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We Made A Pallet Garden

Last weekend Dana and I spent just 45 minutes – plus gathering materials- to build this sweet little pallet garden!  We have a lot of pallets at our warehouse in Pittsfield, so, if you like this idea and want to make your own, please email me: Amy@FireCider.com and we’ll hook you up with as many pallets as you’d like.  Someone mentioned to me they were concerned about the pallet wood being treated with chemicals.  That is a worry for international shipping pallets, as those are treated, but the ones we get are used for shipping only in the U.S. and are made from the cheapest (it costs money to chemically treat wood!) scrap wood available.  We picked a pallet that was sturdy and unpainted, made of plain, raw wood.  I can’t wait to pick lettuce in a few weeks!

Dana filling the pallet garden with organic dirt, yum!

Dana filling the pallet garden with organic dirt, yum!

First, gather your materials:

one pallet

weed cloth

thin board to cover the back of your pallet

powerful staple gun, tacker or some small nails and a hammer

enough organic dirt to fill the pallet, about 5-6 bags should do

seeds!  choose smaller foods with little roots like lettuce, herbs, flowers, nothing too big, like corn or too deep like root veggies.

How To:

Use the top of the pallet, with the most boards/small spaces for the front.  Tack weed cloth all around the back, bottom and sides, this will help keep the dirt inside the pallet. Leave the top open so you can grow taller plants/flowers in that space.

Using a tacker to cover the back, bottom and sides with weed cloth.

Using a tacker to cover the back, bottom and sides with weed cloth.

Now tack a thin board over the back of the pallet to keep it stable so the dirt doesn’t fall out.

So, can you tell Dana was taking these photos!  We used a thin board leftover from packing material to cover the back of our pallet.

So, can you tell Dana was taking these photos?! We used a thin board leftover from packing material to cover the back of our pallet.

Lean your pallet against a fence or building at an angle and fill it with organic dirt.  Pack it in well so that it’s filled up and won’t wash out when it rains.

About 5 bags of dirt should do.

About 5 bags of dirt should do.

Now plant each row, in the spaces between the front slats.

Planting herbs, flowers, lettuces and more!

Planting herbs, flowers, lettuces and more!

Water regularly and enjoy your little garden!  I’ll be sure to post updated photos of our pallet garden on our Facebook page once things get growing.  Here’s how it looked five days after we planted the seeds:

Radishes are taking off with herbs, lettuce and flowers not far behind.

Radishes are taking off with herbs, lettuce and flowers not far behind.

 

 

Cool Drinks for Hot Summer Days

Drinking vinegar for its myriad health benefits goes back to ancient Greece, no wait, even further, to 5000 BCE when Babylonians were using date palms to make vinegar.  Warriors throughout history have used vinegar mixed with water for strength and energy. Vinegar drinks and vinegar tonics infused with herbs, roots, flowers, you name it, have been around for many centuries.  In New England farmers have been making a drink called ‘switchel’ to keep them hydrated and ward off heat stroke during the long, hot summer days:

“They drank a quenching beverage that functioned much like modern Gatorade: switchel, also called switzel or haymaker’s punch. It contained water, a sweetener—either molasses, maple syrup, honey or brown sugar—ginger, and cider vinegar. All the ingredients (except water) happen to be sources of potassium—an electrolyte. Molasses is especially high in potassium.” Read the rest of this article HERE!

Apple Cider Vinegar is an incredibly medicinal food since it contains several different beneficial acids plus beta-carotene, amino acid, bone building minerals, enzymes, magnesium, potassium, pectin and tannins.  No wonder humans have been using this super food since we figured out how to preserve apples in the form of vinegar!

Here are my three favorite vinegar drinks, aka, switchels, to help keep you cool and healthy this summer:

Dana’s Pomegranate Switchel

Ingredients to make one cup of Switchel concentrate:

  • ¼ cup of Fire Cider
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh ginger juice
  • 3 Tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey

Shake well to combine all ingredients.

Serve about 2-4 ounces of concentrate over ice, top with soda water to make a pint.

Store leftover Switchel mix in the refrigerator.

Citrus Switchel

Makes 2 servings-

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or Fire Cider
  • juice from 1/2 a grapefruit
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons, or more to taste, raw, local wildflower honey
  • Soda water or plain water
  • 2 lime wedges

Combine the first 3 ingredients and makes sure to dissolve al the honey.  Fill two pint glasses with ice and split the switchel mix between the glasses.  Top with soda water and garnish with a lime wedge.

Dr. Earl Mindell’s Switchel– from his book ‘Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar‘ which is also where I got some of the information for this blog post.  Makes 2 servings-

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or Fire Cider

1 1/2 tablespoons black strap molasses

2 cups warmed water (to melt the molasses)

Combine and pour over ice.

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