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Featured Farm: Fledging Crow Vegetables Rooted in FUN

Featured Farm: Fledging Crow Vegetables Rooted in FUN

Are you someone who believes that food should be fun and even a bit quirky?  If so, you have a lot in common with Ian Ater. His farm, Fledging Crow...

Gardening 101: Beets

Beets, Beta vulgaris: “Fall Favorite” What I love about planting for a fall harvest is that the season’s vegetables are not as massive or consuming of garden beds as mid-summer resource hogs (squash and tomato family, you know who you are). I actually love that I can’t see it growing. The major problem with beets is pesky army worms–green caterpillars that chew irregular holes in the beet leaves. Because I practice organic gardening to the nth degree, I just pick off the caterpillars. Tip: if you have irregular or small beets the reason may be that you avoided thinning your seedlings to 1-3 inches apart. Many varieties of beets exist and come in many shapes, sizes, and colors ranging from red to white to gold or striped. Cheat Sheet Harvest the roots from 7 to 8 weeks after planting and eat the greens whenever. I also love to sauté the greens, like chard or spinach, with some oil and garlic. Plant seeds from 1 to 2 inches apart in rows. Beets love deep, well-draining organic soil (never clay, which causes tough beets.

Everything You Need To Know About Planting Cover Crops For A Healthy Garden

Everything You Need To Know About Planting Cover Crops For A Healthy Garden. If you decide to plant cover crops in the fall, be sure to allow them plenty of time to become established. Timing Your Cover Crop Kill You must kill your cover crops before they set seed and the topgrowth gets out of control. You can mow cover crops with a lawn mower or a weed trimmer, depending on how tall the plants are. After turning under a cover crop of grasses, wait 2 to 3 weeks before planting vegetables or flowers. After spring crops of lettuce, radishes, and other early vegetables have been harvested, plant a fast-growing cover crop, such as buckwheat. In most climates, you can allow this cover crop to flower and still have time to plant a crop of frost-tolerant vegetables. The Easiest Cover Crops To Grow Which cover crop is right for you? Some, such as cereal rye, are very cold-tolerant and work well for late-season plantings. Clover Clover comes in a plethora of different shapes and sizes.


The combination of unique texture and sweet, tart flavor has made grapes an ever popular between-meal snack as well as a refreshing addition to both fruit and vegetable salads.

Grapes are small round or oval berries that feature semi-translucent flesh encased by a smooth skin. Some contain edible seeds while others are seedless. Like blueberries, grapes are often...

13 low-carb fruits and vegetables

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Getting enough fruits and vegetables each day can be a challenge for some, but research indicates that these foods can help to reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fresh fruits and vegetables are generally low in fat and calories, but they contain various levels of carbohydratesand sugars. And for some people trying to...

11 Smart Ways to Eat Healthy on a Super Tight Budget

Go for frozen vegetables

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Fresh vegetables can be expensive if you don't have access to a farmer's market, but frozen vegetables can actually give you more bang for your buck. Not only are they cheaper, but they tend to be more nutritious, since they're picked at peak ripeness and frozen right away, which preserves...

Strawberry compound may prevent Alzheimer's

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A compound found in strawberries could help to prevent Alzheimer's.

A natural compound found in strawberries and other fruits and vegetables could help to prevent Alzheimer's disease and other age-related neurodegenerative diseases, new research suggests.

Researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA, and...

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