CHOP & DROP

CHOP & DROP

CHOP & DROP I have been using the chop and drop method of feeding my soil for two years. Easy and very effective. No hauling away debris to the compost pile. All it consists of is when I ‘dead head’ or ‘cut back’ in the perennial flower beds, I let the foliage lay on the ground around the plant. When using this method on the edges of the garden I tuck the foliage under the plant, out of sight. In…

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PREPPING PLANTING AREA FOR POTATOES

PREPPING PLANTING AREA FOR POTATOES

PREPPING PLANTING AREA FOR POTATOES Rotating where you plant your vegetables is very important to ward off disease. I am lucky enough to have the area to do a 3 year rotation. I plant my potatoes where I had my compost pile the year before. Last year was the first time I tried this method and it was the best harvest I had ever had. Last year I planted my potatoes the first week in June. After the last frost…

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FERMENTED SALSA

FERMENTED SALSA

FERMENTED SALSA This time of the year I have a lot of tomatoes ripening fast. Salsa is a favorite of mine. Since I am trying to eat more fermented food, I decided to give this recipe a try. YUMMY! I thought the taste would be sour, but it isn’t. A little tangy. FERMENTED SALSA RECIPE 3 pounds ripe tomatoes chopped ½ cup chopped cilantro ½ cup chopped onion ½ Jalapeno Pepper (with seeds) chopped or more if you like it…

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CUCUMBER BEETLES

CUCUMBER BEETLES

My Cucumber plants have barely been in my gardens for 10 days and I already spotted the dreaded Cucumber Beetle. A couple of the leaves had holes in them and I saw rust colored spots on the leaves. Sure signs of the dreaded Cucumber Beetle. I smushed several of them and several more flew away. I decided to try a different technique. I will take an empty sour cream container and add an inch or so of water and a…

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HOLY BASIL ‘TULSI’

HOLY BASIL ‘TULSI’

HOLY BASIL ‘TULSI’ I started growing Holy Basil ‘Tulsi’ several years ago when I felt stressful. Little did I know there are many health benefits of consuming Holy Basil ‘Tulsi’. I did some searching for herbal remedies and Holy Basil ‘Tulsi’ was mentioned. This was the start of my passion for herbal teas. I take no medications so inter actions are not a problem for me. Be careful if you are taking medications. I use it fresh during gardening season….

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