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Growing Rainbow Vegetables
By: Admin    June 05 2018 , 11:32 pm
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Category: Vegetables , Garden
Vegetables come in all sorts of colors. When you think of standard supermarket vegetables like corn, you probably have set ideas of what colors they are. Corn is yellow, carrots are orange, and cauliflower is white. However, this is not always the case. There are actually an extraordinary range of varicolored vegetables, such as purple cauliflower and rainbow carrots. Best of all, you can grow many of these vegetables right in your backyard! Flint Corn Flint corn, or as it is commonly nicknamed, “Indian corn,” has been around for centuries, but it is not used as often as it was 300 years ago. Flint corn is a variant of maize and has a slightly different taste than the popular yellow variety. Though not as sweet as yellow corn, it is uniquely tasty and nutritious. Growing flint corn is not too different from growing yellow or sweet corn. Corn needs to grow in temperatur...
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Spring Garden Preparations
By: Admin    February 16 2018 , 11:12 am
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Category: Seasons , Gardening , Nature , Garden
Spring is just around the corner…It is time to start prepping your garden! During the winter months, our gardens tend to become rather messy without maintenance. It is important not only to prepare the land, but also to set aside time to plan your crops, make sure you have the right equipment and supplies, and repair any gardening fixtures such as fences or greenhouses.Caring for Existing PlantsBefore thinking about all the new and exciting plants you are going to grow this spring, do not forget about any winter plants that are in need of attention! If you have perennial flowers such as roses, and you live in a warmer climate, January and February are great times to prune them. If you live in a colder climate, it is best to wait until closer to April. Start by using a sharp pair of pruners at the base of the plant and cut at a 45-degree angle, about 1/4 inch above a bud that is facing toward the outs...
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Astronauts Grow Plants in Space to Relieve Stress
By: Admin    November 25 2017 , 08:18 pm
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Category: Sustainability , Garden
Galactic Gardening Gets its StartA recent study investigates whether growing plants in space could significantly improve astronauts’ moods and help them with stress management. It would appear that gardening in space has helped some astronauts fight the blues already. An article from Geek.com interviewed astronaut Peggy Whitson:“It was surprising to me how great [six] soybean plants looked,” Peggy Whitson wrote in an email, describing her reaction to an agricultural experiment aboard the ISS in 2002. “I guess seeing something green for the first time in a month and a half had a real effect,” she continued. “From a psychological perspective, I think it’s interesting that the reaction was as dramatic as it was.”NASA has been taking this very seriously. They have been growing plants aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for years now. According to NASA’s website:"Gr...
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A Farm-to-Table Thanksgiving
By: Admin    November 10 2017 , 10:07 am
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Thanksgiving is one of the most wonderful times of the year. Thanksgiving provides an opportunity for family and friends to gather around a tasty meal and consciously give thanks for the many blessings in life. But what is the central point of this heartwarming holiday? The meal. It is at the table where all the magic takes place. The art of eating has been celebrated for centuries and is known to build relationships and enhance life. Since gathering around the table cultivates a plethora of benefits, why not serve food in its purest form? Organic farmers have been working hard year-round to provide you with the very best.What is a Farm-to-Table Meal?There are many variations of enjoying a farm-to-table meal. Farm-to-table meals can be enjoyed at farm fresh food festivals, farmers markets, or at your own farm house. Even if you do not live on a farm, products can be purchased from a farmer and bro...
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Thanksgiving Recipes from Your Garden
By: Admin    November 01 2017 , 01:08 pm
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Bring Fresh Produce to Your Thanksgiving TableAutumn vegetables can easily be a part of your Thanksgiving festivities this fall. Your autumn garden or farmer’s market will have abundant fresh choices of produce to be creative with and incorporate into holiday meals. Examples of autumn produce include carrots, beets, butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, radishes, scallions, and of course pumpkins. BeetsFiber and vitamin C-rich beets make a wonderful Thanksgiving side dish. This recipe from Allrecipes is simple and has a few ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard, such as cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. An even simpler variation of glazed beets is this recipe from Genius Kitchen – all you need are beets, a lemon, maple syrup, and margarine.RadishesRadishes are plentiful in vitamin C and numerous other vitamins and minerals as well as being low calorie. The radish can eas...
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