How to Grow Cucumbers

How to Grow Cucumbers

Growing Food
Learn How to Plant, Pick and Preserve This Crisp Vining Squash Ever hear the phrase "cool as a cucumber"? Whoever originated the phrase knew their fruits; the inside of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air, making it the perfect snack or accompaniment to a mid-summer's feast. Although commonly thought of as a vegetable, the cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is classified as a fruit, belonging to the family of watermelon, pumpkins, zucchini, and other squashes. Cucumbers are at their best from May-July. Although commonly thought of as a vegetable, the cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is classified as a fruit. [caption id="attachment_2181" align="alignleft" width="237"] cucumbers grow on vines[/caption] History of Cucumbers Cucumbers are among the most ancient of cultivated vegetables and are thought to have originated in…
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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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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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EMERGENCY: Nuclear Meltdown Underway. Brace for Nuclear Fallout.

Food Supply, Weather
EMERGENCY: YOU MUST TAKE ACTION NOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY. READ CAREFULLY AND TAKE ACTION. Dearest friends and family, I never imagined that I would ever in my life-time write an email with a subject line like this one. I am nearly in tears and at a loss for words, but it has to be written. It has been a most unimaginable 72 hours of changes both in the world, as well as the life of our family. As you may now know, the nuclear core meltdown at the Japanese nuclear power plant is underway. As of this writing, these reports are not "officially" confirmed, as the Japanese Government is trying to do everything it can to suppress and "downplay" the information, there is just no way to…
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Tomatoes – Pests and Disease

Tomatoes – Pests and Disease

Growing Food
Although tomatoes are relatively easy to grow, there can be problems with a variety of tomato pests and disease. The most common tomato pests and disease Aphids - I wouldn't use pesticides when there is such an easy way to kill them. An organic way of dealing with them is to spray with soapy water. Greenhouse whitefly - use the same methods as for aphids. Potato cyst eelworm - rotate planting so tomatoes (and potatoes) are not planted in the same place every year. Tomato Mosaic Virus - symptons are mottled yellow curled leaves sometimes with brown steaks on the stems. The only thing to do is to destroy the entire plant including roots and fruit. Don't put it in the compost, it is better to burn it. Pototo Blight…
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Starting Tomatoes from Seed

Starting Tomatoes from Seed

Growing Food
There are many advantages seed planting your own tomatoes Starting tomatoes from seed is a very rewarding experience. Watching them grow from a tiny (and tomato seed ARE tiny!) seed into a towering plant full of the most delicious taste experience ever is tremendously fun! It may have a few days of hard work involved, depending on how many tomato plants you decide to grow, but still, fun! You can eat them within minutes of picking them so they are as fresh as possible. You can grow them without using chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Even if you do resort to chemicals, you know what you have used and you can ensure you don't use them when the fruit is on the plants. You can grow tastier and better varieties than…
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