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Top 6 most cost-effective vegetables to grow

Top 6 most cost-effective vegetables to grow
There are many benefits to growing your own vegetables, but saving money is not necessarily one of them. Some vegetables are simply cheaper to buy at the grocery store, and no amount of gardening savvy will result in a cost-saving benefit. Over the years we have experimented with many vegetable crops, and while saving money is not the prime reason we grow vegetables, it is a consideration in our choice of what to plant. If you are growing vegetables in the hope of saving money, or want to make the most from limited garden space, here are some suggestions for crops which have delivered real cost savings for us. 1. You may have noticed the price of lettuce has risen considerably in the past two years. In our garden we grow two varieties of leafy lettuce, Magenta (red leaf) and Concept (green leaf). 2. Green bell peppers cost about $1.50 each at our supermarket, and yellow and red peppers are even more expensive due to their extended ripening times. 3. 4. 5. 6. Related:  Garden II

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Self-Cleaning Fish Tank + Garden Turns Waste to Fertilizer Ever forget to clean out the tank? Or water the plants, for that matter? This design kills two birds (but no fish!) with one stone, and doubles as a fun instructional tool for kids learning about how natural systems work. From the makers: “Grow fresh produce right in the comfort of your own home – beans, basil, thyme, baby greens, oregano, mint, parsley, spinach and so many other delicious foods! This closed-loop eco-system uses the fish waste to naturally fertilize the plants above. What started as a Kickstarter project (which got more than enough funding) is now in pre-order mode at Back to the Roots.

The Chikukwa Project by Gillian Leahy and Terry Leahy on Pozible The Chikukwa Project By Gillian Leahy and Terry Leahy Successfully funded on 10 April 2012Payment portal is now closed Any questions about how Pozible works, check out the supporters FAQs. You may also like the following projects. A$1,265 Pledged 33 Days left A$3,070 Pledged 53 Days left A$1,729 Pledged 11 Days left A$20,430 Pledged 14 Hours left A$4,505 Pledged 27 Hours left Growing mushrooms in a laundry basket Thought you might like to see a great way to grow mushrooms outdoors if you have a shady place that gets watered regularly… This technique also works indoors, but the laundry basket is usually bagged or boxed until the straw is completely colonised with mycelium. This technique has both upsides and downsides, but most importantly, it’s easy, and gets people growing mushrooms! Zodd’s oyster mushrooms VelaCreations’ colonised straw Fungifield’s golden oysters VelaCreations’ basket, bagged and ready to fruit VelaCreations’ fruiting oyster mushrooms Grow your own’s oyster mushrooms – delish! At Milkwood Farm, we’ve opted to grow our oyster mushrooms in double buckets. However, many home mushroom propagators use the laundry basket technique, and it illustrates yet another way oyster mushrooms can be grown inside, outside and upside down, once you have the basic knowledge, skills, tools and of course mycelium… mmm mushrooms. >> More posts about mushrooms at Milkwood Farm

Home Canning Preserves Your Home-Grown Fruits and Vegetables Even a modest backyard garden can result in an overabundance of homegrown fruits and vegetables, leading to wasted food. You don't have to stuff yourself full of excess produce, give it all away or let it rot - just can it. Home canning is a great way to preserve your garden harvest. Fresher and tastier than store-bought canned goods, home-canned food saves money and reduces packaging waste, too. Food can be preserved in glass mason jars using either hot water bath or pressure canner methods. Heating the jars kills microorganisms that cause spoilage, and as the jars cool, air pressure seals the lids tightly. You can preserve virtually anything you grow in your garden with home canning. Home Canning Materials To get started, you'll need the following items: The Basics of Canning Food High-acid foods such as tomatoes, jams and jellies can be canned in a hot water bath.

Sherana Sheep and Cattle - Our Damara flock Damara sheep are a pure natural breed, which originated from the Hamites of Eastern Asia and then moved through Egypt into Africa. It is one of the oldest sheep breeds in the world. They were discovered by early German settlers in Namibia and Angola. For many years they were confined to an isolated region of Namibia and Angola (a region once known as "Gross Damaraland"), free of the influence of other breeds. Damara sheep have short glossy hair (resistant to grass seeds) long legs, fat tail, high fertility, hardiness and good mothering and herding instincts. These traits developed under natural selection on the African continent. A Sherana Damara Ram Our original genetics came from "Hall Damara" in Western Australia, who imported them from South Africa, mainly from the flocks of Clynton Collett, the President of the South African Damara Breeders Society. Our sheep flock comprises: Over 100 pure bred ewes and rams from six ewe lines and about 20 ram lines.

How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden | Mama Knows Rating: 7.2/10 (159 votes cast) These little creatures were first discovered by Spanish explorers who called them “joyas voladoras” – translation: “flying jewels”. They are really something else – beautiful to watch and admire. But they are a whole lot more than just one of nature’s wonders. Here are a few interesting facts about these beautiful birds and some of their most common species: If you were to compare hummingbird’s energy to humans, you would learn that a hovering hummingbird has an energy output per unit weight ten times that of a person running 9 miles per hour. Here are some the most common species: Allen's Hummingbird Berylline Hummingbird Black Chinned Hummingbird Blue Throated Hummingbird Board Billed Hummingbird Broad Tailed Hummingbird Buff Bellied Hummingbird Costa's Hummingbird Lucifer Hummingbird While they are mostly attracted to tubular blooms. they also love orange, pink and yellow blooms. I’ll be looking forward to your feedback and ideas. Anna's Hummingbird

How to start a vegetable garden Spring has sprung, and even if you have a black thumb, you may be feeling inspired to dig in the dirt. How about starting a vegetable garden? Though the process involves more than picking a random spot, making holes and planting seeds, taking these simple steps can help ensure a successful growing season. Plan your plot. Test the soil. Purchase the right tools. Prep the soil. Choose the right seeds. Plant your seeds. Keep it up. Have other ideas on how to start a vegetable garden? See also: MNN homepage photo: tboard/Flickr

Our Little Acre: Potatoes in a Barrel We grew potatoes one year. We'd never grown them before, but at my grandma’s urging, accompanied by her recollection of her family growing them in a "truck patch," we decided to plant them. Now this was back when we knew next to nothing about gardening, so we did it just like we were told. (That way we could blame Grandma if things didn’t work out.) We purchased a bag of seed potatoes, which don’t look much like seeds at all. We cut the potatoes into pieces with two or three eyes on each piece and let them dry out for a couple of days. This year, we’re growing them in a new way (for us). Potatoes planted in the barrels on April 3rd broke through the soil on April 17th. As the potato plants grow to about eight inches high, we’ll continue to add soil to about half the height of the stems, and the plants will keep on growing. Potatoes like cool growing weather, so plant them about two to three weeks before your last frost date. ShareThis