tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-58510098012166445562020-03-31T19:41:35.127-05:00Glory GardeningGlory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.comBlogger43125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-55578181777657489612014-05-08T13:30:00.000-05:002014-05-08T13:30:01.485-05:00Step by Step Method for Planting your Garden in a Bag<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Gardening in a Bag Kenyan Style is being brought to you by <a href="http://bridgesid.org/economic-development/garden-in-a-bag/" target="_blank">Bridges International Development</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://thechurch.at/glocal/missions/" target="_blank">thechurch.at</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;Garden in a&nbsp;Bags allows people to share in similar growing experiences around the world and benefit from low-water high density planting methods. Fundamental to this project is awareness and prayer for the people of Kenya&nbsp;and the ongoing&nbsp;missions. We encourage you to pray while you are enjoying working&nbsp;your&nbsp;the&nbsp;Garden in a&nbsp;bag.&nbsp;As I have said before, I&nbsp;am honored&nbsp;to be asked to participate in this project by receiving the first grow bag from <a href="http://thechurch.at/" target="_blank">thechurch.at</a>&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;sharing the adapted United States techniques with you.<br /><br />If you have not previously read <a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2014/05/garden-in-bag.html" target="_blank">Garden in a Bag</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2014/05/must-knows-for-garden-in-bag.html" target="_blank">Must Knows for Garden in a Bag</a>&nbsp;I encourage you to read those before beginning.&nbsp; There is nothing worse than having a garden fail, especially if it was easily prevented.<br /><br /><u><strong>Materials Needed:<table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-W9lrouVDg7A/U2uYqHd4aOI/AAAAAAAAAbw/XhntS9ZmG7M/s1600/cutting+bottom+out+of+pot.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-W9lrouVDg7A/U2uYqHd4aOI/AAAAAAAAAbw/XhntS9ZmG7M/s1600/cutting+bottom+out+of+pot.JPG" height="200" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">cutting bottom out of pot&nbsp;to make<br />&nbsp;cylinder for Garden in a Bag</td></tr></tbody></table></strong></u><br />Feed Bag<br />Composted Cow Manure<br />Top Soil or Compost<br />Utility Knife<br />Plants<br />Water<br />Small Rocks (Pebbles 1/4 - 1inch varying in size. You can find these or buy these)<br />Cylinder (8 to 10 inches tall&nbsp;or more and 8 inches wide such as an old plastic pot with the bottom cut out or an old Folgers coffee canister with the bottom cut out)<br /><br /><u><strong>Method:</strong></u><br />?<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZI5-IWhpOG4/U2uZCXycBpI/AAAAAAAAAb4/wLPXMwcxzDg/s1600/grow+bag+folded.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZI5-IWhpOG4/U2uZCXycBpI/AAAAAAAAAb4/wLPXMwcxzDg/s1600/grow+bag+folded.JPG" height="200" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Feed Bag with top folded in</td></tr></tbody></table>First place your Feed Bag now repurposed as a Garden in a Bag in its location. You will need to fold the top 12 inches down inside itself. Our bags available here are much narrower than the ones&nbsp;used in Kenya and will topple over if you use them full size. You will flatten and round the bottom of the bag the best you can.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6pH8XIKUEh8/U2uZbqNKejI/AAAAAAAAAcA/Qcozc0oM3iw/s1600/rock+in+cylinder.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6pH8XIKUEh8/U2uZbqNKejI/AAAAAAAAAcA/Qcozc0oM3iw/s1600/rock+in+cylinder.JPG" height="150" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Rock Column inside of Garden in a Bag</td></tr></tbody></table>Next place your cylinder flat on the bottom of the bag. You will fill the cylinder up with rocks. Pack the 50/50 mixture of Cow Manure and Top Soil or Compost (your preference) around your cylinder. I combined the mixture in the bag as I went. After your Manure/Soil mixture is even with the rocks, wiggle your cylinder up and fill the cylinder again with rocks. Then pack the Manure/ Soil mixture around the cylinder again. <br /><br />You will repeat this process until you are within about 5 to 6 inches of the top of the bag. With my bag it took doing this procedure twice. Make sure you keep your rock column as straight as possible. If it moves on you a little it's not the end of the world. Just try and keep it lined up.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tk7cTjJvxIQ/U2uaXsVH3fI/AAAAAAAAAcQ/LHH-1xsPu7s/s1600/slits+in+bag.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tk7cTjJvxIQ/U2uaXsVH3fI/AAAAAAAAAcQ/LHH-1xsPu7s/s1600/slits+in+bag.JPG" height="200" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">First 1/2 moon slit in bag</td></tr></tbody></table>Once you have reached within 5 to 6 inches of the top of the bag wiggle your cylinder out and top the bag off with your Manure/Soil mixture.&nbsp; Soak the bag with water. Watering down your center column of rocks. You won't see the rocks, but you know where they are. You will always water the bag in the center. This allows the water to percolate though the bag reaching all plant areas, as well as&nbsp;distributing the water most efficiently.<br /><br />After thoroughly watering the bag you will be ready for planting!&nbsp; You will use your utility knife to make&nbsp;small 2 inch 1/2 moon shaped slits in the bag.&nbsp;My slits ended up being a little big. I couldn't get my knife to turn&nbsp;when I wanted it to. &nbsp;Leave about 4 square inches between moon slits.&nbsp; I started at the top of my bag and went in a circle. I only made slits for plants I had. It is normal to see dirt water ooze from the moon slit. It means your dirt is wet and ready for a plant!&nbsp; <br /><br />?<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OQtY08c5zI0/U2ua0we1m7I/AAAAAAAAAcY/uX1dvICBISg/s1600/planted+bay+side+view+day+1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OQtY08c5zI0/U2ua0we1m7I/AAAAAAAAAcY/uX1dvICBISg/s1600/planted+bay+side+view+day+1.JPG" height="200" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Side view of Day 1 <br />Garden in a Bag</td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pZClCoPQKGo/U2ubYGfiizI/AAAAAAAAAcg/WNl3veHuMTQ/s1600/planted+bag+day+1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pZClCoPQKGo/U2ubYGfiizI/AAAAAAAAAcg/WNl3veHuMTQ/s1600/planted+bag+day+1.JPG" height="200" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Top view of Day 1 <br />Garden in a Bag</td></tr></tbody></table>In each 1/2 moon slit poke your fingers in or what ever tool you choose and poke the dirt back so you can transplant your plant inside. You can also plant seed if you choose.<br /><br />&nbsp;I had to roll my Sweet Pepper plant's roots around a bit in order to get them to fit inside the slit. I was&nbsp;gentle and they are doing fine. After a few days you will notice the plant start to turn upwards, making almost a C shape. This is also normal. Just continue around and down your bag staggering and spacing your plants. Keep in mind sunlight requirements.<br /><br />You should plant the top of your Garden in a Bag. Don't plant in the center where the column of rocks is under the dirt however. <br /><br />I planted my Ukrainian tomato off center and will trim it to manage the size. You can plant your bag as you go. I still have lots of room to plant in my Garden in a Bag. I will most likely plant one more ring, staggered by 4 square inches with Basil, Oregano and one more Pepper plant.&nbsp;The metal stick you see coming out of the top of the bag in the picture is only 8 inches long and was just in there temporarily holding up my tomato until I get my bamboo sticks out and make a teepee frame for the tomato. If you aren't planting tomatoes, you most likely won't need a stake.<br /><br />If you realize later you made too many&nbsp;holes, or you no longer need one&nbsp;you can just flip the flap up. You may experience some dirt/water leakage from that location though.<br /><strong><u></u></strong><br /><strong><u>Tips:</u></strong><br /><br />Remember to always water down the center column. You can use left over water if you like. For example I always seem to have leftover water in my water bottle at the end of the day.&nbsp;Over the past few days I have enjoyed walking out to the bag at the end of the day, praying,&nbsp;and then&nbsp;poring my water in.&nbsp; The great thing about&nbsp;growing with this&nbsp;method is that it uses water very efficiently. You won't need to water it every day, and honestly your water needs will depend on what you plant.<br /><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">Coming Next# How the Garden in a Bag is doing Week 2</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /> If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. If you enjoy this site, please sign up to receive updates in your Inbox!<br /><o:p></o:p></span><br /><br />&nbsp;</div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-15636921028170074052014-05-08T10:24:00.000-05:002014-05-08T10:24:29.382-05:00Must Knows for Garden in a Bag<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">If you haven't already read <a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2014/05/garden-in-bag.html" target="_blank">Garden in a Bag</a>&nbsp;please check it out.<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eMpmFb4flho/U2uPlKevCYI/AAAAAAAAAbg/J-jOpXILRJU/s1600/kids+building+garden+in+a+bag.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eMpmFb4flho/U2uPlKevCYI/AAAAAAAAAbg/J-jOpXILRJU/s1600/kids+building+garden+in+a+bag.JPG" height="200" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Kids building Garden in a Bag</td></tr></tbody></table>The information that follows is what you need to know before starting your Garden in a Bag. The information below has been adjusted for the United States from the Kenyan method used there&nbsp;by <a href="http://bridgesid.org/economic-development/garden-in-a-bag/" target="_blank">Bridges International Development</a>. <br /><br />Just a bit of planning is needed in order to make sure that you bag is a success. Also, don't forget to include your kids. This is a great project to teach them about people around the world as well as an opportunity to pray with them!&nbsp; My kids (2yrs and&nbsp; 8yrs) really enjoyed building this bag. In fact, if we are able to get plenty bags, they want to plant their very own.<br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">??????<strong><u><span style="font-family: inherit;">Finding feedbags suitable for using as a Garden in a </span></u></strong><strong><u><span style="font-family: inherit;">Bag <o:p></o:p></span></u></strong></div><div style="text-align: left;">???????<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hfFk6_SNp0U/U2uLPZej5mI/AAAAAAAAAbM/3z7OezQaVfw/s1600/bag+comparison.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hfFk6_SNp0U/U2uLPZej5mI/AAAAAAAAAbM/3z7OezQaVfw/s1600/bag+comparison.JPG" height="320" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">White bag is example of what you need for<br />&nbsp;Garden in a Bag</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: inherit;">The feed bags available in the United States are much smaller than Kenyan bags due to our unit of measurements being different. You will also want to be very cautious of the bag material.&nbsp; Many birdseed bags or dog food bags look like they would work, but don't use them. The ones that I have found so far have a plastic outer coating that will not allow the water to percolate properly. The green bag in the photo is an example of what you don't want. It's fibers are tightly woven and it has a thick plastic outer coating.</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">You are looking for a bag most likely from a feed store or mill that has a loose weave of the plastic fibers without any additional plastic coating on the inside or outside. The white bag in the photo is an example of what you do want. </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">Burlap bags will not work for this method. They will deteriorate before the summer is over in most locations and disappoint you. They will also dry out too fast.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Remember, if you are local and able you probably will be able to receive a bag from </span><a href="http://thechurch.at/glocal/missions/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: inherit;">thechurch.at*s</span></a><span style="font-family: inherit;"> mission department.<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><u><strong><span style="font-family: inherit;">Placement of your Garden in a Bag<o:p></o:p></span></strong></u></div><span style="font-family: inherit;">First, let me say that if you are in an apartment or rent house this low cost Garden in a Bag method will work great!&nbsp; If you happen to be on the other end of the spectrum and are a home gardener with an expansive vegetable garden - you know who you are - you no longer have grass in your yard because it is all growing beds - this method is for you also!</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">Once you build your bag you will not be able to move it. The bag will have a center column of stones and be very heavy. This center column is vital for the bag to function properly and allow water to percolate though the entire bag. If you do manage to move your bag without ripping it most likely your center column will no longer be intact.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Placement is key.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You will be planting the entire diameter of your bag. So if everything you plant needs full sun, you want to make sure that your bag will be in full sun throughout the day. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>This means morning sun would get ? your bag and evening sun would shine on the other ? giving you the full 6-8 hours of sun many garden vegetables need.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If you will only have partial sun then think about planting herbs or lettuces on the side that will receive limited sun. Limited sun will keep lettuces and herbs from bolting, especially when the summer gets hot.<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><u><strong><span style="font-family: inherit;">Plants for your Garden in a Bag<o:p></o:p></span></strong></u></div><span style="font-family: inherit;">This low-water high density planting method is great! You only have a couple of limiting factors, sunlight, and in the United States (due to bag size) plant size. If you would like to grow a tomato in your bag you will want to grow it in the top and use a patio variety or else plan on limiting it*s growth.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Remember that you probably don*t want your top plant shading your others (unless that is in your plan).<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">This bag will hold a ton of plants. My initial planting I had 7 plants to put in thinking that would come close to filling it up. I didn*t do any calculations 每 math just isn*t my favorite<span style="mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-char-type: symbol; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-symbol-font-family: Wingdings;"><span style="mso-char-type: symbol; mso-symbol-font-family: Wingdings;">.</span></span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Needless to say, I will be going back with at least 6 or 7 more plants. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>I started with a Ukrainian Purple Tomato, 2 Bell Peppers, 2 Mini Sweet Peppers, and 2 Strawberries. I plan to add Oregano and Black Opal Basil, Sweet Basil and possibly another Bell Pepper.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><u><strong><span style="font-family: inherit;">Excess Food</span></strong></u></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Most likely you will grow excess food. What do I mean by this, food that will spoil before you have a chance to use it. Please grow what you need and then be sure to share the rest!&nbsp;What a great a great way to start a conversation with that neighbor that maybe you've never talked with than giving them some of your fresh home grown garden vegies. Also, many food banks desperately need your donation, no matter what the size. If you are unsure of where to take your donation check out </span><a href="http://ampleharvest.org/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Ample Harvest</span></a><span style="font-family: inherit;">. Food banks from around the country have signed up requesting home gardeners donations.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><u><strong><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span></strong></u><br /><u><strong><span style="font-family: inherit;">Prayer</span></strong></u></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Each time you go out to work in your Garden in a Bag pray for the people, the missions in Kenya and Bridges International Development.</span></div></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Coming Next# Step by Step Method for planting your Garden in a Bag</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br />If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. If you enjoy this site, please sign up to receive updates in your Inbox!<br /><o:p></o:p></span>&nbsp;</div></div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-79463368513000699422014-05-08T05:20:00.002-05:002014-05-08T05:26:50.769-05:00Garden in a Bag<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">In Kenya, <a href="http://bridgesid.org/economic-development/garden-in-a-bag/" target="_blank">Bridges International Development</a> is combating hunger by teaching people how to grow their food in bags.&nbsp;These are nothing other than&nbsp;feed bags used&nbsp;for livestock or grain that have been repurposed.&nbsp;<a href="http://bridgesid.org/" target="_blank">Bridges</a> has partnered with <a href="http://thechurch.at/glocal/missions/" target="_blank">thechurch.at</a>&nbsp;to&nbsp;share this agricultural technique and raise awareness for the missions in Kenya. I&nbsp;am honored&nbsp;to be asked to participate in this project by receiving the first grow bag from <a href="http://thechurch.at/" target="_blank">thechurch.at</a> and sharing the adapted United States techniques with you.<br />???<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://bridgesid.org/economic-development/garden-in-a-bag/" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" target="_blank"><img alt="http://bridgesid.org/economic-development/garden-in-a-bag/" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ShnnwgwhSqI/U2tYF2v8mVI/AAAAAAAAAa8/8DfUBQ0j_cY/s1600/101_0708.jpg" height="320" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Bridges with&nbsp;a Kenyan and his Garden in a Bag</td></tr></tbody></table>The key motive behind&nbsp;bringing&nbsp;the Garden in a Bag&nbsp;project to the United States is to pray for the ongoing&nbsp;missions in&nbsp;Kenya and&nbsp;for people to&nbsp;share similar experiences while growing in the bags.<br /><br />With many parts of the US now facing lingering drought just as in Kenya and water being so precious, often even rationed, this low-water growing technique is extremely beneficial.<br /><br />You can participate in this project a few ways. Prayer for the missions and people of&nbsp;Kenya while working the bags and for the project is key. If you are close to one of the <a href="http://thechurch.at/" target="_blank">thechurch.at's</a> locations (Tulsa, OK or Dupage, IL) then&nbsp;contact the mission's department and as grow bags are available you can pick one up and get started. The feed bags are donated to the church as they are emptied, so quantities available will vary.&nbsp; If they happen to be out of bags currently or you aren't close I will give you tips on locating a bag suitable to grow in on the next post.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />Coming next... How to set up and plant your garden in a bag<br /><br /><br />If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. If you enjoy this site, please sign up to receive updates in your Inbox!<br /><br /><em>Photo Courtesy of&nbsp; <a href="http://bridgesid.org/economic-development/garden-in-a-bag/" target="_blank">Bridges International Development's</a>&nbsp;website</em><br /><br />&nbsp;</div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-13476094823436215922013-09-23T09:48:00.001-05:002013-09-23T10:14:25.656-05:00The best food dehydrator for herbs!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Fresh herbs are a real treat in the summer, but when fall arrives out comes the food dehydrator! Dehydrating the herbs that I grow over the summer gives me access to wonderful tastes all winter long. The best part is that I know how they were grown, so I know exactly what I'm adding to my food... Pesticide Free Goodness! <br /><br />Let me show you how I dehydrate Basil. This is one of my favorite herbs to grow and use. It is also often thought to be one of the trickiest herbs to dehydrate. &nbsp;I'm going to bust that thought and show you how easy Basil is to dehydrate properly.????<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0090WOCM6/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0090WOCM6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=hubp07aee-20" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B0090WOCM6&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=hubp07aee-20" /></a></div><div style="text-align: right;"><br /></div><strong>Materials needed:</strong><br />Food Dehydrator (I highly recommend the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0090WOCM6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0090WOCM6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=hubp07aee-20">Nesco FD-80A Square-Shaped Dehydrator Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=hubp07aee-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B0090WOCM6" style="border: currentColor !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" />) <br />Fresh Basil<br />Kitchen Towel<br />Zip Lock Bag<br /><strong></strong><br /><strong>Method:</strong>????<br />?<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ba-FiWWDRTo/UkBTY_MxUOI/AAAAAAAAAZM/CrCybZi0bGU/s1600/13+-+3" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="149" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ba-FiWWDRTo/UkBTY_MxUOI/AAAAAAAAAZM/CrCybZi0bGU/s200/13+-+3" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Rinse Basil leaves&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table>Pick your Basil from the plant and collect leaves in a bucket or colander. &nbsp;Rinse leaves under running water while in the bucket. Just a quick soak and spray on the bucket of leaves, you don't need to hand wash every one of them. Then dump the bucket of rinsed leaves on a kitchen towel. Spread them out, allowing them to dry off. I have mounds of leaves and just move them around on the towel while waiting their turn for the dehydrator.<br /><br />?????????????<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eZOsTBm3jV4/UkBTY7--rRI/AAAAAAAAAZU/U4ZxIC06eZ8/s1600/13+-+2" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="149" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eZOsTBm3jV4/UkBTY7--rRI/AAAAAAAAAZU/U4ZxIC06eZ8/s200/13+-+2" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Lump Basil Leaves on Dehydrating Tray</td></tr></tbody></table>Next you are going to place your leaves on dehydrator trays. How you do this part depends on your dehydrators quality and ability. If you have the square NESCO this is so easy - just lump handfuls of leaves on the tray. If you have another type of dehydrator you may need to place the leaves only one layer thick with room around each leave for air circulation. This method is not needed for the NESCO. Just lump the leaves on the trays and stack them up.<br /><br />?<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SLoyMMGTuMg/UkBTY3d9CsI/AAAAAAAAAZk/YD5HiN1wh2A/s1600/13+-+4" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="149" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SLoyMMGTuMg/UkBTY3d9CsI/AAAAAAAAAZk/YD5HiN1wh2A/s200/13+-+4" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Dehydrated Basil Leaves</td></tr></tbody></table>Next set the temperature, plug it in and come back in 6 hours. I set the NESCO for 135 degrees. It has a herb setting on the machine, but I've always used the fruit setting. After 6 hours come back, check your leaves for crunchiness, unplug your machine and dump your leaves into a Ziplock Bag. Keep drying leaves until you run out.<br /><br />????????Now you have the option to crush he dehydrated leaves or store them in a bag, an air tight shareable container, or what ever method you desire.<br /><br />Happy dehydrating!<br /><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">This is the product that I personally use.&nbsp; It dehydrates all sorts of foods and has a large capicity for a very low price.&nbsp; You also have the ability to purchase additional trays. I highly recommend this product.<br />&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=hubp07aee-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=B0090WOCM6" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /></div></div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-63355625328964472942013-09-09T08:34:00.001-05:002013-09-09T08:37:01.489-05:00Organic Pest Control using Frogs<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LeND1oBxOac/Ui3LtnvUWkI/AAAAAAAAAYI/7elPLZXqK-Q/s1600/13+-+1" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LeND1oBxOac/Ui3LtnvUWkI/AAAAAAAAAYI/7elPLZXqK-Q/s400/13+-+1" width="298" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Organic Pest Control using Frogs!</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469); -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); font-family: Roboto-Regular; font-size: 14px; text-align: -webkit-auto;">I love natures little surprises...&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469); -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); font-family: Roboto-Regular; font-size: 14px; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></span><span style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469); -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); font-family: Roboto-Regular; font-size: 14px; text-align: -webkit-auto;">Can you find the little frog hiding on the leaf of my pepper plant? &nbsp;I found him just as I was about to pick these bell peppers. The peppers have been grown using organic methods --- and this little guy is an example of that.</span><br /><span style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469); -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); font-family: Roboto-Regular; font-size: 14px; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></span><span style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469); -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); font-family: Roboto-Regular; font-size: 14px; text-align: -webkit-auto;">By not using pesticides I am able to preserve natures balance. When pesticides are used in the garden, often frogs are driven away and made sick to the point of death.</span><br /><span style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469); -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); font-family: Roboto-Regular; font-size: 14px; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></span><span style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469); -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); font-family: Roboto-Regular; font-size: 14px; text-align: -webkit-auto;">Find more organic gardening tricks, cost saving methods and fun gardening projects with kids on this website.</span><br /><span style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469); -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); font-family: Roboto-Regular; font-size: 14px; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></span><span style="-webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469); -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); font-family: Roboto-Regular; font-size: 14px; text-align: -webkit-auto;"><br /></span></div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com60tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-49871123809015536742013-09-03T11:53:00.001-05:002013-09-07T20:44:01.253-05:00Basil, the Unexpected Flower Arrangement <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Create uniquely aromatic and visually interesting flower arrangement with Basil. Use the herb Basil by itself or mix it in with other flowers for several weeks of interest. White flowers slowly open toward the tip as time passes. Mix different varieties to create different aromas and contrasting leaf colors increase visual interest.<br /><div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qrpjh2a-S2Y/UiTwPEyLpKI/AAAAAAAAAXk/sa0_rLfJJLw/s1600/13+-+1" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qrpjh2a-S2Y/UiTwPEyLpKI/AAAAAAAAAXk/sa0_rLfJJLw/s320/13+-+1" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Sweet and Spicy Basil flower arrangement&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table></div>I grow both sweet and spicy Basil. I like to mix them in arrangements for the color contrast &nbsp;as well as the scent combination. The primary reason I grow Basil is for use in cooking, but come to my house and you will find bouquets of Basil tucked away in various parts of the house. &nbsp;Just rustle the leaves when ever you pass for your custom scent combination to be released over the next hour or so.<br /><br />All you need to do is snip some stems that are close to flowering. Then place the stems in a glass or vase and presto, you have a quick flower arrangement to keep or share with friends.<br /><br />Also, by snipping the stems and keeping the flower from blooming on the plant you keep the plant young and flavorful while at the same time encouraging bushiness.<br /><br />Typically you grow Basil from seed, however I have found that you can also take a cutting from a non blooming stem and in about a week you will have roots.&nbsp; Just keep refreshing the water for a few weeks and then you can plant the stem with roots and leaves in a potting mix. This produces a larger plant quicker, but you must have a Basil plant already established before you can use this method of propagating.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">These are the two varieties I grow and share.</div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=hubp07aee-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=B00BGGQCXQ" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=hubp07aee-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=B001F5VBA2" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe></div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. If you enjoy this site, please sign up to receive updates in your Inbox! </div></div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-88638565136479105682013-08-28T12:30:00.000-05:002013-09-07T19:30:08.209-05:00Organically Make a New Garden Bed<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Expanding or creating a new garden bed can be simple and quick if you use these quick easy steps.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You don*t need to dig up grass, spray weed killer, or break your back. This is a simple, organic, zero digging garden bed method!</span><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">This is an update on a previous post titled </span><a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2012/11/no-dig-garden-bed-method.html"><span style="color: blue; font-family: Calibri;">No Dig Garden Bed Method</span></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;">.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I have tried a few more tricks and have found ways to speed up the process of getting garden beds ready for planting. I also have pictures from different beds using slightly different techniques over different time spans.</span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><u>Materials Needed:</u> </span></div><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Newspapers (No Slicks) Black &amp; White preferable</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Rake </span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Water/hose</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Weed eater 每 if available</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Manure or Compost 每 enough for a depth of 1 minimum</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Mulch 每 enough for a depth of 1 to 2 inches</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Non Windy Day</span><br /><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><u><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Method:</span></u>??????</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-f8NOnhYXJME/Uh4ZlDpDvHI/AAAAAAAAAWU/Vn2pCyrNQjA/s1600/IMG_0480.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-f8NOnhYXJME/Uh4ZlDpDvHI/AAAAAAAAAWU/Vn2pCyrNQjA/s200/IMG_0480.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Cut Grass &amp; Weed, No Need to Dig</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Calibri;">If available use a weed eater to cut the grass or weeds down to the ground.&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Rake the debris in a pile away from your new bed (you can save and use in your compost pile).<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; If you don't have a weed eater, just rake your weeds flat and as many away as possible.&nbsp; You the want the newspaper lay as flat as possible on the ground.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C-OdM_mE9Z4/Uh4bOJFs7nI/AAAAAAAAAWg/JSZ5iNJEcdA/s1600/IMG_0482.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C-OdM_mE9Z4/Uh4bOJFs7nI/AAAAAAAAAWg/JSZ5iNJEcdA/s320/IMG_0482.JPG" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Dig Free Garden Bed Method</td></tr></tbody></table></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Use a garden hose to wet the area that will be your bed.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Now you are going to place newspaper in crisscross overlapping fashion over the entire area.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You want sections overlapping sections. Each section should be 10 or more pages thick.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You don*t have to count pages; you don*t even have to unfold them if you don*t want, just place them around in thick chunks.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Before you get too far, squirt some water on the freshly laid paper. If you happen to get a breeze the papers won*t blow away. Continue until you have covered your entire area with newspaper. Make sure the entire area is fully covered or you will have weeds pop through in that spot.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">If it looks like you have a Paper Mache flower bed you did a great job! This is your weed barrier and eventually the grass roots and weeds underneath will die.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span>Have you ever sat something on your lawn for too long and the grass and plants underneath died?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You are accomplishing the same thing with the newspaper, a free weed barrier and in many cases better than what you buy at the store.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>You can do this around existing plants or shrubs if you wish.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Just realize that the grass will grow towards the hole left for the shrub and you will have some weeding to do.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2EKSwt1I8bg/Uh4cZz6jh2I/AAAAAAAAAWs/Z1YWLH5jAvo/s1600/IMG_0484.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2EKSwt1I8bg/Uh4cZz6jh2I/AAAAAAAAAWs/Z1YWLH5jAvo/s320/IMG_0484.JPG" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Organically Made Garden Bed at&nbsp;3 months </td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Next you are going to put down either compost or manure. What you choose to put down depends on what you may have on hand and what you want to plant in your bed. How much of it you put down depends on your time frame.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If you want to plant seeds or starts immediately then you are going to need to put down 3 to 4 inches of compost and pasteurized manure mix then top with 1 inch of mulch. Don*t mulch where you place your seed.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">If you have a bit more time then you can get away with&nbsp;1 to 2&nbsp;inches of compost or manure and 1inch of mulch.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Of course if you can put more compost/manure mix in your bed the better your plants will be in the future.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Water your bed thoroughly after you have mulched.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Make sure to immediately pull any weeds that may appear.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The only weeds I have had were ones that jumped or went under my edging and are at the edge of the bed, making them quite easy to pull. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xXoQo47tkLE/Uh4dxN3wq3I/AAAAAAAAAW4/1FSOFqDO9JU/s1600/IMG_0486.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xXoQo47tkLE/Uh4dxN3wq3I/AAAAAAAAAW4/1FSOFqDO9JU/s320/IMG_0486.JPG" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Organic Garden Bed Method at 10 months</td></tr></tbody></table><u><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Result:</span></u></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">The newspaper along with the manure/compost and mulch block all light and will kill any weeds or grass trapped below. The newspaper will gradually break down over the next 8 months to year with the manure mixing in leaving you a nice healthy bed to plant in. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><u>Tip:</u></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">Pull weeds as they appear. You will likely see them hop your edging or surface just at the edge.&nbsp; You shouldn't see any in your bed, unless you used this method around existing trees or shrubs.</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">This method also works well to prevent weeds if you plan to build a raised bed. </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><u>Related Articles:</u>&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2012/11/no-dig-garden-bed-method.html"><span style="color: blue; font-family: Calibri;">No Dig Garden Bed Method</span></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;" trbidi="on"><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=hubp07aee-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=B0024E9LAA" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=hubp07aee-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=B009IAOH0C" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;" trbidi="on">&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">&nbsp;</div>If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. 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Many more runners will form and you can pot those up after the first batch finishes.<br /><br />First fill your small pots with potting soil. Then one at a time take the leaf cluster and push it into the soil in the pot. Next move some of the leaves in your big pot and set your small pot inside your big pot.&nbsp; Just repeat this until you have all your runners potted and placed inside your big pot.&nbsp; The picture above shows strawberry runners ready to pot up.&nbsp; It also shows 3 pots inside of the larger pot!<br /><br />When you water your main pot you will also be watering your babies.&nbsp; You will also have a clutter free patio... well at least from starter pots.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UaMe7-Hw6xA/UhfpTImaq5I/AAAAAAAAAWE/4c7VU86QxPM/s1600/IMG_7964.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UaMe7-Hw6xA/UhfpTImaq5I/AAAAAAAAAWE/4c7VU86QxPM/s320/IMG_7964.JPG" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Strawberry Plants ready to have Runners Cut</td></tr></tbody></table>You will&nbsp;wait a few weeks and then you can gently wiggle the baby plant to make sure that the roots are growing well.&nbsp; Generally after about one month the roots will be substantial enough that you can then cut the runner between the mother plant and the new plant.&nbsp; You might even find that after a month roots are growing through the baby plant's pot down into the dirt of the mother plant.&nbsp; This is a sure sign that your plant is ready to cut free!<br /><br />As soon as you cut the new plants free, share them with friends or pot them up in a new larger pot to increase your strawberry production next year.&nbsp; Don't forget to start this process again to keep those runners in-check!<br /><br /><u>Tip</u>: <br />Be sure to save your small pots from other plants so you can reuse them.&nbsp; If you don't have any small pots on hand you can repurpose plastic or styrofoam drink containers. Just make sure you poke holes for drainage.<br /><br />&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=hubp07aee-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=B000P3II7Y" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=hubp07aee-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=B001KOUDJ8" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. 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In stock were several heirloom tomato varieties and many herbs, all organically grown at various sizes.&nbsp;They&nbsp;also offer <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groggsgreenbarn" target="_blank">free classes</a> to the public several times a month.&nbsp;A neat surprise was&nbsp;in the back of the property was a very interesting chicken coop with chickens and a living herb roof! <br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008AXRTHQ/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008AXRTHQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=hubp07aee-20" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B008AXRTHQ&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=hubp07aee-20" /></a>If you are a Tulsa local - go check it out &amp; if you live out of town, make it a point to come check this place out!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">One of the products I learned about while at Grogg's was Nolo Bait. It seems that we are having terrible grasshopper problems in Oklahoma this year &amp; Nolo Bait is a certified organic biological insecticide. </div><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=hubp07aee-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B008AXRTHQ" style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" /> <br /><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><em>Photo Courtesy of Grogg's Green Barn's website</em><br /><em></em><br />If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. If you enjoy this site, please sign up to receive updates in your Inbox!</div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-53958069417379617642013-08-22T09:12:00.001-05:002013-09-07T20:44:20.271-05:00Retain Garlic's Cancer Fighting and Antibacterial Properties when Cooking<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">?</div>Garlic has many wonderful medicinal properties. It is known as a cancer fighter, an antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and anticlotting.&nbsp; All of this is possible due to Allicin, which is the active compound in garlic. This wonderful compound is only created when garlic is minced or chopped, causing enzymes to come in contact with each other.<br />?<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7pLojr5ioCM/UhYa6WEECVI/AAAAAAAAAVc/XekwPlctsCQ/s1600/IMG_7958.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="" border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7pLojr5ioCM/UhYa6WEECVI/AAAAAAAAAVc/XekwPlctsCQ/s320/IMG_7958.JPG" title="Retain Garlic's Cancer Fighting Properties" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Wait 10 min to retain Garlic's Cancer Fighting Properties</td></tr></tbody></table>However, most of these properties of garlic are lost if you prepare the garlic incorrectly. According to an article titled, "Eat on the Wild Side" in&nbsp;the June 2013 Prevention Magazine, the only way to retain these healing properties is to wait 10 minutes from the time you mince the garlic before you cook with it. Otherwise you destroy the enzymes before they have had the chance to create Allicin.<br /><br />Normally I mince my garlic and then throw it in a pan of olive oil. The first time I cooked after reading this article I had to do things a bit out of order.&nbsp; I went ahead and prepared my garlic and left it sitting on the chopping board for 10 minutes while I got all the other items for dinner out. I then started chopping my other veggies, still waiting for 10 minutes to pass. It seemed like it took forever. <br /><br />However, for all of the properties of garlic, especially home grown garlic... I think I can wait an additional 10 minutes on it.</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /></div><div align="center" dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">?</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;" trbidi="on"><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=hubp07aee-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=B0058OQW0K" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=hubp07aee-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=B000XVK7T0" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;" trbidi="on">&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">&nbsp;</div>If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. 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While all of my other tomato plant varieties are void of juicy red tomatoes at the moment, this one single plant is pumping out more Jelly Bean tomatoes than our family can eat. Hard to believe, but there are plenty more on the plant in various stages and colors.&nbsp; <br /><br />This article is an update to a previous article, <a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2013/07/are-your-jelly-bean-tomatoes-ripe.html" target="_blank">Are your Jelly Bean Tomatoes Ripe</a>.&nbsp; While my previous review was a tad negative on the plant, I am extremely pleased with the plant just a few days later.<br /><br />&nbsp;The tomatoes are various sizes when ripe, as can be seen in the picture below. Some are smaller than a quarter and some are much larger. Besides the output of this plant, I really like the texture of these tomatoes. <br /><br />Normal Cherry Tomatoes seem to squirt in my mouth and honestly it grosses me out just a bit.&nbsp; These Jelly Bean's don't pop or squirt, which I really really like.&nbsp; They aren't sweet as the package claims, but they sure are tasty.&nbsp; My 18 month old asks to eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I do cut the larger ones in quarters for her, just to be on the safe side.<br /><br />?<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_nfotzqkEEM/UfwN7_q0I9I/AAAAAAAAAVE/L6xppeOFdss/s1600/IMG_7950.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="318" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_nfotzqkEEM/UfwN7_q0I9I/AAAAAAAAAVE/L6xppeOFdss/s320/IMG_7950.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Varying tomato sizes on Jelly Bean Tomato Plant</td></tr></tbody></table>The unfortunate thing about this plant though is that the Jelly Bean is a hybrid, so it's seeds if collected from the tomato won't produce the same plant next year. <br /><br />This means that I will be purchasing lots of seeds.&nbsp; This will hands down be Glory Gardening's main plant to give away next year.<br /><br />If you received one of these plants from Glory Gardening, or started some on your own, please share your thoughts on the plant.<br /><br /><br /><u>My Related Posts:</u><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2013/05/jelly-bean-tomato-plant-give-away.html" target="_blank">Jelly Bean Tomato Plant Give Away!</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2013/02/buying-tomato-seeds.html" target="_blank">Buying Tomato Seeds</a></span><br /><a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2013/07/are-your-jelly-bean-tomatoes-ripe.html" target="_blank">Are your Jelly Bean Tomatoes Ripe</a>?<br /><br /><div align="center">&nbsp;</div><div align="center">This is the Variety that I Grow.?</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=hubp07aee-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=B0013KBZSW" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div>If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. 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This was the variety of patio tomatoes that Glory Gardening gave out this year.&nbsp; <br /><br />The tomato was red, and starting to get soft so we picked it.&nbsp;The plant is covered with small green jellybean shaped tomatoes. Because only one tomato&nbsp;was&nbsp;ready, and everyone in the house eager to try it, we decided to cut&nbsp;it into three parts. After cutting into it we realized that the tomato was not yet ripe. Since it was already cut we went ahead and ate it.<br /><br />This variety is&nbsp;supposed to have a super sweet taste and to be small like a cherry tomato, but jelly bean shape. Due to the premature picking of the tomato, I can't comment on the taste for sure it.<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tzAOJO4bZVM/UfMklcauNUI/AAAAAAAAAUk/9ZVfEei-yK8/s1600/IMG_0370.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tzAOJO4bZVM/UfMklcauNUI/AAAAAAAAAUk/9ZVfEei-yK8/s320/IMG_0370.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Jelly Bean Tomato Cluster</td></tr></tbody></table><br />The&nbsp;plant is supposed to be a compact pot growing variety.&nbsp; Ours is planted along with a pepper plant in the garden. It is sprawling all over the place - about 5 ft radius. It is shorter in height, but takes up much more space than our Big Boy tomatoes. <br /><br />I would only recommed this variety for a large patio or garden pot, unless you wanted to use this as a focal plant. It has a very interesting structure, and the jelly bean tomatoes dangling off&nbsp;are very pretty.<br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">This is the variety that I grow.</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=hubp07aee-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=B0013KBZSW" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /></div><br /><br /><u>My Related Posts:</u><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2013/05/jelly-bean-tomato-plant-give-away.html" target="_blank">Jelly Bean Tomato Plant Give Away!</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2013/02/buying-tomato-seeds.html" target="_blank">Buying Tomato Seeds</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2013/08/update-on-jelly-bean-tomato-plants.html" target="_blank">Update on Jelly Bean Tomatoes</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span><br />If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. 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Remember how much fun it was?&nbsp; Kids just love to play in sand.<br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YfTUYOg2gGM/UfE5ND-56wI/AAAAAAAAAT8/8uVmbrInjIA/s1600/13+-+1" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YfTUYOg2gGM/UfE5ND-56wI/AAAAAAAAAT8/8uVmbrInjIA/s1600/13+-+1" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YfTUYOg2gGM/UfE5ND-56wI/AAAAAAAAAT8/8uVmbrInjIA/s1600/13+-+1" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YfTUYOg2gGM/UfE5ND-56wI/AAAAAAAAAT8/8uVmbrInjIA/s400/13+-+1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" /></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Use a Dirt Box to teach gardening skills and for imaginative&nbsp;play</td></tr></tbody></table></a>Recently after visiting a friend's home who kept her sandbox in a tub for easy storage and seeing how much all the kids loved to play in it, I knew we needed one. I changed ours up a little, though.&nbsp;&nbsp;We have a dirt box for the kids to play in, learn to use gardening tools, and pot up plants&nbsp;instead of a sandbox. <br />Part of the time the dirt box is used by the kids to pot up plants for me. The other, you guessed it... a box of dirt to play in and let their imaginations run wild.&nbsp; When not helping me, my seven year old uses the dirt box&nbsp;as a mini dirt bike track for his toy motorcycles or a&nbsp;dirt track/mud pit for his monster trucks.&nbsp; My one year old loves to rake it, fill pots, build mud castles and run her brothers dirt bikes through it, mimicking the sounds he makes.&nbsp; <br /><br />The great thing about this box is that it's very easy to add varying amounts of water and change its use; the kids can even take care of that part for me. If you add too much water, just tilt the box and drain the water out. An added benefit of the box is that you can keep it on the patio and slide it under a chair when not in use. Of course, if you find yourself in a situation when you need to divide or pot something up quickly, you have it handy and the kids know how to help.<br /><br /><u>Materials Needed:</u><br />Potting soil or seed starting soil<br />Shallow Storage Tub - lid optional<br />Any toys or plastic tools you desire<br /><br /><u>Method:</u><br />Scoop or pour some soil into the box, let the kids help. We used enough to make the dirt about an inch deep. You want to make sure that you use potting soil or seed starting soil instead of just dirt from the ground. Ordinary ground dirt in most cases will become a hard dry mess, or could have all kinds of nasties in it.&nbsp; <br /><br />Periodically I add more potting soil, either because we pot up plants, or it is lost due to water drainage. We lost the lid to our tub before it was put into use as a dirt box, so the kids love it when it rains! Instant mud track or lake, depending on the amount of rain we receive. <br /><br /><u>Note:</u><br />If you don't have an potting or seed starting soil around, Walmart sells small bags for less than $1. If you don't see it outside, sometimes it is in by the seed starting mix.<br /><br />I highly recommend plastic garden tools, because they will most likely get wet.&nbsp; Also, if your kids are anything like mine, sometimes they get thrown and used as sparing tools!<br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=hubp07aee-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=B004UQUSYI" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br />If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. If you enjoy this site, please sign up to receive updates in your Inbox!</div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-86633648931502991912013-07-24T11:06:00.000-05:002013-09-07T20:46:58.197-05:00Eat your Radish Seedpods!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Have you ever munched on Radish Seedpods? Radish Seedpods are&nbsp;wonderful to eat and great for you. However they aren't found on restaurant menus. Believe it or not these pods when eaten young and fresh are great!&nbsp; Even those who dislike radishes enjoy these pods I have discoved.<br />??<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vTjBfYasJgo/UeqzPFmv6aI/AAAAAAAAASM/XtOLri0Ri0U/s1600/IMG_0255.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vTjBfYasJgo/UeqzPFmv6aI/AAAAAAAAASM/XtOLri0Ri0U/s200/IMG_0255.JPG" width="150" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Eatable Radish Pods</td></tr></tbody></table>The taste is slightly spicy&nbsp;and the pods have a crunch texture. You want to pick them soon after they form on the plant. These&nbsp;pods are&nbsp;only good before it gets hot outside. After it heats up the pods take on an earthy taste and are fibrous.<br /><br /><u>How do you prepare the pods?</u><br />Pick&nbsp;the the pods of the plant within a couple of hours of serving. The fresher the better.&nbsp;&nbsp;Rinse the radish pods&nbsp;under cold water and set them out on the table to enjoy. They don't need any seasoning, because they are a tad spicy on their own. The larger pods were more spicy than the smaller pods.<br /><br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D4PCrGS4FnE/UeqzVXoiHJI/AAAAAAAAASY/1GYA7qsvOIo/s1600/IMG_0042.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-D4PCrGS4FnE/UeqzVXoiHJI/AAAAAAAAASY/1GYA7qsvOIo/s320/IMG_0042.JPG" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Radish left to flower</td></tr></tbody></table><u>How do you get these pods for yourself?</u><br />Go ahead and grow some radishes, harvest some to eat and grow some to form pods.&nbsp; One plant will yeild an appetizers worth of pods, although not all pods will be ready at the same time.&nbsp; So, let a few plants bloom and then go to pod. That way you will have several days of radish seed pod appetizers!&nbsp;&nbsp;An added&nbsp;bonus of growing the pods is that you will enjoy beautiful flowers two weeks or so before the pods begin to form.<br /><br /><u>When to plant:</u><br /><u></u>You can plant radishes in the spring and fall.&nbsp; Normal harvest time from seed to radish is about three weeks. Time from seed to pod is going to be closer to two months.&nbsp; Depending on your zone, you may be able to grow radishes though the winter by using row covers or even a cold frame.<br /><br /><u>Hint:</u><br />Don't forget to let some of the pods remain on your favorite plants so you will have seeds for the next growing season. <br /><br />Related previous posts:<br /><a href="http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5851009801216644556#editor/target=post;postID=6806269662439764112;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=12;src=link" target="_blank">Grow Vegetables in your Lawn</a><br /><a href="http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5851009801216644556#editor/target=post;postID=4093053912396968868;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=9;src=link" target="_blank">Plant your Tomatoes and Let your Radishes Bolt!</a><br /><br />&nbsp;</div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-28736528065469927772013-07-22T07:30:00.000-05:002013-09-07T20:50:21.638-05:00Do you have Produce to Donate?<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Have your tomato plants started pumping out&nbsp;more tomatoes than you can eat? I sure hope so. If you are being over run with more produce than you can handle, I have a very easy solution for you.<br /><br />Oklahoma Gardening a few weeks back&nbsp;featured <a href="http://www.ampleharvest.org/" target="_blank">Ample Harvest</a>. This non-profit maintains a database of Food Pantries by Zip Code that desire fresh produce donations from local gardeners. <br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://profile-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hprofile-prn1/s160x160/34118_469426909407_3778829_a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="AmpleHarvest.org" border="0" class="profilePic img" src="https://profile-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hprofile-prn1/s160x160/34118_469426909407_3778829_a.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Donate Home Grown Produce</td></tr></tbody></table>Just in my Zip Code alone there were 15 locations listed.&nbsp; I have been donating to the college where I teach.&nbsp; The students really enjoy the variety of foods and plants I bring in.&nbsp; The reason I donate there is two fold. First because it is very convenient for me to drop it off; second, because there a so many in need.<br /><br />A few questions that the site covers are ones such as what if you only have one type of produce or even just a few pieces.&nbsp; Would the food bank still want your food.&nbsp; The answer is Yes! The produce you bring will be pooled with that of other backyard gardeners in your area. Also, food is not required to be organically grown.<br /><br />Remember, the key thing is that food should not be wasted, especially when so many Americans are having a hard time feeding their families.<br /><br />Your bounty, large or small, will help to diminish hunger in America.&nbsp; <br /><br />Hopefully you were able to plant a few extra plants this year, or plan to for the fall, and will be soon be able to donate produce.&nbsp; Please let us know if you are able to donate. Don't forget to encourage your friends as well.<br /><br />This is a great way to demonstrate God's love, so be sure to get your children envolved!<br /><br />If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. If you enjoy this site, please sign up to receive updates in your Inbox!</div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-38497095453434500682013-07-19T07:00:00.000-05:002013-09-07T20:51:20.544-05:00Tops of Tomatoes Splitting<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Has the top of your tomato split and you are wondering what happened, is it still good to eat, and what do I do to prevent this from happening again?<br /><br />Unfortunately, it seems like you wait forever for&nbsp;your tomatoes to ripen and just as it is getting time to pick them their tops split.&nbsp;When this happens it is so disappointing. But don't fret, you can still eat your tomato.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-y36QP-ya_10/UehGuPwrsiI/AAAAAAAAAR8/HtgnfIRCnJ4/s1600/IMG_7926.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="254" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-y36QP-ya_10/UehGuPwrsiI/AAAAAAAAAR8/HtgnfIRCnJ4/s320/IMG_7926.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Top of Tomato Splitting</td></tr></tbody></table>The "Big Boy" variety shown in the picture with the split top,&nbsp;was new for me this year. It&nbsp;had it's first blooms back in mid May.&nbsp; We had two heavy rains earlier this week that caused&nbsp;the top of this tomato to&nbsp;split. I also accidentally gouged the tomato with the pruners when I was cutting it off the vine.<br /><br />Yes, I was bummed. I had wanted an award winning super large red juicy tomato to be the first one off the vine. I have watched and tended after this one tomato for a month&nbsp;and a half. But after I got over my desire for the perfect looking tomato, I decided to settle on the perfect tasting tomato instead!&nbsp;So, I just cut off and&nbsp;discarded&nbsp;a small portion of the top.<br /><br />When this happens to you, just&nbsp;use a sharp knife and cut&nbsp;the top of the tomato off, just a bit below the deepest split.&nbsp; The tomato is still safe and very good to eat.&nbsp;&nbsp;If the tomato is left on the plant the skin will seal off and look dark, as you can see from the bottom split.<br /><br /><u>Why this happens:</u><br />If you are new to tomato growing, if the plant receives more water than usual or dries out between waterings the top of the tomato can split. This is because the tomato will absorb more water quicker than it can grow, bursting the skin. <br /><br /><u>Prevention:</u><br />There are two main things you can do to avoid this. If you do have a heavy rain and your tomato is just about ripe, you can pull it off the plant and let it ripen in the window. <br />The second thing you can do is to make sure your ground is always moist and never dries out. I have my tomatoes in a new bed, and have been fiddling with our drip irrigation system to get the water just right. I figured I would bust a few tomato skins before I got the water just right.<br /><br /><u>Summary:</u><br />Keeping the tomato top from splitting boils down to keeping your tomato plant evenly watered. Tomatoes that split are still good for eating, just cut out the affected area.<br /><br />If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. If you enjoy this site, please sign up to receive updates in your Inbox!</div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-52847171467543198742013-07-18T14:09:00.000-05:002013-09-07T20:52:18.387-05:00Seasons First "Big Boy" Tomatoes<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bSd7hcTVrE4/Ueg7v-z3uRI/AAAAAAAAARc/ZzH7C4_wAyo/s1600/IMG_7924.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="" border="0" height="254" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bSd7hcTVrE4/Ueg7v-z3uRI/AAAAAAAAARc/ZzH7C4_wAyo/s320/IMG_7924.JPG" title="Big Boy Tomato Variety" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Big Boy Tomato Variety</td></tr></tbody></table>It seems like we have been waiting forever for our tomatoes to ripen on the vine.&nbsp; Finally, today was the day! <br /><br />The "Big Boy" variety, a new one for me this year, put on it's first blooms mid May.&nbsp; We have been watching and waiting&nbsp;for this&nbsp;small green tomato grow and grow.&nbsp; Now, ripe, the tomato was&nbsp;large, dark red, and oh so juicy.<br /><br />The Big Boy&nbsp;was one of the three varieties that Glory Gardening gave out as starter plants.<br />&nbsp;</div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-39461669826286563932013-07-15T17:55:00.000-05:002013-09-07T20:53:05.748-05:00Sweet Basil Give Away<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4yrCZbnApBM/UeR9Pq5QZ1I/AAAAAAAAAQs/WMNm4w88fJk/s1600/13+-+1" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4yrCZbnApBM/UeR9Pq5QZ1I/AAAAAAAAAQs/WMNm4w88fJk/s320/13+-+1" width="201" /></a></div>This evening Glory Gardening will be giving away pots containing Sweet Basil to Brown Mackie College students. &nbsp;Be sure to stop by the student lounge and pick some up. &nbsp;I personally love to put a few leaves on chicken while I am grilling it. &nbsp;These are great to keep in your kitchen window or outside in part shade. Just pinch off a few leaves and your plant will keep going and going.</div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-71813369683365665462013-05-29T19:40:00.001-05:002013-09-07T20:53:52.028-05:00Jelly Bean Tomato Plant Give Away!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OMQ1GZsThtc/UaafpKetA4I/AAAAAAAAAPw/wPZlQuig29I/s1600/IMG_0154.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="281" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OMQ1GZsThtc/UaafpKetA4I/AAAAAAAAAPw/wPZlQuig29I/s320/IMG_0154.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Jelly Bean Patio Tomatoes</td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div>It's that time again... Free Patio Tomato Plants for Brown Mackie College Students. If you pick up one of these plants, it is already potted in the correct size pot.<br /><br />All you need to do is water it regularly and make sure it gets at least 8 hours of sun a day. <br /><br />This variety, Jelly Bean is a new variety for me this year. It will produce small oblong super sweet tomatoes, about the size of Cherry Tomatoes. Perfect for kids or anyone else to eat straight off the bush!<br /><br /><br /><br /><u>My Related Posts:</u><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2013/05/jelly-bean-tomato-plant-give-away.html" target="_blank">Jelly Bean Tomato Plant Give Away!</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2013/02/buying-tomato-seeds.html" target="_blank">Buying Tomato Seeds</a></span><br /><a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2013/07/are-your-jelly-bean-tomatoes-ripe.html" target="_blank">Are your Jelly Bean Tomatoes Ripe</a>?</div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-87768050507180719012013-05-27T12:55:00.000-05:002013-09-07T20:56:54.808-05:00Indoor Onion Garden in a Glass<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vtI0FaWl9o8/UaOcrJVYPHI/AAAAAAAAAPE/E_i6Rzai0y0/s1600/IMG_0133.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vtI0FaWl9o8/UaOcrJVYPHI/AAAAAAAAAPE/E_i6Rzai0y0/s400/IMG_0133.JPG" width="300" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Indoor Onion Garden</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Did you know that you can reuse your Green Onions by growing them again &amp; again? Have you ever heard of re-growing onions in your kitchen window?&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span>It is very simple and really quite amazing to watch. You can keep reusing the same green onions over and over again. Just cut off what you need and watch the onion regrow within a few days right before your eyes!</span><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">If you didn*t grow any green onions in your garden this spring, just pick up a pack at the store. This is a great way to keep the ones you buy at the store fresh until you need them.&nbsp; Your kids will be amazed by the onions that you can see regrow 1/2 an inch to 1 inch overnight! </span></div><br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><u><strong>Materials Needed:</strong></u></span></div><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Green onion bulb with roots</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Glass or container</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Water</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Sunlight</span><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><u><strong>Method:</strong></u></span></div><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> Place your green onions in a container with just enough water to cover the roots and a few millimeters up the bulb. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>When you have a recipe that calls for green onions, or you just want a snack, cut off the amount you desire. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>In order to regrow the onion&nbsp;make sure to&nbsp;leave ? to 1 inch of the white bulb and roots. </span><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><strong><u>Tip:</u></strong> </span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Change the water and prune your onion garden in a glass every week to keep it fresh and mold away.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">If your container is too deep you can ad some rocks to the bottom. This helps them stand up also.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><br /><br />If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. If you enjoy this site, please sign up to receive updates in your Inbox!</span><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</div></div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-17179358153289982672013-05-10T15:56:00.000-05:002013-09-07T20:58:01.063-05:00All Natural Home made Strawberry Water<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PxptVVvsiBM/UY1dix93vWI/AAAAAAAAAOs/IbTcWDagA-I/s1600/IMG_7896.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PxptVVvsiBM/UY1dix93vWI/AAAAAAAAAOs/IbTcWDagA-I/s320/IMG_7896.JPG" width="185" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Natural Strawberry Water</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">I know, choosing to drink water can be difficult at times. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>But, if you love strawberries as much as I do, try this recipe out.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You will find yourself looking forward to your next glass!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></div><span style="font-family: Calibri;">My garden strawberries are just about ready, so I am working on using up my frozen strawberries.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Aldi*s also had fresh strawberries on sale this week for 99<span style="mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin;">⊿</span>. Fresh or frozen both work well to make water with.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It only takes a couple of minutes to make a pitcher full and it will disappear before you know it.</span><br /><br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><u><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><strong>Materials Needed:<o:p></o:p></strong></span></u></div><span style="font-family: Calibri;">About two handfuls of strawberries (fresh or frozen)</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">1 pitcher or 2qt mason jar</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Water</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Anything else you would like to add (I like lime)</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span><br /><br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><u><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><strong>Method:<o:p></o:p></strong></span></u></div><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Toss your strawberries in the bottom of your pitcher. Mash them up just a bit to release the juices.&nbsp; I use a meat tenderiser hammer, but even the back side of a spoon would work. Add Ice if desired or anything else (limes, herbs, other fruit) that sounds good. Put a few cubes of ice in, fill container to the top with water and swirl around just a bit. </span><br /><br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">I have found that you can refill the jug several times and still have good flavored water.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>After three days I toss my fruit and start again.</span></div><br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Now just sit back and enjoy your water.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This adds a hint of sweetness and strawberry to the water.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I like to add lime to my water. You could also add a bit of sugar if needed, but I think it is great without.</span></div><br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><u><strong>Hint:<o:p></o:p></strong></u></span></div><span style="font-family: Calibri;">My water pitcher has a slotted pour spout. This keeps the large chunks of fruit in the pitcher but lets some of the smaller fruit pieces through.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">I also like to add a strawberry on the rim of my glass to give me the Spa Strawberry Water feel; I also like to munch on while I*m drinking. Normally though, my children get to my strawberry before I do!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><br /><br />If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. If you enjoy this site, please sign up to receive updates in your Inbox!</span><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-85434427329119651212013-05-08T15:30:00.001-05:002013-09-07T20:59:53.334-05:00Time for another Tomato plant give away<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IZxNZ0O0LvY/UWgymgXCzzI/AAAAAAAAANE/F6kdjXaUIPg/s1600/IMG_7564.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IZxNZ0O0LvY/UWgymgXCzzI/AAAAAAAAANE/F6kdjXaUIPg/s200/IMG_7564.JPG" width="138" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Tomato Seedlings</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Glory Gardening along with the Faith Based Organization will be giving away another round of tomato plants on Monday May 13th. This time the recipients will be Brown Mackie Tulsa College students.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We will be teaching organic, self sustaining gardening methods at 12 and 12:50pm in the break room. </span></div></div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-40930539123969688682013-05-08T15:27:00.001-05:002013-09-07T21:03:00.899-05:00Plant your Tomatoes and Let your Radishes Bolt!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YNLh0frkEzk/UYqyOP8ScLI/AAAAAAAAAOM/xBVEO1AxRl8/s1600/Tomato+seedlings.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YNLh0frkEzk/UYqyOP8ScLI/AAAAAAAAAOM/xBVEO1AxRl8/s200/Tomato+seedlings.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Tomato Seedling with first set of true leaves</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Calibri;">The weather has finally changed here in Oklahoma and it now appears to be safe to plant your tomato plants outdoors!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family: Calibri;">We have had an incredibly long winter with record breaking freezing temperatures into May.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family: Calibri;">All that looks to have passed and we are clear to plant tomatoes and other&nbsp;heat loving&nbsp;crops now.</span><br /><br /><br />??<br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-exkcA7_9KxI/UYqz6c1IXdI/AAAAAAAAAOY/ywn3EZ3YYik/s1600/IMG_7893.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-exkcA7_9KxI/UYqz6c1IXdI/AAAAAAAAAOY/ywn3EZ3YYik/s200/IMG_7893.JPG" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Early Scarlet Globe Radish Seeds</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">With that being said, I am saying goodbye for now to our radishes we have been sharing and enjoying.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family: Calibri;">I am letting a few of our favorite varieties ※bolt§ (meaning 每 letting them flower and produce seed). </span><span style="font-family: Calibri;">The seeds I&nbsp;will harvest from the seed pods and replant in the fall. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>The seed pods of the radish plant are also edible, and from what I have just recently learned quite good eaten raw, directly off the plant.&nbsp; More to come on this, I promise...</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><u>Related Articles:</u></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><a href="http://www.hotelcozyna.com/2013/07/eat-your-radish-seedpods.html" target="_blank">Eat Your Radish SeedPods</a></span><br /><a href="http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5851009801216644556#editor/target=post;postID=6806269662439764112;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=12;src=link" target="_blank">Grow Vegetables in your Lawn</a><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span><br />If you have enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends. If you enjoy this site, please sign up to receive updates in your Inbox!</div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-56317386967776538592013-04-16T17:41:00.001-05:002013-09-07T21:04:04.791-05:00Your Free Tomato Plant<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Were you one of the lucky people who ended up with a free tomato plant on Saturday?&nbsp;If so, don't forget to click on the tab&nbsp;on this blog titled "The Great American Tomato."&nbsp;This page has tons of info, tips and tricks, as well as a few of my favorite videos to make your gardening experience fun and fruitful.<br /><br />On Saturday, we potted up and gave away 72 Rutgers&nbsp;Tomato plants! They sure went fast.&nbsp; During the first week in May those plants will be ready to plant in the ground outside. In June they will begin producing medium sized flavorful tomatoes. <br /><br />If you missed the event at the Tulsa Dream Center, don't worry&nbsp;you will have another chance in May to pick up a free tomato plant. <br />&nbsp;</div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5851009801216644556.post-15698049335758152252013-04-12T11:18:00.001-05:002013-09-07T21:04:48.540-05:00Come get your Free Tomato Plant!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IZxNZ0O0LvY/UWgymgXCzzI/AAAAAAAAANA/j9WMeaRTAkc/s1600/IMG_7564.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IZxNZ0O0LvY/UWgymgXCzzI/AAAAAAAAANA/j9WMeaRTAkc/s320/IMG_7564.JPG" width="221" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Free Tomato Plants!</td></tr></tbody></table>Come on out and see me tomorrow Saturday, April 13th at the Tulsa Dream Center. I will be there with ORU Nursing students who will be teaching healthy eating and living practices.<br /><br />We will be giving away tomato seedlings! <br /><br />I will also be teaching how to re-pot seedlings, as well as how to&nbsp;harden plants off and plant them outdoors. I will also be discussing how to grow more food for less money, allowing you to bless others with your excess.<br /><br />Tulsa Dream Center<br />200 W 46th St N <br />Tulsa, OK 74106<br /><br />Saturday, April 13th 2013<br />11am -2pm<br />&nbsp;</div>Glory Gardeninghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16457291381766556288noreply@blogger.com1淩佽褉瘝勦蒮鯦