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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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[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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[8 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
Organic Vegetable Garden Planning 2010

Our first entry on starting our organic vegetable garden for 2010.
Well its February 8 and time to start planning our organic vegetable garden for 2010. As you can see from the picture, its completely under snow.We be adding a lot of new vegetables and a few herbs this year and cutting back on some. We planted so much lettuce and spinach last year we only ate a third of it. So this year we will cut back on lettuce and spinach and we are going to space out the plantings …

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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 …