The Colorful Carrot: Purple Popularity

Photo: Transition Farm

When most people think of a carrot, orange is the color that comes to mind. The color orange has been primarily associated with the carrot for quite some time as far as the masses are concerned. Though an orange carrot is a welcome sight in soups, salads, and on dinner plates, there was a time when the carrot was a different shade entirely.Prior to the 17th century, the majority of carrots were purple in color with a splash of other colors … [Read more...]

Preventing Splits and Cracks in Tomatoes

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Watching as beautiful tomatoes come to fruition thanks to your gardening efforts is quite rewarding. As they appear, small and green, transitioning soon to become large, red, and delicious, we wait eagerly for the day they are ready to be plucked from the vine and moved inside to the dinner table. Sometimes during that process, however, things go wrong. One of those things is the formation of growth cracks or splits.Tomato cracks occur when … [Read more...]

Can’t We All Just Get Along? The Importance of Plant Placement Gardens

Photo: On the Green Farms

We’ve all had an experience in our lives where we were exposed to someone with whom we simply did not click. Whether it was a classmate or coworker, everyone knows someone who is the oil to their water. Despite your best efforts, there are some people in this world you are going repel or who will repel you. To this rule, plants are no exception.Although it may be tempting to dive right into planting a veggie garden, this truly in an … [Read more...]

Epsom Salt: 5 Reasons to Try it in Your Garden

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It is widely known that Epsom Salt has many benefits for the human body and improves our health in multiple ways. Whether it is flushing toxins, reducing inflammation, increasing nerve function, easing muscle pain, acting as a laxative, or remedying migraine headaches, Epsom salt is here to help us heal and feel better. It does not end there, however, as there are several more uses for Epsom salt, one of which is in your veggie … [Read more...]

The Unloved but Delicious Black Heirloom Tomato

The exotic Black Krim, named after the Crimean Peninsula in the Ukraine. Photo from Tomato Fest

Ok they aren’t really black in most cases, but more a shade of dark purple to, in extreme cases, chocolate, but these wonderful heirloom varieties often date back hundreds of years and range from such rich beefsteak tomatoes as the Purple Cherokee to the berry sized Black Cherry.Popular varietiesMany of these are Russian/Ukrainian in origin to include the very tasty green-topped Black Krim, the rich, the slightly sweet Black Russian, … [Read more...]

5 Indoor Garden Plants to Help get you Through Winter

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As the winds blow snow piles up and ice accumulates, we find ourselves looking out of the fogged up window into our grey garden and sigh. However, the savvy gardener without a greenhouse keeps in mind these cold days and moves to set up a small indoor grow for when Jack Frost comes. Here are five easy to grown veggie/spices that can help keep some green in your life.RosemaryLong treasured for its ability to help improve health, this … [Read more...]

Seven Delicious Fall Vegetables, Besides Pumpkins (with Recipes)

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I love fall and the variety of vegetables that are now readily at my disposable. Unlike the light and airy offerings of summer, fall veggies tend to be savory comfort foods that help take your mind off the cold setting in outside, and the gardens that will soon be freezing over. Unfortunately, with our culture’s pumpkin obsession, many other fall vegetables are getting forgotten. So, I made a quick list of some of the season's best produce to … [Read more...]

Tips for Fall Garden Preparation

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As the summer season comes to a close, it’s time take stock of the condition of your garden. If you have decided to plant a second season harvest, there is a good chance you have already removed the debris from your summer plants. But, if you have yet to plant your fall crops or are planning on retiring to the warmth indoors, now is the time to give your garden some attention.Follow these quick and easy tips to keep your garden in pristine … [Read more...]

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