I love the new email system I found for the blog, and apparently you all do as well, because I’m receiving some fabulous emails! I thought I’d periodically share reader questions, and throw them out to our community for answers. If this works, maybe we could make it a regular Sunday occurrence.
Please feel free to email me with questions you have about sustainable living. I receive an awful lot of ads and press releases, of which about 99.9% of them I ignore (there are no ads on this site!) – so don’t send ads unless it really pertains to what we discuss here. Questions and resources, however, are very much welcome!
And please, please, please answer any of the following questions in the comments – you all know more about some of this than I do!!
Where Can I Find Seeds and Seed-starting Information for Long Island?
I am starting a modest garden, would love to make it a four season one, but need some advice. First of all about seeds sources, and starting plants before spring planting season.
Nadya, I’ve created a page dedicated to Organic Gardening 101. Included on the list of articles there are How To Grow A Four-Season Garden – Part 1, How To Grow A Four-Season Garden – Part 2, Seed Starting For Beginners, How & Where To Order Organic Vegetable Seeds, and My Ten Favorite Seed Catalogs. Hope that helps! Does anyone in the northeast have a good seed resource for Nadya? -Melinda
How Do You Grow White Tea?
I’m interested in growing white tea which is not being grown here in Kenya where I live. Have you any advice to offer? Growing conditions & times? How to source seeds/saplings to plant as an experiment. Thank you & regards.
Gerry, I’ve written about how to grow tea here: How To Grow Tea (Camellia Sinensis). Unfortunately that post includes the extent of my knowledge – does someone else here have more experience growing tea? -Melinda
How Do I Join The Growing Challenge?
I am starting my FIRST vegetable garden. And I stumbled across your web-site. I would like to join the Growing Challenge but could not figure out how to do so.
Marlene, congratulations on starting your first garden! Leave a comment in the post here: The Growing Challenge. In your comment, include your name, where you’re gardening, and your hardiness zone. (There are directions in that post for finding your hardiness zone if you don’t know what your zone is.) That’s it! -Melinda
Why Are My Chickens Killing Each Other??!
I have 150 leghorn chickens who lay brown eggs and seem to have problems with them packing each other to death. I have had chickens for four years now and have never seen this before. Can you tell me why this would be happening?
Hi Monica, A while back Shawna wrote asking a very similar question. While I didn’t know the answer, several experienced readers did – please check out this post as well as the great comments from readers below the post: Where Do You Turn For Chicken-Raising Advice? -Melinda
Where Can I Find Scrub Oak Seedlings?
I want to start a scrub oak project at my school. Do you know where I can get seeds or seedlings for free or for a very small price? Thank you, Arline I am in central florida
Arline, Great idea!! I mentioned Forest Farm in my list of favorite seed catalogs the other day – I would try there, though it is not free by any means. You might ask them if they can give you a discount, donation, or a suggestion for a free resource, given the great project you’re working on.
In Seattle, there is a local program where you can volunteer to transplant native plants for a day and receive any left over plants you like for free. Maybe try one of the local environmental organizations and see if they know of such a program in your area.
Anyone have a good resource for Arline? -Melinda
Buying Locally Database
I read your recent post “Sustainability Begins at Home” and decided to stay and look around the website. I found the “Buy Sustainably Challenge” and noticed that number 2 on the list is “Buy Locally”. What’s great about your text that follows is the last 6 words, “…has a local source for them.” My husband and I created and run a website, www.gobelocal.com, which is a national database of vendors searchable by state and category – Bath & Body, Food, Restaurants, Pet, etc. Specifically, we only list vendors that have a “local compenent” to their finished product. For example, a restaurant that uses local produce/meat in their dishes or a weaver that uses local wool to make scarves both qualify to be listed on our site. We created the website to help consumers/distributors support local vendors and their suppliers as well. It is good to see other people acknowledge the supplier part of buying locally. Thanks.
Steel Baby Bottles
Note that this is pretty close to an ad, but I thought some of you would find this useful. If you’re interested in trying one out, let me know – they’ve offered to send me a sample, and I’m happy to give one or two away!
For the first time, there is a stainless steel baby bottle! I thought you might have interest in a first look at this great green find… This electro-polished stainless steel bottle is BPA free, hygienic, lightweight, durable and will not leach anything into a child’s drink. The bottles are available in an array of colors including spring green, racing red, pretty pink., aqua blue and tangerine…. The feeding system grows with a child – turning from a bottle with slow-flow silicone nipple to a medium-flow bottle and then ultimately a sippy bottle with sip spout! www.purastainless.com
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