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Need some tips on vegetable and container gardening? If you’ve never tried planting your vegetables in a container than you might want to consider this excellent space saving option!

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Container Gardening

I remember the time when I didn’t have acres of land to work with. It was a challenging bit especially if you want to grow vegetables. If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have considered space as a challenge. So if you don’t have the land but still want to grow a vegetable garden, container gardening is the answer. Get some tips on how to get started here!

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Container Gardening Tips

Gardening in pots and containers is a great way to experiment with garden design. Keep these rules in mind to ensure that your potted plants survive.

Disinfecting your containers

Disinfecting Container

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To avoid bugs and plant diseases make sure all plant containers are clean. Wash containers with soap and water, rinse, and let air dry.

Soil Mix

Bulk Soil

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A good potting soil contains organic nutrients and should be able to drain well and keep the soil at optimum moisture levels.

Filling your container

Packing Peanuts for Container Gardening

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Using filler materials in the bottom of pots require less soil and your plants will still flourish. Materials such as packing peanuts, pop bottles, plastic containers, aluminum cans and other recycled items can be used.

Cover Drain Holes

Cover Drain Holes for Container Gardening

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Place a screen over holes to prevent soil and filler material from draining out.

Simple Vegetable Garden Tips for Your Container Garden

Get your vegetable garden going with these tips:

Simple Vegetable Gardening Tips

A special thanks to Fix.com for these vegetable gardening tips!

Container Garden

Fruits and vegetables that are best suited for container gardens:

Basil

Basil in teacups

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Green beans/ Runner beans
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet corn
  • Turnips
  • Carrots
  • Peppers/Chilis
  • Eggplant
  • Blueberries
  • Green onions
  • Strawberries
  • Parsley
  • Zucchini
  • Basil
  • Radish
  • Cabbage
  • Squash

Fruits and vegetables that are not suited for container gardens:

Pomegranates

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  • Asparagus
  • Pumpkins
  • Rhubarb
  • Pomegranates
  • Fast growing trees

Choosing a Container

In general, plants aren’t affected by container choice.

Should be large enough to hold the plant and have drainage holes.

Containers to Avoid:

  • Terra-cotta

Terracotta pots

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Porous nature of pots means more attention to watering.

  • Dark color

 Dark Color Container

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Absorb heat, making the soil too warm for some plants.

  • Treated wood

Treated Wood Plant Container

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May contain chemical compounds that could be absorbed by plants.

Soil

Look for a soil mix designed for outdoor container gardens.

  • Make your own by mixing equal parts:
    • Peat moss
    • Potting soil
    • Vermiculite, perlite or clean sand
  • Determine how much potting mix you’ll need:
    • 6″ pot = 3 pints
    • 12″ pot = 3 1/2 gallons
    • 20″ pot = 6 1/2 gallons

TIP: Fill the containers to within 1-2 inches of the rim.

Planting

Plant at the same time you would in the garden

Water the container before planting.

  • Soak potting mix completely.
  • Let sit for a few hours to drain excess water.

After planting

  • Water to settle seeds or transplants.
  • Keep soil from drying using mulch with straw, compost, or leaf mold.

Care Tips

  • Place containers in full sun for at least 6 hours a day.
  • If in a cold climate, place plants near a south-facing wall.
  • If in a warm climate, plants may overheat if placed on cement.

Raised Beds

If plant has deep roots, build bed up higher.

Plant Selection

Shallow Rooting (12 – 18″):

Broccoli Planting Tips

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  • Arugula
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Corn
  • Endive
  • Garlic
  • Kohlrabi, Bok Choy
  • Lettuce
  • Onions, Leeks, Chives
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

Medium Rooting (18 – 24″):

Beets

Beets

  • Dry Beans
  • Pole Beans
  • Snap Peas
  • Beets
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Rutabagas
  • Summer Squash
  • Turnips

Deep Rooting (24-36″+):

Artichoke

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  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Lima Beans
  • Okra
  • Parsnips
  • Rhubarb
  • Winter Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

Building a Raised Bed

DIY Raised Flower Bed

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  • Use wood, brick, rocks or cement blocks to frame the beds.
  • Look for naturally rot-resistant wood like cedar, cypress, or locust. Avoid chemically-treated wood.
  • Have long side of the bed face south for equal light exposure.
  • Build narrow beds—about 4 feet wide—to easily reach either side, about 4 feet.

If garden has burrowing pests:

  • A layer of 1/4 or 1/2-inch hardware cloth (galvanized mesh) can be laid across the bottom, before soil is added.
  • Mesh should continue at least 3 inches along the insides of the bed and be stapled in place.
  • Add mesh lower if growing root crops.

Soil

  • Spread the soil evenly across the bed.
  • Water bed with an even, fine spray to settle the soil.
  • Add more soil. Add lots of organic matter like well-rotted manure, compost, and shredded leaves.
  • Mound soil as the organic content increases.
  • For difficult soil, mix trucked-in topsoil, organic matter, and mineral amendments.
  • Rake the bed once more to even out the soil, then plant.

Planting

  • Plants may be spaced close together as fertilizer and manure are more concentrated in the small space.
  • Water immediately after planting.
  • Set stakes or pokes and trellises for tall crops in early spring.
  • May require an irrigation system.

Plant Spacing

1 plant per square foot:

  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Cilantro

4 plant per square foot:

  • Swiss Chard
  • Parsley
  • Potato

9 plant per square foot:

  • Bush Beans
  • Spinach
  • Summer Squash

16 plant per square foot:

  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Radish
  • Small Beets

Raised Bed Gardening Tips:

  • To extend the growing season, place hoops with draped plastic over beds.
  • When harvesting, add compost into the empty space, mix, and replant based on the season.

Garden Plots

Plant Selection

Consider companion planting.

  • Some plants hinder nearby plants by hogging resources.
  • Pairing plants with an adequate companion can increase garden yields.

Guide to Companion Planting:

  • Asparagus

Companions: Tomato, Parsley, Basil

Incompatible: N/A

  • Beans

Companions: Most Herbs & Vegetables

Incompatible: Onion

  • Cabbage

Companions: Aromatic Herbs, Celery, Beets, Onion Family, Chamomile, Spinach, Chard

Incompatible: Strawberries, Tomato, Dill

  • Carrots

Companions: Peas, Lettuce, Onion, Sage, Tomato

Incompatible: Dill

  • Celery

Companions: Nasturtium, Onion, Cabbage, Tomato

Incompatible: N/A

  • Cucumber

Companions: Beans, Peas, Sunflower, Radish

Incompatible: Aromatic Herbs, Potato

  • Lettuce

Companions: Carrots, Radish, Strawberry, Cucumber

Incompatible: N/A

  • Onions

Companions: Beets, Carrot, Lettuce, Cabbage

Incompatible: Beans, Peas

  • Parsley

Companions: Tomato, Asparagus

Incompatible: N/A

  • Peas

Companions: Carrots, Radish, Turnip, Cucumber, Beans

Incompatible: Onion, Potato

  • Potato

Companions: Beans, Cabbage, Horseradish, Marigolds

Incompatible: Sunflower, Cucumber, Tomato

  • Radish

Companions: Peas, Nasturtium, Lettuce, Cucumber

Incompatible: Hyssop

  • Spinach

Companions: Strawberry, Fava Bean

Incompatible: N/A

  • Tomato

Companions: Onion, Marigold, Asparagus, Carrots, Parsley, Cucumber, Basil

Incompatible: Cabbage, Fennel, Potato

  • Turnip

Companions: Peas

Incompatible: Potato

Building a Garden Plot

Garden Plot

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When selecting a location for your plot look for:

  • An area that gets 5 to 6+ hours of direct sunlight daily.
  • A flat spot of land.
  • Mark corners of plot with a stick, rock, or stake.
  • Dig as deep as your shovel will allow.
  • Till the plot multiple times to break up chunks of dirt.
  • Remove unbreakable chunks or rocks with rake.
  • Till repeatedly until soil is fine in texture.
  • Before planting, you should be able to dig down 6 inches with your hands.

Soil

  • Sandy loam is the most desirable soil type.
  • Test for sandy loam by squeezing a handful of soil into a ball; soil should crumble.
  • If soil is sandy or clay based, use comport.

Planting

Good soil, sunshine, and drainage are key for a successful garden,

A 10×10 feet plot can yield a variety of vegetables. Here’s a sample layout:

 Garden Plot Layout

Whether you have ample space for a garden plot or just a sunny window for a container garden, homegrown produce can add a fresh, delicious element to your meals. Get growing and try one of these garden this spring.

What do you think of these gardening tips? Let us know below in the comments!

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NYC Adds Nearly 4,000 People Who Never Tested Positive To Coronavirus Death Tolls

New York City added nearly 4,000 people who never tested positive for the coronavirus to its death toll Tuesday, bringing coronavirus-related deaths in the city to around 10,000 people.

The city decided to add 3,700 people to its death tolls, who they “presumed” to have died from the virus, according to a report from The New York Times. The additions increased the death toll in the U.S. by 17%, according to the Times report, and included people who were suffering from symptoms of the virus, such as intense coughing and a fever.

The report stated that Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided over the weekend to change the way the city is counting deaths.

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How To Make Lacto-Fermented Sauerkraut In A Mason Jar

The thing about homesteading is you get to create your own ingredient right from scratch! Cheese, yogurt, butter and now sauerkraut, a delightfully sour and crunchy ingredient you can use on your meals — or consume by itself — while on a homestead, or while facing this health crisis!

This homemade sauerkraut is a great meal because it has a long shelf life. You can either make plain sauerkraut or mix it with herbs and spices. In this tutorial let us make Lacto-fermented sauerkraut that preserves all the good probiotics in a jar, good for your guts.

So how to make sauerkraut in a mason jar?

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Delicious Sauerkraut Recipe Every Homesteader Should Know

Why Make Sauerkraut?

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Not only does sauerkraut spoil a long time, but it is also a meal in itself, and it is also easy to make! You don’t need to be an expert cook, all you need to do is follow these simple steps.

So let us get started. Here are the steps in making sauerkraut in a mason jar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cabbage or 2 1/2 lbs cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon of salt

Tools Needed:

  • knife
  • bowl
  • mason jar
  • smaller jar
  • rubber band

Step 1: Wash & Clean the Tools & Ingredients



Wash all the equipment and utensils you need. Wash your hands too.

You don’t want to mix your sauerkraut with bad bacteria, anything that is going to make you sick.

Next, remove the faded leaves from your cabbage. Cut off the roots and the parts that don’t seem fresh.

Step 2: Cut the Cabbage Into Quarters & Slice Into Strips



Cut your cabbage into quarters and remove the core. Then, slice it into strips.

Step 3: Place in a Bowl & Sprinkle With Salt



Put the stripped cabbage into a bowl. Sprinkle the cabbage with 1 tablespoon of salt.

TIP: Use canning salt or sea salt. Iodized salt will make it taste different and may not ferment the cabbage.

RELATED: Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Step 4: Massage the Cabbage



Massage the cabbage for five minutes or more to get the juice out.

TIP: You’ll know it’s ready when you see a bit of juice at the bottom of the bowl and will look similar to coleslaw.

Step 5: Press Cabbage Into the Mason Jar



Add the cabbage to the mason jar gradually. Press it in hard to allow the juice to come out. Do this every time you add about a handful of cabbage.

IMPORTANT: Food should be covered by the liquid to promote fermentation. Add any excess liquid from the bowl to the jar.

Step 6: Press a Smaller Jar Into the Mason Jar



You want to squeeze every ounce of that juice from the cabbage. To do this place the mason jar in a bowl and get a smaller jar.

Fill it with water or marble to make it heavy. Press it into the bigger mason jar. Allow any juices to rise to the surface.

Step 7: Cover the Jars With Cloth & Tie With Rubber Band



Leave the small jar on. To keep your jars clean from annoying insects and irritating debris, cover your jars with a clean cloth. Then, use a rubber band to tie the cloth and the jars together, putting them in place.

Step 8: Set Aside & Check Daily

Set it aside in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Check the water level daily. It should always be above the cabbage.

Step 9: Taste Your Sauerkraut & Keep at Cool Temperatures

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After about five days, you can taste your sauerkraut. If the taste is to your liking, tightly cover it with the lid and store in the fridge or cellar.

NOTE: If after five days it’s still not your desired taste, leave it for a few more days. This will allow the fermentation process to continue.

You can now enjoy your sauerkraut in a mason jar. Enjoy its goodness! You can use it as a side dish or mix it with your favorite sandwich.

Things to Remember in Making Sauerkraut

  • Store away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  • Colder weather will make the process longer. Spring is the best time to make them since the warmth helps activate the fermentation.
  • Always make sure that the cabbage is below the water level during the entire fermentation process.
  • If the water level decreases during the fermentation process, you can make a brine and add it.

Let us watch this video from Kristina Seleshanko on how to make delicious Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar!

So there you have it! Making Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar is as easy as slicing the cabbage into strips. Remember that as long it remains unopened, your sauerkraut can last for months. Best of all, you can partner this sauerkraut in many recipes.

What do you think of this homemade recipe? Share your best sauerkraut recipe in the comments section below!

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9 SPRING VEGETABLES FOR YOUR GARDEN

Having plants in the house will bring peace to people. Having a little garden with vegetables is even better! You can grow these vegetables in your backyard garden easily as well!

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In this article:

  1. Tomato
  2. Eggplant
  3. Beet
  4. Spinach
  5. Pea
  6. Carrot
  7. Radish
  8. Cauliflower
  9. Asparagus

Growing veggies in your garden will give you an opportunity to understand what you eat and value it more. Early spring is when most vegetables are being planted. Keep reading to learn about 9 spring vegetables that anyone can grow in their garden!

Tomato

Tomato is the most popular garden vegetable in the States! There are different varieties to choose from. Tomatoes need to be planted in early spring because they won’t survive a frost.

Because tomatoes are consumed daily, try adding them to your garden! They’re not difficult to grow either.

Eggplant

Eggplants are known to have low-calorie, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Plus, they are delicious! So why not plant them in your garden?

Eggplants shouldn’t be planted too early because they won’t be able to survive a frost. So you could consult an expert in your area before you plant your eggplants.

Beets

Beets are known to be a superfood for its various health benefits. They’re easier to grow in the garden, usually around late March or early April.

If the weather is always cool, beets will keep getting bigger and bigger. Once the weather starts to warm up, you’ll need to harvest them, or they’ll go to waste.

Spinach

Spinach is a delicious early spring veggie, and it’s also very beneficial for health. And it’s not difficult to grow spinach in your garden!

Spinach needs cold weather to grow. Getting spinach to grow is easy, but keeping it growing will require some extra care.

Pea

Peas are usually planted in late April. Peas will die in freezing temperatures, but they also won’t survive the heat either. So make sure you plant your peas in early spring.

Peas are widely used in many different ways, and there are different types of peas. The soil you’ll be planting your peas should be suitable for them, so make sure you ask while buying seeds.

Carrot

There are different types of carrots, but regardless of their size and color, it’s a fact that carrots are both delicious and rich in vitamins.

They’re root vegetables, so with proper sun and watering, they can be picked up as baby carrots as well.

Radish

A radish is an excellent option for beginners because it doesn’t require too much care. Radish is easy to harvest.

Radish grows fast, so it’s better to keep an eye on it after a few weeks. Radish usually is grown pest-free, but there’s always the chance of unwanted guests, so watch out for worms. Radish can be eaten raw or can be added to garnish recipes.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower isn’t the easiest vegetable to grow at home, but it is very popular.

Cauliflower grows better in colder weather, so before you plant it, consider the climate of your garden. Cauliflower can be eaten raw or cooked, and it is known to be very beneficial for health.

Asparagus

Freshly picked, tender asparagus is very delicious!

Asparagus plants get more productive with each harvest, and mature asparagus harvest can last for months! Make sure you plant them at the correct time, or else they might go to waste.

All the vegetables listed above are great for your healthy diet, and it’s fun to watch them grow. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to grow your own veggies and eat healthy this spring!

So tell us which veggies will you be growing this spring? Tell us in the comments section!

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