Healthy Fall Snacks to Make Ahead

Healthy Fall Snacks to Make Ahead

Healthy Eating
Eating healthy is often on everyone's mind, but convenience often wins out. If you want to use super-foods for healthier snacks, making them ahead of time can really encourage you to use them more often. The following snacks are easy to make and allow you to grab-and-go whenever you need to. Cinnamon Apple Chips If you are looking for chips to enjoy in the fall, but don’t want to fry up potatoes, why not use apples? Apples are a wonderful superfood fruit to enjoy in the fall, are inexpensive, and filled with nutrients and antioxidants. Plus, they are low in fat and calories. You can make cinnamon apple chips by slicing apples thinly, coating with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, and baking them until crisp. You can also just…
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Vegetable Gardening Made Easy

Vegetable Gardening Made Easy

Gardening Methods, Growing Food, Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
Growing your own vegetables is both fun and rewarding. Lets break it down together and get the most food, enjoyment, and nutrition from our gardens! 1. feed the soil 2. efficient use of space 3. keep food moving 4. continuous harvest 5. good record keeping 6. resources feed the soil All you really need to get started is some decent soil and a few plants. But to be a really successful vegetable gardener, and to do it organically, you'll need to understand what it takes to keep your plants healthy and vigorous. Here are the basics. 'Feed the soil' is like a mantra for organic gardeners, and with good reason. In conventional chemical agriculture, crop plants are indeed "fed" directly using synthetic fertilizers. [caption id="attachment_2197" align="alignright" width="211"] observe your garden…
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The Benefits of Organic Food

The Benefits of Organic Food

Healthy Eating
There is a Growing Body of Scientific Evidence on the Benefits of Organic Food Many people purchase organic food because they believe it is healthier than conventionally grown food. The organic industry is constantly told that there is no evidence to support these claims. This article looks at published information that shows that organic food is substantially healthier than conventional food. Research published in a 2001 study showed that the current fruit and vegetables in the United States have about half the vitamin content of their counterparts in 1963. The study was based on a comparison of published USDA figures. A scientific study published in the Journal of Applied Nutrition in 1993 clearly showed that organic food is more nutritious than conventional food. Organically and conventionally grown apples, potatoes, pears,…
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Organic Garden Yards – Oh the Controversy

Organic Garden Yards – Oh the Controversy

Community, Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Sustainable Landscaping
If you are not allowed to grow and eat your own food, then the legality of any other basic right is up for grabs. While it seems to be a new concept in the United States, it is not a new concept; who controls the food supply, controls the people. I have sat on my hands regarding this topic for some time now... but this heartbreaking story, explains a situation that is becoming disturbingly common in America today. Will they be coming for your lemon verbena and catnip next? Where will they draw the line, you can't grow squash because the squash bugs will become a neighborhood nuisance? In case you are not aware of Karl Tricamo, from Ferguson, Missouri, USA, he was involved in a Front Yard Garden Controversy…
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March Update

March Update

Community, Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
Dear Readers, I have received many emails in the last few days, some unsubscribes, and many new subscribers.  Your emails have been a cross section of geography, thought, and opinion. Garden Notes readers span the globe from  Japan, China, and Korea to Brazil, Australia, and Greece, and yes, the United States. Your comments and emails are read, every one, and I always answer personally, but this time, I have to answer publicly because  a) it is a busy gardening year for me, and b) there are simply too many to respond to personally. My former broadcast was blunt and to the point... take reasonable precautions, chance favors the prepared. What is happening in Japan has the potential to affect our food supply greatly. I determined that this affected this list…
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Biggest Threat to the Entire Food Chain

Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
We have all heard of Roundup by now, but did you know that Monsanto's glyphosate-based herbicide, is causing Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), a serious plant disease, in many fields. Study after study shows that glyphosate is contributing not only to the huge increase in SDS, but also to the outbreak of numerous other diseases. Glyphosate is the world's bestselling weed killer; it was patented by Monsanto for use in their Roundup brand, which became more popular when they introduced "Roundup Ready" crops -- genetically modified (GM) plants that can withstand applications of normally deadly Roundup. But the herbicide doesn't destroy plants directly; instead, it creates a unique perfect storm of conditions that activates disease-causing organisms in the soil, while at the same time wiping out plant defenses against those diseases.…
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Winter Garden Salad

Winter Garden Salad

Growing Food, Healthy Eating, Indoor Gardening, Organic Gardening, Year Round Gardening
If it is a bit early to begin growing seeds indoors for transplants for the spring garden where you are, you don't have to wait! Even if you don't have a greenhouse, you make a windowsill winter garden salad. You can eat it within weeks! Grow your own Micro-Greens! Use a window box liner with drainage holes as your container. You will also need a tray to set under it so you won't have a mess. Fill the box with soilless seeding mixture, lightly moistened. Don't fill too full or you will not be able to water without a mess Plant lettuce seeds. Be sure to use the leaf lettuce variety, not the heading types. You can even mix in other greens like kale, arugula, mizuna, mache or corn salad…
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Winter Vegetables

Growing Food, Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening, Year Round Gardening
We often see different vegetables at Thanksgiving dinners like the root vegetables rutabagas and parsnips and Brussels sprouts. If you have grown root vegetables in your garden this year, you can leave them in the ground and harvest them as you need them throughout the winter. To protect them from freezing, mulch them with at least an eight inch layer of hay or straw. Potatoes should be stored in the dark under moderately moist conditions to prevent them from drying out and turning green, 40 to 45 F is a good temperature. Store onions in cooler, dryer conditions. October Gardening Calendar Watering - keep plants, trees, shrubs and lawn watered to help them prepare for winter; pay special attention to new plantings Cleanup remove and dispose of weeds and diseased…
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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Healthy Eating
Whether you carve your pumpkin for a Halloween Jack O'Lantern or plan to use it for baking, be sure to save the seeds for roasting. Pumpkin seeds are rich in Vitamins B, E, and fiber. Homemade baked pumpkin seeds taste better and are healthier for you than the ones you buy in the store, because they are fresher and have less salt. As you scoop out the flesh from your pumpkin, remove as much pulp as you can from the seeds. Rinse the seeds and spread out to dry on a clean dish towel. Spread seeds out evenly on a cookie sheet. Spritz them with a little olive oil and give them just a sprinkle of salt. (Additional seasonings can be added like garlic powder, chili powder, seasoned salt, or…
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7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food

7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food

Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
Not that being part of a trend is ever a good reason to start or learn something new, but if it helps you move forward by being part of the "in" crowd, then you really need to plant your own edible garden this year. That's right, having your own vegetable garden is now trendy. In fact according to the 2009 Edibles Gardening Trends Research Report conducted by the Garden Writer's Association (GWA) Foundation, over 41 million U.S. households, or 38 percent planted a vegetable garden in 2009. And, more than 19.5 million households (18 percent) grew an herb garden and 16.5 million households (15 percent) grew fruits during the same period. The study found that there was a growth in edible gardening from both experienced gardeners and from an influx…
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