Freezing, drying and canning are options for long-term storage of freshly harvested vegetables, but what are the best ways to store produce for a few days or weeks? The Ecology Center at Berkeley Farmers’ Markets in California offers these environmentally responsible (no plastic wraps or disposable containers) suggestions. Beans, shelling Open container in fridge. Beets … [Read more...] about 18 vegetables and how to store them
How to plan a vegetable garden
Everything you need to know about starting a new vegetable garden Who doesn’t enjoy just-picked, homegrown vegetables? Growing a variety of edibles is one of the many joys of gardening, and a good way to make sure your family is getting plenty of fresh produce on their plates. If you’re new to gardening or new to veggie growing, this Garden Know How will help you plan and … [Read more...] about How to plan a vegetable garden
Why are some of my carrots rotting?
Question from Bob in Creston, B.C. I store carrots in slightly dampened peat moss in a cool (15°C) basement. Some of them are rotting. What’s causing this? An expert's reply: We asked Niki Jabbour of Nova Scotia, an expert at savvygardening.com and author of Groundbreaking Food Gardens and The Year Round Vegetable Gardener, for her advice about carrots … [Read more...] about Why are some of my carrots rotting?
‘Fooled You’, too
Recently, I wrote about ‘Sangria’ edible ornamental peppers, a small container hybrid with the mouth-burning capsaicin bred out, leaving tasty sweet flesh. Well, it wasn’t a singular idea, and now I’ve found ‘Fooled You’ hybrid Jalapeno peppers (damseeds.com), full of that variety’s characteristic flavour, minus the heat. Tissue-burning capsaicinoid compounds are … [Read more...] about ‘Fooled You’, too
Chantenay carrots go to school
Recently, I was watching a young British television chef known for his irreverent style and “brilliant” food (you know who I mean), and he was cooking up some glazed Chantenay carrots. These carrots are short and stubby, about six inches (15 cm) long, and 2 1/2 inches (6 cm) wide at the shoulder. Chantenays are good for growing in rocky ground because their flesh is … [Read more...] about Chantenay carrots go to school