How to Preserve Your Own Peppers

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One of the wonderful things about peppers is the ease in which they can be preserved. Peppers are in abundance at the end of summer and beginning of fall, and usually when you can find them at the market most reasonably priced. If you haven’t been able to grow them yourself they are well worth the money to preserve for later use.Drying – Dehydrating peppers is simple to accomplish and yields such wonderfully concentrated flavors.

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Sunday Roast: Grow Your Own Vegetables [INFOGRAPHIC] #grow #vegetables

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How to Prepare Eggshells for Use in the Garden/Tomatoes

Eggshells are made of calcium carbonate. Tomatoes and vegetables use calcium. Eggshells need to breakdown into a usable form of calcium for garden vegetables and tomatoes.

I discuss this process and how to use vinegar to chemically breakdown the eggshell and  make an available form of calcium. Blossom end rot is associated with calcium issues in tomato plants.

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Jealousy and a Fully Booked Tomato Tart

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My heirloom tomato tart and I have sort of a love hate relationship going on.  It is delicious, ridiculously simple to make and looks like a million bucks…see?

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Grow Your Own Garden with Nourishmat – Kickstarter project


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This grow-your-own garden system is cheaper and requires less time, effort, and space than a traditional garden

So you want to grow your own garden, but you think you don’t have enough time or space in your yard to do it. Nourishmat, an easy-to-use garden grid, allows you to grow your own vegetables, herbs, and flowers in little time and space, and it requires very little effort.

The four-by-six-foot Nourishmat is pre-cut and labeled so that you don’t have to do it. It embraces bio-diversity with 19 different plant varieties, selected for their compatibility, that can be grown on the same mat. The reusable mat comes with 82 seedballs — clay and compost mixtures that contain seeds and protect them from harsh environments and pests — a planting guide that tells you where and when to plant them, and an optional built-in irrigation system. With pre-planted seeds, there’s no need for digging or tilling.

Growing an herb garden is just as easy. The two-by-six-foot Herbmat is based on the same garden system as the Nourishmat. This mat comes with 32 seedballs for planting eight herb varieties.

With these inexpensive gardening systems, you can eat healthy without worrying about where the food came from or if it contains genetically modified ingredients. Not to mention you get the personal satisfaction from growing it yourself.

Both gardening systems are being funded on Kickstarter with a goal of $70,000.

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Kale & Quinoa Patties

Kale & Quinoa Patties

I found a version of this recipe on Pinterest + couldn’t wait to try it as I love quinoa + kale but had never tried them together in a recipe. I made these for dinner the other night and all I have to say is WOW!! They were so unbelievably good that I am now mad at myself for not making them sooner. My husband really enjoyed them too which is always a plus, I know this is going to be added into our dinner recipe rotation for sure this summer!  To make things even easier, I pre-made the quinoa before we went to the gym and then once we got home it was super easy to get dinner on the table which I loved. This is a healthy recipe but loaded with flavors… nuttiness from the quinoa and parmesan cheese, crispness from the spring onions and kale, and a rich buttery flavor…

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