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Using Pecans In The Kitchen: What To Do With Pecans

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-03-25 07:09
The pecan tree is a hickory native to North America that has been domesticated and is now grown commercially for its sweet, edible nuts. Mature trees can produce 400-1,000 pounds of nuts per year. With such a large quantity, one might wonder what to do with pecans. Cooking with pecans is, of course, the most common of pecan uses, but there are other ways of using pecans. If you are lucky enough to have access to a pecan tree, read on to learn how to use pecans. What to Do with Pecans When we think of pecans, we may think of eating the nuts, but many species of wildlife also enjoy not only the pecan fruit, but foliage as well. Using pecans isn’t just for humans, many birds, squirrels, and other small mammals eat the nuts, while white-tailed deer often nibble on the twigs and leaves. Beyond our feathered friends

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Destiny Hybrid Broccoli – How To Grow Destiny Broccoli Plants

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-03-24 18:00
Destiny hybrid broccoli is a compact, heat-tolerant, and cold-hardy plant that performs well in warmer climates. Plant your Destiny broccoli variety in early spring for a summer crop. A second crop can be planted in midsummer for harvest in fall. The flavorful, nutrient-rich vegetable isn’t difficult to grow in full sunlight and moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Read on and learn how to grow this broccoli variety. How to Grow Destiny Broccoli Start seeds indoors five to seven weeks ahead of time or start with small Destiny broccoli plants from a nursery or garden center. Either way, they should be transplanted into the garden two to three weeks before the last frost in your area. You can also plant this variety by seed directly in the garden two to three weeks before the last average frost in your area. Prepare the soil by digging in a generous amount of organic matter,

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What Is Belstar Broccoli: How To Care For Belstar Broccoli Variety

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-03-24 15:00
Broccoli is a classic vegetable that fits into many international cuisines and offers plenty of nutrition. If you want a variety with tight heads and prolific flowering, try growing Belstar broccoli. With just 66 days to maturity, you will be enjoying your own broccoli crop in just a few months! Keep reading for further Belstar broccoli info, including when and how to plant this delicious variety. What is Belstar Broccoli? The Belstar broccoli variety is an organic hybrid variety suitable for either spring or summer planting. Just like any other broccoli, Belstar doesn’t do well in hot temperatures. Plants in the Brassica family are high in vitamins C and K, fiber, and manganese. They are being studied for their ability to fight cancer. Broccoli is one of the tastier varieties of this family. The Belstar variety is very adaptable and produces stress tolerant plants. Not only does it develop a

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Waltham 29 Broccoli Plants – Growing Waltham 29 Broccoli In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-03-24 11:00
Broccoli is a cool season annual grown for its delicious green heads. A long-time favorite variety, Waltham 29 broccoli plants were developed in 1950 at the University of Massachusetts and named for Waltham, MA. Open pollinated seeds of this variety are still sought after for their incredible flavor and cold tolerance. Interested in growing this broccoli variety? The following article contains information on how to grow Waltham 29 broccoli.  About Waltham 29 Broccoli Plants Waltham 29 broccoli seeds were specifically developed to withstand the colder temperatures of the Pacific Northwest and East Coast. These broccoli plants grow to a height of about 20 inches (51 cm.) and form blue-green medium to large heads on long stalks, a rarity amongst modern hybrids. Like all cool season broccoli, Waltham 29 plants are quick to bolt with high temperatures but thrive in cooler regions rewarding the grower with compact heads along with some

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Carrots In The Heat Of Summer – How To Grow Carrots In The South

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-03-24 07:00
Growing carrots in the heat of summer is a difficult endeavor. Carrots are a cool season crop which typically need between three and four months to reach maturity. They are slow to germinate in cool weather and sprout best when the ambient temperature is around 70 F. (21 C.). When maturing in warm weather, carrots often have a bitter taste and lack the sweetness of those grown at cooler temperatures. The ideal temperature for the development of fat, sweet tasting carrots is approximately 40 F. (4 C.). Ideally, carrots are sown when it’s warm and mature when it’s cool. Growing Carrots in Hot Climates Gardeners in states like Florida may be wondering if it’s even possible to grow carrots in the South. The answer is yes, so let’s take a look at the best methods for growing carrots in hot climates. Whether you’re growing carrots in the South or you’re

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Using Herbal Teas For Health: Tea To Drink When You’re Sick

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-03-24 06:19
The world is a different place than it was a few months ago. At this writing, the coronavirus is prancing merrily across the globe, wreaking havoc and destroying health and lives. The hospital system is overwhelmed, so the best many of us can do is maintain our immune systems and overall well-being. Herbal tea plants can be key to some of that. Teas to fight viruses may be your first line of defense in a time of such widespread illness. Herbal Teas for Health Taking care of yourself is always at the core of a well lived life. Using herbal teas for health is an ancient practice that should see a resurgence. If it was good enough for our ancestors, there must be something to the exercise. The best tea for virus busting varies by symptom, but most have high antioxidant properties which can help enhance your immune system. I

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Hydroponic Systems: Getting To Know Basic Hydroponic Equipment

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-03-23 18:00
Commercial growers have been using hydroponic systems for years, but many home gardeners are embracing the idea as a way to have homegrown vegetables year-round. If you’re thinking about trying hydroponics, you’re probably wondering what kind of hydroponic tools you’ll need and how much will equipment for this gardening method cost. What Do You Need for Hydroponics? Plants require four things to survive and flourish – light, a substrate in which to grow, water, and nutrients. Let’s take a look at the basic hydroponic equipment you’ll need to supply all four key elements: Light Sunlight provides the full spectrum of visible and non-visible light. It’s not only the cheapest, but also the best way to provide light for hydroponics. Many vegetable plants require a minimum of six hours of direct light per day. Southern-facing windows and greenhouses have the potential to provide this amount of sunlight. The alternative is the

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Hydroponic Garden Types: Different Hydroponic Systems For Plants

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-03-23 15:00
In simple terms, hydroponic systems for plants use only water, a growing medium, and nutrients. The goal of hydroponic methods is to grow faster and healthier plants by removing barriers between a plant’s roots and water, nutrients, and oxygen. Although there are numerous variations, gardeners generally choose one of six different types of hydroponics. Hydroponic Garden Types Below we offer basic information on different hydroponic systems. Wicking is the most simple and basic of the hydroponic garden types and has been used for centuries before hydroponic gardening was a “thing.” A wick system needs no electricity because it requires no air pumps. Basically, this hydroponic method simply uses a wicking system to draw water from a bucket or container to the plants. Wick systems are generally effective only for small setups, such as a single plant or a small herb garden. They are a good introduction for kids or beginning

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What Is Hydroseeding: Learn About Grass Seed Spray For Lawns

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-03-23 11:00
What is hydroseeding? Hydroseeding, or hydraulic mulch seeding, is a way of planting seed over a large area. Compared to traditional methods, hydroseeding can save a tremendous amount of time and effort, but there are also some drawbacks to consider. Read on to learn some hydroseeding facts and how this method might help you establish a lawn. How Hydroseeding Works Hydroseeding involves the use of a high-pressure hose to apply seeds onto tilled soil. The seeds are in a water-based grass seed spray (slurry) that may contain mulch, fertilizer, lime, or other substances to get a lawn off to a healthy start. The grass seed spray, which is often used to plant large areas such as golf courses and football fields, is often applied from a truck to ensure that the slurry is evenly mixed. However, it can also be applied by homeowners with a pressure sprayer. Hydroseeding Facts: Hydroseeding

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The Best Sprinkler (Review)

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-03-23 08:02
To learn more about our editorial integrity policy and how we make money through affiliate partnerships, read our full disclosure here. Are you trying to keep your lawn green and growing strong, even during the warmer months? Well, we all know that one of the most vital factors is your lawn sprinkler.  When purchasing a sprinkler, you’ve got to consider a lot of factors, like what material is the most durable, how much water pressure you need, special features you may want, and how much of your lawn will actually be covered by the sprinkler.  To make the search easier for you, Gardening Know How looked at countless sprinkler units and narrowed it down to the top five to help you find the best sprinkler for your lawn. Review Standards During our thorough analysis to help you find the best sprinkler, we looked at factors including price, expected life of

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What Is Hydrocooling – Learn About Hydrocooling Vegetables And Fruits

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-03-23 07:00
When the temperature gets near the triple digits and you’re cooling off with a chilled watermelon wedge, you should thank the hydrocooling method. What is hydrocooling? The method of hydrocooling is used to quickly chill produce post-harvest so it can get to your dinner table. Read on to learn more. What is Hydrocooling? Very simply, the method of hydrocooling is a way to rapidly cool produce by running near freezing water over fruits and vegetables immediately after they are harvested. Without hydrocooling vegetables and fruits once they have been harvested, the quality of the produce begins to decline, hence its shelf life. So how does hydrocooling work exactly? How Does Hydrocooling Work? Temperature and relative humidity begin to affect the quality of produce immediately after being harvested. Heat may arise from field temperatures or from natural respiration. Some farmers harvest at night to combat field temperatures, but what about natural

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