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Soda Bottle Carrots: a Very Small Kitchen Garden

Soda Bottle Carrots: a Very Small Kitchen Garden
Seventeen days after I planted carrots in a sawed-off soda bottle, young carrot tops had sprouted on the windowsill in my basement. I encourage people who have little space that they can still grow small kitchen gardens. To that end, on May 1st I cut the top off of a two-liter soda bottle, filled the bottle with soil, and planted carrots in it. Mature Container Carrots After three months of growing, a carrot of nearly any variety should be mature. After three months of growth, my container carrots have pathetic tops. So, my container carrots—a variety that matures in 65 days—ought to be dropping seeds all over my deck. The good news is that those sickly-looking carrot tops protrude from very pronounced orange carrot shoulders. Pushing Plants When my container carrots started to look bad, I took some steps to pep them up: I pulled a carrot to provide a bit more space in the soil (I’d planted 11 seeds). The good news: my soda bottle carrot plants have shoulders! If I don’t? Related:  Tips and Tricks

Gardening by the Phases of the Moon The moon has four phases or quarters lasting about seven days each. The first two quarters are during the waxing or increasing light, between the new and the full moon. The third and fourth quarters are after the full moon when the light is waning, or decreasing. Planting by the moon is an idea as old as agriculture, based both in folklore and superstition, but there are scientific ideas to back it up The Earth is in a large gravitational field, influenced by both the sun and moon. The tides are highest at the time of the new and the full moon, when sun and moon are lined up with earth. Just as the moon pulls the tides in the oceans, it also pulls upon the subtle bodies of water, causing moisture to rise in the earth, which encourages growth. For more information about how lunar planting works, including research and references, continue on to the next page, or skip to the topic of your choice. At the new moon, the lunar gravity pulls water up, and causes the seeds to swell and burst.

Make Your Own Rock Candy A wooden skewer (you can also use a clean wooden chopstick) A clothespin 1 cup of water2-3 cups of sugarA tall narrow glass or jar Clip the wooden skewer into the clothespin so that it hangs down inside the glass and is about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the bottom of the glass. (as shown) Remove the skewer and clothespin and put them aside for now. Want colored rock candy? When you mixed the water and sugar you made a SUPER SATURATED SOLUTION.

Helga Meyer, Illustration zum Thema Garten Diverse Gartentipps, Copyright Garten Zeitung Survival Food Series: 25 Survival Seeds You Need For Your Garden Living off the land sounds as inviting as Christmas dinner. But many have hardly had adequate experience being “farmers.” In fact, many have had no experience at all when it comes to planting anything. That being said, the day is slowly approaching where each of us may have to trade in our company identification badges for a shovel and a pair of overalls. Educating yourself on farming topics such as mirco farming, planting for the seasons, natural insect repellents, seed collection and seed storage could help prepare for an upcoming economic crisis. Learn about how many vegetables or fruits the plant will yield. Start Practicing The only way to be fully prepared as far as growing plants is concerned is to practice, practice, practice. With each gardening experience will come more wisdom on how to handle a larger garden. Survival Seeds These seeds that were chosen were based upon their yield quantities, *ease in growing, nutritional content and for the season they are planted in. Sources:

Late Summer Lentil Salad We've been thinking a lot about seasonal transition dishes lately, and warm grain salads fit the bill perfectly. One of our favorites pairs the earthy comfort of a lentil and farro pilaf with a crisp tomato, cucumber, and sweet pepper salad that still sings of summer.Hearty brown or green lentils are combined with farro, which provides a satisfying chewiness; spelt may also be substituted. The pilaf is then topped with a salad inspired by Greek horiatiki salata. The fruit sizes given below are just a guide, you can mix it up according to whichever varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers are available and tastiest at the moment. Although we haven't included classic Greek salad ingredients such as feta cheese and olives here, they can also add a nice touch. Late Summer Lentil SaladServes 4 to 6 For the pilaf1 cup farro1 cup lentils1 teaspoon salt1 bay leafExtra virgin olive oil To make pilafPut farro, 4 cups water, and salt in a medium or large pot. (Image: Gregory Han and Emily Ho)

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9 Steps To Starting A Survival Garden In a time of economic uncertainty and rising food prices, it it always a good idea to have a garden to provide extra food for you and your family. Besides providing a source of food in an emergency, a garden is also a great source of wonderful vegetables which are MUCH healthier to eat than most of the food you can get at the supermarket. So how do you begin? #1) Decide What Your Goals Are - Do you want to grow enough just to add a few vegetables to your dinner once in a while? Some people who want to live "off the grid" end up building a garden large enough that it will provide almost all of the food that their family needs. #2) Evaluate Your Land - Once you know what your goals are, you need to evaluate the land that you are currently living on. If you decide that you want a "mega-garden" but you live in a condo, then you may have to end up moving to achieve your goals. #4) Improve The Soil - It is almost a certainty that you soil will need a boost. So what is the solution? Comments

10 Vegan Lunch Ideas. I almost skipped lunch today. But then I reminded myself that there is one situation when I should never skip lunch: when I am hungry! Get my ten vegan lunch ideas and pull off lunch.. More often than I'd like to admit, I slack on lunch when I am indeed hungry. Sounds silly. It makes no sense really, but I'm sure you know what I mean. But today I pulled myself out of my chair amidst smoothie book writing and into the kitchen where I did in fact pull off lunch. Site Update: Visual Index. And heads up - BIG giveaway starts tomorrow! 10 Easy Vegan Lunch Ideas note: some of these recipes are easier/faster than others - and some can even be made ahead of time to easily pull from the fridge or reheat. 1. I paired this meal with baby carrots and a Grapefruit Smoothie: 1 large grapefruit, peeled. Grapefruit + Banana + Blueberry Smoothie: (OK, so that was my lunch today. 2. Also try.. 3. Try my Bagel-wich Sandiwch & Lemonade Frosty. 4. 5. I also love love love slaw salads. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. BONUS.

Documented Results Demonsrtation Here is a video and step by step pictorial on how to use the revolutionary new Air-Propagator. For more details, click on the link at the bottom of the page, below the korean demonstration video, to download the pdf instruction sheet. Wound the stem Using a sharp knife or cable cutter, make two parallel cuts about 1” apart around the stem. Caution: Don’t cut through the stem. Remove the Bark Remove the bark and cambium (inner layer bark) around the stem between two cuts made. Apply Rooting Hormone Apply rooting hormone around the exposed stem with a brush. Place Soil Disks and Add Water Place a soil disk in each air propagator shell. Attach Air Propagator to Stem Attach a plastic tie around the stem about 2” below the exposed stem. Next, carefully put two air-propagators together around the exposed stem on the plastic tie. Secure Air Propagator Shells Together Using plastic ties or metal binder clip, securely attach air-propagator shells together. Check Progress After 6-8 Weeks

Survival Garden, Be Prepared For Disaster or Food Shortage Emergency Growing A Survival Garden May Soon Become A Necessity! Have you considered that... survival gardening may soon be a true matter of survival and not just a choice? With the rapid decline of our financial system and food supply, grocery store produce and other products, may soon be at a crisis level shortage like we have never seen. At that point, gardening would no longer be a "choice" for a more self sufficient lifestyle, it would be a matter of survival for everyone! With the costs of living rising all the time, you can see the practical benefits of growing your own garden... you can save money, increase your family's health, and become more self sufficient all at the same time by growing vegetables in your backyard. Take advantage of whatever garden space you have, even if your garden may not provide all the food that you need, it will have a dramatic effect in reducing your food bill. Consider some of the benefits of growing your own garden... 1. Small Garden Space Larger Garden Space

44 Vegan Lunch Ideas! I posted a picture of my delicious vegan sandwich on the My Vegan Journal Facebook Page, and MVJ “fans” were kind enough to share what they were eating for lunch too! Although we couldn’t all sit around at a giant table & enjoy the feast (how awesome would THAT be?!), it was really nice to see what a HUGE variety of vegan lunches everyone was enjoying around the world! Check it out! Everything sounds good to me! I also posted a few of my lunch pictures! 1) I just enjoyed a super scrumptious lightly toasted Tofurky & avocado sandwich on rye with some crunchy organic carrots & grapes for lunch! 2) I ate an Amy’s vegan spinach pizza for lunch 3) One of my go-to favs, quesadilla! 4) Tofurky with tomato, raw onion, tofutti cheese slice, veganaise on some good toasted bread! 5) i had a bowl of potatoes kale and falafel lol 6) I made Upside Down Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Caulipots from Appetite for Reduction for a week’s worth of lunches. 9) vegetable brown rice sushi and some soy chips