A Quick Guide to Composting For Every Season

A Quick Guide to Composting For Every Season

By Kristina Phelan Many homeowners think that composting is just a spring and summer activity, but a well-groomed compost pile needs attention all throughout the year. That may sound like too much work, but it’s quite easy if you follow these simple steps to care for your compost pile throughout every season. Spring is When to Make the Most Out of Your Compost Most experienced gardeners use their matured compost pile in the spring to add...

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The Health Benefits of Gardening

The Health Benefits of Gardening

By Uma Campbell Many people choose to take up gardening because they enjoy seeing (and eating) the fruits of their labor once their plants begin to grow. But the beauty of blooming flowers and the taste of organic home-grown produce are not the only rewards that can be reaped from gardening. So what are these other, “hidden” benefits of gardening? 1. Gardening Improves Mental Health Numerous studies have shown that gardening can...

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Water for Food Preservation – Everything You Need to Know

Water for Food Preservation – Everything You Need to Know

By Uma Campbell Food is perishable by nature. It easily falls victim to bacteria and fungi and soon starts to degrade. Food spoilage can have fatal consequences. Traditional food preservation methods have been used over the years to protect food supplies from spoilage. Although these methods are effective, they have a negative impact on foods’ taste and flavor. The modern day, enlightened consumer is no longer interested in the...

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Tips for Harvesting Figs

Tips for Harvesting Figs

Ah…figs…the fruit of the Gods. I look forward to every late August with gusto and dream of ripe, juicy figs the rest of the year! We have 7 Brown Turkey Fig trees, 2 Black Mission Trees, and 2 Kadotas with the white/pink flesh. There is an art to picking figs that must be adhered to if you are to fully enjoy their magic. The trick is picking them when they are totally ripe but just before they ferment. I watch our trees and their...

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Reveling in the September Garden Harvest

Reveling in the September Garden Harvest

Glorious September! This time of year our garden is so fecund that we can eat most meals directly out of our garden with only limited trips to the store. We planted 15 tomatoes, all heirloom varieties and mostly my favorite Cherokee Purple. We planted about 8 cantaloupes and a few honeydew melons. I discovered this year the cantaloupes just fall off the stem when they’re done – no need to figure out elaborate systems to know when...

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