Awesome Dried Mango Recipe

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Is Your Garden Prepped to Survive Winter and Flourish Next Spring?

Is Your Garden Prepped to Survive Winter and Flourish Next Spring?

By implementing a few simple gardening techniques to your garden in the fall you can help nurture a healthier vegetable garden that’s enriched and revitalized when the spring growing season rolls around. You’ll also enjoy the benefits of a more productive vegetable patch and harvest fresh produce far earlier and with less effort.

Fall Garden Clean-Up

The first step is to shift some of the routine gardening tasks that you normally perform in the springtime, and instead take care of them during the fall. At the end of your summer growing season clear out all of the weeds, garden debris, spent vines, and any left over fruits and vegetables that weren’t harvested, rather than allowing these items to remain in the garden over the winter.

This “garden-cleaning” will speed spring cultivation work, eliminate left over fruits and vegetables whose seeds can turn into unwanted volunteers next summer, prevent weeds from becoming established during autumn, and reduce the likelihood that insect pests and diseases spend the winter nice and comfy in your garden beds.

While you’re at it, also remove and store those plant stakes, cages, trellises, and gardening tools that are scattered about throughout the garden. A little care will reward you with a longer useful life and avoid loss and damage to expensive gardening equipment.

Cultivating the Soil in Autumn

Autumn is also a great time to apply and incorporate compost, mushroom soil, or even leaves into the garden beds. This will give the organic soil amendments additional time to break down or mellow, and will also reduce the risk of burning or over-fertilizing young seedlings in the spring.

If you till or cultivate your garden in the fall, do so very shallowly to avoid bringing weed seeds that were buried in the soil up to the surface levels where they can easily germinate. I garden in raised beds which eliminates the need for tilling the soil altogether.

With raised beds a quick turning of the soil surface of the beds with a digging fork or wheel hoe is all that’s ever needed before planting. Raised beds are never walked on and they naturally resist the compaction that forces many gardeners to till their garden each spring.

Stretching the Growing Season

Once your garden is nice and tidy, why not plant something? There are a number of cool weather crops, especially leafy greens such as lettuce, kale, collards, mustard, and spinach that will grow right into winter and provide you with plenty of delicious fresh produce from the garden.

It doesn’t stop there; these same plants can actually survive winter in the garden and produce additional harvests in early spring. So, from a single planting you receive multiple harvests of tasty leafy greens, protect the garden’s soil over the winter, and prevent weeds from growing unchecked in an empty garden bed.

Not interested in fall vegetable production? Well how about planting a cover crop, also known as a green manure, to protect and enrich your garden’s soil over the winter, as well as to crowd out weed growth? There’s a long list of crops that can be planted as a fall cover crop and remain in place until they are turned under to enrich the soil in the spring.

Annual Ryegrass is my favorite choice for planting in autumn to serve as a quick growing, green manure. If it doesn’t survive the winter it will still provide cover and is easier to turn under than many of the other green manure crops. A few other choices include winter rye, rape, barley, and Austrian Peas. Even everyday edible vegetable crops such as fava beans, peas, kale, and mustard can function as fall cover crops.

Fall Mulches for the Garden Bed

Think it’s too late for you to sow a cover crop in your garden? Well at the very least you can cover the garden during fall and winter with a mulch of compost, mushroom soil, or a layer of leaves. A three or four inch layer of shredded leaves in particular will restrict weed growth and encourage earthworm activity. The leaves can be incorporated into the soil in the spring, or be removed and composted.

Speaking of leaves, they’re abundant and free in most areas to anyone willing to go out and gather them up. Shredding will make the leaves easier to handle and store. Each fall I use a leaf blower to shred all the leaves that I can get my hands on and store what I can’t use right away until springtime.

Implement these ideas this fall and your garden will be protected from the elements and erosion while you improve the texture and fertility of your soil and encourage the activity of earthworms and soil organisms all year-round. You’ll also experience less weed growth, harvest more fresh produce and get your garden off to a quicker start in the spring.

Regardless of the season it’s a great idea to keep something growing, or at least covering your garden at all times. Be sure to visit my website to discover additional timely ideas and tips for growing and improving your backyard garden and edible landscape.

Kenneth Point has been gardening for over thirty years including managing production on an organic farm in Pennsylvania. For free tips visit his blog at http://www.veggiegardeningtips.com which contains ideas on fall vegetable gardening and other information related to growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs in the home garden.

Video Recipe: Mango Lassi

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Anti-inflammatory Properties of Sea Vegetables

Anti-inflammatory Properties of Sea Vegetables

Our bodies undergo an interesting transformation when we have a part of our body experiencing disease or infection. That area of our body usually becomes inflamed (it swells). On our skin, we notice an infection as a red spot around the area and that it hurts to touch it or the surrounding area. Similarly, an internal organ or a bone joint experiences the same inflammation. This is your body telling your mind that there is a serious problem that demands attention.

The inflammation is caused by an increase in blood to the affected area. But the increase is not always good for you. When an athlete is hurt or bruised, one of the first treatments is ice. The ice reduces the inflammation and allows the healing process to begin and complete more quickly.

We can examine a simple case of heartburn. People who suffer from chronic heartburn are often diagnosed with have acid reflux disease and prescribed the little purple pill. Acid reflux inflames your inner organs and causes a burning or nauseous sensation that can be very uncomfortable and sometimes painful.

Interestingly, sea vegetation has been proven to control and even stop inflammation from occurring. While some people may see this as turning off a defense mechanism, it is not. When we experience disease, sickness or injury, there is usually some level of inflammation with it and the inflammation typically hurts and can spread. There is a natural occurring chemical in sea vegetation that can stop or reduce inflammation from occurring in our bodies.

The use of sea vegetation to stop or reduce inflammation from occurring in our bodies has been used for many years and by people from cultures from all over the world. Eastern cultures such as those in Japan and China and those in India have very successfully used sea vegetation for heartburn and other inflammatory problems. The use of sea vegetables to stop or reduce inflammation is growing in popularity in Western cultures with the introduction of liquid supplements that contain sea vegetables as one of their main ingredients.

There are a number of varieties of sea vegetation and each is a different color. Scientists and naturalists use colors to categorize the different varieties. The brown sea vegetable used to fight inflammation, acid reflux disease, and other problems is called Fucus Vesiculosus. That

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Organic Skin Care

Organic Skin Care

A natural botanical, organic plants extracts and essential minerals promote cell regeneration and provides anti oxidant calls organic skin care. There a huge progress has been notified in organic skin care treatment in recent times. A very first thing comes up in a mind, how to make your skin healthier and younger? A healthy skin is an important for looking younger and beautiful. Organic skin care is using natural organic skin care materials instead of using products contains chemical or harmful ingredients material. Now you may be thinking over that, what are the natural organic skin care products? These organic skin care products can be easily found near you anytime; yes fruits and vegetables are the best natural organic skin care products.

It is everyone’s belief that products made by natural organic products like cucumber, Apple, papaya, ginger are the best for use because they didn’t carry any chemical ingredients with them. Ordinary skin care products contain chemical ingredients and we apply those products on our skin daily, which kills our skin cell and gives our skin a deadly look. On the other hand organic skin care products are made from natural ingredients using fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

 

Benefits of Organic skin care products

 

No Side effects – With the using of natural organic skin care products is purely natural and it didn’t cause any side effect on your skin.

 

All Natural – These organic products contains fruits and fresh vegetables ingredient.

This contains no harmful or chemical ingredients.

 

Environment Friendly – These natural organic skin care products exist into environment naturally, where chemicals products are unable to exist into nature’s way.

 

Choosing best organic skin care product

 

There are many natural organic skin care products online. But it depends on you that how to choose the right one for your skin? I have reviewed many organic skin care products and found few of them a useful and innovative. A little search over the internet or web can gives you a best natural product, you are looking for? If you would like to read about natural skin care can go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_skin_care

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Organic Pest Control Gardening for Greenhouse Gardeners

Organic Pest Control Gardening for Greenhouse Gardeners

Eating organic produce is a growing trend in today’s eco-conscious and health centric world.  To that end, many families have turned to growing their own food at home so they can ensure a completely organic diet, and greenhouse gardening is one means of growing produce almost year-round.  However, even the strictest organic gardener must have some method of controlling common garden pests.  In this article, we’ll explore some organic pest control methods for greenhouse gardeners.

One of the major benefits of greenhouse gardening, aside from the obvious fact that your gardening activities can be extended into cooler months of the year, is that a greenhouse provides a physical barrier against some pests.  For example, moles, rabbits, and birds will not be an issue when cultivating plants in a greenhouse.  Greenhouses do also provide some added protection against various insects, though it is still possible to have infestations of common garden insects inside a greenhouse, so we’ll focus our organic pest control methods on insects.

One of the easiest ways to repel insects is through companion planting.  Almost every variety of insect has an aversion to some particular plant or another.  For example, marigolds planted among beans or potatoes will repel Colorado potato beetles and Mexican bean beetles.  Chives or garlic planted among lettuce or peas will deter aphids, and nasturtiums planted throughout your vegetables will deter a whole host of pests including cucumber beetles and squash bugs.  This is only a very small example of the various types of plants that can be paired together to repel pests.  For a more complete list, refer to a gardening resource book or website.

When companion planting doesn’t work, it may be time to take your organic pest control to the next level: applications.  There are numerous organic products on the market that can be applied to your plants to deter garden pests.  Simply make a visit to your local nursery or garden center and you’ll be presented with an array of options ranging from predator urine in concentrated form to various fish oils and soaps.  Without spending a lot of money, one inexpensive homemade application is a mixture of water and dish detergent.  Begin with a very weak mixture, approximately 1 tablespoon of dish soap to a gallon of water.  Spray carefully onto a few leaves of one or two plants, and then watch the plants closely over the next day to be sure the foliage doesn’t die back.  If the few sprayed leaves respond well, then you can spray the solution over the entire plant, making sure to spray both the tops and bottoms of all leaves.  If this doesn’t kill the insects, you may need a stronger solution, up to 3 tablespoons of soap per gallon of water.  Just be sure to carefully test each stronger solution on a few leaves before spraying all over your plants.

When all else fails, manually picking insects off your plants can be effective, too, if the infestation hasn’t gotten too out of control.  Pick off all adult insects, and be sure to gather any eggs and larvae as well.  If you do this twice daily over a period of a week, you should notice the damage to your plants reduced considerably.

There is no doubt that organic gardening will continue to gain in popularity as the world becomes more aware of environmental and health concerns caused by chemical pesticides and fertilizers.  Growing your own produce at home is easy and inexpensive, and greenhouse gardeners who want to go organic shouldn’t be deterred by concerns about garden pests.  There are many tried and true methods of organic pest control that have worked for farmers for centuries, and they will work for you at home, too.

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Organizing Lessons From My Garden

Organizing Lessons From My Garden

 

One of the reasons that I like being organized is that I hate to waste time, money or energy.  Also, I can’t bear that nasty sensation in the pit of my stomach when I realize that because I wasn’t prepared for it, an opportunity just passed me by. 

 

In recent years I’ve discovered the joys of having my own vegetable garden.  It’s a great feeling to wander out the back door and pick your own salad or herbs to go with dinner.  The price is right and the flavor can’t be beat!  But, I’ve learned that in order to take full advantage of this opportunity, I HAVE to be organized.

 

I live in the Northeast, where our growing season is only from mid-May to the end of October (early November if we’re lucky.)  I would prefer to start as much as possible from seed, because the savings and variety available are so much better. Some lessons I’ve learned over the years:

 

¨      If I don’t plan carefully, my plants will either be too small to go out at the ideal time (or they’ll be overgrown) and I’ll have to pay significantly more to buy them at the garden shop (or do without.)

¨      If I don’t spread my fertilizer early enough, then it will be too strong and damage my plants. 

¨       Planting cover crops way back in the fall will go a long way towards a better crop next season.

¨      Also, if I wait too long to buy manure, there won’t be any left.  (Cuz all the other gardeners beat me to it!)

¨      If I don’t plan & plot out my gardens beds, I won’t be able to make the most efficient use of my space.

 

Now, you may not be the least bit interested in gardening, and that’s fine, but consider for a minute some of the applications this has to other opportunities in life.

 

¨      It’s the dead of winter, and it feels like spring will never come, but you know it will eventually.  What do you have to do to be prepared? (Or for summer, or fall, or winter . . . you know what I mean.)

¨      Sure, you can sometimes manage to catch up if you procrastinate, but at what cost?

¨      What lessons did you learn from the last time around?  Have you made an effort to apply them and improve you system for this time?

¨      What tasks need to be done when for the best use of your time, money & energy?  Do you have a system in place to help remind you?

¨      What planning ahead do you need to do to make the most of any opportunities that may come your way?

 

Like I always say, organizing is not an end in and of itself, it’s a means to an end.  I hope considering these questions and their answers will help us all to make the most of the gifts we’ve been given.

 

Blessings,

 

Sandy 

 

P.S. I’ve also learned that plants don’t care how they’re organized.  They’ll grow whether the rows are straight, crooked or zig-zaggy.  One less thing to worry about! 

Sandy Huntress is a successful educator in the arena of organization. She has authored three popular ebooks: 16 Secrets of Naturally Organized People, Decluttering, Demystified, as well as, Paper, Paper, Everywhere (And You Can’t Find a Thing!)

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How To Start Organic Home Gardening

How To Start Organic Home Gardening

The quest for safer, more nutritious produce has turned many on to the idea of organic home gardening. Organic gardening is not a complex task to undertake and it doesn’t take a lot of money to begin. With a few basics and a plot of ground, you can begin your own organic home right in your own backyard. We’ve got the steps to get you started in organic home gardening, so you will be ready to plant your own crops as soon as the next growing season rolls around.

The first step in beginning your own organic home gardening experience is to understand exactly what we mean by organic gardening. An organic garden is one that does not use chemical fertilizers, pesticides or synthetic ingredients of any kind. Instead, elements from nature are used to feed and protect the crops so they can grow as naturally as possible. Organic gardens are good for the environment as well as healthy and nutritious for the people who eat their harvests.

The first step in successful organic home gardening is a healthy soil in which crops of all kinds can thrive. The way to get nutrient-rich soil without relying on chemical fertilizers is through natural compost that comes right from your own garbage pail. These ingredients can be kept in a makeshift compost bin right in your own backyard, until it is ready to be added to your garden soil. Avoid adding ingredients to your compost pile like plants that have previously been treated with chemical pesticides, meat or dairy products or animal waste.

Once it is time to ready your garden soil for planting, begin by adding your organic compost and then spade it into the rest of the soil. You can also perform a soil test on a sampling of your soil to ensure it is appropriately balanced with all the nutrients your garden will need to thrive. You can opt to have your soil tested professionally by taking it into your local extension office or nursery, or you can test it at home using a kit you purchase from your garden center. Preparing the soil is probably the most important step in the entire process, since healthy soil reduces the risk of pests or diseases harming your crops.

Organic home gardening is an excellent way to expand your gardening repertoire. When you begin with your own organic compost and healthy soil, you are much more likely to enjoy healthy, thriving crops. A bountiful harvest will ensure everyone in your family appreciates your organic gardening efforts to the fullest.

If you are interested in finding out more information about Organic Gardening then check out this great site which is full of great articles at Gardeners Supply and start transforming your garden today.

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