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|Gardening/Growing: Organic Sweet Corn Production|
Sunday, February 04 @ 07:00:29 CST by (807 reads)
|tabletophomestead writes "|
Organic Sweet Corn Production
Department of Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University
In most of the south, sweet corn (Zea mays var. rugosa) can be produced from early spring until fall. However, sweet corn does have some specific environmental and cultural needs that must be met for the plant to produce high-marketable yields."
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|Gardening/Growing: Eating out of your garden|
Wednesday, December 20 @ 08:24:56 CST by (803 reads)
|nagol5 writes "|
Eating out of your garden
SUE ROBISHAW -
It's a lot like "Mairzy doats and dozy doats and little lambsy dyvie." A phrase you can recite with no thought, but it doesn't connect with anything. Eating out of the garden. You have a garden so of course you eat out-of-the-garden. Food for the table? Oh, that comes from the store.
Why? Habit. Ease. Familiarity. Assurance. You know what to do with that food from the store (it tells you right on the box). It is the kind of food you and the family are used to. Most likely what you grew up with. What people will recognize at potlucks. That's how you eat. But then there is that darned little niggling voice reminding you (usually when you are busiest and not in the mood for any voice, niggling or otherwise) of how much time and money you spend on that garden. So you can save money on groceries. But you aren't eating the garden. The bugs are, the birds are, the rabbits are, even the neighbors. . . but you aren't. Not much anyway, not really. Oh sure, a tomato now and then, a sprig of parsley, some lettuce to pile on the plate to prove you are a gardener. Maybe a handful of green beans. But to really eat from the garden? Get most of a meal from the garden? Who has the time? Or the energy? So the guilt sets in. You want to, of course, but you can't, because -and you start listing off all the reasons.
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|Gardening/Growing: Bury Your Tomatoes|
Tuesday, April 25 @ 10:00:00 CDT by (2375 reads)
|Debbie writes " |
Bury Your Tomatoes
by Gregg Banse
Do your tomato seedlings seem like they're ready to be transplanted but it's still a bit too cold to set them out? Try burying your tomatoes. Even leggy tomatoes can benefit from being buried.
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|Gardening/Growing: Gardening and Canning in an Amish Home|
Monday, April 24 @ 15:03:15 CDT by (1058 reads)
|Debbie writes "|Fruits of the Season: Gardening and Canning in an Amish Home"
by Grace Miller
It takes a big garden, and many months of work, to feed a family of nine children. In late March, as soon as the wet earth can be worked, the Yoder* family begins the task of producing next year's food. Henry hitches Dan, one of his draft horses, to the single-blade plow. Fifteen-year-old Amanda perches on the horse's broad back and gathers the reins, while her younger brother Noah grips the handles of the plow. Dan throws his enormous shoulders into the harness, and begins turning the soil of the one-acre garden plot.
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|Gardening/Growing: Growing Citrus in Containers|
Monday, April 24 @ 05:00:00 CDT by (704 reads)
|Debbie writes " |
Growing Citrus in Containers
by National Gardening Association Editors
For the most part, the areas where home gardeners plant the citrus trees are the same areas where citrus is grown commercially. But if space is limited or climate isn't suitable, it's still possible to enjoy these trees and their bounty year-round. How? By growing citrus trees in containers.
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|Gardening/Growing: Heirloom Quality|
Sunday, April 23 @ 10:00:00 CDT by (1072 reads)
|Debbie writes " By Margaret A. Haapoja |
Want a taste of history? Learn about seeds of old, where to get them and how to save them.
Maybe it was her father’s “Rattlesnake” pole beans that convinced Arlene Coco to serve heirloom vegetables in her Duluth, Minn., catering business, Coco’s to Geaux. “My father used to send me the beans every year to plant in my garden,” Coco says. “He preferred them over ‘Blue Runners’ or ‘Kentucky Wonders’ because the 8-foot vines yielded lots of beans. The stunning, mottled green and purple beans lose their purple streaks and turn green when cooked. They have long pods, and the shelled beans are great in stews and soups. Although my dad is gone now, the ‘Rattlesnake’ beans are still a ritual in our family.”
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|Gardening/Growing: Worms in the Garden|
Tuesday, April 18 @ 11:00:00 CDT by (681 reads)
|Debbie writes " |"
|I'll bet you think that the earthworm is only good for fishbait. Well, think again. The earthworm is one of nature's top "soil scientists." The earthworm is responsible for a lot of the things that help make our soil good enough to grow healthy plants and provide us food. |
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|Gardening/Growing: Working in the Garden|
Tuesday, April 18 @ 06:00:00 CDT by (652 reads)
|Debbie writes "|
Working in the Garden
by Sarah Nussbaum
It's an understatement to say gardening is a huge hobby among the Amish. Brilliant beds of flowers surround nearly every Amish house, and orderly plots of vegetables are usually situated nearby. It is here gardening serves its most important purpose for Amish families. Whatever the size of the household, a vegetable garden is a vital component of the family's diet, and at this time of the year, mothers and children are busy preserving food for the coming winter."
"I used to can everything that held still for me," mused Millie Yoder*, a member of the Old Order Amish church, recently. Sitting in her elderly father's gazebo at dusk, she remembered the days when her three sons, now grown, would help pick green beans and husk sweet corn so she could stock the canning shelves for winter.
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|Gardening/Growing: Do not Dally When it comes to Dill|
Monday, April 17 @ 15:35:18 CDT by (954 reads)
|Debbie writes "|
Don't Dally When it Comes to Dill
by Angelina Jordan
How to Plant, Pick and Preserve This Tasty Bitter Herb.
Although some gardeners have turned to growing more exotic types of herbs, dill remains a time-honored favorite among the best of gardeners. Dill is easy to grow and produces across two seasons. In the spring, dill produces tasty fronds or leaves, which are fantastic for accenting casseroles, vegetables, sauces and stews.
Later in the fall, dill produces strong-flavored seeds from which are borne the various cucumber pickles and other tangy pickled foods that add pucker-ability to our palate. Dill makes a premium choice for the new gardener or for the gardener with a well-worn green thumb.
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|Gardening/Growing: Potatoes in a Garbage Can|
Sunday, April 16 @ 16:00:00 CDT by (829 reads)
|jdickey writes "I live in a city where the closest I can come to the agrarian life, for now, is gardening. I have spoken with many friends who would love to "live off of the land" or who claim that when the "big balloon goes up" they will run off into the wilderness and start "living off of the land."|
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