Home Grown Salad – Seed To Fork — Town & Country Gardening

Lettuce is fast growing cool weather crop that quickly reaches maturity. It is a cool season plant best grown in the spring and fall of the year in most of the U.S. With so many loose leaf and head varieties your most difficult decision is which varieties to plant. First plant the cold tolerant lettuce […] […]

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Why Start A Garden From Seed

As new gardeners it might be intimidating to start from seed as opposed to buying plant starts from a store. Here are a few reasons to start from seed: By starting from seed indoors or in a greenhouse you can get an early start on the gardening season. Buying seeds is usually cheaper than buying plant […]

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Sprouting Seed Potatoes Before Planting — Home & Harrow

  How and why chitting or sprouting seed potatoes is essential before you plant them (hint: you’ll get a faster harvest and bigger yields, which sound like pretty good reasons to me!) Update: The original version of this post was published in March 2018 Spring is almost here! There’s only one more month to go until… […]

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Why Add Worms to Your Compost

Vermicomposting uses worms to break down organic matter quickly.  First you will wait for your compost to reach a temperature of 140 to 150 degrees at the center.  To do this, alternate layers of brown and green ingredients and keep the pile moist.  When the center reaches the desired temperature you will turn the pile.  After […]

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Top 5 Microgreens to Grow

Here is a list of the most popular microgreens you can grow and harvest in about 9 days.  Always water the growing medium before adding seeds. Sunflower – Soak the seeds for 24 hours.  Spread the seeds on top of the soil.  Do not cover the seeds. Place another container on top.  After 2 days, […]

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Regrowing Store Bought Vegetables And Herbs

Here is a list of vegetables and herbs that you can regrow in your garden. Ginger – Break apart ginger into desired pieces.  Sow them and water.  In about a month you should see them starting to come up. Green Onions – Cut the bottom of the green onion to about 1/2 an inch with […]

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Tomato Garden Planning And Expansion

It may take a few seasons to figure out how many tomato plants it will take to produce all of the tomato products your family will need for an entire year.  For Living Traditions Homestead, they have reached that point.  They grow 70 tomato plants to feed their family of four which is about two […]

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Turn Shredded Paper Into Compost

This is what you will need to start making compost from shredded paper: Two storage containers A paper shredding machine A tumbler (you can use a regular bin but it will take longer for the compost to breakdown) Step 1: Shred all your paper (do not shred any plastic such as credit cards or business […]

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Recipe: Farm Fresh Cheese With Herbs

Ingredients: 1/2 tablespoon Salt 1/2 gallon of milk 1/3 of a cup of vinegar Garden herbs (such as Dill) Step 1:  When the milk reaches about 195 degrees, remove it from the stove.  Add vinegar and stir enough to distribute the vinegar. Step 2: After the curds have separated from the whey, put a damp […]

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Preserving Culinary Herbs With Salt

Here are two methods of preserving culinary herbs using salt.  For basil this way of preservation keeps the flavor better than dehydrating them. Pick the basil when it is fresh and bright green. Ingredients: Fresh herb such as basil Kosher Salt or salt with no additives (you can use Himalayan sea salt) Method 1: You […]

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