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Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Uncategorized, Vegetables, watermelon | 9 comments

How to Grow Watermelon

How to Grow Watermelon

  How to Grow Watermelon **Watermelons are surprisingly easy to grow as long as the plants have plenty of room to spread, good drainage, lots of sunlight, and a sufficiently long growing season. Gardeners in northern climates should choose early ripening varieties.  (This is where I get my seeds.  They have several varieties of watermelon to choose from)   Position **Location is super important: pick a spot that gets 8-10 hours of sunlight per day that is protected from high winds. **Plant them 6 feet apart in a place that will stay damp: work in plenty of compost and mound the soil into small hills. Plant the seeds in these hills and cover with mulch or some sort of weed cover (like this) to maintain moisture and soil temperature.   Propagation **To ensure proper germination, wait until your soil temps are at least a steady 70 degrees Fahrenheit before planting your seeds. **Plant approximately 2-3 weeks AFTER your last frost date. **You can start seeds 4 weeks before you...

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Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in Fruit, Vegetables | 2 comments

The Benefits of Fermented Foods

The Benefits of Fermented Foods

The Benefits of Fermented Foods Fermented foods are like a whole new world for me. To tell the truth, I’ve always found them a bit frightening. The only fermented food I grew up with was homemade sauerkraut. When I was a child, our breezeway would be full of rotting, stinking cabbage during the winter. My parents loved making homemade sauerkraut, but as a child, the idea of eating something that was “rotting” for a long time and that smelled “awful” sounded scary. To this day, I still get a bit squeamish about fermenting foods, but I recently started reading a brand-new book from my friends at Oh Lardy called Oh Lardy’s Guide to Fermenting Fruits and Vegetables. Oh Lardy’s book on fermenting fruits and vegetables was an eye-opener for me. I had no idea that fermented foods were SO healthy! In addition, as a history-lover, I found it fascinating that fermented foods have been commonplace for centuries. This was really the only way our ancestors could preserve food. With refrigeration,...

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Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Gardening, Garlic, Vegetables | 10 comments

How to Grow Garlic

How to Grow Garlic

  How to Grow Garlic Garlic is such a popular item in the kitchen that it should always be on the top-ten list of things to grow for any gardeners. Even better? It’s a pretty easy, low-maintenance plant to grow in the garden, so anyone can try to grow garlic at home!  I get my garlic here.   There are a few different types of Garlic: Hardneck Garlic: Hardneck garlic varieties have a stiff stem in the center that is surrounded by a ring of cloves. Hardnecks are often the most hardy varieties of garlic. Hardneck garlic is best suited for zones 3-6. Hardneck varieties do best in climates that have a real winter. If grown in warm climates, it often is vulnerable to splitting and may not even grow. When Hardneck garlic dries, it is too rigid to make garlic braids. Softneck Garlic: Softneck garlic has a flexible stem in the center and is surrounded by layers of cloves. This is the type most often sold in grocery stores. Softnecks are...

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Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Fruit, Gardening, Uncategorized, Vegetables | 24 comments

Fall Gardening Planting Guide

Fall Gardening Planting Guide

It’s Time to do some Fall Garden Planting! Did you know you don’t have to stop gardening just because it is soon going to be Fall season? I just left a local plant store and I was pretty disappointed. There were NO vegetable or fruit plants to plant in my garden for this fall. They barely even had any seeds for me to buy! It seems to me that most people will never truly understand that they can plant produce in the fall if the plant nurseries don’t help spread the news! So here I am, doing my best. I highly recommend that you try planting vegetables, fruits, and herbs this fall! No matter what garden zone you live in, there are some plants that you can grow. Check it out!   Fall Gardening Planting Guide:   Vegetables 1. Arugula: Arugula is not a picky plant, and any gardeners can try growing it. You can grow it almost year-round since it is a quick-growing plant, however, the later you...

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Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Cooking recipe, Peas, Uncategorized, Vegetables | 6 comments

17 Perfect Pea Recipes

17 Perfect Pea Recipes

Spring time is here! I don’t know about you, but spring time for me always means that most of my meals focus on two different vegetables: Asparagus and Peas. However, I always struggle coming up with fun meals that use these two veggies. I go crazy if I eat the same foods in the same way.   This year is different. I am determined to eat Asparagus and Peas in a variety of fun, healthy recipes. I already wrote a post with 17 healthy Asparagus recipes. Now it’s time for Peas! These are all meals that use Sugar Snap Peas, Snow Peas, or some kind of variety of Pea pods. This does NOT include Chickpeas, Black-eyed Peas, etc. Those will be in a future post, I promise.  One of the best ways to get fresh peas, of course, is to grow your own. Click here to see my post on How to Grow Peas. Peas are a delight in the garden; they are one of the first vegetables you can start...

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Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Fruit, Gardening, Herbs, Vegetables | 5 comments

Spring Garden Planning

Spring Garden Planning

   It’s time for Spring Garden Planning! **Anyone who loves gardening (like me) might get a tingle of excitement go up and down the spine just by saying this sentence out loud: “It’s time for Spring Garden Planning!” It’s true, too. Spring time is just around the corner, folks!  **Writing about Spring Garden Planning is a difficult thing, since we all live in different places in the world and Spring comes at different times for all of us, depending on our time zone and garden zone. For example, I used to live in Michigan. March is a bit early to think of Spring Garden Planning up there. If you think your region is not ready for Spring Garden Planning, you might want to check out my Early Spring Garden Planning post.  **I live in South Carolina now, however, and now is the time to get ready for Spring planting! This does not mean that it is necessarily too late to plant the plants I mention in my Early Spring...

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