While kids who help grow vegetables are generally more interested in eating them (according to several studies described here), it doesn’t always happen that way. Tonight at supper, for instance, my two-year-old ate only meat and didn’t touch his squash, okra or green beans. My four-year-old only ate his green beans because I made him [...]
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One industry that’s beating the Great Recession is the business of selling seeds, specifically vegetable seeds. As I’ve written in this blog before, growing numbers of families are starting gardens, learning to grow their own food to save money and eat healthier, more trustworthy fare.
And to grow our own food, we all start with the [...]
If you use pressure canning to preserve fruits and vegetables, don’t forget to take your canner top in for an annual checkup before you start using it this year. Think of it as a pap smear for canners — nobody wants to do it, but it could save your life. Seriously.
If your pressure canner [...]
So the garden’s not a novelty anymore. The kids have helped plant the seeds and maybe even water them a few times, but the new is wearing off. It’s like the new puppy that your kids promise to feed and water every day, and forget about after the first week.
But if you really want [...]
Everyone’s in search of the perfect tomato. Even before vegetable gardening got groovy again, it seemed like just about every other household had a few tomato plants in pots on the back porch. I’ve heard plenty of non-gardeners passionately argue the benefits of Better Boys, Early Girls, or some other favorite tomato variety.
And just as [...]