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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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[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 …

Featured, How To Can Food From Your Vegetable Garden »

[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 …

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[8 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]
Preparing Your Organic Vegetable Garden

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Starting your first vegetable garden? Here are a few tips to help get you started.
1) Select a sunny location with well-drained soil. Prepare planting beds first by measuring out a size and length that are convenient. Beds that are about 21/2 feet wide allow for reaching the middle from either side. After you plant your first organic vegetable  garden you can adjust the widths. Our first year of green beans was way to close and it made harvesting a real chore.
2) If you are planning on using raised beds …

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[31 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
12 Foods You Don’t Have to Buy Organic

If your like us you can’t always get organic foods. The following is a list of 12 foods you should try to buy organic and 12 foods that are not quite as important to buy organic.
The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health, produces the Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce. It is based on the results of nearly 43,000 pesticide tests.
Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories in the Guide to Pesticides, the following twelve foods had the lowest …

Container Vegetable Gardening, Featured »

[23 Jan 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Container Gardening Secrets To Growing Tomatoes In Containers

Do you have  limited gardening space? If you enjoy home gardening and would like to grow tomatoes, consider growing them in containers.
Tomatoes can be grown anywhere, as long as there is sunlight. Growing tomatoes in containers is a practice which isn’t only for limited gardening space. Plenty of home gardeners are growing their vegetables in containers, even if there is free space in their backyard. There are many reasons for container gardening, but we grow tomatoes in containers mostly for convenience, control, and flexibility.
Growing tomatoes in containers is not too different from …

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[23 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Gardening Tools To Nurture Your Garden

However many gardening tools you may have, some tools are definitely more useful than the other that a garden simply cannot do without.
Here are a few gardening tools that will make a definitive difference to gardening efforts.
Shovels
These gardening implements have a round or pointed blade. They help a gardener to move soil, dig hole or even in the process of planting. You must also try and select a garden shovel that has a flat edge at the top of the blade. Your foot gets a better surface purchase this way.
Hoes
Weeds and a …

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[23 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Companion Planting For A Healthy Vegetable Garden

Companion Planting For A Healthy Vegetable Garden has been practiced throughout history.
Companion plantings have been practiced throughout agricultural history. Some of the earliest written documents on gardening discuss these relationships. Early settlers discovered American First Nations people were using an interplanting scheme of corn-bean-squash that balanced the requirements of each crop for light, water, and nutrients. In the 1800’s, often hemp was planted around a cabbage field to help keep away the white cabbage butterflies in Holland. In many parts of the world today, subsistence farmers and organic gardeners grow two …