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Friday, March 4, 2011

Are You Nuts?

This year has been a year of developing better and better "green living" skills, which, ironically, has often meant a simple return to a past-era way of doing things...pre-industrial revolution stuff.

One little feature of life in this category is the nut bowl. This year, rather than buying bags of prepared nuts, we bought a bag of nuts straight from the trees, along with a simple nutcracker. Then we spent the last few months chomping them and saving the shells. Today, I lightly chopped those shells after getting a few walnuts for lunch's apple salad. Later, they'll be hitting the garden, along with the powdered egg shells--both of which are waiting in a coffee can I keep for that very purpose.

Why use nut shells on the garden?
In the garden, they combat slug problems. In the bottom of plant pots, they're great for drainage. They even find their way into potpourri and soap.

Check out this link to see the myriad of way the shells are a benefit.

Now, on to the rest of that apple salad. Happy cracking all!


  1. What a great idea! Unfortunately, the only nuts around here is my family of 5... anything in a shell makes my Middle Nut swell up! lol

  2. I hear you! Fortunately, we don't have any not allergies around here.

  3. Deb,

    I've always wanted to take all of the shells at Texas Roadhouse, package them, and sell them for mulch!

    Cindy Bee

  4. Cindy,
    That's a fantastic idea! Have you ever inquired whether they'd keep their "sweepings" for you? I might check into that down here, too...although I could see someone might already doing it.