Growing Spinach

growing spinach Spinach grows faster in well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or composted manure and a pH of 6.5 to 7.In grow spinach twice a year, plant about 4-6 weeks before the last frost spring and after 6-8 weeks before the first frost in the fall. Transplant Bonnie arrives at the local time for spring and autumn sowing. plants transplanted into the recommended label space.growing spinach If you do not have the label, good space in general is about 12-18 cm distance, which gives the leaves room to achieve full tender leaves size.For, anime spinach to grow rapidly and uninterrupted through the amendment of soils rich in nitrogen such as blood meal, cottonseed meal, manure or compost or timed-release fertilizer incorporated into the soil before planting.growing spinach Or, use liquid fertilizer such as Bonnie Plant herbs and vegetables regularity of the rapid growth of food. Dilute according to instructions on the label.

Warmer weather makes spinach to bolt. The leaves are not as good taste when the plant is in full bloom.growing spinach
When spinach starts screwing in a hot climate, it has a bitter taste and is ready to be removed. Plants are tall and slender with thick stems when they begin to bloom.growing spinach

In spring, the plants will grow tall and bloom (called bolting) when the days are longer than 14 hours.growing spinach Heat also accelerates flowering, spinach prefer temperatures between 35 and 75 Correnta degrees.Our variety is slow to bolt tests in the research farm of the Oregon State University in Corvallis, has lasted longer than others without screwing. People who do not have the luxury of Correnta temperate assess the extent of spring crops in the country.growing spinach

Because it bolts into the lengthening days of spring spinach is a popular crop in the fall, when the days are short and cold. growing spinach The plants are hardy, resistant to cold as adolescents with low 20s very cold temperatures, once they are well established. This quality makes it ideal for the winter in Zone 8 and south.

In cold climates, some gardeners plant spinach in a cold frame or cover plants with hay and let the winter, but it will be the first to produce a crop in early spring.growing spinach

Growing Beets

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Days before harvest / collection and preservation:
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It varies with the variety, but about 55 days from seed.
Harvesting Beets: You can start harvesting green when there is a couple of inches high. The greens are softer before they reach 6 "Beet roots are ready to harvest when they are about 1 ½ -. 2." In diameter. Large roots are harder and more fibrous.
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Harvest by pulling or digging. Allow at least 1 "goes through, to prevent bleeding during cooking.
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Storage Beets: Beets are ideal cellar vegetables can be stored for 3-4 months at near-freezing temperatures with high humidity (98-100 per cent). Beets can also be canned, pickled or frozen.

Varieties available:

"Burpee's Golden" - beautiful yellow-orange, but more capricious during growth.
"Chioggia" - the inheritance of red and white concentric circles
"Detroit Dark Red '- Ideal for eating fresh or canned and extraction.
'Mini Ball' - beet individual size. Ideal for containers.
Beet grown in pots:

Its compact habit makes a good choice for continaers beets. Containers should be at least 8 to 12 "deep and has good drainage sure to keep the pot and waterered ..
Small beet varieties, such as "Mini Ball" and "Ball Baby ', they do very well in containers.

Planting Beets and growth points:
Sun: From the beets are roots, a light, you prefer a well-drained soil. They must be removed rocks, clay and anything that can interfere with root development.growing beets
When planting beets:

Spring: Wait until the soil has warmed and dried. A soil temperature of 50 degrees F (10 degrees C) is ideal. Beets can be planted on every 3 weeks for a longer harvest.
Fall: beet seedlings can begin once the night temperatures start cooling. Be sure to leave about 1 month before the first expected frost,growing beets the last planting.
Planting Beets: Beets are good and always transplant the seeds are planted. Beet seed packets is actually seeds 4-6 strands. You can plant the whole group and bad and use green when they get a few inches in height or try to separate the groups in each seed before planting. The surest way to do this is to run gently roll over the mountains.growing beets Be careful not to crush the seeds. Personally,growing beets I find it easier just to clarify the small greens.

Beet seed to germinate can be slow because of its hard outer shell. Dip clusters of seeds overnight help smooth the skin and the germination rate. You can still use the old trick of planting radish sprouts quickly in the same row as the beet. growing beets This helps to define the line and loosen the soil.growing beets When the beets begin to grow, radishes are ready to be thrown.
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Another tip is to cover seed germination in the garden with vermiculite, peat or other non-crust. This prevents warm moist seed, but does not prevent it breaks through the surface. This trick is very useful in gardens with less than ideal soil.growing beets

Beet cultivation with a portion of the root in the ground, so that the seeds do not need to be planted deeply. 1/2 "to 1" deep enough, planting deeper than global temperature.
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Beets are planted only about 2-3 "on the other. This is the roots need space and when the leaves begin to grow together, provide a cooling mulch the roots. You can plant in rows, lines or blocks. It is easier to simply scatter the seed and thin for the recommended spacing. cloudy Everything can be consumed.growing beets

Planting Pumpkins

planting pumpkins Pests
Squash bugs and cucumber beetles are common. Rent your county extension for controls.
Powdery mildew
Low light, lots of fertilizer, the weather at the time of flowering, and reduced activity of pollinating insects can reduce fruit.planting pumpkins
Cucumber beetles and squash bugs can invest pumpkins, especially in late summer.
Harvest / Storage
Your best bet is to collect pumpkins to mature. They keep better that way. No pick pumpkins from the vine,planting pumpkins because they have reached the desired size. If you want small pumpkins, buy a small variety.planting pumpkins
A pumpkin matures when your skin takes a deep solid color (orange for most varieties).
When the pumpkin inch, peel feels his hard and hollow. Press the cloves into the skin of the pumpkin, and if it resists puncture,planting pumpkins it is ripe.
To harvest pumpkin, cut the fruit of the vine carefully with a sharp knife or shears, or break. Make sure not to cut too close to the pumpkin, a generous amount of the stem (3-4 inches) increase the time pumpkin maintenance.
Handle with care or pumpkins can bruise.
Pumpkins must be cured in the sun for a week to harden the skin and then stored in a cool, dry basement or anywhere around 55 ° C.planting pumpkins
If you get a lot of vines and flowers, but no pumpkins, you need more bees in your garden to pollinate the flowers. Pushing colored beside his pumpkin patch this year and can get more bees and butterflies flowers!
Recommended varieties planting pumpkins
"Jack is little variety" of miniature pumpkin, perfect for a festive table. Vine variety. Days to maturity of 90-100 days.
planting pumpkins 'Autumn Gold' ideal for carving, decoration. WINNER SELECTION All-America. Grape. Excellent for the Jack-o-lanterns. Precocity are generally 100 to 120 days.
"Treat Sugar hybrid semi-bush. Ideal for cooking. Precocity are generally 100 to 120 days.
Variety jumbo Atlantic giant dill "can reach 200 pounds.planting pumpkins Ideal for those who want to grow a giant pumpkin. Vine will be extended to 25 meters, so space is a necessity. 130-160 days to maturity are the early factory! Thin at best one or two floors.planting pumpkins Hard feed, but keep in culture. Remove first two or three female flowers after blooming plants begin to grow larger plants with more leaf surface before the fruit. Allow fruit to develop and kill all the female flowers that develop after the fruit is set on the ground. Make sure that no root of the vine down near the joints to prevent breakage.
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Growing Leeks

growing leeks A few years ago, when I lived in Scotland, I often walked through the picturesque streets of Musselburgh, a village perched on the outskirts of Edinburgh. I especially admired a stone house with a beautiful border of green leaves, blue leeks covering the stones of the street to the front door. In each glimpsed garden,growing leeks leeks grown. Among the hills of potatoes in circles around tomatoes, hidden among the leaves of lettuce were leeks, leeks, leeks.

Imagine my delight when buying seeds for my own small garden, I saw a bunch of leek seeds "Musselburgh."growing leeks I have planted this year, and I have been saving delicious varieties from seed. Ai brought seeds throughout Atlantic with me, only to discover the variety is available here. Some catalogs in this country called 'Giant Musselburgh' and with good reason.

The leek is a vegetable not only loved and garden ornament, but also the national symbol of Wales. Therefore, an image of a leek is printed on the sterling money every three years. Britain is not the only country with a passion for leeks. In Prague, I saw buyers clamor to buy onions, which are expensive and rare.growing leeks Dried leeks can be had for a pittance at any time. In Europe, everyone grows leeks. They eat every day, and are available in the markets in Athens Aberystwyth low cost.

In this country, paid about a dollar each for leeks, but it is easy to develop your own. Using methods that have been developed for several years in Edinburgh and in Connecticut, I enjoy a wide range of late summer until spring.growing leeks

A leek for every season
Leek Culture
• leeks Sow late winter inside the fall harvest. Start more leeks in August for the spring harvest.
• To grow in soil that has a lot of fertilizers and nitrogen.growing leeks
• Do not let the lack of water leeks.
• Once you start growing leeks,growing leeks up the hill every 2 weeks to recover from the white.

Leeks are biennials alliums members, a tribe that includes onion, garlic, onion and chives. The white cane has a mild onion flavor almost sweet, green leaves are stronger flavor. I grow several varieties,growing leeks planting a spring crop eating late summer winter and fall harvest to enjoy the spring.

Leeks grow beautifully in rainy and cold places. Do not worry warmer and drier, however, when pampered with plenty of water and a thick layer of mulch to keep the soil cool and weeds at bay.growing leeks

In southern New England, I sow leeks in March inside. The relatively rapid growth "falltime 'goes on the ground in mid-April and is ready to eat in August "Kilima" also began in March, mature in autumn. "Saint-Victor," growing leeks which is a beautiful soft purple in cold weather, is ready for soups and stews holiday. The color fades in long cooking, unfortunately, but the magnificent display in the garden is a reason for growth 'St. Victor ".growing leeks

Start more seeds' falltime "every four weeks in the next two months. Begin the end of May, 'falltime'
growing leeks gives me Thanksgiving leeks if I pay well. Leeks are greedy. Mine drinks per week or compost manure tea throughout the growing season. lot of nitrogen allows large and succulent leeks.

Giant Musselburgh growing leeks 'really makes my most superb crop of leeks. Tang Long, strong and a good choice for the winter, "Musselburgh" is acclimated to my garden, growing bigger and stronger each season.

Scotland heritage "is not just a pretty face with its blue, but also a very strong leek, short shanked with what I consider the best texture and superlative flavor. I sow this variety in March and again in August It also winters very well.
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Freezing Strawberries

freezing strawberries:strawberry season is just starting where I live and I'm conserving precious fruits! This is the first summer I have a freezer and you are standing at attention, waiting to be filled with products from local berries, ripened by the sun.

OK, if you have been on the street or local U-Pick, and now you have more strawberries than you know what to do with it. Strawberries are sensitive to heat and cold and are very fragile, so it is advisable to "them" as quickly as possible.freezing strawberries Yes, the most popular as they are: cool and gentle, or perhaps stirred in Micro-Mini jam quick strawberry and rhubarb, but most of the berries must be frozen so you can enjoy all year round.

With the recent study on ADHD linked to pesticide exposure in products, especially strawberries and blueberries, you can store your local berries in the spring and avoid supermarket varieties for the rest of the year. After all,freezing strawberries strawberries freeze the simple conservation will make all season.

While enjoying a bowl of strawberries and cream, consider your options for freezing berries. Yes, there are options! Please do not bump all ruby ​​gems in the bottom of a plastic bag, so they are stuck in an impossible knot to distinguish who is destined to become frozen.freezing strawberries Its berries are worth more than that!

Here are some suggestions for different methods for freezing strawberries. I use them all, because each has its advantages.freezing strawberries

Whole Strawberries

All bags of frozen strawberries are convenient to have to add about smoothies or cooking.freezing strawberries This method of freezing a tray or sheet provides individually frozen berries instead of a drawback of bricks.

They can be frozen without added at an increased risk of frostbite sugar, so it is best to use within six months if they are made without sugar.freezing strawberries Otherwise, a thin layer of sugar before freezing will both help preserve the color and prevent freezer burn.

How to freeze whole strawberries

Thoroughly wash and dry the strawberries. Do not soak too long in the water as this will result in a loss of flavor and nutrients!freezing strawberries
Hull berries and remove those that are in poor condition. (Except those grout below)
Place strawberries in a baking sheet, not touching each other, and freeze until solid.
Strawberries zipper plastic bags or airtight containers and store in freezer transfer up to six months.

Freezing Apples

freezing apples It has many apples? Perhaps you've found a good number of them at the store or farmers market, but you can not eat it all now.

If you want to freeze, but you're not sure how you will use later to try to "freeze plate" as individual slices -freezing apples you can even leave the skin Then pour everything you need when. you need it. Plateau frozen apples work best in apple dishes.

Here's how to freeze the tray:

Cut apples to the desired thickness.

To prevent browning,freezing apples treat with a "protector of production" as Fruit-Fresh ®, following package directions.

Freeze apple slices in a single layer on a baking sheet until frozen metal, a few hours.

Transfer apples to a jelly bag "freezer",freezing apples excluding as much air as possible in the bag. Apples have been separated for ease of use for revenue metering.

Pour the required amount of frozen apples, close the bag and return to freezer. It is generally recommended frozen fruits and vegetables can be eaten in about 8 months for best quality.
For applesauce quick microwave,freezing apples place the slices of frozen apples on a plate from the microwave. Add about two tablespoons of water per hectare coffee. Cover and cook on high until tender. Microwaving frozen slices of two blocks up takes about 5 minutes, stirring once during cooking. Set up time for more apples. Add sugar and cinnamon to taste after cooking.
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Freezing Bananas

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Peel bananas. If you save the banana slices or pieces that you have to remove the skin first. Remove the shell after the freezing process would be too difficult.

Cut the banana into pieces again. The size is up to you, but the banana cut into 1 - to 2-inch chunks (2.5 to 5 cm), freezing bananas it is easier to use frozen bananas for recipes like smoothies and milkshakes.

Freeze the slices on a baking sheet. freezing bananas To prevent bananas from sticking together because they are frozen, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure the banana pieces do not touch. Place the tray in the freezer and keep it there for 20-30 minutes, or until the bananas are frozen.

Keep frozen in a plastic bag for freezing slices. Transfer the frozen banana slices directly from the cookie sheet and into the bag. You can check how many bananas in the freezer bag, or you can store each cut up banana in your own freezer bag to keep track of how much you have. Remove air from the bag,freezing bananas seal and mark the date on the front. Stored this way, bananas can stay for three or four months.

Use frozen or thawed banana.freezing bananas If you are using banana smoothie, smoothies and other frozen treats, you can use the parts are still frozen. For baked goods, however, you must first thaw.

If you plan to use your frozen bananas for banana bread or an ingredient called banana puree, freeze the banana in his coat is appropriate. If you plan to use for something that requires complete songs, frostbite is recommended.freezing bananas
Also note that the skin of a frozen banana unpeeled turns black when stored in the freezer,freezing bananas but the inside of the banana is still edible.

Place peeled bananas on a cookie sheet and freeze.freezing bananas To prevent bananas from sticking together because they are frozen, you must freeze separately before putting them together. Place peeled bananas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spacing so they do not touch. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes, or until the bananas are frozen.
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Freezing Cheese

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Selection of high quality cheeses:
When selecting cheese for freezing, avoid those with dry or cracked edges, mold not owned or fatty cheeses appear on the surface.freezing cheese Check the date of cheese packed to ensure it has not expired. Cheese is best stored in the refrigerator and freezing will sacrifice some quality. Hard cheese can be frozen or semi-hard, but can be the development of a friable or mealy texture during freezing. However,freezing cheese keep your taste and works great for cooking.
Best cheese freezing:
Camembert, Cheddar, Edam, Mozzarella, Munster, Parmesan, Port Hi, Provolone, Romano and Swiss. Blue cheese retain its flavor, but become brittle. Soft cheeses should be frozen when they reached the desired maturity. freezing cheese
Worse Cheese Freezing:
cream cheese containers, cottage cheese and ricotta cheese does not freeze well. blocks of cream cheese can be frozen for later use as an ingredient in recipes.
Preparation for freezing:
Cheese hard and semi-hard cheese can be grated, sliced word cut into blocks freezing.
Suitable packaging:
Wrapped steering wheel, blocks or slices of cheese well in paper or sturdy plastic. Separate slices of cheese with wax paper before freezing. Store grated cheese in well sealed containers.
Maximum storage time: freezing cheese
freeze cheese and cheese spreads and dips for 1 month, and semi-hard cheese dough for 3-6 months.
Thaw the amount of cheese is needed for consumption in the refrigerator and serve at room temperature.freezing cheese Cheese used for cooking also be thawed in the refrigerator.
Tips and Shortcuts:
Hard cheese grates well when frozen.
cheese cooling:
Natural cheese continues to age and change when stored. In general, the more cheese, the faster it will spoil. If a small amount of mold appears on the cheese, remove it and save the rest. Soft cheese in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days, hard to semi-hard cheese 2-3 weeks and cheese spreads and dips 1-2 weeks.
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Freezing Peaches

Peaches are among conservation of the most sensitive fruits. They can also. Dehydrate well. But to really freezing peaches
 grasp the soft summer for use throughout the year, there's nothing like freezing. And nothing could be easier. (See more on freezing)

Peaches in syrup can be packaged and frozen. They can be pureed. Peaches even be packaged and frozen whole. However, fishing is peeled,freezing peaches sliced wand packaged dry has more versatility. When it is not fixed in a bulk solid, some may take some time to resolve this milkshake, sweetened decorate a cocktail or a cup of yogurt. The only downside to this advantage is that you can use them before they can do in this pie winter fisheries.

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When selecting peaches to freeze, be sure to use the variety free of stones. Meat cling peaches, uh, adheres to the mouth,freezing peaches making it difficult to separate. The free hole in a stone in the fruit based loose and came out effortlessly.

Now this skin. While skin can stop when the gel, remove give you some flexibility when it comes time to use your frozen reward. Fortunately,freezing peaches it is not necessary to remove the stripper. Blanch peaches is easy to do and fun.

To blanch peaches,freezing peaches  place the fruit in a large saucepan of boiling water for about 45 seconds. Do not waste time! The idea is to soften the skin without cooking the meat. Remove the fruit from the boiling water and immediately place in a bowl of ice water.freezing peaches Skin Now slide easily without meat. Voila!

Cut the peaches in half-naked now.freezing peaches Discard the pit and cut into bite-sized slices. About a half-dozen peaches give quarter (seven if you eat everything I do during the process).

In a large bowl, toss the slices with the juice of half a lemon cup and a third of sugar (or more, if desired) per liter and marinate for half an hour.freezing peaches Ascorbic acid will prevent the meat is browned. Commercial ascorbic acid or even some zero vitamin C supplement acid can be effectively used instead of lemon juice.

At this point, peaches can be packaged and frozen in Ziploc bags, but the humidity can cause clumps. No problem if you use the room at once.freezing peaches For our purposes, however, we wish that peaches are stored loose in the bag.

Divide the peach slices on a large baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure they do not touch. Cover with plastic wrap. My freezer space is limited, so using both plates and very gently stacked one above the other.freezing peaches Pop in the freezer for a few hours or overnight. freezing peaches

Peaches, now frozen can be easily packed in a quart size Ziploc bags without sticking together. Once full, press all the air from the bag as possible to avoid freezer burn. The use of a marker, label each bag with the packaged contents and the date.freezing peaches In the freezer. We finished!

Fisheries well packaged retain its flavor for a year in the freezer,freezing peaches but can stay longer. Of course, for the coming year, peaches are back in season and we are ready to freeze a new batch. Preserving the harvest has never been so tasty.
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Freezing Tomatoes

freezing tomatoes
Nothing tastes as good as a raw tomato. And knowing when to harvest tomato makes all the difference in the world. If planted tomato plants that are supposed to be red when ripe keep a close eye on your tomatoes.freezing tomatoes When you see the tomatoes turn bright red and firm to the touch, tomatoes are most likely ready.

Vine-ripened tomatoes taste better than those taken at the beginning and then kept until they are ripe. Most supermarkets or grocery tomatoes are harvested before maturity, which is why not taste as good as home grown.freezing tomatoes You should know that tomatoes will continue ripening once they are collected, but the source of oxygen is cut off and tastes better when allowed to ripen on the vine so.

If its supposed to be red to be all red and red on one side and green on the other side. You want it to be all red and firm to the touch.freezing tomatoes But it should be a little softer when tightened.

Take a ripe tomato firmly and twist slightly. It should be just off the vine. Be sure to choose one that does not damage the plant.freezing tomatoes You do not want to break the branches or parts of the plant when harvesting tomatoes.

If you want to be very careful, you can use garden shears or a knife to make your harvest. Cut the stem where it attaches to the factory.freezing tomatoes If you do it carefully and do not damage your system and you are much more than picking tomatoes in the future.

freezing tomatoes Remember with tomatoes you see the bill.freezing tomatoes Tomatoes ripen from the inside if it is ripe on the outside will always be inside of maturity. You should know that they do not grow well when the temperature is above 86 degrees. And they need heat to ripen lights to keep maturing, even on cloudy days.

Once your first came to keep control of their plants every day because you get more mature almost every day.freezing tomatoes It is very important to maintain the maturity intercepted because if left to collect the mature plants will stop releasing new.

If you still get tomatoes and you know it will lift the whole plant gel and head down into the basement or in an outdoor building. Tomatoes keep well matured plant he threw.

If you have a lot of tomatoes that you must learn to CAN or freeze.freezing tomatoes You will find that canning or freezing which you can enjoy in the middle of winter and they taste so delicious and fresh.

Thomas Byers is an award winning cook and gardener.freezing tomatoes Gardens grows over forty years and grows huge quantities of tomatoes and other products every year. If you want to plant a garden and do well, you want to be sure to check out Gardening Tips 101 experts will never tell you. You can find this informative article in the link below. And I invite you to take a look.

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Planting Leeks

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When many gardeners think vegetables tend to think green beans, lettuce and peas - Culture of anything that gives a surplus, because they need to use quickly,planting leeks but winter crops ripen and remain in the ground for several months. They may be increased every week, effectively becoming a storeroom outside and harvest, when prices are higher.

Leeks are one of the staple foods of winter and the members of the onion family is the most difficult of all cultures. However,planting leeks the cold of winter, they can be relied on to survive. They can be boiled and eaten in white or cheese sauce or soup with potatoes. If a dish requires onions, leeks can be easily replaced in quiches and stews, etc. They are easy to grow and beautiful month. planting leeks

Based on its leek seeds
leek seeds can be sown in a greenhouse,planting leeks between February and March, because this hardy vegetables germinate in cold conditions.

Once the plants are in place that you do not have to worry about the cold nights. However, they are shallow-rooted, like all gallium, planting leeks do not look deep moisture. Seedlings dry out easily and can be screwed (or run to seed) later if they become scarce water resources. It is therefore essential to keep your wet seeding and sunlight in the greenhouse. Leeks can be planted outside in the ground in a hole, but it was not until mid-March at the earliest.

The best way to increase the appropriate size leek is used in greenhouses 6 x 4 modules. Fill each space with seed compost and place two seeds in each.planting leeks F'S Varies producers are better and faster germination. Remove the lower seed and leave the other to fill the space. The water extract of algae, plants once three inches tall - it hardens and nourishes the plant foliage.

The accumulation of water in plants leek © Val Bourne Once seedlings are thick pencil (after ten weeks or more), they are ready to leave. However,planting leeks even thin leeks (those who do not have thick enough) should be on the floor at the end of June, if possible.

Make a deep hole with a planter and place a plant of each leek then fill the hole with water - a technique known as puddlings in (see photo right).planting leeks
Tops and roots do not need to size - this is the story of a former life.
Fork in the ground a few days before planting, it is easier to get the planter in.
Leeks do not do well in compacted soil, so add some composted organic matter really helps this spectacular growth. It must be fall before planting. planting leeks
Make sure that each hole is at least six inches deep (15 cm), with nine to twelve inches between each (22-30 cm) and the bottom of the earth is pale white and remains flexible. This is most useful for the cook.
The lines should be between 0:15 inches (30-38 cm). Broader help evacuate air and prevent diseases like rust areas. planting leeks
The graft is usually performed in the second half of May, although it can be planted until mid-July, in an effort that most of the growth takes place in the fall.
Once the plants were "puddles" of water the entire plot well and keep it moist. No boat in the water, use a spray if possible. planting leeks Give the whole area a thorough soaking for at least two hours in the second half of the day.
Continue to water this way whenever the dry weather occurs in the first month after planting. Once they are established, they leave to their fate.
Keep weeds -planting leeks remember these shallow roots.
Lift you need, using a fork, because it is better to consume very fresh. Not stored.
If bolts leek, cut the stem.
Then ground to launder more rod and some gardeners grow into a ditch and gradually fill in.
Choose a good variety F'S - seeds germinate better. planting leeks Avoid old varieties as Mussel burgh - are full of cellulose and difficult to eat and digest.

"Rowing" AG
Smooth skin Main crop F'S hybrid leek is much nicer on the belly of the coarse texture, cellulose filled "Mussel burgh. Long, elegant handles that are cooked slowly. planting leeks

'Carlton' AG
A former F'S variety producing mid-dark green flags,planting leeks but Carlton 'screws easier some - if not for dry gardens.

AG of King Richard "
Early variety producing pale green leeks - screw resists. planting leeks

"Apollo" AG
Vigorous plant with beautiful dark green leaves that unfold from a thick white chevron. Prepared from mid to late winter and corrosion.
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Freezing Potatoes

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This weekend I freezer cooking. I mean, I do a lot of meals to store in the freezer to save me time, energy and money later in the month. And one of the things that I recently added to the creek was the potato. freezing potatoes

Potatoes are filling, inexpensive meal. They are full of fiber and suggest that stick-to-your-ribs good food is so desirable during the winter. This season, freezing potatoes
 which are regularly available for about ten cents a pound or $ 0.98 per bag.

This is a bargain! And whoever wanted to use the freezer. So I took the opportunity to buy!

However,freezing potatoes sometimes the potatoes are funny in the freezer. I tried to make a soup with potatoes and potatoes in general develop a funny texture. Russets are not always friendly freezer cooking. However, there are ways to make it work.

Recently, I bought 30 pounds and proceeded to treat two freezer bags. I kept a bag for spontaneous kitchen.freezing potatoes

At the suggestion of a happy housewife, freezing potatoes I washed my hands in quick rinse in the dishwasher. Although it is completely removed, it took care of most of the work. I took a debugger to the little nooks and crannies.

I prepared 10 pounds to peel and mash. My puree recipe is really a non-prescription. Sweet mash boiled potatoes until smooth.freezing potatoes Whisk the cream cheese 8 ounces to five pounds of potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.

Then, divide the mixture into portions of point size, with butter, wrap in foil and freeze. When ready to serve, to thaw the bread overnight, then warm in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, depending on the cold, it will be with.freezing potatoes

I took a dozen pounds and baked. I prepared stuffed potatoes with half the potatoes and cut the remaining chips.

I'll cook the stuffed potatoes coated sheet for 30 minutes at 350 º. I'll cook home fries / chips in this recipe. You must make crispy and hot to really make it,freezing potatoes though. Costs is obviously better. However, when you're stuck for time or need to use up some potatoes, it works.

How are you?
Have you had good success with frozen potatoes? What was your experience?

Growing Fennel

For those in the northern hemisphere the longest day of the year falls on either 20 or 21 June (for South Hemispheres is Dec. 21-22).growing fennel The longest day of the year marks a distinct turning point in the calendar of the gardener, with summer well and truly in control and, hopefully, the first wave of cultures coming thick and fast and if n ' not already snaffled up.

With players like early peas and potatoes, beans and carrots lifted and torn, the first free spaces on the ground will be a look now. growing fennel Of course, any producer of vegetables worthy of the name must be remembered that this is the perfect signal for sowing and planting more for crops that can be enjoyed within a few months and autumn / fall. For me, spring is largely a mad rush to get everything up and running before the warm weather arrives increases from summer vegetables is a more relaxed affair - close to the pace early planting sprinter.
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Fabulous Florence fennel

Perhaps more forgiving plant to start this time of year is Florence fennel, also known as Pinocchio name or, more commonly, growing fennel fennel bulb. The attractive feathery foliage of this culture is matched only by its exquisite aniseed flavor that makes a good match with fish (test plots to cook mackerel with fennel slices of lemon for dinner sublime). But fennel has many strings to his bow that - pop songs in a stew of cool things, or finely chop a bulb over a collection of garden salad with mandolin head. The leaves can be used in place of fennel leaves.

fennel is perhaps a somewhat misleading name as "bulb" is, in fact, the basis of the inflation stem of the plant. But this is nitpicking than anything you need to know is that it is a vegetable Luxury -growing fennel treating a gourmet kitchen gardener!
 growing fennel
The right place
One reason for planting fennel in summer, it is his love for sunny conditions. The Mediterranean, which is home to a fertile free-draining soil,growing fennel but reveled in the love for the warm rays of the summer. While Mediterranean areas during hair equivalent spring, more northern latitudes should take the time to be sure of success.growing fennel In summer the soil warms more than enough and success will be all but assured.

Despite its origins bronze, however, fennel not tolerate drought. While soil moisture hunger is not necessarily bad for the plant itself, there is great news for us, the dry soil helps the plants to bloom early race at the expense of those juicy bulbs.growing fennel Soil that is paid a harvest earlier and mulched organic matter have a better chance of retaining greater soil moisture.

To ensure adequate moisture is likely that you have to soak the soil thoroughly before planting with fennel. Beware of potatoes thick glasses, which exclude all but the heaviest showers of rain. After all your remaining potatoes to the ground tends to be dry powder. growing fennel
Wait for a good rain to pass before planting fennel,growing fennel or go on the floor repeatedly with a sprinkler or hose to re-wet. fennel can also be grown in compost bins versatile.

Planting and cultivation
Planting is easy and the best way to do this in the fennel is growing. Sow the seeds in the soil free of weeds which was raked to a fine texture, seed production of 1 cm (0.5 in.) growing fennel deep.growing fennel Station can plant three or four seeds every 25-I'm (10-Bin) in each direction, leaving the heavy thinning seedlings at each position, or sowing seeds in rows before thinning steps. It is also possible to sow in trays composting module before planting, but it quickly because the root crops disturbance hate.

Few pests shake your plants,growing fennel but slugs (as always!) May be the exception. Night patrols to collect shells viscous trapping beer or a pinch of slugs animals safely help you control the population.

As the bases of plant stems begin to swell can be "grounded up" like potatoes, pushing loose soil against the foundation.growing fennel This not only lighter and therefore more tender bulbs product plants provide adequate support and prevent it from swaying in the wind. growing fennel


Do not let the fennel seeds operate or "pin".growing fennel The number one rule when grown this vegetable another easy way service should be - and I mean must - keep off the roots (but not flooded). Water during dry periods and apply manure or grass clippings around plants to lock it in.

Modern varieties are more resistant to bolting.growing fennel The call includes Victoria resistant varieties Vis-AA foliage ordered the "Cantina season" and "perfection" with the appropriate name end Look out for them in very hot climates heat alone can induce flowering -.. Shadow other crops or temporary higher compensation can reduce heat. growing fennel

If one or two plants in flower stretch, do not despair. No rush to get them out of the compost pile. Yellow umbels are not only look great, but they are a powerful attraction for all kinds of growing fennel beneficial insects. growing fennel fennel flower is an impressive and could even make the case that provider fennel acts as pollinator predator / pest!

Enjoy bulbs
fennel bulb can be used in any size, with small blisters and offers the best for use in salads. Hot bulbs taken during the heat of the day, you can cool off with a dip slices in a bowl of ice water for more than an hour.growing fennel They quickly regained their strength and flavor. Cut the bulbs an inch above ground level and allow the strain to reappear (a trick also works for cabbage). The advantage of having feathers is delicious and delicate buds. growing fennel

However you use your fennel bulb, you'll be glad you planted. Just think, in just two months of reading this you could enjoy the luxury of their own lamps. It is an attractive idea.

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Freezing Zucchini

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Basil is an annual bushy, 1-2 meters high, with leaves and spikes of bright white flowers opposite. Basil leaves are used in cooking, which gives its anise (licorice) flavor to dishes. Many varieties are available with different shades of flavor, size and appearance, including cultivates with cinnamon, clove, lemon, freezing zucchini
 lime and shades and types of purple leaves as "Dark Opal" and "Rubin." One of the most popular herbs garden, basil adds a good flavor to dishes with tomato, salad and pesto.

How to grow
Plant seeds outdoors when frost is over and the soil is warm, start inside individual pots or buy bedding plants.freezing zucchini
 If you start plants, heating cables are useful because it is a tropical plant that does not take kindly to cold. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil enriched with compost, aged manure, or other organic materials. Large space cleaved cultivates such as "lettuce leaf", 1 ½ feet away and the type small sheet as freezing zucchini
  'Spicy Globe' 1 foot out. Basil needs plenty of water. Mulch to retain moisture after soil has warmed. Pinch plants regularly to encourage bushy growth and prevent the passage of heads plant regularly to put your energy into foliage production. freezing zucchini

Growing basil plants in pots so you can bring it indoors before fall frosts. Or make a second outside planting in June in order to have small plants in the pot and bring inside for the winter. Approaching gel can also cut some terminal buds of plants in the garden and the root in water, whether in pots later. freezing zucchini

Basil may be subject to fungal diseases, including Aquarium, gray mold and black spot and damping-seeding. Avoid these problems waiting outside plant soil has warmed and plant overcrowding. Japanese beetles can skeleton leaves of plants, freezing zucchini
 pest control by hand picking.

Start using the leaves when the plant is large enough to avoid some. Choose from the top branches, cut several inches.freezing zucchini Basil handle gently to avoid bruising and stain the sheets.

You can air dry basil in loose clusters, but retains the more deliciously when frozen. To freeze basil, wash mashed leaves in a blender or food processor,freezing zucchini adding water if necessary to reduce thick but pourable puree. Pour the puree into ice cube trays and freeze, then remove and store in freezer bags labeled for use as needed in sauces, soups and pesto. Pesto (a creamy puree of basil, garlic, freezing zucchini grated cheese and olive oil) remain for long in the refrigerator with a layer of olive oil on top.

This plant is widely used enhances the flavor of tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. It's great spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce,freezing zucchini and ratatouille. Also excellent for fish or meat dishes, which combines well with thyme, parsley, chives and garlic. Try it in stir-fries or casseroles. Fresh basil leaves are delicious in salads.freezing zucchini
 Try varieties aroma of lemon and lime salad and fresh fruit compotes. Basil is also a staple ingredient in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine; cultivates like 'Siam Queen' give the most authentic taste of these dishes. Vinegar basil are good for salad dressings, those made with purple basil are colorful and tasty.
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Freezing Basil

Have more basil in your garden, then you know what to do with them? Here's how to freeze for use throughout the year:
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Option 1: Wash and dry the basil leaves (stems should be discarded). Then they are spread on a cookie sheet and flash freeze. Transfer basil in freezer bags and used when needed.

Option 2: Blanch basil leaves for 15 seconds. Then plunge into ice water to stop the cooking. Dry thoroughly. Then flash frozen as described in Option 1.

Option 3:freezing basil
 Use a food processor to chop the basil leaves roughly own. Then add a dash of olive oil and pulse to lightly coat the leaves with oil (to prevent the basil will turn black in the freezer). Take the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze.freezing basil
 Finite cubes transferred to freezer bags and used when needed. Once the cube is the equivalent of two tablespoons of fresh basil.


1. Basil tends to turn black when it freezes. While maintaining that bright green is important to you, use option 3.

Two. The oil should be added basil if you are frozen.freezing basil
 Storing basil in oil, either in the refrigerator or at room temperature, is a botulisum risk.

Three. Planning to use basil in hot water? Simply add the basil frozen directly in the pot. No need to thaw first.freezing basil

Freezing Rhubarb

Selection of rhubarb fruit quality:

Choose firm stalks crisp, bright colors with a good flavor and few fibers. There are several red and green mushroom varieties, so you can still use color as an indicator. Large stems will be difficult. The stems of the thickness of the thumb are a good size for harvest. Twist (do not cut) is off to remove them.freezing rhubarb Prevention of flowering plants and produce seeds to prolong the harvest.
Preparation for freezing:

Wash the stems and remove any leaves.freezing rhubarb Trim and cut into pieces or lengths suitable for freezing find 1-2 inches. raw rhubarb can freeze or preheated. Heating rhubarb in boiling water for 1 minute and cool rapidly with cold water helps retain color and flavor.
The best method of freezing (s):

Sugar (Plain) Package

Packaging cleaned and prepared rhubarb (raw or preheated) safely in appropriate containers, leaving a 1/2 inch. Seal, label and freeze.freezing rhubarb

Package rhubarb prepared (raw or preheated) firmly into containers and cover with medium syrup (3 cups sugar to 4 cups water). Claim headspace half inch.freezing rhubarb Seal, label and freeze.
Suitable packaging:

freezer containers must be resistant to moisture and vapor and should not be subject to cracking or breakage at low temperatures. Containers should provide protection against absorbing flavors or odors and should be easy to label.freezing rhubarb Suitable packaging for freezing rhubarb includes quality bags plastic freezer, rigid plastic containers or glass, aluminum foil and packaging high-strength aluminum.
Maximum storage time:

10-12 months at 0 º F.

Because rhubarb is generally used for cooking, baking and making jams, loss of texture during freezing is not important. freezing rhubarb Rhubarb thaw in the refrigerator or microwave according to the manufacturer's specifications.
Tips and Shortcuts:

Rhubarb leaves contain a highly toxic toxin called oxalic acid. freezing rhubarb Never cook or eat the leaves and throwing them safely away from children and pets.
Cooling Rhubarb:

Remove the leaves from the stems and place them in perforated plastic bags or plastic wrap. Storage for 3 to 5 days.
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Growing Zucchini In 6 Steps

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How to grow courgettes
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True zucchini are uniformly tapered along its length, and are provided - Never turn. We include summer squash here "round zucchini" because they are so similar in growth habit and utility. Zucchini develop a bulbous end which forms the seed cavity,growing zucchini                                  
 known as the type name Coachella. A the end of the day, they are all very productive summer squash.
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Family: Luxuriance
Season and area
Season: warm season
Zone: 2-12
Direct seeding or transplanting in late May or early June when the soil is warm. For transplants, starting seeds indoors for the first two weeks of May. The optimum temperature for germination of the soil: 25-35 ° C (68-95 ° F). The seeds should germinate in 7-14 days. growing zucchini                                  
Sow seeds 2 cm (1 ") deep. Sow 3 seeds in each place where you want a plant to grow, thin to the strongest.growing zucchini                                  
 Try zucchini space of at least 45-60 cm (18-24" ) apart in rows 90-December (36-48 ") apart.

Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8. These large fast-growing plants need high humidity and lots of food. Growing up in a rich, well-drained soil in full sun.growing zucchini                                  
 Dig finished compost or well-rotted manure beds, and dig in 1 cup of complete organic fertilizer in each graft. Water the soil around them when watering, and always avoid overhead watering, such as wet leaves attracted to diseases such as mildew. Keep eliminated. Misshapen or shriveled fruit can result from incomplete pollination. growing zucchini                                  
 Do not forget to remove the plants you see, before they start to rot, and put them in the compost.
In the garden of his house, it can be tempting to zucchini on plants. A well-developed plant will provide enough fruit for the average family. growing zucchini                                  
 Instead of planting several zucchini, use this space for other vehicles.
Pick regularly to encourage more fruiting plant. Zucchini leaves are often very difficult, so throw the fruit skin nice touch. growing zucchini                                  
 Fully ripe squash has a thick skin:growing zucchini                                  
 chickens like them.
information about the seed
Under optimal at least 80% of the seeds germinated conditions. Seed of common life: 2 years. To 100 'line:growing zucchini                                  
 180 seeds per acre seeds 3M.
Diseases and pests
Grown in rich soil in full sun will squash some problems. A common complaint is the development of powdery mildew on leaves. It begins to appear in mid-summer, as gray spots on leaves and stems, and is literally mold.growing zucchini                                  
 Is the result of excess moisture, and can be avoided or minimized by avoiding overhead watering at any time. Try to water plants early in the day, and the water table around. Avoid plants rush to improve air circulation around them. The leaves that are severely affected by mold can be removed, but thrown, not the compost.growing zucchini     

Growing Cauliflower

growing cauliflower:The sweet, mild flavor of cauliflower increased more than justifies the special attention required. Overall, the cauliflower is not difficult to grow, but is sensitive to extreme temperatures. Mainly cool weather crops, cauliflower head when not generate heat and frost tolerant only as an autumn harvest ripens. Most cultivates need about two months of cold weather to mature,growing cauliflower although some require as little as 48 days and others more than 95 days. To successfully grow cauliflower, the key steps are to choose the appropriate range for the climate, soil, at the right time, and provide a constant supply of moisture.

Sowing: Like other members of the cabbage family, cauliflower needs a soil rich in nitrogen and potassium, with enough organic matter to retain moisture. In warm climates, plant in fall or late winter for a spring harvest. growing cauliflower In cold regions, cauliflower usually works best as a fall crop.

To avoid disturbing the roots, cauliflower plants started indoors in peat pots or paper.growing cauliflower Plant seeds ¼ to ½ inch deep, 4-6 weeks before the last average frost. Seedlings maintain constant humidity but avoid waterlogged soil, use less heat, if necessary, to maintain the soil temperature around 70 ° C. growing cauliflower

Gradually acclimatize young plants before transplanting to the garden. Set the plants 15-24 inches. Make depression saucer around each plant to help retain water. Reaffirm the land and water plants completely. growing cauliflower Cover the beds with floating row cover to avoid damaging pests tender transplants.

Guidelines culture: providing at least one inch of water per week, soaking the soil to a depth of 6 inches.growing cauliflower Cauliflower needs constant moisture to produce large heads, soft, soil dry out between watering will heads that open and become Use a thick layer of compost or mulch to reduce evaporation and weed to cool the ground "Richey.".growing cauliflower careful not to disturb the roots when cauliflower weeding because damaged roots produce uneven growth. Give light feedings young plants monthly with fish emulsion or compost tea. To accelerate growth, feed every 2 weeks. Consult the article for Compost Compost Tea instructions. growing cauliflower

When the flower heads (curds) cultivates bald are the size of an egg, blanch the light of the sun shade.growing cauliflower Otherwise, it will turn yellow or brown and become, if it is no less tasty, much less attractive. Prepare the bleach plant on a sunny afternoon, when the plants are completely dry, because wet heads are more susceptible to decay. Simply fold a few leaves of the same plant on the head and put it on the opposite side,growing cauliflower or ensure that the leaves at the top with a rope, rubber bands or plastic tape. Use sufficient to keep sheets of light and moisture, but leaving space for the circulation of air and produce leaders. growing cauliflower

Once you begin the process of bleaching, take care to avoid splashing water on his head or leaves. Unpack the opportunity to check on growth, looking for parasites, or to allow heads to dry after rain. When it is hot,growing cauliflower the heads can be ready for harvest in a few days. In the cold season, the ripening process can last up to 2 weeks. growing cauliflower The money is not necessary when you are varieties that produce lime purple or orange heads or types of self-laundering, which have leaves that naturally curl over the head growing.

Problems pests such as aphids and beetles, cauliflower tend to attack more in spring than in autumn. to cabbage,growing cauliflower sometimes referred to roots can be a serious problem. The caterpillars like cabbage looper and imported cabbage worms other common parasites cauliflower.

In poor soil boron, heads of cauliflower leaf tips turn brown and die and become deformed. If this happens, flier feed with liquid seaweed extract immediately and repeated every two weeks until the symptoms disappear. For subsequent crops, boron supply by adding compost to the soil, cover crops or fall plant peas or clover. growing cauliflower

Crop rotation, garden of good hygiene and the use of resistant prevent most diseases cauliflower cultivates. These include blackleg, black rot,growing cauliflower club root, and Aquarium (yellow). growing cauliflower

If the head of cauliflower bitter taste, it is likely that the problem was the lack of moisture or other factors that have slowed the growth of plants. For your next harvest, do not forget to plant in the ground in abundant organic matter,growing cauliflower keeping the surface of the soil, mulch and water regularly.

Harvesting heads of cauliflower ripe can vary in size from 6 inches to 12 inches wide. Harvest when the buds are still tight and closed.growing cauliflower With a sharp knife, cut just below the head with some spirals sheets to protect the curd knife. Use immediately or store. Note that the kitchen will make the orange, green and purple cauliflower to fade.

If you do not have time to harvest their crops before the strikes of freezing rain, remember that the heads remain edible unless thawing and refreezing. Cut frozen and cooked immediately heads. To store the plants for a month, uproot and hang upside down in a cool place.growing cauliflower

Growing Eggplant - Planting Eggplant

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Cutting edges to cut through the author using woody stem to collect this "Aurum Long ', a variety of Asian eggplant is great in a stir-fry,planting eggplant and only one of many types grows.growing eggplant
As fun as it is to explore the wide variety of eggplant that are offered in catalogs and imagine all the delicious options for their preparation, it is easy to lose sight of what will happen in the middle: the culture.growing eggplant Eggplant can be a tricky culture, but if you can get a good start, keep warm and prevent pest damage to a minimum,planting eggplant we can expect a bumper harvest. planting eggplant So the problem that led to choose just the right eggplant for the dish of your dreams will be worth it. My favorite dishes are eggplant capon and Baba handouts, eggplant grilled steaks, stuffed eggplant, sliced ​​marinated and fried eggplant. Everyone is better with the right kind of eggplant. But first things first. growing eggplant
Get an edge over the eggplants start planting eggplant

A pale purple 'sale Andria "as a" white beauty "a pair of long' Green Thai thin, and several deep purple"planting eggplant Violet Long "are ready for cooking.
Once you have chosen the seed, its first task is to get the seeds started, which can be tricky with eggplant.growing eggplant Plan to start your seeds 8-10 weeks before the last frost. It will allow your plants enough time to become resistant.growing eggplant bottom heat is essential to achieving this goal. planting eggplant The heating cables help, but maybe not enough, because most are set at 70 ° C, and eggplant prefer a little warmer, ideally 75 ° C.planting eggplant Sometimes I cover the floors to reduce the heat and allow the earth to heat and mix well before sowing the seeds.
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Uterine seeds should be lightly covered with soil.planting eggplant bottom watering systems that use capillary action for supplying water to the mixture of earth, help prevent extensive washing of seeds in the mixture, which is sometimes top watering. If you use irrigation foregoing, I suggest using a fine mist. growing eggplant

Additional lighting is not necessary until the seeds have germinated, but start immediately. This mimics the ideal conditions eggplant growth and helps promote thick, planting eggplant robust growth. growing eggplant

Twelve to 14 hours of light will prevent plants from getting leggy. I put my lights 6 inches above the ground.planting eggplant  Natural lighting in greenhouses is sufficient in the central and southern United States. But natural light may need assistance in the North.planting eggplant growing eggplant

Eggplant seeds germinate in 7 to 14 days, depending on the heat, planting eggplant humidity expected, and the moisture content and the age of the seed.growing eggplant Seedlings with two sets of blades can be transplanted into pots 4 x 2 x 2 inches and 6 inches two to three weeks after germination.growing eggplant The bottom heat should be continued until the daytime temperatures are in the C's.planting eggplant Most potting mixes include fertilizers, but if yours does not, you can not forget. I feed my plants with fertilizer applications or twice a week average strength fish emulsion. And as the plants grow, move the light source only 2 inches above the plants. planting eggplant Six weeks of growth are produced plants that compete with the garden center. growing eggplant

Do not buy plants too early
 growing eggplant
It might be easier to buy eggplant begins in the center of the garden, however, the choice is not as great as that offered in seed catalogs.growing eggplant If the idea of ​​buying plants look good for you, planting eggplant here's a tip:growing eggplant I usually see selling eggplant starts too early in the season and advise any gardener to wait until the soil has warmed up, the days are generally sunny and all danger of frost and cold nights elapsed before you buy. planting eggplantPatience will be rewarded. planting eggplant Eggplants do not like to be cold and suffer distress syndrome grow when conditions are to their liking.growing eggplant

Always look short and stocky plant is not root bound, check the drain hole so that the roots are not protruding. growing eggplant The plants should not have flowers or fruit already formed. If you feel the need to buy before the plants are sold, make sure they transplanted into gallon give the fourth root system to develop. planting eggplant Place them outside during the day and into the night until the weather warms up enough.growing eggplant planting eggplant

Freezing Cauliflower

freezing cauliflower:How to freeze Cauliflower
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If you like cauliflower frozen in winter, imagine how you would know if you had chosen a head-to-you, then quickly frozen at home! It is also one of the easiest ways to make a car for the winter means. Here's how to do it, complete instructions in easy steps and completely illustrated. Cauliflower will taste much better than anything I've had in a store.
Instructions cauliflower gel freezing cauliflower
fresh cauliflower - any amount. I guess a handful per serving.
1 large pot of boiling water
Two large bowls, one filled with cold water and ice.
A sharp knife
Vacuum food sealer or "Ziploc" freezer bags type (the freezer bag version is heavier and protects better against freezer burn).
Instructions freezing cauliflower
Step 1 - Get the cauliflower!
This is the most important step! Need misfires that crispy cauliflower. Limp old cauliflower frozen cauliflower has an unpleasant taste.
Cauliflower are of the highest quality when adjusted before the florets begin to open or convert yellow.Cauliflower are of the highest quality when adjusted before the florets begin to open or yellow.freezing cauliflower
Cauliflower How and where to get
You can grow your own, pick your own, or buy them at the supermarket. Start with fresh cauliflower - as fresh as you can get.
Step 2 - Wash the cauliflower!
I'm sure you can find a way to clarify the cauliflower in the plain cold water.freezing cauliflower It removes the leaves and the severed head in one inch wide.
Step 3 Divide the cauliflower
Select firm, youthful head. Divide the length, the flowers are not more than 1 1/2 inches wide. freezing cauliflower Remove leaves.
Step 4 - Soak the pieces in brine (salt water)
Soak the cauliflower in brine (4 teaspoons salt 1 liter of tap water) for 30 minutes to remove the insects. The fast flowing water rinse.
Step 5 - Get the pots ready
Get the pot of boiling water ready (about 2/3) and a large bowl with ice and cold water.
Step 6 - Blanch the cauliflower.freezing cauliflower
All fruits and vegetables contain enzymes and bacteria, over time, destroy the nutrients break down and change the color,freezing cauliflower flavor and texture of food during freezing. cauliflower require a short heat treatment, known as bleaching in boiling water or steam, to destroy the enzyme before freezing. Time blanch cauliflower is 3 minutes (or steam blanch for 5 minutes) - the duration is long enough to stop the action of enzymes and bacteria killing.
Begin counting the blanching time as soon as you place the cauliflower in boiling water. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over a high temperature for the required period of time. You can use the same blanching water several times (up to 5).freezing cauliflower Be sure to add more hot water tap from time to time to keep the water level at the desired height.
Step 7 - Cool cauliflower

Fresh cauliflower immediately in ice water. Drain the cauliflower completely (this should not take more than a minute). freezing cauliflower
After vegetables are blanched, cool them quickly to prevent overcooking. Dip cauliflower in a large amount of ice water (keep adding more ice to it). A good rule of thumb: Cool for the same amount of time as blanching step.freezing cauliflower For example, if whitening fresh cauliflower for 3 minutes, then cooled in ice water for at least 3 minutes.
Drain well.
Step 8 - Bag cauliflower
I love Food Savers (see this page for more information) with its vacuum packaging! I'm not paid by them,freezing cauliflower but these things really work.freezing cauliflower If you do not have one, Ziploc bags work too, but it is difficult to get as much air in the bags. Remove the air to prevent dehydration and freezer burn. If you do not have a Food Saver, watching two methods to remove the air below. freezing cauliflower
Method 2
Or detention submarines open bag (keeping the open side of the water). The water pressure will push most of the out of the air).freezing cauliflower Seal while remaining in water. This takes most of the air, but the Food Saver get twice the amount of air.
Method 3 -freezing cauliflower The most effective method is the straw
If you do not own a vacuum food sealer to freeze foods, place food in a Ziploc bag, zipped top, but leave enough space to insert the end of a straw. When straw is in place, remove the air by sucking the air. To remove straw, press straw closed where inserted and finish pressing the bag closed to remove the chaff.freezing cauliflower

Step 9 - This is it!

Pop in the freezer, on the quick freeze shelf, if you have one!

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Freezing Carrots Easily

freezing carrots:
Selection of high-quality cores:

Fresh carrots can lose some of its crunchy texture during freezing, but it will still be good for cooking. Select young and tender carrot average length, free from cracks and dryness. Carrots are often softer. freezing carrots At harvest, the leaves in the garden until you are ready to deal with, but do not let it become too large or woody.
Preparation for freezing:

Remove the top, Wash and peel part. Leave whole carrots. Cut into 1/4-inch slices other cubes or julienne along with a food processor. A 1 liter bottle holds about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds slice or diced carrots. About 12 medium carrots mashed = 1 liter.
Bleaching time: freezing carrots

freezing carrots Water blanch small whole carrots 5 minutes, the chopped and sliced ​​lengthwise strips for 2 minutes apart. Steam Blanch 3 minutes and 7 respectively. Quickly cool and drain.
The best method of freezing (s):

Boiling bags: Place the desired quantities sliced ​​or julienned carrots bags boil, add the desired condiments, press the air and seal. Blanch in boiling water (4 bags at a time for 8 to 10 minutes), bags with ice water, freezing carrots and julienne. Claim head space half inch.
trays: clean and prepare the leaves or whole corners and either leave bleached or unbleached. Place in single layer on baking sheets and freeze. Once completely frozen (12-24 hours), the container and the appropriate gel. Claim head space half inch.
Packs cabbage leaves dry transfer over cabbage shredded or bleached or unbleached directly into suitable containers for freezing. Leave a space of 1/2 inch. freezing carrots
Suitable packaging:

freezer containers must be resistant to moisture and vapor and should not be subject to cracking or breakage at low temperatures. Containers should protect food from absorbing flavors or odors and should be easy to label.freezing carrots Suitable packaging includes plastic bags for freezing quality, rigid plastic or glass or high strength aluminum.
Maximum storage time:

10-12 months at 0 º F.
 freezing carrots
Add directly to cook food without thawing.
Tips and Shortcuts:

Whole carrots are less freeze well, so it is best to freeze the slices, chunks or strips. Whole carrots can be left in the ground during the winter if they are covered with mulch heavily, spring break with the former followed by refreezing may affect the quality and access to them in the winter can be difficult. freezing carrots
Core cooling:

Wrap the carrots in paper towels and store them in plastic bags for 1-3 months.

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Planting Peas - Growing Peas

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planting peas:Fresh peas picked straight from the garden are a revelation! Once you have tasted how sweet you really know,growing peas you never want to eat small new frozen peas. Better yet, the culture of pea plants is very easy and can achieve good performance in a small space. In fact, even be grown in containers on the patio for a very low crop size. Follow our guide on how to grow peas to enjoy the taste of your own originally produced culture. growing peas

The different types of peas

Do not be fooled into thinking that all the peas are the same.planting peas It shelling peas, snow peas and pea pod even purple.growing peas

Peel peas - As its name suggests,growing peas shelling peas and peas inside the pods. Once peeled, the pods are discarded. These are divided into two main types,planting peas the first and Main crop. planting peas The first pea varieties like "Misty" and the ever popular Pea 'Skeleton Wonder' can be harvested only 12 weeks after sowing. Main crops as peas Oasis lasts 15 weeks in culture. Shelling peas are often divided into "wrinkle seeded" which tend to be softer, growing peas smoother and types of seed ",growing peas which are often more resistant varieties. planting peas

Peas - growing peas Mange Tout and peas are the two types of edible pods that are harvested at different stages of maturity. Flat podded Mange Tout is harvested when young, while some sugar pod peas are harvested when they are semi-mature.planting peas There are many varieties to choose from, including the beautiful Pea 'Shiraz' growing peas - the first Mange Tout purple pod!

Where grow peas

Choose an open area free of weeds in direct sunlight. Grow peas in a moist, fertile, well-drained soil. growing peas Try to dig a lot of well-rotted compost into the soil several weeks before planting to improve soil fertility and moisture retention. It is best to avoid planting peas in a cold and moist, as they tend to rot.planting peas If space is a premium try peas growing in containers or bags patio. Choose a compact, bushy variety as Pea "Bingo". growing peas

Growth of pea

Peas are a cool season crop, enjoying temperatures of 13-B.C. (55-S.F.), so they are very suitable for the UK climate. Peas can be sown directly in the air from March to June when the soil has warmed to about B.C. growing peas (S.F.).planting peas With bells help the first crops to germinate.

In temperate zones, early maturing varieties, resistant can be sown in late autumn in the production of winter planting peas crops and especially at the beginning. However,growing peas mice are very partial pea seeds over wintered so keep an eye out for hungry rodents.planting peas For continuous culture of home-grown peas is a good idea to plant a new batch of peas every 10-14 days. Otherwise,growing peas try different crop varieties that ripen early and Main crop at different times of the growing season. planting peas

How to plant peas

• growing peas Create a wide gap with a flat bottom at a depth of 4 cm (1 ½ ") deep and 15 cm (6") wide - a draw hoe is useful for this work. planting peas
• Length of water from the trench before planting,growing peas as it helps the seeds to germinate, especially in dry soils. planting peas
• Direct sow pea seeds in the trench at a distance of 5 cm (2 "). You can plant two parallel rows on each 6" (I'm) wide moat. If you want to plant more peas, and leave a distance of 75 cm (30 ") between each trench. growing peas
• Cover the seed with soil.
• Alternatively, you can start your peas modules in a cold frame and transplanted to their final location in the future. planting peas Be careful when transplanting peas, and resent root disturbance.

Tips and tricks for growing peas

• Protect the seed - the birds fly like pea seeds to cover the trenches with wire mesh or after planting. This can be removed once the seeds have germinated. planting peas
• Provide support - Peas produce growing peas tendrils to help them climb.planting peas Compensation wire, push sticks or twigs erected right on the floor along the length of each trench to provide their peas with media cope.
• Water regularly - once the peas begin to bloom is best to water thoroughly once a week to promote good pod development.planting peas It reduces water loss by applying a thick mulch of well-rotted manure or compost to lock moisture in the soil.planting peas
• Do not feed too -growing peas do not feed peas with nitrogen rich fertilizers can cause a lot of leafy vegetation instead of producing pea pods. In most cases, peas require no additional power, especially if you add lots of organic matter into the soil before planting.

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Pea harvest

• Peas should be harvested regularly to growing peas encourage more pods occur. The pods at the bottom of each plant grows first to start collecting the low down and work your way up the ripe pods.growing peas All peas can be frozen,planting peas but they are softer and tastier when eaten freshly picked from the garden.
• Early varieties can be harvested 11-12 weeks after sowing, while varieties Main crop need 13 -15 weeks to mature. planting peas
• Mange Tout is best harvested young, while the pods are flat, and before the peas begin to swell inside. growing peas
• peas are best harvested when curd, like peas in each pod begin to swell.

Fix nitrogen for the next crop year. planting peas

Peas are legumes,growing peas which take nitrogen from the "solution" of the air (workshop) in small nodules on their roots. Growth of peas, planting peas do not be tempted to remove the plants by the roots at the end of the season. The leaves and stems can be cut at ground level and added to the compost heap, before digging roots in the soil.growing peas planting peas As the roots decompose, releasing nitrogen into the soil. Nitrogen is free to be occupied by the crop of next year in a system of rotation - growing peas try sprouts that grow next year!
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Growing Pumpkins Easily

Growing pumpkins
Pumpkin is a warm-season vegetable that can be grown in most of the United States. Besides being used as jack-o'-lanterns, pumpkins are used to make pumpkin butter,growing pumpkins cakes, puddings, breads, cookies and soup.

When to Plant

Pumpkin is a vegetable very tender. The seeds germinate in the cold ground, and the seedlings are injured by frost.growing pumpkins Do not plant until the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed completely. Plant pumpkins for Halloween since late May in northern areas to the south in very early July. If pumpkins are planted too early, can soften and rot before Halloween. growing pumpkins

Space and depth

Vining pumpkins require a minimum of 50 to 100 square feet per hill. Plant seeds one inch deep (four or five seeds per hole).growing pumpkins Wait 5 to 6 feet between hills, in rows spaced 10 to 15 feet away. When the seedlings are well established, thin each hill to the best two or three floors.

Plant semi-bush varieties one inch deep (four or five seeds per hill) and thin to the best two plants per hill. Wait at least 4 feet between hills and 8 feet between rows.growing pumpkins

growing pumpkins Miniature plant varieties inch deep, with two or three seeds every 2 feet in line. The lines should be 6-8 feet apart, with seedlings thinned to plant every 2 feet better when they have their first true leaves.

Dwarf varieties of plants an inch deep (1 or 2 seeds per foot of row) and thin to one plant every 3 feet.growing pumpkins Allow 4 to 6 feet between rows.


squash plants must be free of weeds by hoeing and shallow. Water if a prolonged drought occurs early summer.growing pumpkins Pumpkins tolerate short periods of warm and dry enough.

Bees are needed to pollinate squash and pumpkins can be killed by insecticides. When using insecticides should be applied only in the afternoon or evening when the flowers have closed for the day and the bees stop visiting the flowers. As new flowers open every day and the bees on the ground inside the flowers open,growing pumpkins these pollinators should be sure to contact with potentially lethal aerosol.


Pumpkins can be harvested when they are a deep solid color (orange for most varieties) and the rind is hard. If the vines are healthy, harvest in late September or early October,growing pumpkins before the frosts.growing pumpkins If vines die from disease or other causes, the harvest of ripe fruits and store them in a moderately hot and dry until Halloween prematurely. Cut the squash vines carefully, using pruning shears or a sharp knife and leave 3-4 cm stalk. Adjust the stems of climbing plants results in many broken or missing "handles". Pumpkins without stems usually do not fit properly. Wear gloves when harvesting fruit because many varieties have thorns on their stems. growing pumpkins

Avoid cutting pumpkins and bruises when handling them. Fruits that are not fully developed or have been injured or subjected to heavy frost do not keep.growing pumpkins Store in a dry place where the temperature is between 50 and 55 ° C. growing pumpkins

Common Problems

Causes mold, mildew growth of white powder on the upper surfaces of leaves. Growth can kill leaves prematurely and interfere with correct processing.growing pumpkins

Cucumber beetles and squash bugs attack plants,growing pumpkins vines and ripe and unripe fruits.growing pumpkins Watch an infestation of cucumber beetles and squash bugs because people build in the late summer, because these insects can damage the ripe fruit spoil your appearance and make them less likely to maintain it properly.

Questions and Answers

P. The first flowers that appear on my squash plants do not form fruit. Why not? growing pumpkins

R. This is common in plants (such as cucumber, squash, melons, pumpkins, squash and watermelon). The first flowers are almost always men. The pollen of the male flowers early attracts bees and warns of the location of the vine flower. When the female flowers open first road bees is well established and the male flowers pollen is transferred to the female flowers by bees. growing pumpkins The male flowers bloom for one day, then let the plants.growing pumpkins The male flowers may predominate in certain conditions, especially early in the season, or in certain types of stress. Berries, visible at the base of the female flowers, identify. Any form of swelling at the base of the stems of the male flowers.

P. How can I grow pumpkins weighing more than 100 pounds?

A.growing pumpkins Use one of the giant varieties. Plant in early June and allow 150 square feet per hill. Thin at best one or two floors. High fertility, good knowledge of insects and culture surface is essential. Remove the first two or three females after the plants begin to flower to grow larger plants with more leaf surface before the fruit blossoms. Allow fruit to develop and kill all the female flowers that develop after the fruit is set on the ground. Do not let them take root in the joints near developing fruit because these varieties grow so quickly and so much that could tear the vines that extend on a vine anchored to the ground.growing pumpkins

P. My grandmother made patties pumpkin with green stripes, long neck. This variety is still available?growing pumpkins

A. Yes variety is green stripes Cumshaw. Because it has a unique texture, some chefs especially for desserts and cakes.

P. ? Pumpkins, gourds and squash interbreed and produce fruit crazy if interspersed with various types in my garden?growing pumpkins

A. Pumpkins, squash and gourds are members of the vine crops called "Securitas". The name is derived from its classification genus Securitas (often abbreviated as C).growing pumpkins There are four main species of Securitas usually included in the grouping of pumpkins, gourds and pumpkins. Varieties of the same species (which may be referred to as pumpkins, squash or pumpkin) can pollinate. Strains of different species do not. For example, zucchini crosses the field Bowden pumpkin, acorn or spaghetti squash, small decorative or Jack-Be-Little pumpkins miniature pumpkins, because they are all members of the same botanical species (C. pep). growing pumpkins

However, cross-pollination does not affect the taste,growing pumpkins shape or color of the fruit of the season. Crosses appear only if the seeds of these fruits are stored and grown next year. Pumpkin, white sugar Cumshaw small pumpkin, squash and Big Max anything could be grown in the same area without crossing, as each variety from a different species. Because bees carry pollen over distances of a mile or more in suburban areas where many gardens are nearby, the fruit must be packed and pollinated by hand if you want pure seed of non-hybrid varieties. growing pumpkins

P. What is the difference between a pumpkin and a pumpkin?

A.growing pumpkins It's all in what you call. Varieties of each of the four species, which are discussed in this section are popularly called "pumpkins", and varieties of each are called "pumpkin", more by tradition than by the system. In fact, the color orange is sometimes useful to determine what is a pumpkin. Two varieties of the same species, C.growing pumpkins maxima, keep records of the pumpkin and squash world's largest. The variety called squash is gray-green and more called squash is pink to orange. The shape can vary slightly, but both freely between pollination and are more or less identical botany. Unless it's rules and regulations in a particular sample, you can pretty much exchange words pumpkin and squash, but you can expect a fight with the purists, no matter what you do.growing pumpkins