Spring to Fall Gardening, Elderberries, Natural Ant Control,High Heat Turkey Roasting,Scythe YCH #61

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Today I talk about:

 Elderberries – Many uses, growing conditions, recipies, and propagation.

My elderberries a exploding into dark blue deliciousness.  I talk all about the elderberry plant and leave some links below if you are hungry for more:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/elderberry-recipes-zmaz73jazraw.aspx#axzz38iG5LU8c

http://honest-food.net/2012/08/19/elderberry-wine-recipe/

http://www.garden.org/ediblelandscaping/?page=july_elderberry

http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/mfruit/elderberries.html

http://gardenmama.com/article.aspx?aid=310

Do YOU grow elderberries?  Or have YOU ever used them?  I would love to know!

 

My Winemaking Experience and New Ideas

I made some wine in 1997.  I made strawberry and peach wine.  I found 2 bottles in my closet.   I started a new batch now.

I talk about it on the podcast.

Do YOU make wine or have made wine? Tell me about it!

High Heat Turkey Roasting

I have roasted a couple of turkeys this way now and am very pleased with the results.

It kind of goes against everything you may have been taught.  But, the results are delicious.

Add brining to this method and it is even better!

Have YOU tried this?

Natural Ant Control VS Poisoning Pets

So I made my natural ant killer and my beloved Yorkie got it and decided it was a chew toy. I tell you what happened on the podcast.

Here is a link for Natural Ant Control:  http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/blogs/13-natural-remedies-for-the-ant-invasion

How do YOU control ants?

Spring/Summer Garden Coming to An End

A few of my plants are dying out now and others here say their garden is done.  Temps are in the upper 90’s and 100’s with high humidity. Some of the plants are looking as miserable as I feel outside.  What to do when you don’t want the fun to end?

What are YOUR thoughts?

Fall Gardening Plans

The answer to the above question is of course a fall garden.  I talk about some plants good for the south.  Please chime in with your ideas.

http://statebystategardening.com/state.php/newsletters/stories/fall_and_winter_veggie_gardening_in_the_south/

Do YOU have any Fall Garden plants?

What I learned, and Changes I will Make

I give the low down on what I learned this year.

What did YOU learn?

What The Heck Is a Scythe?

I ordered a scythe and am too excited.  Can this old woman swing it?  We shall see!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mqFl86BOck

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BMI9C672xQ

Do YOU own a scythe?  What are YOUR thoughts on it?

Sumac, Water Hyacinth, Sweet Potato Vine for Food YCH #58

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SUMAC:

     I remember a while back reading about a plant that tasted like lemons.  I knew it wasn’t a mint or lemon balm.  But I knew I had read about a substitute for lemons.  I am in zone 8.  Maybe I could raise a small lemon tree (along with my lime and kumquats); but how many lemons could I get from that?  Not enough.  So I set out to find a lemony plant for seasoning and lemonade!  Now the only sumac I have heard of is poison sumac;  eeek – related to poison ivy.  Being highly allergic to poison ivy I was very skeptical.  But after a little Google  searching, I came upon Green Dean’s site (You know “Eat The Weeds”).  He has a wonderful video on sumac.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPH-IDwVmrM

http://www.motherearthliving.com/health-and-wellness/natural-healing-snack-on-sumac-berries.aspx#axzz35guV9vTG

http://www.aihd.ku.edu/foods/smooth_sumac.html

 

  But the fun doesn’t stop there.  Sumac is actually used as a seasoning in Middle Eastern foods. 

Sumac can also be used in place of candle wax for smokeless candles, as a dye and tanning agent, to make smoke in a beekeepers smoker.

It also has medicinal properties

And miscellaneous uses

Eating Sweet Potato Leaves and Vines:

Are you kidding me?  Nope, When we lived in Hawaii we made a nice salad.  I picked the shoots and dropped them in boiling water for a few seconds.  Then plunged them in cold water.  We then mixed them with tomato, sweet onion (like Georgia Vidalia or Maui Sweet Onion) and a little Patis (fermented fish seasoning – really!)

http://foodtech.uonbi.ac.ke/node/1164

 

 http://marcsala.blogspot.com/2006/06/unusual-greens-part-3.html

 

Water Hyacinth:

Invasive plant that destroys Florida’s waterways.  But I will talk about easy ways to control it and use it as a great benefit!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1kkn5Sz4MI

 

 

 

 

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Plants for Edible Water Gardens, Spring Fever, Jiaogulan, Beansprouts YCH# 52

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  • Edible Water Gardens Can Be:

  • Natural Ponds
  • Artificial Ponds
  • Aquaponics Systems

Natural ponds have the advantage that you could grow colonies op plants.  Be careful not to introduce non native, invasive species into ponds that can spread to greater waterways. Artificial ponds can be anything from a container that holds a few plants in water, to a kiddie pool, to a larger pond with a liner with different heights and waterfalls.  These could be very easy to set up and easy to maintain. Aquaponics Systems grow fish and plants together. The advantage is the fish feed the fish can be harvested for eating.

Aquatic Plants Grow at Different Depths:

Marginal Plants: Don’t have to be in the water; but like wet soil. Good for the ponds edge.

  • Achira (Canna edulis)
  • Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)
  • Belembe, tannier  (Xanthosoma brasilense)
  • Cranebrake bamboo  (Arundinaria gigantean)
  • Chufa  (Cyperus esculentus)
  • Daylily  (Hemerocallis fulva)
  • Fuki ( Petacites japonicaus)
  • Groundnuts  (Apios Americana)
  •  Ostrich Fern  (Matteucia struthiopteris)
  • Ramps  (Allium tricoccum)
  • Skirret  (Sium sisarum)
  • Taro (Colocasia esculenta)
  • Wasabi  (Wasabi japonica)
  • Water celery  (Oenanthe sarmentosa)
  • Water mimosa  (Neptunia oleracea)
  • Water Mint (Mentha aqautica)
  • Water spinach  (Ipomoea aquatic)
  • Watercress  (Nasturcium officiale)
  • Wild rice (fritillaria camshatcenussi)

Emergent Aquatics:  Grow underwater and send leaves up above the surface. For shallow water 3-4 inches deep:

  • Taro   (Colocasia esculenta)
  • Violet stem taro   (Colocasia esculenta)
  • Water chestnut  (Eleocharis dulcis)
  • Licorice flag (Acorus gramineus)  can be grown in bog or shallow water
  • Tsi  (Houttuynia cordata) can be grown in bog or shallow water

For deeper water – 2 ft.

  • Water lotus  (Nelumbo mucifera)
  • Arrowhead  (Saggitaria spp.)
  • Cattails (Typha spp.)
  • Pickerel rush  (Pontederia cordats)

Floating Aquatics: Grow on the surface of the water.  They provide shade and prevent algae from growing.

  • Water mimosa  (Neptunia oleracea)
  • Duckweeds  (Lemma spp.)
  • Water meal  (Wolfia spp.)
  • Asian water meal  (Wolfia globosa)
  • Azola  (Azola spp)

Emergent Floaters:  Grow as floating mats or in partially submerged pots.

  • Water celery  (Oenanthe sarmentosa)
  • Water spinach  (Ipomoea aquatic)
  • Watercress  (Nasturcium officiale)

Submerged Aquatics:  Grow mostly underwater and help prevent algae by using up dissolved nutrients.

  • Coontail (Ceratophyllum demersum)
  • Whorl leaved water milfoil (Myriophyllum verticillanum)
  • Sago pondweed (Stuckenia pectinatus)
  • Eelgrass (Vallisneria Americana)

 

Link for Jiaogulan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5DwcnZ8XYk

Raising Meat Rabbits on Forage, Fall Gardening, Repairing and Building Computers YCH#34

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Some ideas for forage for meat production rabbits.

from Rise and Shine

Know you poisonous and edible plants.

http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.echocommunity.org/resource/collection/E66CDFDB-0A0D-4DDE-8AB1-74D9D8C3EDD4/Tropical_Rabbit_Production.pdf

Make sure they get enough protein with foods like alfalfa, comfrey, or sweet potato vine.

http://appenzellfarm.com/apzl/Rabbits.html

Ideas and links for your fall garden.

http://www.thevegetablegarden.info/

My computer graveyard.  Ideas on repairing or building simple system

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL3AM0zIdJU

 

Fall Gardening, Tomatoes in Buckets, Comfrey – Beneficial Use and How to Grow It YCH#32

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GROW TOMATOES IN BUCKETS FOR A LONGER SEASON AND

HEALTHIER PLANTS

 COMFREY; IT’S MAY BENEFICIAL USES AND HOW TO GROW IT

YCH#32

Why in the world would one grow tomatoes in buckets one may ask.  Well, here’s the thing.  In my area we have had about 40 inches of rain this year and today is only July 27, 2013.  Normally SW GA. is a great place for growing tomatoes (my favorite garden veggie).  This year however; I have beautiful plants with a lot of rotting fruit.  Tomatoes are a desert plant and don’t do well if too wet.  I was thinking about this problem and remembered one year, because of time constraints, I grew a container garden.  I had the best tomatoes and peppers ever that year.  I grew them in five gallon buckets and earth boxes.  Looking at my drowning tomatoes, I thought I will just root some of those healthy looking branches into a bucket and see what happens.  The more I ponder this idea, the more I liked it… and so the research began.

The benefits of growing vegetables in containers are:

  • More control over the plants when the weather is bad.  As mentioned previously my reason is to dry the plants out some.  They could also be put in an area to receive more water.  Maybe a small area with misters.  If plants need shade from the sun it an be more easily accomplished with small screens, or by moving them to a different area.  When the cold weather comes they can be kept warm with a little staking and plastic sheeting.
  • Prevent diseases and pests such as blight, blossom end rot, nematodes, etc.  Plants can also be easily covered with row cover material to keep out pests.
  • Save garden space.  Tomatoes take up a LOT of space.  If grown in pots, that space can grow more veggies.
  • Protect from critters.  Little critters would be less likely to attack when they can’t hide as well.
  • No or minimal weeding.
  • They can be set at a more ergonomic height.  People with bad backs or in wheel chairs would have a much easier time gardening.
  • They can be moved on a patio or close to the house for closer monitoring.
  • More veggies can be grown in a smaller space by arranging pots in a small area such as a patio.
  • Multiple pots can be arranged for beauty. 
  • Kids can have their own  little pots and will more readily eat what they grow.

Procedure For Growing Tomatoes In Buckets

  • First the BIGGER the BETTER.  Tomatoes like a lot of room.  Small “jellybean”   type tomatoes may be grown in a 1ft square area, but a 2 ft square is better and a five gallon bucket is even better.  Other plant of course can be grown in smaller containers.  Grow bags can also be used.  But don’t use a pot so large you are unable to move it.
  • Healthy soil is needed.  Tomatoes are heavy feeders.  Peat moss or organic mulch can help retain moisture.  The soil can be amended with compost, compost tea, manure, fish emulsion, kelp, etc. to feed those hungry tomatoes.
  • Plant deep and stake.  Plants can be buried right up to the first set of leaves.  When you first plant them, go ahead and put in a stake or basket to support them or they will get ahead of you.  The right kind of support system can also be used as a support for a row cover or plastic sheeting.
  • Place in a sunny area.  8 hrs a day is great, 6 hours will do if full sun.  Light can be amended with artificial lighting.
  • Tomatoes will need consistent watering as they can be drowned with too much and perform poorly with too little. 
  • Don’t grow “upside down”.  It is unnatural and doesn’t hold water well.
  • Choose varieties you like.  Don’t worry if they are determinate or indeterminate.  If they start sprawling too much, they can be pruned and even used as starters for new plants.

If a large pot is used, companion plants can be planted alongside the tomatoes.  If a 5 gallon bucket or smaller is used companion plants can still be in other pots.  This could be a good thing to attract beneficial insects or for beauty.

I also talk about all the benefits and how to grow Comfrey.

Here is the link to all the information on comfrey: http://www.coescomfrey.com/comfrey.html

and their free brochre: http://www.coescomfrey.com/downloads.html

Here is where I bought mine:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/111108395866?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

 

 

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