Week 3 Diary – ‘Plastic Free July’ – Chasing Crusoe.

In support of July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’, here is Part 3 of a 4 Part series in which our family makes some changes…

So July 2019 is upon us – ‘Plastic Free July’ – a worldwide movement initiated to help rally a cleaner, greener world by encouraging us to turn down single-use plastics for the entire month of July. This would hopefully encourage more of an awareness, from which these habits could be adopted for a lifetime.

Our family is focusing on 5 changes per week, for the 4 weeks of July.

If you missed Part 1 of this series you can catch up on changes 1-5 here

If you missed Part 2 of this series you can catch up on changes 6-10 here

This past week I have continued to watch our rubbish bags to see what is going into them and taking note of any changes that we can make. We have come a long way, but we are still on a journey and we can still make improvements to help steer our family in a positive direction to have healthier consequences for our planet.

Here is what we have been working on during this 3rd week of July…

Number 11.

This week I’ve added to my growing collection of homemade cloths – thanks Mum. xx

Aside from that I think I’m developing a slight obsession with gorgeous homemade cloths, in doing so, I won’t need to purchase any in plastic or cleaning wipes in plastic packaging either.

There are many talented local people with small businesses you could support, who make similar products. Miss Lily have 100% cotton ones that can be composted at the end of their life. Earthsavvy have cute crocheted ones that can also be composted. Have a look in your local area at markets or jump online and search – there are so many talented people trying to make a difference to our planet, to support.

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Week 2 Diary – ‘Plastic Free July’ – Chasing Crusoe.

In support of July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’, here is Part 2 of a 4 Part series in which our family makes some changes…

So July 2019 is upon us – ‘Plastic Free July’ – a worldwide movement initiated to help rally a cleaner, greener world by encouraging us to turn down single-use plastics for the entire month of July. This would hopefully encourage more of an awareness, from which these habits could be adopted for a lifetime.

Our family is focusing on 5 changes per week, for the next 4 weeks. If you missed Part 1 of this series you can catch up on changes 1-5 here

We are just a regular family seeking to be intentional with our decision making and trying to do the best we can, as we can. We have always tried to live life a little more simply, but in certain areas, we can make improvements and steer our family in a positive direction to have healthier consequences for our planet.

This past week I have continued to  watch our rubbish bags to see what is going into them and taking note of any changes that we can make.

Here is what we have been working on during this 2nd week of July…

Number 6.

I now purchase my cooking oil in my own glass jars, as opposed to in plastic bottles. I think I will be more conscious of how much I use at a time since as well. I have opted to use a jar and will need to spoon it out so I should use considerably less. Another easy switch to ditch the plastic!

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The Strawberry Patch – Chasing Crusoe.

A step by step guide to winter strawberry planting.🍓

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Winter is the time to get those strawberry patches prepped and plant your strawberries. This early? Yip. Strawberry plants thrive in the cool of winter and you are more likely to have a bumper crop come spring/summer.

This is my step by step guide…

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Winter: July In The Garden – Chasing Crusoe.

July – Winter

Location: North Island, New Zealand

Climate: Temperate with Frosts

Winter is definitely upon us. We have had several frosts so far, that always leave me uneasy, wondering how my garden will cope. So far, so good!

To plant this month:

Asparagus, broccoli, carrots, fruit trees (apple, citrus, feijoa…), garlic, lettuce, onions, pak choy, peas, radishes, strawberries, silver beet, spinach…

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Week 1 Diary – ‘Plastic Free July’ – Chasing Crusoe.

In support of July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’, here is Part 1 of a 4 Part series in which our family makes some changes…

So July 2019 is upon us – ‘Plastic Free July’ – a worldwide movement initiated to help rally a cleaner, greener world by encouraging us to turn down single-use plastics for the entire month of July. This would hopefully encourage more of an awareness, from which these habits could be adopted for a lifetime.

In support of July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’, our family is focusing on 5 changes per week, for the next 4 weeks, as alternatives to single-use plastics.

We are just a regular family seeking to be intentional with our decision making and trying to do the best we can, as we can. We have always tried to live life a little more simply, but in certain areas, we can make improvements and steer our family in a positive direction to have healthier consequences for our planet.

I have been consciously watching our rubbish bags and seeing what fills them the most. It is from this, that I am becoming more aware of the changes that we can make. Every household is likely to have variations of this, so it has been helpful for us to do this exercise in our planning for ‘Plastic Free July’.

So for Week 1 of ‘Plastic Free July’, here are our 5 main changes for us to focus on…

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When Disposable Is Not Really Disposable – Chasing Crusoe.

In support of July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’, let’s explore some single-use plastic alternatives…

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So it has become apparent that disposable, is not really disposable… Convenient perhaps, but not disposable. Although modern innovations have helped us move forward on so many levels, simple back-to-basic living has been overlooked, put aside for the most part, and now our planet is suffering.

Approaching fast is July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’ – a worldwide movement initiated to help rally a cleaner, greener world by encouraging us to turn down single-use plastics for the entire month of July. This would hopefully encourage more of an awareness, from which these habits could be adopted for a lifetime.

Everybody is on a journey and it’s all about doing the best that we can, as we can. Becoming plastic free or even waste free completely, is not something that would happen overnight. But becoming more aware and making baby steps, can help us all move in this direction. It’s this accumulation of like-minded people doing their best, that can work to improve our dire environmental state.

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Honey Roasted Pumpkin Soup – Chasing Crusoe.

 

20190617_102815.jpgWinter is upon us and there’s nothing quite like a warming soup, enjoyed with fresh homemade bread.

I have tried lots of variations to perfect pumpkin soup, but this combination of honey, garlic, herbs & kumara is divine and roasting the pumpkin first, makes the soup all the more full of of flavour.

This soup freezes well…perfect to heat up for ravenous family members who you want to ensure are getting healthy nutritional goodness.

It is perfect for an entree, lunch or light meal. And I hope that you love this recipe as much as my family does! Continue reading “Honey Roasted Pumpkin Soup – Chasing Crusoe.”

Stalks, Stems & Skins – Chasing Crusoe.

Stalks, stems and skins – embracing fruit and vegetables in their entirety in an attempt to help reduce the global food waste epidemic.

Food waste is a colossal worldwide problem. Globally, millions of tonnes of food waste enters landfills every year, resulting in detrimental effects to our environment. According to data from Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand, New Zealanders alone contribute 150,000 tonnes annually to this growing worldwide problem.

It appears that the problems we are facing globally, are overwhelming and that perhaps, our own personal every day decisions could not even come close to having a positive effect or even making a slight difference.

But one simple way in which we could make a start is in our homes…to utilise the parts of vegetables and fruits that we tend to discard. Even if you couldn’t manage to achieve all of this, try beginning with one or two changes and it may not be merely bearable, but also surprisingly pleasant!

Oftentimes, a lot of the taste, texture and nutrients are higher in the parts of vegetables and fruits that we have become accustomed to discarding… Continue reading “Stalks, Stems & Skins – Chasing Crusoe.”

Pruning Grape Vines – Chasing Crusoe.

Early winter is a perfect time to prune your grape vines. By now you would have enjoyed a delicious summer/early autumn crop and all of the leaves will be falling off, leaving the plant dormant until spring.

Pruning is important to maximise your chances of a successful harvest next season, so that the energy is going into developing grapes, rather than developing woody grape vines, of which most parts are unproductive.

Pruning also helps to protect from disease and pests, as grape vines thrive best with lots of air circulation throughout the vine.

Thirdly, pruning helps with access and harvesting and aesthetic reasons – to avoid a tangled web of trunks and foliage that can result from leaving your grapevine to go au naturale.

There are two types of pruning – cane pruning and spur pruning. Cane pruning is the typical method used for home grape vines in New Zealand. Continue reading “Pruning Grape Vines – Chasing Crusoe.”