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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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[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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[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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[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 …

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[23 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Growing Your Own Organic Vegetable Garden

Organic systems recognize that our health is directly connected to the health of the food we eat and, ultimately, the health of the soil.
Here are some of the main features of organic vegetable growing:
- Organic growing eliminates the use of artificial chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
- Instead, organic growers rely on developing a healthy, fertile soil and growing a mixture of crops.
- Genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are not allowed under organic standards.
Going organic may mean having to  trade-off between glossy supermarket looks with better tasting crops which aren’t in perfect shape …