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I feel good, gonna spend it in the garden today 🥰🥰 #figs #pohontin #buahtin  #growsomethinggreen #gardening #greenthumb #lovegardening #gardengoals #vegetablegarden #beautifulgarden #growfood #epicgardening #eattherainbow #urbangardenersrepublic #thehappygardeninglife #fromgardentotable #gardenactivist #urbanfarming #urbangardening #homegardening #growyourownfood #happygardeninglife #mygarden #amazinggardener #gardeningtips #ediblegarden #backyardgarden #containergarden  #berkebun #homegrown

I feel good, gonna spend it in the garden today 🥰🥰 #figs #pohontin  #buahtin   #growsomethinggreen #gardening #greenthumb #lovegardening #gardengoals #vegetablegarden #beautifulgarden #growfood #epicgardening #eattherainbow #urbangardenersrepublic #thehappygardeninglife #fromgardentotable #gardenactivist #urbanfarming #urbangardening #homegardening #growyourownfood #happygardeninglife #mygarden #amazinggardener #gardeningtips #ediblegarden #backyardgarden #containergarden   #berkebun #homegrown - 2 hours ago

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Lets eat 😆 then do some prunning #figs #pohontin #buahtin  #growsomethinggreen #gardening #greenthumb #lovegardening #gardengoals #vegetablegarden #beautifulgarden #growfood #epicgardening #eattherainbow #urbangardenersrepublic #thehappygardeninglife #fromgardentotable #gardenactivist #urbanfarming #urbangardening #homegardening #growyourownfood #happygardeninglife #mygarden #amazinggardener #gardeningtips #ediblegarden #backyardgarden #containergarden  #berkebun #homegrown

Lets eat 😆 then do some prunning #figs #pohontin  #buahtin   #growsomethinggreen #gardening #greenthumb #lovegardening #gardengoals #vegetablegarden #beautifulgarden #growfood #epicgardening #eattherainbow #urbangardenersrepublic #thehappygardeninglife #fromgardentotable #gardenactivist #urbanfarming #urbangardening #homegardening #growyourownfood #happygardeninglife #mygarden #amazinggardener #gardeningtips #ediblegarden #backyardgarden #containergarden   #berkebun #homegrown - 4 hours ago

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When I was out earlier rushing around in the rain planting the flower seeds, I noticed that those stinking cauliflower and broccoli seeds I gave up on are up! Crazy things. They are about three inches tall. My beds are going to be very crowded soon.

When I was out earlier rushing around in the rain planting the flower seeds, I noticed that those stinking cauliflower and broccoli seeds I gave up on are up! Crazy things. They are about three inches tall. My beds are going to be very crowded soon. - 6 hours ago

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I braved the rain and quickly planted some flower seeds in the beds. Zinnias, pearl poppies, and bee balm. I don’t know if it’s too late in the season for them, but hey, why not try?

I braved the rain and quickly planted some flower seeds in the beds. Zinnias, pearl poppies, and bee balm. I don’t know if it’s too late in the season for them, but hey, why not try? - 7 hours ago

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Dreaming of warmer weather to bring homegrown tomatoes back.😋🍅 ⠀
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What warmer season fruit or vegetable do you miss growing in your garden? ⠀

Dreaming of warmer weather to bring homegrown tomatoes back.😋🍅 ⠀ ⠀ What warmer season fruit or vegetable do you miss growing in your garden? ⠀ - 9 hours ago

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I don’t think I’ve ever taken time to introduce myself, so here goes. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Hi! My name is Carmen. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We started dating when we were sixteen and got engaged that same year. We just celebrated our twenty-ninth anniversary.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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We have four adult children who I adore and am lucky enough to call friends. Our oldest is 26 and lives with us with his girlfriend. We also have a 24 year old son. He lives close by and comes to visit often and takes gorgeous photos of the gardens. Our third child is an almost 22 year old daughter and she lives the furthest away, in Olympia, Washington. She is back in school and loving it. She courageously moved out at seventeen and never looked back. Our youngest is turning twenty in a few short days and she and her wife live in El Paso, Texas where her wife is currently stationed (she’s in the Army). I love my children’s partners as if they were my own and I am lucky enough to call them friends as well. We also have four grand dogs and a grand cat who I think are the snuggliest things ever.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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We have two dogs - a great big noisy one that is part hound. It’s fun to get him howling. The other is a black lab/rat terrier mix. He is ten, but has as much energy as a puppy. My husband also has “killer cat,” whose favorite snack is hummingbirds, so no feeders of any kind in our yard.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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We moved in 2002 from our dream home in northern Idaho to Arizona, which has been great for our family. We’ve finally settled into what, I hope, will be our last home. After all, I have my gardens just how I want them and we’re putting in fruit trees in a few short months. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Our children are grown and (mostly) gone and we are enjoying hiking, traveling, and hitting up the local Applebee’s every other Wednesday for their drink of the week. Well, my husband enjoys them, I can’t drink because of medication I’m on. (I suddenly got sick seven years ago and was diagnosed with micro-seizures, so no alcohol for me).⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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I have LOVED being a part of this gardening community and getting to see snapshots of your lives and beautiful spaces you’ve created. Thank you for allowing me in.

I don’t think I’ve ever taken time to introduce myself, so here goes. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Hi! My name is Carmen. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We started dating when we were sixteen and got engaged that same year. We just celebrated our twenty-ninth anniversary.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ We have four adult children who I adore and am lucky enough to call friends. Our oldest is 26 and lives with us with his girlfriend. We also have a 24 year old son. He lives close by and comes to visit often and takes gorgeous photos of the gardens. Our third child is an almost 22 year old daughter and she lives the furthest away, in Olympia, Washington. She is back in school and loving it. She courageously moved out at seventeen and never looked back. Our youngest is turning twenty in a few short days and she and her wife live in El Paso, Texas where her wife is currently stationed (she’s in the Army). I love my children’s partners as if they were my own and I am lucky enough to call them friends as well. We also have four grand dogs and a grand cat who I think are the snuggliest things ever.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ We have two dogs - a great big noisy one that is part hound. It’s fun to get him howling. The other is a black lab/rat terrier mix. He is ten, but has as much energy as a puppy. My husband also has “killer cat,” whose favorite snack is hummingbirds, so no feeders of any kind in our yard.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ We moved in 2002 from our dream home in northern Idaho to Arizona, which has been great for our family. We’ve finally settled into what, I hope, will be our last home. After all, I have my gardens just how I want them and we’re putting in fruit trees in a few short months. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Our children are grown and (mostly) gone and we are enjoying hiking, traveling, and hitting up the local Applebee’s every other Wednesday for their drink of the week. Well, my husband enjoys them, I can’t drink because of medication I’m on. (I suddenly got sick seven years ago and was diagnosed with micro-seizures, so no alcohol for me).⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ I have LOVED being a part of this gardening community and getting to see snapshots of your lives and beautiful spaces you’ve created. Thank you for allowing me in. - 11 hours ago

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Sol de verano en Rancho Limón! #garden #urbangarden #growyourown #growsomethinggreen #grownyourownfood #frontyardgarden #growsomething #greenthumb #amazinggardener #seedsnow #organicgarden

Sol de verano en Rancho Limón! #garden #urbangarden #growyourown #growsomethinggreen #grownyourownfood #frontyardgarden #growsomething #greenthumb #amazinggardener #seedsnow #organicgarden - 14 hours ago

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The Plot is looking very bare and dry at the moment - I always wind down planting in November so I don’t have a lot in the beds to be harvested in December when we go away. This year though the three boys are body slamming me (sometimes literally) and I don’t feel like I’ve got the energy to pack a bag to go on holidays to be honest. So maybe we will be home? Regardless I’ve actioned my “SUMMER PLANNED RETREAT” and am retiring my front beds (the two on the left) as they get the most amount of hot afternoon sun. I’ll plant them up again in February after the intense heat has finished and will focus on just building up their soil quality with compost, manure and liquid nutrients like seasol. So they will be ready to go next year (and maybe I will be too?). 🤞🏻 The back two beds I’m aiming to keep productive over Summer- but will see how this weather eventuates. It’s been a ridiculously hot and dry November. I’ve still got sunflowers, zinnias, Rosemary, alyssum, passionfruit, the citrus trees and roses performing well though. And I have some more lettuce and rocket seeds growing up ready to be planted 🥬 What are your Summer garden plans looking like? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The Plot is looking very bare and dry at the moment - I always wind down planting in November so I don’t have a lot in the beds to be harvested in December when we go away. This year though the three boys are body slamming me (sometimes literally) and I don’t feel like I’ve got the energy to pack a bag to go on holidays to be honest. So maybe we will be home? Regardless I’ve actioned my “SUMMER PLANNED RETREAT” and am retiring my front beds (the two on the left) as they get the most amount of hot afternoon sun. I’ll plant them up again in February after the intense heat has finished and will focus on just building up their soil quality with compost, manure and liquid nutrients like seasol. So they will be ready to go next year (and maybe I will be too?). 🤞🏻 The back two beds I’m aiming to keep productive over Summer- but will see how this weather eventuates. It’s been a ridiculously hot and dry November. I’ve still got sunflowers, zinnias, Rosemary, alyssum, passionfruit, the citrus trees and roses performing well though. And I have some more lettuce and rocket seeds growing up ready to be planted 🥬 What are your Summer garden plans looking like? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #growyourown #organicgardening #homegrown #growyourownfood #urbangarden #growsomethinggreen #greenthumb #vegetablegarden #urbangardening #urbanorganicgardener #organicgarden #gardening #urbangardenersrepublic #gardener #backyardgarden #harvest #kitchengarden #veggiegarden #growfood #ilovegardening #springfieldqld #eatlocal #amazinggardener #greenisthenewblack #plotaustralia #greaterspringfield #ipswich #discoveripswich - 21 hours ago

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It's getting on my nerve. Minta dipangkasin. Ada yg mau batangnya? Abicau, sama no name green. Abicau susah berbuah disini. No name green lumayan produktif. Ganti ongkir aja. Terbatas. Terbatas aku kuat motongnya, dan waktunya juga tentatif, pokoknya kalau ada stamina dijabanin.. kalau lelah ya kutinggal tidur. #figs #pohontin #buahtin  #growsomethinggreen #gardening #greenthumb #lovegardening #gardengoals #vegetablegarden #beautifulgarden #growfood #epicgardening #eattherainbow #urbangardenersrepublic #thehappygardeninglife #fromgardentotable #gardenactivist #urbanfarming #urbangardening #homegardening #growyourownfood #happygardeninglife #mygarden #amazinggardener #gardeningtips #ediblegarden #backyardgarden #containergarden  #berkebun #homegrown

It's getting on my nerve. Minta dipangkasin. Ada yg mau batangnya? Abicau, sama no name green. Abicau susah berbuah disini. No name green lumayan produktif. Ganti ongkir aja. Terbatas. Terbatas aku kuat motongnya, dan waktunya juga tentatif, pokoknya kalau ada stamina dijabanin.. kalau lelah ya kutinggal tidur. #figs #pohontin  #buahtin   #growsomethinggreen #gardening #greenthumb #lovegardening #gardengoals #vegetablegarden #beautifulgarden #growfood #epicgardening #eattherainbow #urbangardenersrepublic #thehappygardeninglife #fromgardentotable #gardenactivist #urbanfarming #urbangardening #homegardening #growyourownfood #happygardeninglife #mygarden #amazinggardener #gardeningtips #ediblegarden #backyardgarden #containergarden   #berkebun #homegrown - 1 day ago

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With this windy rainy weather we have going on I had to stake a few of my broccoli. I love the natural look of the bamboo in the garden against the dark wet soil and blue-green of the plants.

With this windy rainy weather we have going on I had to stake a few of my broccoli. I love the natural look of the bamboo in the garden against the dark wet soil and blue-green of the plants. - 1 day ago

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I’m eagerly awaiting the 2020 seed catalogs. I can’t wait to see what’s new and start planning next years garden.

I’m eagerly awaiting the 2020 seed catalogs. I can’t wait to see what’s new and start planning next years garden. - 1 day ago

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I thought today instead of a recipe I’d share with you ways to preserve carrots and most other root vegetables.⁣⁣
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Let’s start with fresh storage. One fun thing about carrots is that if you live somewhere that the ground freezes, you can actually store them in the garden all winter. The secret is mulching. You can use leaves, straw, or wood chips. Pile a foot of mulch on top of the carrots and make a wide 18” circle around them of mulch as well. The idea is to keep the ground around the carrots from freezing, which keeps the carrots from freezing, but cold enough to stop them from growing. ⁣⁣
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If you would prefer to store them in the fridge you can do it two ways. I clean them, cut the tops off, place them in a ziplock storage bag, and poke a few holes in it. I put them in a humid drawer so that they don’t dry up. Alternatively, you can clean them, cut into sticks, put them in a plastic container, and then pour in enough water to cover them. They will last up to a month, but you will need to change the water every 4-5 days.⁣⁣
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To prepare for all long-term storage, clean the carrots by removing the tops and blanch (boil 3 minutes, immerse in ice water to stop cooking, then dry with paper towels - this preserves the bright orange color and opens the pores so the moisture can escape) and cut into 1/4” thick slices. ⁣
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If you are air drying with either your oven or a dehydrator, start with the prep above. Using the oven is easy. Spread the carrots in a single layer on a cookie sheet in a 150° oven for 6-8 hours. You’ll have to check them often because how long it takes will depend on the thickness of the slices. Using a dehydrator is the same, only set it for 125° and it will take 12-24 hours. Be sure to cool the carrots completely before putting in tightly sealed containers. I highly recommend glass jars. I have some stored since 2005 and they are perfect. To rehydrate I put them in a bowl and pour boiling hot water over them for 15 minutes, then use as normal. ⁣⁣
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Freezing is really easy. Blanch and put the carrots in containers and pop in the freezer. So easy. ⁣⁣
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Preserve carrots and enjoy garden fresh carrots year round. Good luck!

I thought today instead of a recipe I’d share with you ways to preserve carrots and most other root vegetables.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Let’s start with fresh storage. One fun thing about carrots is that if you live somewhere that the ground freezes, you can actually store them in the garden all winter. The secret is mulching. You can use leaves, straw, or wood chips. Pile a foot of mulch on top of the carrots and make a wide 18” circle around them of mulch as well. The idea is to keep the ground around the carrots from freezing, which keeps the carrots from freezing, but cold enough to stop them from growing. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ If you would prefer to store them in the fridge you can do it two ways. I clean them, cut the tops off, place them in a ziplock storage bag, and poke a few holes in it. I put them in a humid drawer so that they don’t dry up. Alternatively, you can clean them, cut into sticks, put them in a plastic container, and then pour in enough water to cover them. They will last up to a month, but you will need to change the water every 4-5 days.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ To prepare for all long-term storage, clean the carrots by removing the tops and blanch (boil 3 minutes, immerse in ice water to stop cooking, then dry with paper towels - this preserves the bright orange color and opens the pores so the moisture can escape) and cut into 1/4” thick slices. ⁣ ⁣⁣ If you are air drying with either your oven or a dehydrator, start with the prep above. Using the oven is easy. Spread the carrots in a single layer on a cookie sheet in a 150° oven for 6-8 hours. You’ll have to check them often because how long it takes will depend on the thickness of the slices. Using a dehydrator is the same, only set it for 125° and it will take 12-24 hours. Be sure to cool the carrots completely before putting in tightly sealed containers. I highly recommend glass jars. I have some stored since 2005 and they are perfect. To rehydrate I put them in a bowl and pour boiling hot water over them for 15 minutes, then use as normal. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Freezing is really easy. Blanch and put the carrots in containers and pop in the freezer. So easy. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Preserve carrots and enjoy garden fresh carrots year round. Good luck! - 1 day ago

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WHEATGRASS! The only green blade of grass to be found within our backyard at the moment. And it’s growing in a dish on the outside table 😜 Running trials for some secret squirrel new release Plot Packs which I’m soooooo excited about! If you aren’t on our mailing list (WHY NOT??) head to our website (link in bio) and enter your email address into the pop up. Trust me I HAVE THREE BOYS AGED THREE AND UNDER I DONT HAVE TIME TO SPAM YOU!!! I only send out an email when ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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WHEATGRASS! The only green blade of grass to be found within our backyard at the moment. And it’s growing in a dish on the outside table 😜 Running trials for some secret squirrel new release Plot Packs which I’m soooooo excited about! If you aren’t on our mailing list (WHY NOT??) head to our website (link in bio) and enter your email address into the pop up. Trust me I HAVE THREE BOYS AGED THREE AND UNDER I DONT HAVE TIME TO SPAM YOU!!! I only send out an email when ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ a) I’ve got some seriously useful tips to share ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ b) I create a sneaky new discount code c) to give you a peak at a new product ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ d) the boys are behaving and I have a chance to fire up the laptop⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So in other words- it’s rare! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ <link SHOP link in bio and enter your email in the pop up> 📧⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #growyourown #organicgardening #homegrown #growyourownfood #urbangarden #growsomethinggreen #greenthumb #vegetablegarden #urbangardening #urbanorganicgardener #organicgarden #gardening #urbangardenersrepublic #gardener #backyardgarden #harvest #kitchengarden #veggiegarden #growfood #ilovegardening #springfieldqld #eatlocal #amazinggardener #greenisthenewblack #plotaustralia #greaterspringfield #ipswich #discoveripswich #wheatgrass - 2 days ago

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Just the usual 😊 #figs #pohontin #buahtin  #growsomethinggreen #gardening #greenthumb #lovegardening #gardengoals #vegetablegarden #beautifulgarden #growfood #epicgardening #eattherainbow #urbangardenersrepublic #thehappygardeninglife #fromgardentotable #gardenactivist #urbanfarming #urbangardening #homegardening #growyourownfood #happygardeninglife #mygarden #amazinggardener #gardeningtips #ediblegarden #backyardgarden #containergarden  #berkebun #homegrown

Just the usual 😊 #figs #pohontin  #buahtin   #growsomethinggreen #gardening #greenthumb #lovegardening #gardengoals #vegetablegarden #beautifulgarden #growfood #epicgardening #eattherainbow #urbangardenersrepublic #thehappygardeninglife #fromgardentotable #gardenactivist #urbanfarming #urbangardening #homegardening #growyourownfood #happygardeninglife #mygarden #amazinggardener #gardeningtips #ediblegarden #backyardgarden #containergarden   #berkebun #homegrown - 3 days ago

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There is so much history available for the humble carrot that I can’t possibly put it all in a post, so I will be concise. ⁣
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Wild carrot seeds (Daucus carota) have been found in Europe and Asia back to the Mesolithic period - which is about 10,000 years ago. It is thought that they were collected for medicinal use as the root of these early carrots were not really edible. ⁣
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Record of cultivation starts about the 10th century in what is now Iran and Afghanistan. These first ones were purple and yellow varieties and were also grown for their leaves and seeds. ⁣
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Eventually carrots were bred to reduce the woody core, increase sweetness, and reduce bitterness so that the taproot would be palatable. Modern orange carrots were brought to England in about 1650, with molecular testing showing that they came from the early yellow carrot. ⁣
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Now, there are probably a thousand varieties in all imaginable colors - including black! Carrots have become the second most popular vegetable worldwide and it’s easy to see why. They taste good, look amazing, there are tons of varieties to choose from, are low-calorie, and are full of vitamin A. ⁣
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There is so much history available for the humble carrot that I can’t possibly put it all in a post, so I will be concise. ⁣ ⁣ Wild carrot seeds (Daucus carota) have been found in Europe and Asia back to the Mesolithic period - which is about 10,000 years ago. It is thought that they were collected for medicinal use as the root of these early carrots were not really edible. ⁣ ⁣ Record of cultivation starts about the 10th century in what is now Iran and Afghanistan. These first ones were purple and yellow varieties and were also grown for their leaves and seeds. ⁣ ⁣ Eventually carrots were bred to reduce the woody core, increase sweetness, and reduce bitterness so that the taproot would be palatable. Modern orange carrots were brought to England in about 1650, with molecular testing showing that they came from the early yellow carrot. ⁣ ⁣ Now, there are probably a thousand varieties in all imaginable colors - including black! Carrots have become the second most popular vegetable worldwide and it’s easy to see why. They taste good, look amazing, there are tons of varieties to choose from, are low-calorie, and are full of vitamin A. ⁣ ⁣ What’s not to love? - 3 days ago

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I realized as I was waking up this morning that I neglected to include two important details about snap beans - preservation and seed saving. So...green beans part 3. ⁣
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Seed saving is the same as peas, you just have to wait until the seeds inside are big and the pod is firm. Let the pods dry either on the plant as the season is winding down or pick them and put them in a brown paper bag for several weeks. The  pods are thick though so they will take longer than peas. Once dry take the seeds out of the pod and store. ⁣
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Young green beans can be stored so many ways. For freezing, boil for a couple of minutes then put in ice water until completely cool. Store in freezer in your favorite container. I use freezer Ziplock bags. You can dehydrate them in a dehydrator set for 125° until they are dry. (Be sure to boil and ice bath first) Store them in an air tight container. You can also freeze dry green beans. You will need to follow the directions for your machine. ⁣
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There is so much you can do with green beans and I haven’t even included anything about the actual seeds (beans). Maybe another day. Now, get planting.

I realized as I was waking up this morning that I neglected to include two important details about snap beans - preservation and seed saving. So...green beans part 3. ⁣ ⁣ Seed saving is the same as peas, you just have to wait until the seeds inside are big and the pod is firm. Let the pods dry either on the plant as the season is winding down or pick them and put them in a brown paper bag for several weeks. The pods are thick though so they will take longer than peas. Once dry take the seeds out of the pod and store. ⁣ ⁣ Young green beans can be stored so many ways. For freezing, boil for a couple of minutes then put in ice water until completely cool. Store in freezer in your favorite container. I use freezer Ziplock bags. You can dehydrate them in a dehydrator set for 125° until they are dry. (Be sure to boil and ice bath first) Store them in an air tight container. You can also freeze dry green beans. You will need to follow the directions for your machine. ⁣ ⁣ There is so much you can do with green beans and I haven’t even included anything about the actual seeds (beans). Maybe another day. Now, get planting. - 4 days ago

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Look at this gorgeous shot my son @mr_andrew_king got of the gardens today. Beautiful. Is it weird to be smitten by your own garden?

Look at this gorgeous shot my son @mr_andrew_king got of the gardens today. Beautiful. Is it weird to be smitten by your own garden? - 5 days ago

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Strawberry Series Part 7: Results & Discussion .
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So what can come of all this fuss over your strawberry plants.  Hopefully, lots of large juicy bright red fruit like this!
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This summer our Kent strawberry beds each yielded an average of 9 kg or 20 lbs.  These beds were 50 square feet in size, 30 inches wide and 20 feet long.  The graph in the second slide today shows the cumulative yield so you can see exactly when our berries were ready for picking.  As you can tell from the graph, the harvest for June bearing strawberries is very concentrated, at around 3 weeks in length.
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Kent is considered a “midseason” June bearing variety.  Earlier and later varieties are available so if we wanted to shift this harvest sooner or later in the season we could do so by planting a different variety.  We are happy with these harvest dates though because they correspond closely with the start of the vegetable boxes we sell to our farm members.
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I was curious how our yields compared to other tests and was able to find a study from the University of Manitoba that included Kent strawberries.  They tested several June bearing varieties and their Kent strawberry crop yielded at a rate of 5.1 tonnes per acre.  Our results scaled up to that size would equate to 5.6 tonnes per acre, that is if we include our space for walkways around our growing beds.  Since we are growing our strawberries in the field, yields will fluctuate from yield to year, but it’s good to see we are on par and maybe even slightly ahead in terms of yield with our methods.
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This brings us to the end of our strawberry series.  I hope you have enjoyed the photos and found some helpful information in the written explanations.  All of this information is now posted with a little more detail in our online Classroom in one BIG strawberry post. You can find it there whenever you need it simply by typing “strawberries” in the Classroom search bar. .
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Strawberry Series Part 7: Results & Discussion . . So what can come of all this fuss over your strawberry plants.  Hopefully, lots of large juicy bright red fruit like this! . This summer our Kent strawberry beds each yielded an average of 9 kg or 20 lbs.  These beds were 50 square feet in size, 30 inches wide and 20 feet long.  The graph in the second slide today shows the cumulative yield so you can see exactly when our berries were ready for picking.  As you can tell from the graph, the harvest for June bearing strawberries is very concentrated, at around 3 weeks in length. . Kent is considered a “midseason” June bearing variety.  Earlier and later varieties are available so if we wanted to shift this harvest sooner or later in the season we could do so by planting a different variety.  We are happy with these harvest dates though because they correspond closely with the start of the vegetable boxes we sell to our farm members. . I was curious how our yields compared to other tests and was able to find a study from the University of Manitoba that included Kent strawberries.  They tested several June bearing varieties and their Kent strawberry crop yielded at a rate of 5.1 tonnes per acre.  Our results scaled up to that size would equate to 5.6 tonnes per acre, that is if we include our space for walkways around our growing beds.  Since we are growing our strawberries in the field, yields will fluctuate from yield to year, but it’s good to see we are on par and maybe even slightly ahead in terms of yield with our methods. . This brings us to the end of our strawberry series.  I hope you have enjoyed the photos and found some helpful information in the written explanations.  All of this information is now posted with a little more detail in our online Classroom in one BIG strawberry post. You can find it there whenever you need it simply by typing “strawberries” in the Classroom search bar. . . - 6 days ago

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Are you ready to learn about growing beans?⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Beans are fairly easy to grow. They only have a few specific requirements. You have to know that they are a warm weather crop that likes a lot of sun and frost will kill them straightaway. It’s also important to rotate them in the garden over a three year period. The seeds are easy to plant, just 2 inches deep and four inches away from each other. You can get four plants in one square foot. This will also make thinning unnecessary. Bush beans will grow 8-20 inches tall depending upon the variety, but pole beans can grow six feet tall or more and will require support. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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⁣⁣⁣Once the beans flower, don’t let them dry out and be sure to water the soil and not the leaves. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Beans are self-pollinating and you won’t need to do any hand pollination for them. ⁣⁣(good catch @solitarybeegardens)
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Slugs, snails, and aphids are a problem for everything in the garden so keep a lookout for them. Just spray the aphids off with a jet stream of water. Beans also have two specific problems - halo blight, which causes a brown spot with a yellow “halo” around it. Remove the whole plant and dispose of it in the trash. It’s caused by a bacteria in the seed and is spread by water. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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The other fungus to watch for is Foot Root Rot. Say that five times fast. This is a fungus in the soil and is from overwatering. No treatment for this one either. It will cause the plant to die, so just pull the plant and destroy it. It helps to rotate beans around the garden as prevention for both of these problems. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Harvesting is about 50-60 days after planting and before the seed development stage (before you can see the bean in the pod). This will be 15-20 days after flowering. You want the pods fleshy and tender. Keep in mind that bush beans all ripen at about the same time, but pole beans produce all season.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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That’s it. Now you know everything I know about growing beans.

Are you ready to learn about growing beans?⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Beans are fairly easy to grow. They only have a few specific requirements. You have to know that they are a warm weather crop that likes a lot of sun and frost will kill them straightaway. It’s also important to rotate them in the garden over a three year period. The seeds are easy to plant, just 2 inches deep and four inches away from each other. You can get four plants in one square foot. This will also make thinning unnecessary. Bush beans will grow 8-20 inches tall depending upon the variety, but pole beans can grow six feet tall or more and will require support. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣Once the beans flower, don’t let them dry out and be sure to water the soil and not the leaves. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Beans are self-pollinating and you won’t need to do any hand pollination for them. ⁣⁣(good catch @solitarybeegardens ) ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Slugs, snails, and aphids are a problem for everything in the garden so keep a lookout for them. Just spray the aphids off with a jet stream of water. Beans also have two specific problems - halo blight, which causes a brown spot with a yellow “halo” around it. Remove the whole plant and dispose of it in the trash. It’s caused by a bacteria in the seed and is spread by water. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ The other fungus to watch for is Foot Root Rot. Say that five times fast. This is a fungus in the soil and is from overwatering. No treatment for this one either. It will cause the plant to die, so just pull the plant and destroy it. It helps to rotate beans around the garden as prevention for both of these problems. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Harvesting is about 50-60 days after planting and before the seed development stage (before you can see the bean in the pod). This will be 15-20 days after flowering. You want the pods fleshy and tender. Keep in mind that bush beans all ripen at about the same time, but pole beans produce all season.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ That’s it. Now you know everything I know about growing beans. - 6 days ago

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Strawberry Series Part 6: Patch Maintenance Year 2

In year 2, we finally get to harvest and enjoy a serious quantity of berries!  The general flow of patch maintenance in years 2 and on looks like this: remove mulch in early spring, cover patch with bird netting if desired, harvest, renovate, and cover with mulch again as done in year 1.

We protect our prized strawberry crop with bird netting and use our low tunnel hoops over our strawberry beds to support this netting.  It is important to keep the netting away from the plants so the runners don’t find their way through the holes and really get tangled up.  The netting is pinned down with fabric staples around the edges.  Be sure to close any openings so your net doesn’t turn into a bird trap.
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Renovation is the process of cutting back the leaves and reorganizing the patch immediately after harvest which for us is in late July.  If feels wrong to cut back all of the leaves in the moment but it helps stimulate new growth, prevent disease problems, and keep the patch more productive in the long run.  Don’t worry about killing your plants.  As long as you cut the leaves off a couple inches above the crown of each plant they will be fine.  Slide 1 shows some strawberry beds before (left) and after (right) cutting, and slide 2 shows the patch 1 month later looking fine.  The other task to perform with the renovation is to remove some of the old plants and guide new runners into their spaces to replace them.  This step is done in small amounts each season to rejuvenate the patch at a sustainable rate.  See the recent post titled “Strawberry Series Part 3: Plant Spacing” for an animation of this patch renewal process. .
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In the next and final strawberry post of this series, I will share with you our results from this season and wrap things up.
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Strawberry Series Part 6: Patch Maintenance Year 2 In year 2, we finally get to harvest and enjoy a serious quantity of berries!  The general flow of patch maintenance in years 2 and on looks like this: remove mulch in early spring, cover patch with bird netting if desired, harvest, renovate, and cover with mulch again as done in year 1. We protect our prized strawberry crop with bird netting and use our low tunnel hoops over our strawberry beds to support this netting.  It is important to keep the netting away from the plants so the runners don’t find their way through the holes and really get tangled up.  The netting is pinned down with fabric staples around the edges.  Be sure to close any openings so your net doesn’t turn into a bird trap. . Renovation is the process of cutting back the leaves and reorganizing the patch immediately after harvest which for us is in late July.  If feels wrong to cut back all of the leaves in the moment but it helps stimulate new growth, prevent disease problems, and keep the patch more productive in the long run.  Don’t worry about killing your plants.  As long as you cut the leaves off a couple inches above the crown of each plant they will be fine.  Slide 1 shows some strawberry beds before (left) and after (right) cutting, and slide 2 shows the patch 1 month later looking fine.  The other task to perform with the renovation is to remove some of the old plants and guide new runners into their spaces to replace them.  This step is done in small amounts each season to rejuvenate the patch at a sustainable rate.  See the recent post titled “Strawberry Series Part 3: Plant Spacing” for an animation of this patch renewal process. . . In the next and final strawberry post of this series, I will share with you our results from this season and wrap things up. . . - 7 days ago

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