Now that mid-August is here it's time to start planning your fall garden! Although the timing to plant fall crops varies depending on your climate, now is the time to start preparing your fall starters and gathering your fall crop seeds to plant for an abundant fall harvest. In late summer while filming Back to Eden, Paul Gautschi showed us how he plants his potatoes, garlic, cilantro, spinach, beets, carrots, lettuces, kale, and other fall crops. Paul allows many of these crops to "overwinter" meaning to plant them in the fall and harvest them in the spring. Specifically, he taught us that beets and carrots get sweeter with the cold weather and potatoes and garlic love staying put during the long winter growing season in Back to Eden Gardens.
Where should I get my seeds to plant for my fall garden? This year, many of our trusted heirloom seed suppliers are running completely out of stock of seed for many crop varieties. Shortages in some food and seed supplies are expected to continue this coming year. Fortunately, the Back to Eden Organic Farmers that founded ARK Heirloom Seeds has got us all covered! ARK Heirloom Seeds has worked tirelessly all summer to maintain a high-quality supply of heirloom seeds to provide for the Back to Eden Gardening community. Their kits were specially designed to sustain your food supply in times of food scarcity and disaster, lasting for 10+ years. We have been keeping busy planting their seeds and enjoying their abundant harvest all summer with incredible results! The ARK ALL-IN-ONE SEED KIT includes a wide assortment of seeds for all growing seasons. Growing your own food from seed saves the an average of $3,000 per year in grocery bills!
The seed varieties that are highlighted in green below are good seeds to plant now for your fall garden:
THE ALL-IN-ONE HEIRLOOM SEED KIT INCLUDES: 1200 4‐7 Dry Bean Varieties, 300 Field Corn, 100 Sweet Corn *, 200 Snap Peas, 200 Dry Peas, 100 Butternut Squash, 50 Hubbard Squash, 50 Zucchini Squash, 50 Sugar Pie Pumpkin, 200 Sugar Baby Watermelon, 50 Cantaloupe, 50 Honey Dew Melon, 50 Bell Pepper, 50 Habanero Pepper, 50 Cheyenne Pepper, 1000 Parsnips, 300 Beets, 500 Yellow Onions, 200 Red Onions, 400 Spinach, 500 Radish, 1350 Turnips, 1000 Mustard, 200 Pickling Cucumbers, 50 Eggplant, 900 Curled Kale, 100 Dinosaur Kale, 5000 4 Lettuce Varieties, 500 Arugula, 1000 Broccoli, 1350 Cabbage, 2500 Carrots, 200 Swiss Chard, 200 Brussel Sprouts, 500 Rutabaga, 200 Leeks, 600-800 8 Tomato Varieties, 30,000 16 Varieties of Culinary & Medicinal Herbs
50,000 TOTAL SEEDS!
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Mix the yeast in with the warm water. Add in the mashed potatoes. Add the salt to the flour. Slowly stir in the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Gentle knead together until the dough forms a ball. Do not over knead. Place in a large bowl and cover with a cloth. It should double in size in 30 minutes. Turn it onto a flat floured baking pan and press it into an oval shape about 8 inches long. Decorate however you please. Sprinkle a little salt and pour the oil over the top.
Growing cucumbers in your vegetable garden can be super beneficial to your health. Since they are 95% water, they keep your body hydrated and help regulate the body's inner temperature during those hot summers! They are high in potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. They love the warm summer weather and rich soil so plant accordingly based on your location.
Should you trellis your cucumber plants? Some gardeners swear by using a trellis and others arenât worried about saving space. We are trying both ways this year and donât think there is a right or wrong way! However, it is very important to make sure you donât miss picking a cucumber because your plant wonât continue to produce if one is left on the vine past its due date!
How do you grow a straight cucumber? It is important that your cucumbers are properly pollinated. If they are improperly pollinated they will curl instead of growing straight. Make sure to water the base of the plant, do not water from above! This will keep water out of your blossoms. If you don't have a lot of pollinators, we recommend pollinated by hand. There is both a male and female flower that grows on a cucumber plant. It is easy to take a male flower and pollinate the female flower to insure proper pollination!
How do you harvest a cucumber? Check on your plant daily for your cucumber to grow to the size recommend for its variety. We recommend using a Felco pruning shears to harvest cucumbers. Cucumber plants do not like when you pull on them so the Felco pruning shears is a gentle way to get a clean cut. Make sure to cut the stem, not the vine!
How do you know when an heirloom tomato is ripe? First, you want a deep color and shiny skin. Second, it should be easy to remove from the vine. I always gently tug it from where there is a natural line showing a break in the vine. If it hangs on, it isnât ready. Lastly the smell and taste should be strong of tomato!
Are your tomatoes still green? If you are feeling impatient, do not remove leaves to expose the tomato to the sunlight because that is not how tomatoes ripen. Tomatoes ripen form the inside out. They ripen when lycopene, carotene, and pigments responsible for giving the fruit their typical orange to red appearance is released. This occurs when the temperature is approximately 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenfeit. When temperatures exceed 85 degrees to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the ripening process slows significantly or even stops. The best thing you can do is be patient and wait for optimal temperatures for ripening! It is hard to be patient but it was worth the wait!
Do all tomatoes ripen at the same rate? No! Cherry tomatoes and early varieties ripen at a much quicker rate than larger varieties. So just keep checking on your tomato plants daily to see which tomatoes are ripe!
Once your tomatoes are ripe consider purchasing a GLOBAL Chef Knife so that your sharp knife cuts through your tomatoes skin like butter! Enjoy!
Learn how to preserve your homegrown garden harvest by canning vegetables and fruits at home! Canning is a method to preserve food in jars at high temperatures for a long period of time, killing microorganisms and inactivates enzymes. The heating process removes air from the jar, creating a vacuum seal as food cools. Before getting started, you will need some basic canning tools to make your canning process easy. *Please note: Canning supplies are in high demand right now. Many products keeping running low on stock or are out of stock temporarily.
1. Ball Canning Jars
2. Ball Jar Lifter
3. Canner 20-Quart Stock Pot
5. Best Canning Book
6. Magnetic Lid Wand
7. Canning Weights
8. Easy Fermentation Jar Lids
How to Hand Pollinate Squash for a Superior Harvest
Hand pollinating summer squash is easier than you might think. It's vital to have the flowers pollinated for a productive harvest. Typically this will be done by bees, butterflies, and other insects. However if you are finding that your squash are not growing well, rotting, or falling off small you might have a problem with pollination. The easiest way to pollinate squash plants for having the highest yields is by hand. The first important step is to understand that there are male flowers and female flowers. The male flowers are the ones with the long skinny stems that will not turn into fruit below the flower. Only the female flowers can bear fruit. When you look at the female flowers they should have a small tiny fruit growing below the flower and a stigma inside the center of the flower. You can pick the male flower, peel back the petals and simply touch it to the female stigma a couple of times as if you are brushing paint. Do not remove the female flower. The goal is to transfer some pollen from the male flower onto the female flower, it really is just as easy as that! The positive results you will see in your garden include more fruits per plant and an earlier harvest.
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Zucchini can be such an abundant crop! However, you may start to wonder, what am I going to do with all of this squash!!?? Today we are going to teach you how to make Zucchini Spaghetti! This is a delicious and easy way to use zucchini even when it is very large and may be too tough for other recipes. It is a super healthy alternative to traditional pasta that allows you to bring more garden fresh ingredients to your table!
Top Tools to Create Vegetable Noodles:
This week we are sharing how to increase the nitrogen in your soil by planting legumes! Nitrogen is the one of the most essential natural chemical elements for growing healthy gardens. You will know if your soil is nitrogen deficient if plant leaves turn yellow or their growth is stunted. The most common way of adding nitrogen to soil is fertilizers but did you know that planting legumes can help fix nitrogen in the soil?
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Thousands and thousands of people tuned in yesterday to Paul Gautschi's live interview! It was a wildly successful online event that helped spread Paul's message and the Back to Eden Gardening method even further around the world (people tuned in all the way from Germany)! For those of you who missed Paul's presentation, please order the entire Home Grown Food Summit presentation by The Grow Network. In addition to Paul's exclusive interview, there are a total of 36 presentations that will teach you how to grow your own food!
The other best way to celebrate the Spring Equinox is to start planting and/or preparing to plant seeds in you garden! Remember to purchase non-gmo, organic, heirloom seeds! If you are searching for seed companies, check out Seeds Now. They offer a wide variety of vegetable and fruit seeds that are rated among the most popular in the world!