Banana Pepper Salsa Recipe + Getting Rid of Woolly Aphids

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She’s just making sure the soil is rich in nutrients #boxgarden #babyfarmer #nature #kayleighgrammar

There’s nothing quite so satisfying as eating food from your very own garden, which is why I’m so excited about this impromptu Banana Pepper Salsa I made. We had a handful of tomatoes sitting around that were getting ready to go by, so I decided to put them to good use.

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Banana Pepper Salsa Recipe:
  • Banana Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsp pickle juice or white vinegar

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I only made a small batch of salsa, but if you want to make more…or less, just follow a 2:1 ratio banana peppers to tomatoes. For every 10 banana peppers, use half an onion, 1 clove of garlic and a whole lemon.

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Add the juice of one lemon and set aside for 15 minutes to allow the veggies to sweat.

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We had some pickled banana peppers that Jeremiah had made, so I grabbed 2 from the fridge and chopped them up to add to the salsa. This is optional. If you have pickles, spoon 2 tbsp of pickle juice into the mixture. You can also use white vinegar in place of pickle juice.

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I had no idea how this would turn out, but this stuff is YUMMY!!! Seriously, make it.

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This summer has taught us a few lessons about urban gardening in the South. We’ve had some serious successes and some equally sad losses, but we’ve taken it all in and have a great plan for the fall and for what we’re going to do next year.

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One of the most disappointing losses we’ve had is our tomato garden. Is that not the saddest thing you’ve ever seen?? We lost 4 entire plants in the expanse of 2 weeks. It was fast, furious and unstoppable. Thankfully we have 3 giant, healthy plants left and 1 that seems to be hanging on by a thread.

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We’re not sure what caused the blight, but a few days ago I noticed woolly aphids {mealy bugs} on our prized Big Boy. I don’t think this is what killed the others, as I’m pretty sure I’d have noticed them, but I was determined that it would not kill the remaining plants.

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After doing a bit of research on at-home remedies {soapy water, rubbing alcohol, garlic…}, we decided to go to our local nursery and ask the pros. They recommended Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew Insect Spray as an organic alternative to poison. Since our girls play outside and put everything in their mouths, we wanted something safe.

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I sprayed the entire plant using a spray bottle on the mister setting. The woman at the nursery told us to spray every day until all the aphids were gone. The next morning I noticed a couple bugs still lingering, but for the most part it seemed to have done the trick, so far. We’ll be watching closely and spraying as needed, but so far things are looking up!

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Any tips for the would-be Urban Gardener? How do you get rid of bugs in your garden?

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Build this Today || DIY Wooden Slat Door Mat

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I’ve been searching high and low for a nice door mat. Our front entry gets a ton of dirt and leaves tracking in and a door mat would help {at least a little} with keeping this under control.

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There have been a few contenders. This one from Urban Outfitters actually made it into my shopping cart, but I never pulled the trigger.

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I also considered buying a plain welcome mat {about $6 at your local big box home improvement store} and painting it with a cute phrase…

And then one day while looking through wood scraps in my basement, it hit me. Use what you have. A wood door mat. Duh!!! Ana White would be proud.

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I had some leftover cedar boards sitting around from another project, so I grabbed those guys and whipped this puppy out in about 15 minutes. The great thing is that you can make one in any size, paint them a fun color or add a cute saying. I’m considering adding a saying to this one, but for now it looks nice au natural and because it’s made from cedar it will only get better with time.

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I liked the cedar door mat so much that I built another one using some leftover deck boards that I laid vertically.

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It’s not as cute as the cedar board door mat, but it’ll do for now. I added a cute little saying and stained it. It’s sitting outside the side door and is a stopgap just like everything happening on this side deck {until we demo it}.

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How to Clean & Maintain Cutting Boards

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Cutting boards are a necessity in every kitchen, but for our family the cutting board sees more use than any other piece of equipment in our kitchen. We use them to cut, of course, but we also use them to serve food when we’re entertaining and it’s our go-to platter for feeding the little ladies. All of this is to say that they see a lot of  use.

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I clean my boards monthly using a lemon and sea salt scrub. It helps to deep clean, soften blemishes and discoloring and gets rid of stuck-on odor.

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Just dip a halved lemon in seat salt and scrub. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Easy amiright?

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Lately, however, I’ve noticed that my boards have been looking a little worse for wear. The climate in the south tends to encourage mold. I’ve been extra careful washing and drying them, but the mold is winning the war. The monthly trip to the spa just wasn’t cutting it anymore.

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Turmeric had stained some of the boards yellow, while cracks had begun to show on others. So, I decided it was time to do some cutting and sanding to really get these guys back in shape.

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All three boards got major haircuts. I hacked off a good inch or more on all sides to get rid of any phantom mold. Then I sanded them down starting with 120 and then moving to 220. I finished with food grade mineral oil, coating each board 6 times. Let the board dry overnight before applying another coat.

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Good as new…well almost. The beauty of cutting boards is that the mirror life, but they’re aging gracefully once again.

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