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Chamomile Tea as a Fungal Remedy

Matricaria_February_2008-1Another great little tip for our gardeners: It’s a little-known fact that chamomile tea has antibacterial and fungicidal properties that will aid plants suffering from fungus and mildew. I often make a simple brew for my sickly plants. Place 16 chamomile tea bags (or 2 cups of dried chamomile flowers) in 2 quarts of water and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the tea bags to steep for several hours. Strain, if using dried flowers. Use the tea to irrigate tender seedlings (from the bottom) to prevent damping off, or use as a foliar spray to battle diseases on plants. Because I never let anything go to waste, I also add leftover tea and used tea bags to my watering can.

-Dianne

Tomato and Pepper Types and Their Uses

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Determinate or Indeterminate? Determinate varieties bear their entire crop at one time, making them a top choice for preserving. Indeterminate varieties have fruit ripening over an extended season, and are likelier to need growing supports such as stakes or cages.

Beefsteak/Slicing – perfect between bread with other sandwich fillings, or on their own, as a classic `mater sandwich! These meaty types also work well for cooking and preserving, and quickly reduce down to a thick sauce.

Salad – these types may not hold together well as slices, but are perfect for cutting into large chunks of juicy tomato goodness for salad tossing. They take longer to thicken when cooked for sauce, but are worth the flavorful results.

Plum/Paste/Sauce – These egg to plum shaped varieties are tasty in salads, but at their best when used for cooking and preserving. They hold their shape well when canned or sliced and break down quickly to a rich sauce when cooked.
Cherry/Grape/Pear – Shaped as their names imply, and very small in size, these are perfect for popping into your mouth or mixing into salads. Excellent roasted whole, as a topping for flatbread or for tossing with pasta and olive oil.

Heirloom – Cherished for their full flavor and interesting shapes and colors, there are heirloom varieties suitable for eating fresh, cooking, or preserving. They are grown from non-hybrid seed, passed down through multiple generations of gardeners. [Read more…]

We Have Fresh Local Eggs!

Local eggs are more nutrticous and delicious than their store bought counter parts. Add some extra flavor to your next breakfast or baking project. Available on a first-come-first serve basis 10246449_10152365839719336_2412129926893038524_n