Today I am going to post about two different things. Ellen was curious about our grape arbor, so I will post a couple pictures. Hopefully it will help someone else as well. Growing our own food is such a wonder, and anything we can do to be more efficient the better.
We just made a simple upright arbor. Main posts are 4 x 4, top rails (4) are 2 x 6 and cross rails (up the sides) are 1 x 1. All are treated. This has been in use for over 15 years and it is still as sturdy as day 1.
We even put eye bolts on the ends of 1 x 6 to hang pretty baskets the first few years, until grape vines really grew in.
Last fall the vines got a drastic "hair cut", so they aren't hanging down as far this spring. BUT they are loaded with little bunches of grapes!
Vines growing up each side and converging on top.
You could paint or stain if so desired. We left it natural - basically no upkeep at all.
I trim out the vines each fall - that is it.
I read an article this morning that the UK is doing away with the "best by" dates on over 70 pre-packaged produce items. Too much is being thrown away. GOOD FOR THEM!!!!!!
I also read an article the other day that says those dates are all arbitrary any how - the retailer makes them up.
It also stated that some retailers remove items from shelves (getting close to date) - and change the dates and put them back out. LOL - I am sorry, but I find that hilarious!!!! There are so many people I see each day on FB, that swear they would never eat anything that has EXPIRED! They have no clue.
Nothing really expires. I don't think I have ever thrown something away that was past the "best by" or "sell by" date. Really - EVER! All you have to do is smell something in most instances - and you know.
Food waste is a absolutely HUGE problem all over the world. There are so many that are hungry in our home countries as well as other places. Food pantries could use so much of this food, homeless could use this food, poor people could use this food, WE ALL could use this food. There is nothing wrong with it - we should all use it. I am not advocating giving spoiled food to anyone - I am advocating using it all BEFORE it spoils!
When did people get so darn picky?????? I truly do not understand. That is why I love the concept of the new Imperfect Food company that has started. They are selling food that grocers don't deem "nice enough" to sell. Excuse me, but when did someone decide that a perfectly formed tomato tastes better than a misshapen one?
It is not just businesses, but individuals, and even farms, that do this. Some farmers will let other come in a glean what is left at the end of season. BRAVO to them. Many will sell 'seconds' for a cheaper price. BRAVO.
I just don't know where the shift in thinking happened. It wasn't that way when I was a kid.
We need to DEMAND that these stores quit wasting/trashing food. We need to DEMAND that what is left get used by the needy or sold for cheaper prices. We need to DEMAND that our fellow humans being quit being so wasteful. We need to DEMAND that there be some sort of educational system set up to inform.
I know progress is being made in some areas. Many restaurants send leftovers food to places like "Second Helpings" here in town. They revamp the food into new meals and feed the hungry The chefs are homeless people learning a trade. WONDERFUL!
Panera and other places donate day old baked goods to many food pantries. They are still yummy and fine. Kroger has the .99 produce bags now - that is produce that is not perfect.
We need so much more of this.
Please speak up when you see waste. Maybe if enough people complain - we can change this horrible trend. We all have to work together to make the world better.
Thanks for being part of the solution - and not the problem!