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Organic Gardening How To Fun Facts On Tomatoes

Posted by admin on Mar 16, 2012 under organic gardening how to

I’m excited! Spring has sprung come next week and the tomato seeds that I planted two weeks ago haveorganic gardening how to already come to life. Of course, I planted those seeds in our greenhouse, but, in a few weeks I can move them outdoors to our organic vegetable garden. I love growing tomatoes and in this Organic Gardening How To Blog post, I wanted to share some fun facts about tomatoes.

Did you know…

* Tomatoes were considered poisonous to man until the mid 1800’s…

* We eat more tomatoes per person than any other fruit or vegetable…

* Some medical research indicates that consuming organic tomatoes may drastically decrease the risk of heart disease…

* There’s TWICE the amount of vitamins in a homegrown vine-ripened tomato than a commercially gas ripened tomato…

If you like to grow tomatoes like me, I wanted to share some FREE INFORMATION that I came across while I was searching the internet. If you truely enjoy growing tomatoes, I think you will enjoy these.

The first one is a web page where you can find 10 short videos that provide tips on growing healthy tomatoes. These videos cover such things as providing a nutrient rich soil, to stimulating early fruit growth, and even how to make your tomatoes to taste even better. Go ahead and watch these videos.

The second thing that I found is a 12-page PDF called 3 Tomato Secrets… this is also FREE…so, go ahead and grab it! This PDF has some valuable information that can help you grow bigger and better tomatoes.

Noticed that I said bigger? My husband and I have a challenge every year on who can grow the biggest tomato…either him or I. Last year, I won that contest! I grew a 1.4 lb. tomato and he could only manage a 1.2 lb. tomato. I got the bragging rights for this last year.

Some time back, I posted a video on this Organic Gardening How To Blog that showed a really big tomato that Patti Moreno had grown in her garden. If you like big tomatoes, watch this video…it’s located on a blog article I wrote called A Large Tomato In Your Organic Vegetable Garden? Not Like This!

Now, if you think that was a big tomato, watch this video:

Does that get you excited like it does me?

Until next time from the Organic Gardening How To Blog…

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Building A New Organic Vegetable Garden Dome

Posted by admin on Feb 19, 2012 under organic vegetable garden

It’s February, and we are still harvesting an enormous amount of vegetables from our organic vegetable garden. That’s because we (my husband and I) had built a small greenhouse for less than $50organic vegetable garden year-before-last. That small greenhouse allows us continue to grow organic vegetables even when the temperature is freezing outside.

I wrote an article about building this greenhouse in August of 2010 and if you missed reading that article, you can read it here: An Organic Vegetable Garden Dome for Under $50. I encourage you to read this short article.

We’ve had this small greenhouse for nearly 2 years now and we are certainly happy that we did build it. But, it has only made my husband and I more eager to do this type of vegetable gardening in a bigger and easier way. You see, there were some drawbacks to this inexpensive type of greenhouse gardening.

First, the greenhouse we built was low to the ground, so we have to do a great deal of bending to maintain and harvest our garden. As we get older, this is becoming more of a problem.

Secondly, we have to remove the plastic from the “ribs” of the greenhouse whenever we are maintaining and harvesting our organic vegetable garden. And, when we are finished, we have to re-cover the greenhouse with the plastic… not difficult to do, but just a pain to do.

Well, this year, my husband and I have decided to take our greenhouse gardening to the next step. We are going to build a larger greenhouse with raised beds… a greenhouse that has doors on it for ease of entry and windows that will allow ventilation while we are gardening. Best of all, we have found a way to do this for less than $500!

In these tight times, money is important to us as it is to most families.

The idea to build this type of greenhouse was not really our idea, but we found it online in an ebook called the Biodome Revolution. This ebook shows you step-by-step on how to build a Geodesic Greenhouse Dome and where and how to get the materials at a fraction of the cost.

Now, this ebook is being marketed by Clickbank for $49.97, it’s well worth the cost. Otherwise, we would never have ever thought of building a greenhouse like this. And, if we had of thought of it, how much time and materials would we have wasted trying to build this structue? Well, I can tell you… a lot!

My husband and I bought this ebook knowing that we had a 60-day guarantee to return it and to get all of our money back… but, we won’t be returning it! We were surprised at how much info this ebook contained and how good the step-by step instructions were.

Spring is approaching and we plan on building our Geodesic Greenhouse Dome as soon as the weather turns a little warmer… that should be in about seven weeks.

To give you an idea of what my husband and I are looking forward to, watch this short video:

Now, watch this short video that shows some of the construction steps. Supposedly, this dome was assembled in four hours, which may be true if all of the sections were previously constructed and assembled.

The Geodesic Greenhouse Dome that we are going to construct is going to be a 32 foot diameter dome. This dome will allow us to grow some citrus trees that we have previously been unable to grow in our organic vegetable garden.

Until next time from the Organic Gardening How To Blog…

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Ideal Pruning Tools – An Organic Gardening How To Tip

Posted by admin on Jan 27, 2012 under organic gardening how to

In North America, late January and early February are an ideal time to prune many of your trees and bushes. That’s because many of these trees and bushes are dormant at this time of year and pruning them during this time does not effect their health or growth.

In a previous Organic Gardening How To Blog article, I discussed the proper procedure for pruning your organic roses (if you haven’t read it, read it here Organic Gardening How To – Pruning Roses). In this article, however, I want to discuss the proper tools that the organic gardener should use for pruning plants, bushes, and trees.

If you need more information on the procedures for pruning different types of fruit trees, I found a great PDF called Training and Pruning Fruit Trees that was free to download. It’s a 16-page report written by by North Carolina State University.

You can’t prune properly if you don’t have the right tools… and pruning tools need to be kept sharp. Here is a list of pruning tools that you can use.

1. Bypass Pruner – Also called hand pruners, these are operated with one hand and are similar to snips. Bypass pruners are intended to cut branches that are 1″ and smaller in diameter. Cutting brances any larger than 1″ can damage the tool and your fingers.

2. Loppers – Loppers are for cutting bigger branches and are operated with two hands. This tool looks similar to bolt cutters. Due to their long handles, you have greater leverage.

3. Hedge Shears – Hand operated hedge shears look like over-sized scissors and are intened to cut mall branches and leaves. Their handles are typically shorter than the handles on a lopper and the cutting face is longer. When choosing hedge shears, choose one that fits your hands comfortably.

Almost any organic gardener needs a set of loppers, bypass pruners, and hedge shears… these are basic.

4. Pruning Saw – Also called folding saws and limb saws, this tool is intended to cut branches that are 1″ and thicker and small diameter limbs. You operate this tool with one hand. The blade is typically bow shaped and tapered towards the end. When choosing a pruning saw, choose one that cuts in both directions… both when you are pushing and pulling the saw blade.

5. Pole Saw – These saws are intended to cut branches and small limbs that are out of reach when standing on the ground or on a ladder. They consist of a saw (similar to the blabe on a pruning saw) that is attached to a long pole. Be cautious when using this tool, especially while on a ladder… moving the pole saw back-and-forth could throw you off balance and cause injury if you fall from the ladder.

All of the tools mentioned above are hand operated. Of course, in today’s world, there are many electrical and gas powered versions of these same saws. These powered saws are powerful and work much faster, but they are more costly, require more maintenace, and can be very dangerous.

Following is a Organic Gardening How To video that shows the proper use of some of these tools:

When brand new, these tools will be very sharp and will work very effectively for you. But, after using for a short amount of time, these tools will become dull and you will need to take them to a saw sharpening shop to have them re-sharpened or you can resharpen them yourself…which is what I do.

I found a great tool online for sharpening saws and I found it on Amazon.com. It’s called the GardenSharp Tool Sharpener and it really works great… it’s easy to use and it only costs $11.99. This tool has 24 user reviews on Amazon and has received 4 stars. Read those reviews and see what you think.

I also found a YouTube video that demonstrates on how to use this saw sharpener. Now, in this video they are sharpening knives (I’m not sure exactly why!?), but I use it basically the same way to sharpen the blades on my saws. Watch this video:

That’s it for now… until next time from the Organic Gardening How To Blog.

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Organic Gardening How To…A Word Of Encouragement

Posted by admin on Dec 26, 2011 under organic gardening how to

It’s winter for those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, and I know that most gardeners are notorganic gardening how to raising an organic vegetable garden during these cold months…at least, unless you have a green house or an inexpensively constructed dome house. That’s why in this Organic Gardening How To article I wanted to take a few minutes to encourage others to give organic gardening a try in this coming spring.

Organic gardening is no harder than any other type of gardening, it only takes a little bit of ingenuity. For example, if you have pesty aphids in your garden, instead of buying harsh chemicals, use what Mother Nature has naturally provided you to rid your garden of those pesty insects. Our environment will be much healthier and you can be proud of what you have accomplished.

Organic vegetable gardens results in produce that is better than anything else that you can buy. The produce is nutritional and much healthier for you and that’s why most of the world’s major chefs are now using only organic vegetables and fruits.

If you haven’t tried organic gardening before and if you might be interested in giving it a try, I found this great video on YouTube that will show you how simple it is to get started. Watch this Organic Gardening How To Blog video:

If you are new at organic gardening, start your vegetable garden out in a small plat of ground…this will allow you to get your “feet wet”. If you run into problems along the way, return to this blog and enter some search terms into the Search Window on the right sidebar of this blog…you should be able to find answers to any of your questions and/or problems.

I encourage all of you that are not already doing it, please give organic gardening a heart-felt try…I think you will be glad (and healthier) for doing it!

Until next time from the Organic Gardening How To Blog…

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Wasabi – A Difficult Organic Vegetable To Grow

Posted by admin on Nov 28, 2011 under organic vegetable

I’ve just finished picking the organic horseradish that I planted this year… this is the second year that Iorganic vegetable picture have grown this organic vegetable. And, as I always do, I began to think about what new type of vegetable there was that I could grow in my vegetable garden come next year… something that I had never grown before. Well, what came into my mind was wasabi (perhaps that came into my mind because we had just eaten wasabi at a Chinese restaurant last night). I decided to do some research on the possibility of growing it.

I found out that wasabi is a perennial plant in the mustard family and is native to Japan. It’s grown for it’s stem or root which when ground up produces a hot, pungent flavor similar to horseradish. The biggest difference, however, is that after is is eaten it leaves a rich, sweet taste in the mouth with no burning sensations… unlike horseradish.

The most important thing that I found out about growing wasabi is that it is incredibly difficult to grow. The plant grows in cool and moist temperate climates… that’s why it is mostly grown in selective regions in the mountains within Japan. There are very few regions in North America that have a climate suitable for growing wasabi, with the exception of certain coastal regions in the Pacific Northwest.

I did find a well-written PDF on growing this organic vegetable in the Pacific Northwest. If any of the visitors to this website live in that area and would like to learn more about growing their own wasabi, click on this link to get a FREE copy of Growing Wasabi in the Pacific Northwest.

For the rest of us, we need to look elsewhere else to find something new and unique to grow in our organic gardens next year. I did enjoy growing horseradish again this year and, if you have not done this, you can find read an article I wrote on growing organic horseradish by reading Organic Gardening How To – Growing Organic Horseradish.

Before I leave you, I did find an interesting Youtube video that explores a Japanese wasabi farm. The video is only 3-1/2 minutes long and you can view it below:

You know, I just thought of another interesting organic vegetable that I might be able to grow next year… how about mushrooms? I’m off to do some more research…

Until next time from the Organic Gardening How To Blog!

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