Using Root Cellars to Preserve Food

Food Supply
With cold weather upon us, everyone should be working to save your harvest, either by storing or preserving. Canning, drying, and freezing, are good ways of preserving your crops such as beans, corn, peas, peppers, summer squash, and tomatoes. They need to be done immediately after picking, while crops are fresh and tasty. Whether you cold-store or preserve your produce depends on the type of food you've grown, your facilities, and your family's eating preferences. A good website for learning to preserve your vegetables is Pantry Paratus. Cold storage of vegetables such as cabbage, beets, carrots, potatoes, squash, and turnips can give you the best tasting and healthiest food of the four methods, and may even be the least expensive in the long run. And you can eat every one…
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How to Store Root Crops

Food Storage, Food Supply, Self Sufficiency
Learn how to store your root crops. Don't lose a single plant to waste by learning how to store them safely and with the most taste intact. Have your fall garden of root crops mature as late as possible by planting as late as possible. Cold weather sweetens the roots and you'll be putting the freshest produce into a cool root cellar, garage or back porch. Leave your last planting in the ground until the roots are fully mature; they'll store better if they're protected by a thicker skin. Whether you're going to eat most of your vegetables fresh, or you intend to freeze, can, or store them in a root cellar, a good rule of thumb is to harvest as close to the time you're going to eat or…
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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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Soil PH Preferences for Garden Vegetables

Soil & Compost
How to use the information in the chart. To make the best of the above lists, group plants with similar soil requirements. Also, avoid planting trees, shrubs, vegetables, flowers and herbs in an unsuitable pH. For example, lilac bushes won't do much if their feet are sitting in acid soil, while potatoes will be dotted with scab if the soil is too sweet. (Note: Don't use them as your only guide because other factors may lead to poor performance.) Plants are listed here in columns according to the pH level they prefer. Note that some are very sensitive to pH levels outside their tolerant range, in which case they will appear in more than one column even though they are colored yellow as being "sensitive". This green background means that…
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Health is a blessing that money cannot buy

Health, Healthy Eating
One of the key ingredients for a great life is good health and good health is derived from good nutrition. One part of good health is exercising right and the other is to eat right. The risk of acquiring diseases can be reduced by controlling the diet and the amount of intake of certain foods. While most of us eat for taste, we forget the nutrition value of the same. Fruits: Why Fruits? To start with, they are the most natural form of food. Most fruits contain water, fiber, proteins and vitamins that are required for our day to day life and they are fat and cholesterol free. Citrus fruits can help detoxify your body. Eating fruits directly may have a better health effect as opposed to fruit juices that…
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