Post Carden

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Local Harvest

Seeds

Thanks, Christi, for this great site.

Local Harvest lists all the gardening sites in your area.

Fruits, flowers, vegetables, gifts and so much more.

Check it out!

Arminda told me to order black raspberries because they are her favorite, so I just ordered 10 plants!  Ordered from Sharon’s Natural Gardens.  Here’s what it said:

“We were given these plants as a gift when we first moved here in 1978. We never knew what variety they were. They are however, our favorite berry, ripening right after the strawberries are done. They are about the size of a dime. We make raspberry vinegar and wine as well as can the juice and make jellys and syrup with them. We also dry the leaves for teas. They like semi- shade to produce best though will bear too in full sun . They need water when they are fruiting and like a good mulch . No insects or disease have ever bothered them It is best to grow them on a fence, though you can just let them grow into a thicket. We prune in March. They will last generations if you care for them.

All of our seed offerings were grown here. We have been seed savers for 20 years. Our seeds are packaged in original art packets, hand folded with 100% recycled paper. Instructions for growing are not on the packs but are on the listing under seed template. Books on gardening as well as many catalogs carry general information on growing seeds. I am available by e-mail or phone to answer any growing questions as well. You won’t find that service from many sources of seeds . The shipping on our orders also includes the processing and handling charges which is also less or equal to most seed companies. Remember we hand pack each order and drive from the farm to the post office to ship your order. We are not a big seed company, in fact not a company at all. We are homestead gardeners.”

I’m so excited!

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Blueberries, continued!

BlueberriesThank you, Karen Small, for recommending Dab Finch in Stanley, NC, as the resource for blueberries.  I will definitely be going to Sanley!

I love his site!  Wanna go there?  Click on the blueberries above!

UPDATE:  I ordered 5 bushes from Dab Finch and they should be here the week of the 15th.  Woo hoo!!!

BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
1 egg 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk 2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
Beat egg with a fork and stir in milk and oil. Mix dry ingredients. Stir together just until flour is moistened. Batter will be lumpy. Carefully stir in blueberries. Bake in greased muffin cups 20 – 25 minutes at 400°

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Blueberries

Blueberries

I’m going to plant blueberry bushes!  This site has a lot of information about them.

I love blueberries and the bushes seem to be on sale everywhere right now.  They say to have more than one bush so they pollinate.  I think I’ll get 3!

Anyone have any growing?

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Wayside Gardens

Wayside Gardens

Thanks to Ellen Berry for this great link to Wayside Gardens.

So many beautiful webites!

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Is it necessary to buy everything organic?

Thank you, Arminda, for emailing me this link.

Don’t we all just love earthfare?

A Guide to Organics – PART 3 – What To & Not To Buy Organic

Posted by: earthfare | February 19, 2010

Is it necessary to buy everything organic?  Definitely not.  There are many reasons organic is good for you and the earth, but it is definitely okay to choose conventional or local for some produce items, especially when price is a factor.  The Environmental Working Group (EWG)* has been producing the reliable “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides” since 1995.  The produce listed below is based on their research.

MUST buy ORGANIC:

Produce:
The following produce items are the “dirty dozen” because they have the most pesticide residues.  Buy these organic and reduce pesticide consumption by 80%! 

  1. Peach
  2. Apple
  3. Bell Pepper
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarine
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Kale
  9. Lettuce
  10. Grapes (Imported)
  11. Carrot
  12. Pear

Meat:
Buy all-natural or organic meat to avoid antibiotics and hormones.  All-natural and organic also means the animal feed is free of pesticides.

Dairy:
Organic dairy means antibiotic and hormone free.  Organic is a must, especially for kids.

OKAY to buy CONVENTIONAL:

Produce
The produce below has the lowest pesticide residue.  It is okay to buy these conventional:

  1. Onion
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mango
  6. Asparagus
  7. Sweet Peas
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Papaya
  12. Watermelon
  13. Broccoli
  14. Tomato
  15. Sweet Potato

Whatever you decide works for you and your family, it is most important to consume at least 5 fruits and vegetables per day! How do you and your family make sure to get enough fruits & vegetables?

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How to Create a 4×4 Garden

4x4 Fram GridThanks for sending this site, Mimi.  I am going to try to follow a lot of it, like the dates of when to plant the first crop, then later to plant something else.  Have you done that before?

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