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Grow Your Own With AeroGarden 3

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech,

Aerogarden 3We now have tomatophobia, seriously. Because of all the tainted fruits (yes, tomatoes are fruit,) not being able to be traced (since produce doesn’t generally have RFID tags on them,) we stopped eating them unless they are locally grown. Now you can grow your own with AeroGarden’s latest model. It features a Deluxe-Grow Bulb which they promise will deliver faster germination, more growth and higher amounts of yield. At a size of 9 1/2 x 11 x 20-inches, the AeroGarden 3 comes with 3 seed kits for $99.95.

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Wanting To Live A More Organic Lifestyle

Posted by Jenni Burns Categories: Farming, Health, Trends, Organic, America,

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Many people would love to buy produce, organic meat, and live a more wholesome life. But what stops most of us? Money, time and space. The mindset I’ve struggled with is, “I can’t buy organic because it’s too expensive,” or “I don’t have the space to have a because we have such a small yard.” My husband, Chris, found this website called Path to Freedom, that really challenges those limiting mindsets. The website is put together by a family who lives in urban Pasadena, California. This family has turned their small 1/5 acre lot into a rich garden with around 400 varieties of edible plants, supplying nourishment for them as well as a sustaining organic produce company. I found this site interesting and extremely inspiring. Take a look at their site and see if it doesn’t inspire you to turn your rose bushes into string beans!

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Storing Garden Abundance: Freezing

Posted by Janie Franz Categories: How To, Storage Tips, Fruit, Vegetables,

Canning JarsIn years past, almost every woman in America canned or dried garden produce. Some of us still do today. With the advent of bigger and better freezers, more people have opted to freeze fruits and vegetables. You can still get great information about canning and freezing from your County Extension office in your city or town. Or, you can go to the library and find books about canning safety and recipes to use with a pressure cooker or water-bath canner.

Most fruits and vegetables can be blanched briefly in hot water and then put into freezer bags. Label each bag with the contents and the date it was frozen. Freezer bags can be stacked easily or put into cartons in the freezer.

Herbs can also be frozen. Wash them well, pack in small quantities, and freeze them as flat as you can.  You can usually break off a bit as you need it. Frozen herbs are best used in foods that will be cooked.


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