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Making Fresh Tomato Sauce

Making Fresh Tomato Sauce
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Now that we have a few tomatoes from the garden lets get cooking! What are you growing in your garden? What have you been cooking? What are the health benefits of the foods that you have been eating? We’ll take care of the desserts. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing

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Harvesting Tomatoes

We hate to disappoint. But, this will not be a detailed presentation on harvesting tomatoes. Nothing could be simpler than plucking this red globes from the vein, cleansing them and preparing them to eat. Our early girl plant has delivered time and time again. We are often asked: how is the garden. Consequently, we wanted to share some recent harvest that were give to a garden cohort to cook up. Many of you have been growing your own plants in your kitchens as well as yards. Share your updates with the community.

Tomato plants can grow tall. They are definitely doable in an urban garden. Which herbs and vegetables do you eat often? Which ones would you like to start to grow? Where do you get the most light? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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The Story of Two Trellises

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Today one of our neighbors and garden cohorts came over to help us trellis our beans. Beans like tomatoes need something to grow up on. Pumpkin and watermelon will grow along the ground. But other tendril like plants like green beans and tomatoes need to grow up and not along the ground. Bean plants can actually grow pretty tall like tomato plants. So, today we placed the beans into 2 types of trellises. One type (red) is circular while the other (green) is a flat web of string placed between to poles or stakes, so that the plants can grow up and have plenty of space to bare their fruit.

Trellised Beans
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What other plants need to be trellised? Which plants can grow along the ground? How do you care for the plants that grow along the ground and not up? Wondering? Post your questions below.

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How to Stake Tomato Plants

Early Girl Tomato Plant
How to Stake Tomatoes
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Just when you thought you were all done with school, here we are taking you back to school. Schools are an excellent resource for the farmer and gardener. Here we can see from the University of Maine, known to have a farm or two (Maine), how to effectively stake plants. What did you think about the use of t shirts and stalkings as a tie? What did you learn from the video? How can you use what you learned in the video? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Tomato Plants Progress

Roma Tomato Plant

How they have grown! San Marzano and Roma Tomato have come a long way. These two tomato plants were sown several times before they survived and grew up into small plants. We believe that we had a Vole eating them from under ground and up rooting them from their mounds. We have since put in a sonic Vole and Mole repellent, which is not only Organic but is Environmentally friendly. After we installed this sonic centered repellent many of our troubles in the garden went a away. Many of the seeds we sowed directly into the ground have yet to sprout but these plants will surprise you with what they will do. Both San Marzano and Roma Tomato plants are growing up big and tall and have over come many pest attacks. Though sometimes it looked hopeless we have remained true to our Organic pursuits. There is still much we have to learn but, we have used no chemicals in the production and growth of our foods.

Our beginnings have been humble and we have learned a lot along the way. We want you to know how possible this journey is for anyone! Have you considered growing your own foods? Have you considered starting your own garden? Do you want to grow a garden without foods: a flower garden? Have you always wished you could have your own garden but something is holding you back? Someone once said a goal is best broken down into manageable and smaller goals. Write down your primary goal and then the smaller goals you will have to accomplish in order to achieve your primary goal. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Health Benefits of Tomatoes
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The medicinal benefits of food is truly amazing. Tomatoes are one of my favorite vegetables, fruit depending on who you talk to. It is also the favorite of a lot of our garden enthusiasts. When we began the garden we got so many tomato plants and seeds, I think it is the single plant with the most varieties in our garden. Do you like tomatoes? Write a post and tell us why. Did you know the medicinal benefits of tomatoes? When one looks at all the benefits in one plant, we can see how crucial these plants are to supporting our life and why a healthy diet is so important. Write down everything you eat today. Did you eat life sustaining foods or could you change your diet a little? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Garden in Bloom

Pumpkin Flower

As you know, we often get the question: how is the garden doing? Well, the garden is in bloom. When one sees a bloom we know that fruit is not far off. In some cases we already have some fruit. Pictured in this article you can get a glimpse at some of the tomato plants that have already begun to bare fruit. Can you imagine what your garden would look like at this time? What type of plants would you have planted? Its never too late to begin thinking about next season. Write down 3 plants you would like to grow next year or start in your kitchen garden this month. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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How is the Garden?

As you already know, one of the number one questions we get is: how is the garden? This question helped to encourage this site. The answer is a lot of good things are happening in the garden. While we still are keeping our eye out for slugs, snails and flies, for the most part they seem to be under control. But, Mother Nature is always full of surprises. So we will be keeping our eyes peeled. We have seen a few snails here and there. They are tricky because you do not always know what is in the shell. We currently have been treating the garden with the Organic Pest remedy: Oatmeal. Stay tuned for updates on if this Organic Remedy for snails is effective.

The Vole seems to have been taken care of. We have seen no more signs of eaten leaves although there are still a few flies around. The ants however seem to be our most difficult pest. We have been doing a regimen of ground black pepper and water solution, fertilizer for the plants health, marigold flowers (which ants dislike) and Neem Oil, all which should help. Some help more than others. Overall our Organic Remedies have worked although the verdict is still out on the ants, snails and slugs.

Our Roma Tomatoes, San Marzano Tomatoes, Squash, Pumpkin, Sugar Baby Water Melon and Green Bean Plants are all doing very well. They have developed root systems and have begun multiplying their leaves and growing tall. We believe a Vole was causing a lot of havoc in the garden. Now that we have addressed that problem the garden seems to be taking off. Two of our bean plants have been leaning over. Their stalks are very tall, lean and can normally bear the weight of its fruit (beans) thus far. However, we identified two bean plants that needed some additional support so; we staked them with a few wooden paint stirrers that we got from the paint section for free. We will still have to keep our eyes open for flies, snails and slugs so they do not eat the leaves and the harvest. We thus continue to treat the plants with Neem Oil (an Organic Pest Remedy).

Have you started a garden? Do you have house plants? Send us pictures and leave us a comment telling us all about it. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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