Organic Gardening is not new or mysterious. Up until the middle of the 1900s, everyone gardened organically because there were no chemical pesticides or fertilizers. They were created during the war but when that market dried up, another was needed. Now we see that chemical fertilizers and pesticides are not all that good for you.
The first step, of course, is to avoid the chemicals.1 month ago
We arrived in our new home in September, when many of the flowers in our garden had already come and gone. So our garden was pretty much a mystery to start with. Discovering the beauty that our predecessors had planted over the past 30 years was a voyage of discovery we enjoyed for the entire year.9 months ago
Recently we decided to buy a new TV - but what kind of TV, HDTV, LED, Flat Screen were all new words to me. We hadn't purchased a new TV in about 8 years and a lot had changed in those 8 years.
So we took a look - what are the different types of TV available today. What impact does that have on price and the quality of your viewing?
We were not interested in the whole surround system, media, room thing - just the TV.9 months ago
You too can grow great organic vegetables in your garden. Its easy to do and with practice you can even grow the more difficult things such as eggplant and artichoke.9 months ago
Growing a wide variety of plants from seed is a hobby many people enjoy. It gives them exactly what they want, when they want it.
You can grow vegetables, flowers, herbs, shrubs and even trees from seed. For an easier start though, if you are just getting into it, I would go with tomatoes, cucumber, basil, borage, morning glory, putunia - some of the easier to germinate plants. Once you have your feet wet with these, the sky is the limit.9 months ago
You can easily grow salad greens in your garden - from seed. What are salad greens? They are lettuce, spinach, summer spinach, bok choi, sorrel, mustard, kale, swiss chard, and just about any other leafy green thing you could put in a salad.9 months ago
When you are having a party, one of the most important things to figure out is what food you will serve. You want food that tastes great, doesn't keep you in the kitchen for the duration of the party, and can be served easily. Who wants to clean the carpet the day AFTER the party?9 months ago
Herbs are fairly easy to grow in your home, your garden or on your porch. Most are quite forgiving of a little neglect and it is so nice to add a sprig of fresh herbs to our cooking. The flavour is fresh and exciting and makes such a difference.
My favorite spots to grow herbs are in pots on my window-sill and just outside the kitchen door. Who wants to go far when they are busy cooking just to find the right herbs for their dish?
You can grow herbs from seeds or buy small plants. Either way, jsut start with the basics and you will be fine.10 months ago
Who doesn't like the taste and smell of a nice sourdough bread and who isn't nervous about baking with a starter?
Many worry about having something weird/creepy/messy growing in their kitchen. if you think you may poison someone or make someone ill, I am here to reassure you that that will not happen. You can have a very successful experience baking with a sourdough starter. The flavours are well worth the effort.10 months ago
The best way to get exactly what you want in your garden is to start the plants yourself from seed and your chances of seccess are increased if you have the right equipment.
Starting most things from seed is fairly easy. This is particulary true for most vegetables and some flowers and herbs. Many vegetables will start on their own just planted in the garden. You don't need any equipment to do that. What we will talk about here are those things that you need to start indoors before they go out into the garden.10 months ago
Composting is key to organic gardening. It is the one best additive you can put into your garden as it is a natural long-term amendment that improves soil structure and adds all of the nutrients and micronutrients plants need. It imporves the soil structure by adding organic material - ie bits of decayed stufff. This is important becasue with no organic material your soil will not hold moisture wellso that it is available for your plants.10 months ago