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How to Grow and Store Potatoes, Onions, Garlic and Squash, Keeper Crops

How to Grow and Store Potatoes, Onions, Garlic and Squash, Keeper Crops
During the winter months, when the ground is covered by a thick blanket of snow, there’s something particularly satisfying about still being able to eat food from your garden. There are many summer-grown crops including potatoes, onions, garlic, beets, carrots and winter squash, can be stored with relative ease to nourish you right through until the next growing season. Even a modest-size garden can yield a substantial crop of winter keepers. To be successful storing these keeper crops at home, here are a couple factors to keep in mind: Some varieties store better than others, so be sure to seek out the ones that are known to be good keepers. Crops that are harvested at their prime – not before or after – store best. There are so many wonderful kinds and colors of potatoes to choose from: fingerlings, bakers, boilers, white, yellow, pink, red, and even blue. Potatoes can be grown in a standard garden row, in a raised bed or in a container such as a Potato Grow Bag. Onions Garlic Related:  GardeningGarden

One of earliest farming sites in Europe discovered University of Cincinnati research is revealing early farming in a former wetlands region that was largely cut off from Western researchers until recently. The UC collaboration with the Southern Albania Neolithic Archaeological Project (SANAP) will be presented April 20 at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA). Susan Allen, a professor in the UC Department of Anthropology who co-directs SANAP, says she and co-director Ilirjan Gjipali of the Albanian Institute of Archaeology created the project in order to address a gap not only in Albanian archaeology, but in the archaeology in Eastern Europe as a whole, by focusing attention on the initial transition to farming in the region. "For Albania, there has been a significant gap in documenting the Early Neolithic (EN), the earliest phase of farming in the region," explains Allen.

Why YOU Should Raise Rabbits Rabbits produce manure that is arguably the BEST for the gardeners' purposes. It is ready for use with absolutely no composting: no building bins, no heavy work turning the piles, no trucking in loads of manure from animals who may be heavily medicated. Just park an old wheelbarrow under the cage if you like, wheel to the garden, and dump. If you want to water houseplants or tender seedlings, make a manure tea using a quart or more of rabbit droppings soaked in five gallons of water. Let it sit for a day or two, stir a few times, then strain the tea into your watering can to avoid clogging! When the whole of the manure is mixed into soil for growing vegetables, its combination of available nutrients and well broken-down fiber mulch gives incredible results. So what's the cost? What does this splendid organic manure cost? And there would be double satisfaction: at first, saving some small animal lives that would otherwise be wasted. Meat Production

20 Plants for garden pathways which can handle foot traffic There are infinite numbers of plants available to cultivate in your garden. But, there are very few varieties of plants that can be grown on pathways, because most of the plants are too sensitive to tolerate people’s feet. Here is a list of some very common plants which you can use to decorate the walkways of your garden. 1. Irish moss It is one of the most important family member of Moss but much different from other plants of Moss family. 2. They look very pretty with the bright green leaves and become more attractive from the last spring to the arrival of summer when it blooms beautiful yellow flowers. 3. Fascinating Brass Buttons are low growing plants that spread at a high speed. 4. These ornamented plants have an immense and gorgeous look with a sweet fragrance. 5. Creeping Jenny which is also known as money wort in many places is a perennial plant that loves afternoon sun. 6. Beach strawberry is a perennial member of the rose family. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.

Storing Beans and Rice Storing Beans and Rice in Mylar Bags and Five Gallon Buckets Article Submitted by: MooMamma Website: MooSaidTheMamma.blogspot.com It’s no secret to folks who know us that the Hubster and I store food. In fact, as member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we’ve been advised by our church leaders to be self-reliant in all ways and that advice includes setting aside a supply of food. There are many reasons we store food. Job loss, inflation, a year without pay raises, and many more economic stresses and strains top the list these days. Even though the Hubster’s job has been pretty secure there are times when unexpected expenses arise and it’s nice to be able to pay cash for those emergencies and rely on our food storage instead of buying groceries. One way to store food and save money is to buy your dry foods locally and then package them for storage yourself. Here we’re going to show you how to prepare dried beans for long-term storage. These are mylar bags.

Planting A Pineapple Did y’all know that you can take this and turn it into… This? And that this will eventually produce… This? Yes, I’m talking about turning your average, ordinary grocery store pineapple into a tropical showpiece within your home. A plant that is not only impressive but will WOW! Planting a Pineapple 1. 2. 3. In 24 months (sounds better than two years) it will look like this. You will have an actual, large, utterly delicious pineapple in 24-36 months. The thought of growing my own pineapple always makes me smile and giggle just a little bit. Now what am I supposed to do with all of this leftover pineapple? I see something sweet coming soon. While you’re waiting for me to make something yummy with the leftovers, go ahead and plant a pineapple. Be adventurous plant a pineapple. Hugs, Tickled Red *Please bear in mind that I am not a hortoculturist. Tagged as: Gardening, Pineapple, Tropical Fruit

Canned Food Storage We have been looking for a way to store our canned food that takes up less space than just putting them on a shelf. We found inspiration on Pinterest and built our own self-rotating racks! With just a piece of plywood and some 1x3s and some 1x2s. Some L brackets and lots of screws we built this!! And on the wedge we screwed in an L bracket. We screwed two boards with an angled cut at the top to the wall and the rack had boards with opposite angle cuts on the back. Here is the first rack. And here are both! UPDATE We had a request for more information on the canned food rack that we posted a couple of months ago. If I was building it again, I'd use very thin plywood (1/4" or thinner) for the pieces that go on the front of the rack, instead of 1"x2". The angled piece at the bottom of each row of cans was just cut from a 2x4. Then I cut the 2x4 lengthwise in half at an angle. Once I had it cut in half at an angle, I cut the piece into 2-3" wide triangles.

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The Produce Worker's Guide to Storing 25 Common Fruits and Veggies Popular in Food & Drink Unless you belong to a CSA or grow your own garden, produce can take up a huge chunk of your grocery budget, and throwing away food can also feel like throwing away money. As a former professional cook and produce worker, however, I know that getting the most out of your produce can be tricky if you don't know the best way to store or prep it. (See also: Waste Not, Want Not: Stop Throwing Away Your Food!) A note about freezing in general — there's less chance of freezer burn when you use a sealable freezer-weight bag; you can also suck out the air with a drinking straw to ensure that there's no air in the bag before you close it. Whatever your preferred method may be, I've rounded up all 25 items from the previous produce worker's guide to picking produce and laid out some basic prepping and storage tips to help you get the most out of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Avocados Bananas Basil Beets Berries Broccoli Carrots Citrus Corn Cucumbers Eggplant Figs Green Beans Kale

Leafsnap, a new mobile app that identifies plants by leaf shape, is launched by Smithsonian and collaborators  The Smithsonian Institution, Columbia University and the University of Maryland have pooled their expertise to create the world’s first plant identification mobile app using visual search—Leafsnap. This electronic field guide allows users to identify tree species simply by taking a photograph of the tree’s leaves. In addition to the species name, Leafsnap provides high-resolution photographs and information about the tree’s flowers, fruit, seeds and bark—giving the user a comprehensive understanding of the species. Smithsonian botanist John Kress uses the new mobile app to correctly identify a katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) growing in the Smithsonian’s Enid A. Haupt Garden on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. “We wanted to use mathematical techniques we were developing for face recognition and apply them to species identification,” said Peter Belhumeur, professor of computer science at Columbia and leader of the Columbia team working on Leafsnap. You might also like:

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