Growing Your Own Vegetables

March 29, 2011 by  
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Starting your own vegetable garden is not has hard as it seems.

First start looking around your yard and decide where the best place to put your garden would grow best. You can grow a vegetable garden in your yard, or on your back deck, does not matter. The most common place for first timers to start a vegetable garden is in raised garden beds. Raised garden beds are above the ground and can be easily adapted to any surface, rather in the yard or on your deck. Garden beds are easy to make, you can use wood to make a box, or an old small plastic swimming pool with small holes in the bottom for drainage.

Make sure the area you choose gets good sunlight. Put markers out where you will be putting your vegetable garden, so you know how much room you will have for the new adventure you are about to undertake. Your area should be square due to the fact they are easier to maintain than a rectangular one. If you are making your garden bed out of wood, do not use treated wood, the chemicals in the wood will leak out into your food.

Before you put soil in your garden box, line the bottom with pine straws or hay as this will help with the drainage of the water through the soil.

Next begin to make compost out of your scraps, this will help feed your vegetables and help them grow.

If you do not have a compost pile yet that is fine, buy a good composted soil mix. Manure based soils work the best because they do not have too much alkaline in them and are safe for you to eat, organic mixes are even better to use.

When you begin to fill your garden boxes, leave a path so you can get to your vegetables easily, to tend to them. Do not put the plants frrther than three feet away from where you can reach to be able to care for them.

Third you can start to plant your vegetables. A good start would be to place seedlings. Seedlings spread their roots quickly and take hold. You will want to plant them close to one another, but be careful not too close or they will choke each other out. If there is not much room between the plants, their will be less room for weeds to grow and kill your vegetables.

Lastly you will want to water your vegetables well althroughout the growing season. Then, sit back and enjoy your new home grown vegetables, something you can be proud of.

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Vegetable Gardening

March 29, 2011 by  
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Many people would love to start vegetable gardening, but they are unsure of how to begin. These easy tips give you the basic information needed to start your own vegetable garden, no matter what your level of experience is.

The first decision you must make is what kind of vegetables you wish to grow, and where you will grow them. A family of three or four people can be fed easily with a 16×20 foot plot, but if you’re new to gardening, it might be best to start with something a little less ambitious. A small bed, or even some containers, can give you the experience you need to go all out the next summer. It’s best to draw your plans before you start to plant. Grow the veggies your family enjoys, and stick with things that are fairly easy to grow. Tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, and lettuce are all pretty friendly for new gardeners. Hit your local garden center and do some research before you make any decisions; the employees there will be knowledgeable about what grows well in your area, and they can point you in the right direction for success.

Once you’ve determined what you want to plant, you must decide where to plant them. A happy garden is a garden with at least eight full hours of sunshine a day. This can determine where you end up planting your garden if your yard has a lot of trees. You should also be sure that your garden has adequate protection from the wind, such as a fence or a nearby building. Your water source should be near the garden, too, so that you can be sure that you can easily water your vegetables when necessary. The condition of the soil is another important consideration before you start planting. You need good, healthy soil that has been properly tilled before you start gardening. The addition of manure or compost is always helpful, and it can improve your soil’s fertility, texture, and drainage. Once your soil is prepared, you can start to plant. The tallest crops should go to the back of the garden, and the smaller ones at the front. The rows should be planted north to south, and you should grant the garden ample spacing, generally 2-3 feet between rows. Your garden center can provide information about when it’s best to plant your crops.

Once the planting is done, all that’s left is the maintenance. You should water the garden frequently, a minimum of once a week. Weed the garden regularly, and add mulch to retain moisture. When your vegetables begin to ripen, pick them frequently to increase production. You will enjoy eating the fruits of your labor!

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Time-Tested Tricks for Vegetable Gardening

March 29, 2011 by  
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With today’s modern, chemically-induced food production, it seems an intelligent choice to refer to past lessons -learned for advice when it comes time to grow your own vegetables. Here are some time-tested tricks that will help make your garden a productive, safe source of food for your family:

1. Use compost or chicken manure to fertilize your garden. Horse manure will grow more weeds than plants. Horses do not digest seeds.

2. If you live in states with a short growing season and a late spring, start your vegetables by seed indoors in the early spring, then transplant when the danger of frost has passed. This allows you to enjoy vegetables with longer growing seasons.

3. Plant marigolds between tomato plants. True marigolds, not the hybrid brands, have a smell that turns tomato worms away.

4. Plant different varieties of tomatoes. Romas have less seeds and are good for canning sauces, cherry tomatoes are good for salads and snacks, beefsteak tomatoes are great for summer sandwiches.

5. Plant root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, radishes, onions and leaf lettuce in heavy groups, then thin out the plants as they grow larger. Make sure your root vegetables are planted in loose soil with good drainage. Soil composed of hard clay will only rot the seedlings and prevent adequate growth of the roots.

6. If you decide to plant seed potatoes, cut up potatoes that have been grown in a garden. Make sure each piece you plant has an eye from the original potato as that is where the root plant will grow. Store- bought potatoes have been treated with growth inhibitor and will not grow as successfully.

7. To help keep animals out of your new garden, and prevent them from eating the plants before you have a chance to harvest them, put pieces of hose out between the plantings. Rabbits and other small rodents think the hose pieces are snakes and will hesitate to enter the area. Shavings of bar soap and cuttings of human hair sprinkled lightly around the outside of the garden will deter deer.

8. Certain weeds and wild plants which grow in your particular part of the country are not only invasive by producing millions of seeds and more weeds, but some of those plants’ excretions can poison the soil. Weed your garden regularly and keep those plants out of the dirt around your growing vegetables.

9. After you’ve had a year to experience your new garden and you decide you want to do it all again the following year, remember where you planted each kind of vegetable and make sure you don’t repeat the same planting pattern. Different nutrients are taken from the soil for different types of plants. If it’s there, insects like squash beetles will come back to the same food source year after year.

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A healthy breakfast, full of nutrients

June 19, 2010 by  
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A healthy breakfast, full of nutrients, is everything we need to start the day full of energy. But routine, rush, diet, stress, lack of appetite in the morning is always an obstacle in achieving this goal – a healthy meal to start the day.

Benefits of a substantial breakfast. Studies that examined the eating habits shows that the breakfast, taken regularly, has a number of benefits on your body:

Reduce the risk of obesity and cholesterol;
Decreases insulin resistance (a condition that may increase risk of diabetes and heart disease);
Improves performance in terms of tasks that require memory;
Minimize desire to take snacks between meals or excessive eating for the rest of the day;
Assist in the assimilation of nutrients that are rarely supplemented by other meals of the day;
Help to improve school performance in children and the professional performance in adults.

Although, as appears at first sight, if you skip breakfast also means getting rid of a number of calories, the statistics suggests something else. In a study by American researchers showed that approximately 90% of 3,000 adults who have lost 15 pounds and have maintained their weight for a period longer than one year reported that they ate breakfast almost every day.

Regarding the breakfast, not compromising the quality!

You must think of breakfast as the best opportunity to gain vitamins and minerals in fruits, vegetables and grains are recommended for optimum health. In addition, experts recommend that adults to consume 21-38 grams of fiber per day. This is a challenge for those who opt for a low-fiber breakfast

Seeds, fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts are the best sources of fiber. Foods with high fiber intake have the great advantage to combat the need to eat snacks before lunch, creating a feeling of saturation. Also, if you add protein such as seafood, low-fat dairy, skinless chicken or eggs, you have a “weapon” in your fight against the hunger between meals …

Here are some tips:

The combination of fruit with low-fat cheese are always very appropriate – for example, you can get sandwiches with cheese and sliced peaches, compote.

A low-fat yogurt or milk with cereal, dried fruit and nuts, is a tasty breakfast.

Vegetables with a hard boiled egg and a weak sauce.

A bowl of vegetable soup and graham crackers or bread.

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The Benefits of Antioxidants

July 25, 2009 by  
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As you age, your body “corrodes,” just as a car does when it rusts. However, antioxidants, which are naturally occurring nutrients found in certain fruits and vegetables have bee shown to be practically “anti aging.” Antioxidants provide this anti aging benefit because they protect against degenerative disease and slow down the aging process of your skin, cells, tissues, and organs by protecting human cells from oxidative damage, which is like metal rusting. Antioxidants have been shown to increase immune resistance to flues, viruses, and infections, reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, and help prevent glaucoma and macular degeneration. Antioxidants in food often include vitamins A, C, and E, as well as selenium, zinc, and phytonutrient carotenoids.

Foods rich in antioxidants include vegetables including broccoli, spinach, greens, brussels sprouts, beets, red peppers, carrots, and tomatoes, as well as fruits including berries, oranges, pink grapefruit, apricots, plums, peaches, red grapes, and papaya. However, the problem is that many people do not eat enough of these fruits and vegetables, sometimes not at all. That is why there are also many nutrient supplements on the market that are focused on providing antioxidants to the body.

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