[2 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]
Invasion of the Grape Tomato

Grape Tomato- The rising popularity
Once and a while a new vegetable or fruit becomes very popular, such was the case with the hybrid strain of the grape tomato. The original tomato plants produced a plum sized tomato and the only way to make the larger and rounder sizes we are used to today was to cross breed them, making them a hybrid. Tomatoes were also cross bred to make them smaller, such as the cherry tomato and then even smaller to make the popular grape size tomato. Cherry tomatoes when …

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[4 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]
Heirloom Tomato – Best Tomato Varieties

Heirloom tomatoes, also known as “heritage” tomatoes, are tomatoes whose seeds have been openly pollinated and passed down from one generation to the next since 1940 or earlier. Many heirloom tomato varieties offer traits that have been bred out of hybrid commercial tomato varieties, giving them characteristics and flavors that you won’t find in tomatoes grown from non-heirloom seeds. Heirloom tomato varieties have adapted and thrived for sometimes hundreds of years, creating genetically unique strains that do not suffer from the blandness that is evident in some hybrid …

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[2 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]
Invasion of the Grape Tomato

Grape Tomato- The rising popularity
Once and a while a new vegetable or fruit becomes very popular, such was the case with the hybrid strain of the grape tomato. The original tomato plants produced a plum sized tomato and the only way to make the larger and rounder sizes we are used to today was to cross breed them, making them a hybrid. Tomatoes were also cross bred to make them smaller, such as the cherry tomato and then even smaller to make the popular grape size tomato. Cherry tomatoes when …

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[1 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]
Container Gardening Part 4

This is the last part of the 4 part series. We are going to discuss insects, diseases, sunlight and the best part, harvesting your vegetables!
Insects and Diseases
Vegetables grown in containers will be just as likely to get diseases and insect problems as vegetables grown in gardens. You should check your vegetables periodically for harmful insects and diseases. You can now by organic pesticides and herbicides at any local garden center. Follow the instructions on the product labels.
Sunlight
All vegetables are going to require sunlight. Some will require more than others, and …

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[26 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
Container Gardening Part 3

We are ready to plant our vegetable container garden, water and fertilize it.
Seeding and Planting
Okay now we have picked out our containers, our vegetables and we have our containers filled with some sort of media. We are ready to start planting. Some vegetables seeding will work fine others you should probably start with a transplant. Any local gardening center will have seeds and transplants.
It’s pretty easy to find organic seed but much more difficult to find organic plants, but we are not going to use harmful pesticides and herbicides …

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[23 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
Container Gardening Part 2

What kind and size of vegetable container do we use for our container garden and what type of soil?
Containers
So what kind of container are you going to use? The answer is just about anything. You can use buckets, an old bathtub, wheelbarrow, square containers, round containers, just about anything you can find. What should they be made of? They can be made of wood, clay, plastic or ceramic. They all should have an adequate number of holes for proper drainage.You should try and raise your container an inch or two …

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[22 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
Container Gardening Part 1

Container vegetable gardening, how do we get started?
What is exactly container gardening? It can be traced back as far as the 600’s B.C. to Babylonia where they had gardens hanging off stone columns. Then later in the 300’s A.D. to Greece. They had container gardens on top of their homes in brick containers. Today we put them in almost anything.
If your vegetable gardening space is limited this could be a great choice for you. A window sill, a patio, a balcony or even a door step can work. If you …

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[19 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
How to Can Food From Your Vegetable Garden

How to can food from your organic vegetable garden using the boiling water method.
1.Check Mason jars for nicks, cracks and sharp edges. Check screw bands for dents or rust. Use only jars, lids and bands in perfect condition so an airtight seal may be obtained. Wash and boil jars and set aside. Boil bands and lids for a 5 minutes, then remove them with tongs or a fork so as avoid touching them.
2.Select firm fresh food and wash thoroughly. Prepare according to recipe. Fill mason jars promptly with food …