Saturday, December 20, 2008

Home Canning

To preserve foods by canning two things must be done. First, sufficient heat must be provided to destroy all microscopic life that will cause spoilage in food; and second a perfect seal must be made which will prevent the re-entrance of microorganisms. These problems of preventing spoilage have been practically solved by the improved methods of canning which are explained below.
Only the freshest of fruits and vegetables should be canned. Canning does not improve the taste of the product; it only preserves it for future use.
Methods of Canning
Open Kettle: This method involves cooking the product completely and pouring it into sterilized jars, using sterilized equipment throughout. The jars are then sealed and stored. The open kettle method is recommended only for preserves, pickles, and foods canned in thick syrup. For other foods use the following methods.
Cold Pack: Cold, raw foods are put into jars and covered with boiling-hot syrup, juice of water. (Tomatoes are pressed down in the jar so they are covered with their own juice.) Jars are partially or completely sealed, following manufactures directions. Jars are then processed in boiling water or in steam to simultaneously cook the food and sterilize the jars.
Hot Pack: Fruits and vegetables are preheated before packing causing shrinkage before food goes into jars. This is the preferred method as preheating the food before packing prevents “floating”, (especially with fruits) and assures a full pack. Processing time is also lessened when food is hot-packed.

Some things you may want to do

In survival gardening you don’t always need to have a garden to get the vegetables you need to put up for a season. Most of the time you can get fresh vegetables at stands along the road, provided they are in season, and most grocery stores will carry vegetables that are in season in other parts of the world. Which makes getting ready for any emergency a little bit easier?
Now what you need to do is canning which is my preferred method of preserving food for the winter. You can also freeze most vegetables but if power goes out in an emergency the food will thaw out and spoil. Using the canning process you can also preserve meats for about a year. Actually I look at it like this is enough food to last for one growing season and restock after the next growing season. So I try to finish up eating everything I canned from the last season.
Another way of preserving food is dehydrating. This removes the moisture from vegetables and meats preserving them for several months and the meat is a good source of protein.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tool and Equipment Storage

Tool storage is very important in maintaining your gardening tools. At the end of each growing season your tools and equipment need to be cleaned or put up for the winter, but even more important is having a shed or some place to store these tools and equipment. Having a shed helps with keeping your tools out of the harsh winter weather and it gives you a place to work on your equipment all year long. It also gives you a place to store seeds, potting soil, fertilizers, and pesticides so you don't have to put them in your home.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

After The Harvest

At the end of the growing season when everything in the garden is done this is the time to prepair the soil for the next season. Now is the time to clean out all the plants left in your garden, and Compost them. Next put down a good organic fertilizer and till the soil under to help break down the nutrients. And after you have done this let the ground set for a week or so and then plant rye or clover for ground cover which you can till under in the spring and this will also ad nutrients to the soil. And by next spring your soil will be ready for the next planting.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Save Your Seeds

When saving seed, always harvest from the best. Choose disease-free plants with qualities you desire. Look for the most flavorful vegetables or beauitful flowers. Consider size, harvest time and other characteristics.
Always harvest mature seed. For example, cucumber seeds at the eating stage are not ripe and will not germinate if saved. You must allow the fruit and seed to fully mature. Because seed set reduces the vigor of the plant and discourages further fruit production, wait untill near the end of the season to save fruit for seed.
Seeds are mature or ripe when flowers are faded and dry or have puffy tops. Plants with pods, like beans, are ready when the pods are brown and dry. When seeds are ripe they usually turn from white to cream colored or light brown to dark brown. Collect the seed or fruits when most of the seed is ripe. Do not wait for everything to mature because you may lose most of the seed to birds or animals.
Beans, peas, onions, carrots, corn, most flowers and herb seeds are prepared by a dry method. Allow the seed to mature and dry as long as possible on the plant. Complete the drying process by spreading on a screen in a single layer in a well-ventilated dry location. As the seed dries the chaff or pods can be removed or blown gently away. An alternative method for extremely small or lightweight seed is putting the dry seed heads into paper bags that will catch the seed as it falls out.
Seed contained in fleshy fruits should be cleaned using the wet method. Tomatoes, melons, squash, cucumber and roses are prepared this way. Scoop the seed masses out of the fruit or lightly crush fruits. Put the seed mass and a small amount of warm water in a bucket or jar. Let the mix ferment for two to four days. Stir daily. The fermentation process kills viruses and separates the good seed from the bad seed and fruit pulp. After two to four days, the good viable seeds will sink to the bottom of the container while the pulp and bad seed float. Pour off the pulp, water, bad seed and mold. Spread the good seed on a screen or paper towel to dry.
Seeds must be stored dry. Place in glass jar or envelopes. Make sure you label all the containers or packages with the seed type or variety, and date. Put in the freezer for two days to kill pests. Then store in a cool dry location like a refrigerator. Seed that molds was not completely dry before storage.
Seed viability decreases over time. Parsley, onion, and sweet corn must be used the next year. Most seed should be used within three years.
Seed saving is essential for maintaining unusual or heritage vegetables and flowers. It is a great way to propagate many native plants too.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Ultimate Green House Package

The search is finally over...Get ready to start learning about gardening and growing vegetables and especially tomatoes where it is almost impossible to grow. If you want to start growing or start planning for next spring you will want to pay very close attention to what I have to say below.
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First let me tell you I am not an Gardening guru by any means, I am an average person who found a way to make a some money using the greenhouse I built. I am now sharing my secret greenhouse system with you. I grew up in a lower middle class family where my parents always fought about not having enough money. I knew this was not the way to live and there was a better life out there. So I set out to make my first million, after trying one business after another and failing at everything I tried. Not to mention getting my self in debt way over my head. I decided enough was enough. So I gave up for a short time and worked my 60 hour weeks. Notice I said 60 hour weeks and not 40, well I had piles of debt from trying to start a business so I worked all the overtime I could get my hands on just to try to get my self out of debt.
One day while I was working I came up with an idea on how I can make money growing vegetables. I went home and turned on my computer and decided to explore the possibilities and find the materials I needed to make it. I got so excited from the ideas I had, I decided to use one of my sick days and call off work the following day. I stayed up all night working on putting together this system to grow vegetables, finally at 4 in the morning I had it figured out, and I went to bed. I went to Home Depot that next weekend and started getting everything I needed. I bought the other things I needed that I could not get from Home Depot and that following week everything was ready to go. I built the greenhouse on the following weekend and was able to start growing plants right away because of the time of year it was. After only 2-1/2 months of growing I was able to harvest tomatoes that were fantastic. That first year I produced over 300 lbs of tomatoes in a 12'x24' space.
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Ultimate Green House Package