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How To Make a Sub Irrigated Planter
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The Best Ways To Store Bananas
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Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie
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Peach Cake With Vanilla Frosting

How To Make a Sub Irrigated Planter

How To Make a Sub Irrigated Planter! We grow HUNDREDS of pounds of vegetables in our planters! Follow these easy DIY step by step instructions on how to make your own container garden. These planters are perfect for gardens of any size, and they’re cheap to make!

What is a Sub Irrigated Planter?

Sub-irrigated planters (SIPs) have been a game changer for us since we started using them almost 10 years ago.  The main difference between them and traditional container gardening planters is that with SIPs water is introduced from the bottom and is absorbed up through the growing media via capillary action.  This method conserves water and makes sure that moisture stays where your plants need it most – their roots.  

Sub Irrigated Planter Garden

Hundreds of pounds of vegetables grown in a couple sub irrigated planters!

We originally learned about building SIPs when we used to garden on our NYC rooftop (and grew hundreds of pounds of vegetables!).  Watering had become a daily multi-hour chore and we were looking for solutions to combat the hot and windy conditions that quickly evaporated water from the garden and always left our plants looking thirsty. 

There are numerous premade SIP solutions to buy but they can get expensive and didn’t really fit the level of production we wanted so we decided to build our own.  Our two favorite resources are Earthtainers and Global Buckets. The first summer we used SIPs we were in love.  Our evaporation woes were over, watering wasn’t a constantly required chore and best of all the plants looked great – especially our 8ft tall tomato plants that were giving us pounds (and pounds!) of vegetables a day!

(btw need tomato recipes? You NEED to try my stewed tomatoes and cherry tomato sauce!). 

Growing Tomatoes In Sub Irrigated Planters

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The Best Ways To Store Bananas

How to Store Bananas!  These easy tips will prevent your bananas from turning brown!  Food storage tricks includes storing with other fruit, plastic wrap, banana trees, in fridge and how to freeze bananas!  Learn the best ways to store bananas and keep them green for longer!

If you guys know me, then you know I love bananas!   In fact, there’s a ongoing joke with my Instagram Stories because I’m often carrying a banana!  Bananas are my go to breakfast, and my favorite snack. I can’t get enough of them!

I’m picky about bananas though – they can’t be too green and they can’t be too brown.  Actually, they can’t be brown.  As soon as I see a brown spot on the banana peel (or worse the banana itself!) then I know it’s time to freeze these bananas (hello Banana Smoothie!) and buy new ones.

Using my tips below, learn the best ways to store bananas to keep them PERFECT longer!

The Best Ways to Store Bananas

Bananas. You can use potassium-rich fruit in so many ways and even enjoy it on its own. Bananas are, however, quite fickle. Doesn’t it seem like they’re green one moment and a brown mushy mess the next? Try these methods to store bananas and keep them fresh for when you want them.

How to Store Bananas!  These easy tips will prevent your bananas from turning brown!  Tricks includes storing with other fruit, plastic wrap, banana trees and how to freeze bananas!  Learn the best ways to store bananas and keep them green for longer!

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Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie

HEALTHY, Dairy Free Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie! This easy recipe uses fresh fruit to make a smoothie for breakfast, for kids and for weight loss! It’s dairy free and vegan.

Well, it’s been a hot week in New York City.  I’ve been pushing my daughter in the stroller, sweat rolling down my face, while mumbling how much I miss Winter.   Why is it that when it’s Winter, you can’t wait for Summer, but when it’s Summer, you’re like… nope, I want Winter again!  Too cold, too hot, it never ends!

What’s the perfect drink for a hot day? You want something refreshing, cold, and great tasting. Right? Well, this Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie really hits the spot!

Full of summer-ripe fruits at their peak, it is sweet, nutritious, and hydrating. It’s great for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack when you need a boost of energy!

You can make a full batch and save some in the fridge for a snack later. You can take it with you for a quick and easy chilled meal on the go in a shaker bottle or wide-mouthed water bottle.   Skip dessert and have a smoothie instead! There’s really no wrong time to have a smoothie.

HEALTHY, Dairy Free Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie! This easy recipe uses fresh fruit to make a smoothie for breakfast, for kids and for weight loss! It's dairy free and vegan.

Smoothie Nutrition

The great thing about smoothies, especially this one, is that they are hydrating and nutritious on those hot summer days. You get plenty of water from the fruit and added ice, plus all the naturally occurring nutrients.

This one 24oz. smoothie contains only 140 calories and has 150% of your daily requirement for vitamin C. It also has 34% of your daily potassium. And that’s just in one smoothie!

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Peach Cake With Vanilla Frosting

EASY to make Peach Cake with Vanilla Frosting recipe. The cake is so moist and made with fresh peaches inside and for decoration on top. This cake is made with two 8 inch cake pans layered together.  It’s the perfect cake for Summer peach season!

It’s the middle of the Summer which means it’s peach season at the farmers market. I love juicy peaches!   I love them for breakfast. I love them for afternoon snacks.  I love making easy peach jam with them!  But I especially love them in this Peach Cake!

EASY to make Peach Cake with Vanilla Frosting recipe. The cake is so moist and made with fresh peaches inside and for decoration on top. This cake is made with two 8 inch cake pans layered together.  It's the perfect cake for Summer peach season!

Do you have a favorite Summer cake that your entire family looks forward to?  Or do you have fond memories of your Grandmother making the best peach cake?  This is one of those seasonal recipes that bring back instant memories for me.

This is a old fashioned, homemade peach cake recipe.   Imagine if you opened up your Grandma’s recipe box.  This cake recipe would be in there! 

EASY to make Peach Cake with Vanilla Frosting recipe. The cake is so moist and made with fresh peaches inside and for decoration on top. This cake is made with two 8 inch cake pans layered together.  It's the perfect cake for Summer peach season!

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