4,500 cities in 128 countries. This year, EarthHour.org is also making it possible for participants to share stories online describing what they are doing and planning to do to benefit the environment in the year ahead. Together, our actions add up.
Eight Easy Picks for Container Gardening
Humans have had good reasons to grow basil, rosemary and other culinary herbs for thousands of years. Edible herbal accents and aromas enhance the beauty and flavor of every dish they touch, be they sprigs of fresh parsley tossed into hot couscous or marjoram and thyme sparking a savory risotto.
A big garden isn’t needed to grow most kitchen herbs; in fact, it’s often better to grow these culinary gems in pots. In any household, the sweet spot for cultivating herbs is a puddle of sunshine near the kitchen door.
“A rind is a terrible thing to waste,” says Jeff Yeager, who refers to himself as the ultimate cheapskate. Yeager has discovered multiple uses for produce rinds and ways to extract extended benefits before they land in the compost pile. Here are a few of his favorites, shared with us during a recent interview:
- Jam – Incorporate the skins from a wide variety of fruits—oranges, lemons, grapefruit, limes, tangerines and even kumquats—in easy-to-make marmalades.
- Cornhusks – Wrap fish and other seafood in fresh, dampened, sweet corn husks to grill and serve in the husks.