I don't know about you, but one of the things I hate about winter (and there are many) is the lack of fresh vegetables from the garden or local farm stand. There's nothing like a fresh tomato picked that very day. But today we have some tips for preserving that delicious bounty of produce that we will soon lack. These ideas will help you to eat healthier throughout the long run, and they'll also help you to waste less food in the short term. Read on for tons of great ideas!
Last month we told you all about our raised bed garden plans, and today we're back with all the juicy details. In a nutshell, this was a huge project in terms of the research and planning, and the easiest when it came time to actually do it. It was a great lesson in "preparation is everything". We're so grateful to Duluth Trading Co. for giving us a motivational kick in the pants to get this project done.
When planning out your vegetable beds you’re presented with a plethora of options, my hope is that over the course of this post I’ll be able to unpack a few of them, helping you find a solution that best suits both your needs and budget.
I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in "3D textiles": she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics... I know, right!?). Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my "vault of knowledge" along with a great many other things over the years. Fortunately, the Internet exists. And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it's done! Ready to start putting those groceries to new use?
The EWG released the new Dirty Dozen* this week and it's a motley, pesticide-filled group. Among the most un-wanted are apples, spinach and potatoes. Potatoes! America's favorite pseudo veg! To get your handy-dandy pocket-sized list of the
Today we explore vegetable mythology, and I'm not talking Tom-anatos or Pea-seidon here. Nope, these are things we think we know about veggies that are WRONG.
Plant doctors David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth have shared with us 10 things we should consider BEFORE we nestle one seed or seedling into our gardens. Following their suggestions can help prevent pests and diseases. Use all ten, and we'll be harvesting heavy come fall!
Briana Feola of Brainstorm Print & Design. is a full time artist with a huge passion for gardening. She's assembled ten great tips for Indie Fixx on getting started with your own food production garden.
1) START SMALL
2) START PLANTS INSIDE
4) OBTAIN APPROPRIATE SUPPLIES
5) PICK SEEDS AND PLANTS NATIVE TO YOUR AREA
6) GET PROPER FENCING TO KEEP CRITTERS OUT
7) GET THE SOIL READY
8) DON’T PLANT TOO SOON
9) DON’T FORGET TO...
In some parts of the world, they grow 'em big. I mean REALLY big. Take, for instance, Lebanese farmer Khalil Semhat grew an astounding 24.9 pound sweet potato, which, frankly, looks very little like a sweet potato at that size.
We hear about gigantic pumpkins every Halloween, but they're usually not as big as this monster grown in Rhode Island, which clocked in at a hefty 1689 pounds.
I've been doing this ever since I've had a patch of dirt in which to grow 'em. Next time you grab a bunch of scallions/green onions at the supermarket, hold onto the root ends.
Then, simply plant them about one inch into the dirt (in the garden or a pot). Water well, and wait for the greens to return. The more you snip them, they faster they'll grow.
You can also do this with whole garlic bulbs and use the green sprouts in pastas...
Paper egg cups make the perfect container for starting seeds and growing transplants.
Simply cut off the top half/the lid of the cartons, and fill each cup with potting soil. Place them on a sheet pan filled with water, and the set the pan in the sunshine or under grow lights. When the seedlings are ready for the garden, just cut the cartons into indiividual cups, and place the whole things in the soil. The cartons will dissolve, just like...
Part II. Seeds and Transplants.
If you planned on starting your own transplants from seeds, you’re a bit behind for this year. However, the schedule below details the best dates for starting transplants; use it in subsequent years, or to determine whether you should purchase seedlings or try it from scratch.
Early March: onions, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, morning glory, cypress vine...
Gardening season is just around the corner, which can only mean more weirdly shaped vegetables. (Who says Mother Nature doesn't have a sense of humor?)
This Easter season, head to the produce aisle and dye your eggs with nature.
- Free-range eggs
- Alum powder (available at the supermarket in the spice aisle)
- White Vinegar
- Vegetables and spices, see step one
- Measuring spoons
- Wooden spoon and slotted spoon
- Vegetable oil, wax, electrical tape, leaves, stickers, etc (optional)
Choose which colors...
Super-cool gardening magazine Mother Earth Living maintains, "With a few seed packets and a little planning, you can enjoy fresh salads, cooking greens and other garden treats year-round." They offer a series of tips for planting and growing hearty greens, lettuces, and root vegetables.
- Plant in mid-August to mid-September. (Right now!)
- Use leaves to keep soil warm.
- Keep out bugs and critters.
- All sorts of nutrional benefits.
My favorite foodie blog Chow provides a how-to to the mysterious, meticulous, and precarious process of canning produce. The article outlines the two safe, USDA-approved approaches, and even includes a video by canning authority June Taylor.