9 interesting entries have been posted in our “Preserving the produce” challenge and it’s time for a random draw. Here are the winners: Iris43 - starter kit for preserving from Bernardin Weedwacker - GT T-shirt Sharad - GT T-shirt Congratulations and thanks to all members! View all entries
It has been three months ago when we’ve announced Container Gardening Chalenge and in the end we all can admire 25 beautiful projects. I would like to thank all contestant who have taken the challenge and posted pictures of their containers. Here are the random winners of our cool GardenTenders T-shirts: Sharad Bon GMman Congrats to the winners! view all 25 entries
A few years back, Pam and I enjoyed a day at Bok Towers in Lake Wales, Florida. It was October and they were having thier Boktober Fest including music and venders. It happened to also be the same weekend as Biketober Fest in Daytona. Being the loving (and smart) hubby that I am, I offered to skip Biketober fest and take Pam to Bok Tower. There was one condition, since I was giving up biketober fest, we’d ride the Harley. (I was told the hat is a fashion statement)Now I say “smart” becau...
Book Review #4: HomeGrown Whole Grains: Grow, Harvest and Cook Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rice, Corn and More
Have you ever thought about growing some of your own grains in your own backyard? Do you want to develop a more sustainable lifestyle? Does the idea of fresh, nutritious, delicious, organic whole grains inspire you to roll up your sleeves and start planting? Do you want to grow grains to feed your backyard chickens? If any of these ideas appeal to you, perhaps this book will contain just the information you need to get started along that journey. Ms. Pitzer has written a book about gro...
Known as the Tree Fuchsia or just the Fuchsia, the Kotukutuku is the Maori name for the largest fuchsia found in the world. On the west coast of the south island, the local Maori called it a Konini. Its technical name is the Fuchsia excorticata. It can grow to 13 metres ( over 40 ft) and 600mm in diameter ( about 2 feet). If that wasn’t interesting enough about this plant (tree) it has the following odd characteristics 1. It is the one of the very, very few NZ native t...
They may look like potato chips but they are a very pretty flower. They are used alot in floral arrangements. I think it’s called silver dollar plant. The garden I got these from hasn’t been maintained in about 4 years. Dorris is around 90 and her husband who was the gardener passed away a while ago. Your put a finger on one side of the silver dollar and your thumb on the other and rub. Kind of like trying to rub glue off your finger. The two outer surfaces sli...
Sea Buckthorn / Sea Berry Seeds!The New England region in the United States has, so far, experienced a snowy season. Shoveling, plowing, salting walkways etc has taken up more time than I can recall compared to recent years. The silver lining is the sea buckthorn plants in the ground for their first winter here have a cozy layer of snow over them. Protected from extreme cold changes and especially the winter winds should increase their winter survival chances. This spring I will be lookin...
Legumes play an important part in Indian cooking as a source of protein and minerals mainly for the vegetarians. These are produced on a very large scale on agricultural fields and rarely find place in the garden. Among various varieties of legumes Moog (Mung bean or Green bean), Matki (Moth bean pronounced “moat bean”) and Chawli (Cow pea, Blackeyed peas) are very commonly used in the Indian kitchen. They are also known for their Nitrogen fixing property. I was curious to know h...
August 14/10 most of today was spent in the kitchen. At the end of the day I have: 7 quarts of sweet pickles 5 quarts of stewed tomatoes 5 trays of dehydrated cherry tomatoes (my 3rd dehydrator full of produce) With tons of tomatoes still ripening, I’m in the process of finding out which preserving technique is best for which type of tomato. Cherry tomatoes: work great in the dehydrator. I just quarter them, leaving a smidgen of skin holding the sections together. This ...
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