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Quick test: is it a weed or a plant? If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
Great tips! This is something I’ve never been good at, but now you can make gorgeous arrangements from your garden.
Soup is one of my favorite foods, and it is the most underrated. You don’t have to be a good cook to make a good soup, it’s usually incredibly nutritious, you can grow all the ingredients yourself, and it’s always a cheap, filling dinner. If you’re looking for easy soup recipes that you can make from scratch, check out this post by Alison Wood at The Dollar Stretcher:
Homemade Tomato Soup:
8 oz. tomato paste
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 Tablespoon salt
3 cups water
2 cups milk
Potatoes and Dumplings:
6 white potatoes, peeled and diced
1 can regular, small biscuits (the super, cheap kind)
Salt and pepper to taste
Beets are delicious, and make a wonderful addition to any Fall garden. Once harvested, they taste amazing in soups and salads, and are crazy nutritious. Plus, they’re easy to grow, and they can be planted at almost any time of year (gardening procrastinators, rejoice!) Check out these tips by Cris at The Homestead Garden for growing beets today:
**They do best in a sunny position, in a light, sandy soil.
**They prefer a soil of pH 6.5-7.0.
**Beet seeds can be difficult to germinate. Soak the seeds in warm water for 30 minutes before sowing them in order to soften them and wash out the germination inhibitor.
**Once the plants are established and the roots are starting to swell, water moderately unless the conditions are very dry.
There’s nothing that screams “FALL!” quite like fresh fall veggies. Pumpkins, squash, and carrots are all delicious seasonal flavors that you can use in almost any dish. But, if you’re a procrastinator, it’s already too late to plant some of these, while your summer veggies are clinging to life. The solution? Check out this post by Rachel at Grow A Good Life for fast growing fall produce that you can plant today and harvest in 60 days or less, just in time for Thanksgiving:
-Arugula/ Rocket- ready for harvesting in 30 days.
-Baby carrots- 60 days to harvest, can withstand light frosts
-Kale- harvest in 30-60 days.
-Radish- fast growing with a peppery flavor that complements soups and salads.
I love these ideas! Add a tranquil space to your yard by implementing any of these designs.
I love the smell of lemons! They make the air smell fresher and cleaner. Plus, lemon trees actually flourish indoors and are fairly easy to grow. Whether you want your own supply of fresh lemonade, you like the smell, or you just want more green in your home, check out these tips by Jamie Butler at JamieButler.com on how to grow your own lemon tree from seeds:
-The outer shell protects the seed, and will keep it from germinating if not removed. Gently peel it off, along with the brown skin covering, with a paring knife.
-Place your baby seeds on top of a damp paper towel and tuck into a clear sandwich bag, and put it in a bright place for a few hours a day to kickstart germination.
-You can plant when the tails are about 1/2 inch long, just enough to root in soil. Place the seed tail down in damp soil and cover over with a shallow bit of soil. If your seed is planted too deep, the growing sprout may never reach sunlight and will die or become stunted. Keep in a warm, sunny window or in a bright place.
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