You may be surprised to know that many flowers that you’ve seen or grown yourself are edible. Perhaps you’ve seen cooking shows in which squash blossoms are stuffed and fried. But Italians aren’t the only people who have used flowers in their dishes. Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Indian cuisine all feature flowers in their traditional foods. Flowers have been used in cooking for thousands of years. Flowers not only add color to your cooking but flavor as well.
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The cost of groceries has been skyrocketing lately. It seems that every week prices have gone up considerably while income stays the same for most of us. Growing your own food, as much as possible, is an alternative to buying expensive produce. And if you’re growing your own produce you can control what you’re eating. By using heirloom seeds you can avoid GMO produce; this is the stuff known as “Frankenfood.” You can also avoid the use of pesticides that kill honey bees and other beneficial insects and use natural fertilizers. These tips can help you in creating a high yield garden that will help you save money and feed your family better food.
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Garlic is an ancient bulbous vegetable and a member of the Allium family so it is closely related to onions, shallots, and leeks. It is easy to grow. Garlic grows from individual cloves broken off from a whole bulb. Each of the cloves will form an entire new bulb with 5-10 cloves. This post will teach you how to grow garlic indoors.
There are so many health benefits in eating garlic. It contains a compound called Allicin which has very potent medicinal properties. Although it’s a very popular ingredient in cooking it was used in ancient history mainly for its medicinal properties and health benefits. The Babylonians, Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all wrote about garlic and its use in medicine and healing.
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When we still owned our farm we not only had an amazing garden and livestock but an abundance of wild edible plants growing on the land. Since my spinal cord injury the idea of wrestling a 130 lb. lamb makes me cringe but I still want to use the land we have to expand the sources of food I grow. And edible landscaping can be very attractive. While the chickens and rabbits are great for eggs and food and my garden provides so many vegetables I want to turn the rest of the property into productive space. So I’m working on creating edible landscaping everywhere I can.
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We’ve had two snowstorms about a week apart and another couple of inches fell right after the second storm. I need to get away from winter! Unfortunately, a trip to the Bahamas isn’t possible so I just have to think of hot summer days and long summer evenings. One way I mentally remove myself from thoughts of snow and cold is to work on garden things to do in winter.
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Even with our long winters here I need to ensure that I have a bumper crop of vegetables each year. Our growing season isn’t quite as long as it is in more southern climes. Before spring arrives it’s important to test seeds indoors. I start many of my seeds indoors so those vegetables that don’t get sown directly into the garden have a good start. Before actually planting the seeds that are started indoors I do a test to ensure that my supply of seeds is still viable. It’s simple, takes very little time to get results, and allows me time to order new seeds if needed.
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