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Julia Maddock - Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission

Julia Maddock - Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission 0

The Star of Summer Squash By Julia Maddock Is it possible for a single plant to be the perfect fit for any garden? The zucchini argues that it is. Also known by the Latin name of Cucurbita pepo, the zucchini is a variety of summer squash with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Humble, yet incredibly versatile, the zucchini is a prolific grower that provides a bountiful harvest with low, easy maintenance. Suitable for any temperate climate, the zucchini provides enjoyment and value to both experienced and novice gardeners. Because it requires only three feet of space, it...

  • Jordan Freytag
Ronald J. Smith - Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission

Ronald J. Smith - Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission 0

Lettuce By Ronald J Smith Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is a member of the daisy family (Asteraceae). Ancient Egyptians grew lettuce for oil from its seeds over 4,500 years and then as an edible leaf crop. As a result, lettuce has been a part of the human diet for over 4,000 years (Elzebroek and Wind 2008). It is consumed mostly as a fresh leafy vegetable in butter head, loose leaf, head (iceberg), romaine (cos), bunching, and stem forms (Elzebroek and Wind 2008; Złotek et al. 2014). Lettuce spread throughout Europe as a leaf and medicinal crop and came to the Americas...

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5 Exotic Microgreens!

5 Exotic Microgreens! 0

We, here at True Leaf Market, are always looking for new and exotic seed varieties for microgreen growing. Along with finding really tasty and beautiful strains of tried-and-true varieties like radish and mustard, we'll come across some truly unique seeds that you may have never considered suitable for growing as microgreens! For us, this is the really exciting part about being in the microgreen business. Who would've thought that a tree grown in southeast Asia and a variety of daisy would make such flavorful microgreens? They do, and in fact, three of the five following varieties are grown primarily as...

  • Andrew Stewart
Mid-July Garden Planting!

Mid-July Garden Planting! 0

It's mid July and many garden vegetables are maturing such as tomatoes and peppers. It's not too late in the summer to start planting, they just need to have a shorter life cycle to be able to mature before it gets too cold. Several root vegetables and leafy green garden vegetables work great for this purpose--just be sure allow these plants to receive partial shade throughout the day. Before planting any of these seeds, be sure to check your grow zone and the projected climate for the next few months just to be aware of the future climate your plants...

  • Andrew Stewart
Know Your Basil Varieties

Know Your Basil Varieties 0

Basil is an all-star microgreen for several reasons: it's sweet and full of flavor, tender and leafy, and extremely diverse in it's use. And although it takes longer to germinate, it can be grown on longer into more of a "babygreen" without comprising flavor. This is because the full-grown herb is used, stem and all in many recipes. The same can be said for cilantro microgreens. The bottom line is that basil can be eaten anytime between the microgreen stage and the full-grown herb stage. Not only is basil diverse in use, it is diverse appearance and color. Listed below...

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Fertilizing Microgreens!

Fertilizing Microgreens! 0

By now, we’re all familiar with fertilizer when it comes to growing garden vegetables and flowers. When the cotyledon leaves appear on your seedlings, it’s a sign your young plant has used its reserves and its roots are now searching for additional nutrition in the soil. Adding fertilizer doesn’t just improve the growth of your garden crops, it is essential for healthy growth and production. Yet when it comes to microgreens, one doesn’t talk much about fertilizer. Couldn’t microgreens use fertilizer to improve their growth just like conventional seedlings? We say yes—you just need to know which fertilizers are the...

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True Leaf Market Microgreens on Modern Gardener TV!

True Leaf Market Microgreens on Modern Gardener TV! 0

True Leaf Market is proud to collaborate with KUED 7: Modern Gardener to create this fun sprout and microgreen growing guide. All of the seeds you see growing healthy sprouts and microgreens came from True Leaf Market.  Check out parts 1 and 2, and 3! Growing Microgreens And Sprouts Part 1: Getting Started Growing Microgreens And Sprouts Part 2: Planting And Watering Growing Microgreens And Sprouts Part 3: Growing And Eating

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Light Essentials: Indoor Counter-top Gardening

Light Essentials: Indoor Counter-top Gardening 1

Although your kitchen may have an abundance of light, it may not be enough for growing flats of wheatgrass and microgreens—especially this time of year. The lack of sunlight effects everything, and even though your flat may be under a south-facing window, thus, providing them with direct sunlight for a few hours a day—It’s not enough. Your crop will continue to grow but plants may appear yellowish or weaker than normal. Grow lights will fix that. Indirect sunlight through a window can be an adequate source of light during the spring and summer months; although, flats will need to be...

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The Idiot's Guide to Microgreens!

The Idiot's Guide to Microgreens! 1

You may have heard of microgreens or seen them on a dish that you’ve received at a restaurant, but what exactly are microgreens? This simplest way to put it is they are your favorite vegetable plants such as cabbage, radish, broccoli, swiss chard, and peas—only they are grown in flats and harvested at a very young stage. You are left with fresh, crunchy, and colorful produce that often contains the same flavor as their full-grown vegetable counter-part and are used to bring new life to the same old tired meals. Microgreens can be grown any time of year if you...

  • Jordan Freytag
Sowing Flowers in the Cold

Sowing Flowers in the Cold 0

One of the best ways to ensure a healthy, abundant, and efficient year-round garden is to emulate many of the natural cycles your plants would experience if grown wildly. For example, “true” wildflowers spend the summer carpeting the soil with millions of seeds that lie dormant all winter awaiting to germinate with the spring. Too many home gardeners are left unaware and rarely sow anything in the fall or winter. But the easiest way to jumpstart spring is to broadcast wildflower seeds now in these final weeks before winter. The term “wildflower” is not exact and can mean any number...

  • David Bernal
Hairy Vetch: A Cover Crop that Loves the Cold

Hairy Vetch: A Cover Crop that Loves the Cold 1

The first day of fall is already a month gone and it's never too soon to begin preparing next season's bountiful harvest. Many gardens have already been hit by their local frost date and are calling it a season until February's seed prep. Yet several home gardeners are unaware there's still plenty to be done in winter despite a bitter layer of frost or snow. The absolute easiest way to ensure an abundant summer is to replenish the soil's nutrients now during these cold idle months. A healthy garden will naturally expend its nitrogen throughout the warm seasons and these...

  • David Bernal
Laura Thoeming - 2018 Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission

Laura Thoeming - 2018 Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission 0

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Nestia N. Nuanez - 2018 Scholarship Winner - Video Submission 0

The Best Way To Transplant Snapdragons By Nestia N. Nuanez

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We've Got You Covered: A Guide to Cover Crops

We've Got You Covered: A Guide to Cover Crops 6

We've Got You Covered: A Guide to Cover Crops Cover crops offer a wide range of benefits to your garden or farm including preventing winter erosion when under-planting for weed control amid growing crops and revitalizing your soil with leftover biomass, also referred to as “green manure” which contain copious amounts of nutrients, said to increase yield of future crops. The best way to determine which cover crop might be best for you is to understand what each cover crop seed requires in terms of maintenance and what it offers the mini ecosystem of your grow area. Also, do a...

  • Jordan Freytag
July Sowing to Early Fall Harvest!

July Sowing to Early Fall Harvest! 0

Who'd have thought that July would be a great time to direct sow select garden vegetable seeds? Come to find out, it's a great time for quick-to-harvest crops such as Basil and Dill, Beans and Greens, and Carrots and Cucumbers! What happens is that the intense heat of the July sun keeps soils nice and warm for germination so that seedlings pop up with little struggle. Under the cover of a light-weight shade/grow cloth, the seedlings will spring-up, and by the cooler days of on-set autumn, your July-sown crops should be ready for harvest or getting pretty darn close! Learn...

  • Jordan Freytag
Shade Cloths + Trellis Ideas

Shade Cloths + Trellis Ideas 1

Shading Your Plants Now is the time of year to get creative with ways to make trellis space for your vining vegetables and/or creating shade for some of your plants if you're not in a well-shaded areas. Most commonly, black shade cloths are used to protect plants and soils from the intense heat from the summer sun, but they can end up blocking out much of the necessary UV Rays that plants need—not to mention that the black cloth can get extremely hot and may damage your plants. White-woven shade cloths are ideal because they allow more of the helpful...

  • Jordan Freytag
Unique Fermentation Recipes

Unique Fermentation Recipes 0

Over the centuries, humans have tested the boundaries of what can be fermented. We’ve done it long enough that you can ferment yourself at home with things around the house or with exclusive fermenter kits. Fermentation, the action of various microbes on their respective hosts, brings us the glorious gifts of beer, yogurt, bread, cheese, kimchi and sauerkraut. These are the products of fermentation most of us know and love. But what about all the other ones we are unfamiliar with? What of cacao? The lengthy chocolate process begins by storing harvested pods in a “sweat box” for several days...

  • Jordan Freytag
5 Late Summer Sowing Herbs

5 Late Summer Sowing Herbs 1

It’s heating up quick and you may be thinking that you are too late to sow seeds for a summer garden. But never fear—herbs to the rescue! They’re inexpensive and easy to grow. There are several varieties of herb seeds that can grow in and withstand the summer heat and the following herbs not only withstand it, they thrive in it! Making them prime candidates for late sowing. Basil Basil - Easily one of the most well-known and popular herbs on the planet, it is one of the easiest to grow. Germinates quickly, within 10-15 days and grows very quickly...

  • Andrew Stewart
Flowers Perfect for Direct Sowing Right Now!

Flowers Perfect for Direct Sowing Right Now! 0

Although we've had a particularly late winter, with the snow flurries just ending, it's still not too late to sow flower seeds for summer time blooms—in fact, it's the ideal time for some of these beauties of summer! Some flowers thrive being direct sown outdoors this time of year. Listed below are several varieties of flowers that you can direct sow now that will bloom during mid to late summer. These varieties are surprising additions to any garden regarding their unique shapes and colors—and how they just drink up the sunlight!   No need to buy more seed than you need—just...

  • Jordan Freytag

Start your Ginormous Pumpkin This Month! 0

This is a very special time of year for us here at True Leaf Market because it is time to sow our giant pumpkin seeds. Each October, we hold The Ginormous Pumpkin Regatta at Oquirrh Lake in Daybreak, Utah. And in order to grow our own giant gourd to carve out and race across the water by that time, we need to start preparing and sowing our seeds now! Our carved-out giant pumpkin boats from the Regatta in October! After each race, we save the precious seeds that come out of the pumpkin, dry them and store them for this...

  • Andrew Stewart
A Great Time for Herbs!

A Great Time for Herbs! 3

A good time to start your herb garden is now—whether it's in your backyard, on your balcony or in your windowsill in containers, nothing says springtime like an herb garden! Herb are defined as plants that are used by humans for a variety of reasons, such as medicinal, aromatic, and culinary applications. Diversity seems to be the calling card of the herb. For example, basil is prolific in it's uses; the sweet flavor of its leaves is prominent in types of cuisine and as a main ingredient in teas, and the growing plant can be grown primarily for it's strong...

  • Jordan Freytag
Let's Talk About Transplant Shock

Let's Talk About Transplant Shock 3

Transplant shock happens to your seedlings when they undergo stress during the transplanting process from indoor growing conditions to the ground and the unpredictable climate outside. Many times it is caused by the roots being "shocked" by the transplanting process, specifically to the tiny root hairs that absorb water. Another cause can be the drastic temperature change from controlled indoor growing conditions to the ground, placed into too small of a hole or in need of water. The same goes for planting in baskets and containers as well. The stresses can escalate exponentially if left untreated. Transplant shock is common,...

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Direct Sowing Vegetable Seeds

Direct Sowing Vegetable Seeds 2

We are reaching the time when you'll want to start direct sowing your vegetable seeds or at least getting ready to sow them in the next few weeks! This is a perfect opportunity to think about what you might want to harvest in late summer/early fall! Some garden vegetables are unable to be direct sown unless you live in a tropical part of the globe, such as tomatoes and peppers. However, there are other garden vegetables on the other end of the spectrum: they can withstand cool temperatures during germination and benefit from direct sowing because their sensitive root systems...

  • Jordan Freytag
Flowers: Starting Indoors vs Direct Sowing

Flowers: Starting Indoors vs Direct Sowing 0

When you think you've started all your seedlings this year, you remember . . . flowers! While we prepare our vegetable starts, it can be easy to forget about the flower garden. Luckily it is still a good time to start flowers indoors and plan for those flowers we'd like to direct sow. Prep your soil pellets, your growing trays, and make sure your grow lights are good to go because it's time to get some flowers sown! First, identify the preferred growing conditions of the plants you are looking to grow. Some flowers, such as Pansies and Begonias, do not...

  • Jordan Freytag
The Best Soil for Transplanting . . . and how to get it!

The Best Soil for Transplanting . . . and how to get it! 0

Now that you've got your seeds started, it is a good time to start focusing on getting your soil ready for transplanting time. Now, that may mean a few different things; you may need to amend your soil with fertilizers or just till it—or nothing at all. It just depends what your soil make-up is like. Or course, there are different schools of thought on the subject. Some believe that you should only "mess" with your soil a minimal amount, with the aim of allowing it to naturally build it's structure and nutrients over the years. Others believe that tilling...

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It's February! Time to Get Your Garden Seeds!

It's February! Time to Get Your Garden Seeds! 15

Looking for "The Best Soil for Transplanting . . . and how to get it!"? Click here to read it! It's not too late to pick your seeds for your spring garden but soon the days will be long enough and warm enough to start prepping that garden for transplanting. It is imperative to get your tender seedlings off to a good start—and to start them as early as possible. So, when picking your seeds, be aware of which are cold hardy and which are tender. The tender seeds will need to be sown indoors right away to offer it...

  • Jordan Freytag
Starting Seeds Early. Why some and not others . . .

Starting Seeds Early. Why some and not others . . . 0

The initial thing a lot of folks wonder after they've decided to grow a garden that season is "Where do I start?" And then the more complex question follows, "Which vegetable crops do I start indoors and which do I plant directly in the garden?" Well, it really depends on the climate conditions of your area, but the gist of it is that the closer you are to the equator the more likely you will be able to sow tender vegetable crop seeds like tomatoes and peppers outside because that climate is predictably warm. But if you are in a more...

  • Jordan Freytag
Craving Garden Produce Mid-Winter? It's Easy, Fun and Delicious!

Craving Garden Produce Mid-Winter? It's Easy, Fun and Delicious! 1

Life without fresh produce and garden greens during the winter can be absolute torture. Luckily, we know about a way to grow fresh greens all winter-long right on your counter-top. The way is sprouting and growing garden vegetables as microgreens! Not only can you enjoy fresh produce throughout the winter this way, you consume higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals compared to their full grown counterparts (perfect for a healthy New Year's resolution, right?). Within days you can have full-grown, tasty sprouts ready to eat. Most microgreens grow and mature startlingly fast so you can enjoy multiple micro crops throughout the cold months!...

  • Jordan Freytag
A Ripe Tomato by July 4th?! Here's how . . .

A Ripe Tomato by July 4th?! Here's how . . . 0

A gardener’s dream: a plump ripe tomato ready to harvest for the Fourth of July. That is our goal and the goal of many fellow gardeners we know! Who doesn’t love fresh cherry tomatoes right off the vine or slicing into a slicer variety tomato mid-summer? It can be a challenge to make it happen, but we like challenges. And over the years, we’ve found it takes a little bit of pre-planning, careful selecting of seeds, and requires some specialized care and maintenance to ensure an early harvest of tomatoes. Here is what you need to do!  Make a Plan...

  • Jordan Freytag
A Sustainable Thanksgiving

A Sustainable Thanksgiving 0

It may seem next to impossible to maintain a sustainable lifestyle especially during the holiday season. You have friends and family of different backgrounds and beliefs gathering together in one space, making it difficult to keep up and enforce the habits that make sustainable living possible! But we think thanksgiving and Christmas are times when it really counts to be “green” considering how far some foods travel to reach your plates and how much food goes to waste in the end. According to the New York Post, of the 165 billion dollars of food wasted each year, 277 million dollars will...

  • Jordan Freytag
Sprouting and Microgreening with Mucilaginous Seeds

Sprouting and Microgreening with Mucilaginous Seeds 1

Some of you may have been sprouting and/or microgreening for some time and come across seeds that react different to water than other seeds. They get sticky and take longer to germ, making it disheartening if you haven’t dealt with these kinds of seeds before. They are called mucilaginous seeds and there are methods to dealing with their sometimes-obscure germination method. Here are a list of mucilaginous seeds: Brown Mustard Arugula Chia Basil Curled Cress Mucilaginous seeds are simply seeds whose hull forms a gel sack around itself when exposed to water. This is most likely a result of their...

  • Jordan Freytag
The Story of Our Giant Pumpkin

The Story of Our Giant Pumpkin 1

For the last five years or so, we’ve been attempting to grow our own giant pumpkin with some troubling results. One year, our vine only grew about twenty feet long before giving up. Trial and error, we quickly learned is the name of the game. This year was our year. We’ve been wanting to grow our own contender for the Ginormous Pumpkin Regatta we throw every year here in Salt Lake City, and this, year we can say we’ve done it. We used seeds from one of our friends at the Giant Pumpkin’s Growers Association. Some things we knew going...

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Jerome Small - 2017 Scholarship Winner - Video Submission

Jerome Small - 2017 Scholarship Winner - Video Submission 2

The Environmental Revolution By Jerome Small

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Zoe Martin Cowen - 2017 Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission

Zoe Martin Cowen - 2017 Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission 1

HU:Ñ, HA:L & BAWI: The Three Sisters of the Santa Cruz Valley By Zoe Martín Cowan A sea of green and yellow combs the valleys where my predecessors once witnessed the multicolored diversity of life that is the Sonoran Desert. Maize lit the path for the Green Revolution, a massive increase in high yield crop production globally, and has been central to the development of GMO technologies. But humans once had a much more intimate and spiritual connection to maize, a term derived from the Caribbean Taíno-Arawan word mahiz meaning ´life-giving’. It played a central role in the Cosmo-vision of...

  • Jordan Freytag
August: Dealing with the Late Summer Heat

August: Dealing with the Late Summer Heat 0

The unrelenting heat of late summer is here and nowhere do we notice it more than in our gardens. The soil can dry out and crack alarmingly fast. Even with consistent watering, plants can become wilted in the intense sunlight. 2016 was the eighth highest August recorded, and although this year’s August is predicted to be more precipitous and to have slightly lower temperatures than usual, the spouts of extreme heat can affect the plants in your garden. Some plants may wilt and others (leafy greens and lettuces) may bolt, but all in all, there are ways to manage the...

  • Jordan Freytag
Get to Know Your Seeds: A Seed Type Guide

Get to Know Your Seeds: A Seed Type Guide 15

We’ve had an influx of calls inquiring about the specifics of seed labeling—questions like “What is the difference between sprouting and microgreens seeds and traditional garden vegetable seeds?” and “Are heirloom seeds and open-pollinated seeds the same thing?” and a slew of others. We know it can be overwhelming looking at all the varieties of seeds and their types, reading terms like “microgreens seeds” and “sprouting seeds”, "treated" and "untreated seeds", and "heirloom" and "open-pollinated"—you just hope that you’ll pick the right ones for you. We hope that the following article will help you understand seed identifiers and how it...

June: Companion Plants & Beneficial Insects

June: Companion Plants & Beneficial Insects 1

Now that the growing season is underway, an abundance of life begins to spring up in our garden: seedlings take root and begin branching out, showing signs of their future production. But with new growth and life, comes the chance of pests finding their way into your garden. Some folks never have to deal with an infestation of pests—and hopefully you won’t either. When invasive species of insects happen to make their way into a garden, some folks rid them by spraying with pesticides. But we believe avoiding harmful pests by taking preventative measures and treating them using safe and...

Microgreens & Wheatgrass: Control the Moisture, Control the Mold

Microgreens & Wheatgrass: Control the Moisture, Control the Mold 3

Growing Microgreens and Wheatgrass can be some of the most rewarding small-scale gardening because your crop is done so quickly—and frankly, because it tastes so good! However, since growing Wheatgrass and Microgreens require a substantial amount of moisture, mold growth becomes a common occurrence. This causes many folks to become frustrated and even quit, unknown to them the simple steps that one can take to treat and prevent mold, and it may sound easier than you might think: control the moisture, control the mold. Mold spores are everywhere! Even though we can’t see them, they are constantly wafting through the...

May: Easy-Going Transplanting & Sowing

May: Easy-Going Transplanting & Sowing 0

Now is the time of year that folks are sowing seeds outdoors and transplanting indoor plant starts. Many beginner or inexperienced gardeners would like a clear-cut date and time that is best to sow and transplant. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work like that. But no worries—you don’t have to break your brain trying to be the “perfect” gardener. Just understanding a few basics and taking it easy will keep gardening an easy-going and fun practice that will pay off! Knowing the estimated frost date and being aware of the weather patterns of your area will help you know when the...

Green Fasting

Green Fasting 0

Spring is a time of reawakening. It is notable in the green reappearing after a long absence and the blossoms rendered visible in the trees. The outdoors reflects what our bodies yearn for this time of year: rejuvenation. We yearn to shed the husks of hibernation and feel fresh energy again. But our bodies need a way to get rid of the toxins built up in the system, and living in this fast-paced modern life, cleansing may not be a realistic endeavor for everyone. However, short regiments of fasting while only consuming microgreens and sprouts, can aid in ejecting toxins...

April: "Hardening Off" The Right Way

April: "Hardening Off" The Right Way 1

As your starts begin maturing, bearing their “true” leaves, we know the time is drawing near to transplant. Transplanting can be a stressful time for growers as it is not uncommon to lose plants to “transplant shock.” When our plants spend the first few weeks of their lives indoors, a virtually weatherless environment, and then are dropped into the ground, they are slow to begin growing again because of the shock of the outside elements—and sometimes they are unable to recover. The heat and cold, sunlight, wind, and rain can all damage your plants when they aren’t used to receive...

Consume Better to Kill Sugar Cravings

Consume Better to Kill Sugar Cravings 0

Lately, I’ve been getting serious about quitting my sugar addiction. In the past, I’ve gone a couple days abstaining from sugar, feeling pretty good about myself until the cravings cause me to dive back into eating an abundance of sweets with a vengeance. Sugar cravings are the leading cause of people falling off of their diet wagons, according to Dr. Axe, and I can attest to that. The craving for sugar is a powerful one, and working to kill that craving, may be the key to helping people get control of their sugar consumption for good. Turns out a balanced...

March: From The Ground Up

March: From The Ground Up 0

It is about this time when your garden vegetables are germinating, poking through their little starter pots and pellets, reminding you that transplanting time is on the horizon. It is at this stage that you may have realized that you haven’t prepared you’re the soil in your garden plot. Of course, all the advice you’ve received to take steps to replenish your garden soil in the fall has gone out the window. But there are some simple steps to take to revitalize your soil up to just 2 weeks before the transplanting date. First, it is very important to understand...

Sprouts and Microgreens: Enzyme Powerhouse and Teaching Aid

Sprouts and Microgreens: Enzyme Powerhouse and Teaching Aid 0

Growing initiatives in schools and community centers around the country are teaching kids and members of the community how to grow their own sprouts and microgreens and the health benefits of including them in their diets. We see the importance of educating kids and adults about these high-nutrition food sources because, in this day and age, clean food packed with nutrients is hard to come by and eating sprouts fills you with the nutrients to lead to longer and fuller years. One thing both microgreens and sprouts are full of is enzymes. And according to Dr. Mercola, a diet rich...

February: Sowing For Springtime Prosperity

February: Sowing For Springtime Prosperity 0

Last month, we talked about planning your garden and gathering the seeds you’d like to start growing this spring. Well, now is the time to get sowing indoors or in a greenhouse. We focused on preparing to sow tomatoes and peppers last month, but they are among several vegetable crops that must be started indoors to ensure their springtime prosperity. Here is a list of those vegetable crops and varieties that we recommend: Broccoli Waltham 29 – Produces large to medium heads and withstands cold temperatures well. Brussels Sprouts Long Island Improved – A heavy set of firm sprouts produced...

  • Jordan Freytag
The 3 Essential Steps for Storing Winter Squash

The 3 Essential Steps for Storing Winter Squash 0

The process of storing winter squash may seem to be long and complicated. Although it may take up to two weeks, the steps for preparing your squash for long term winter storage can be as easy as brewing summer tea. All you need it to know these three essential steps:   1. Be Careful When Harvesting Try not to damage the squash or its main stem as you harvest. Be sure to use scissors or pruners when cutting vines. Pulling can cause damage to the main stem, making it likely that the squash with rot. Any squash with blemishes or...

3 (Fun and Easy) Health Habits for the New Year!

3 (Fun and Easy) Health Habits for the New Year! 0

Growing and Juicing Wheatgrass If you’re not familiar with growing and juicing wheatgrass, I’m sure you’ve at least heard about the practice. It may seem strange to some folks at first to be juicing and drinking trays of grass grown in a small amount of soil or on a growth medium. But once folks discover the nutritional benefits and feel the difference within themselves after trying it, it doesn’t seem so strange at all. Wheatgrass juice is known for being a powerhouse of nutrients that promotes healing and a general sense of well-being. Immediately after juicing, the juice is alive...

January: A Time for Planning

January: A Time for Planning 1

When the cold winds of January sweep over us, we know it’s time to start planning that spring garden. We break out the gardening journal (if you don’t use a gardening journal, we recommend that you do) and draw-up plans of how we’d like our garden to be laid out this year as well as a list of seeds that we’d like to grow and what area of the garden will be dedicated to them. It’s a perfect time to be thinking about what kinds of crops and which varieties you’d like to grow this year, especially peppers and tomatoes...

A Raw Thanksgiving

A Raw Thanksgiving 0

For so many who eat a raw vegan diet, planning a Thanksgiving meal can be stressful—or even knowing what to bring to a dinner where all the food has been cooked. There something about the foods of Thanksgiving that brings comfort such as mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and of course, pumpkin pie! For someone on a raw food diet, they may feel like they have to sacrifice those food staples in order to stay true to their diet. Luckily that is not true! For we’ve compiled the best raw Thanksgiving recipes that will make your mouth water...

A Long Winter: Cover Crops

A Long Winter: Cover Crops 0

Winter is coming! And we know what that means—it is time to rejuvenate your soil with cover crops. It is a bit late in the season to plant and expect immediate results, unless you’re planting cold hardy grain, like Winter Rye, Wheat, and Triticale, which can be sown nearly the day before the killer frost. Cold hardy grains are tenacious cover crops, ones that sprout up quickly and survive the icy winter and begin to grow again in the spring. In fact, these grains germinate in 34 to 40-degree soil, so this time of year is not only suitable for...

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