Types of Peas
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by JP Rodriguez
5d ago
Table of Contents Common Pea Types Chinese Pea Pods or Snow Peas English or Shelling Peas Snap Peas or Sugar Snap Peas FAQ About Types of Peas Belonging to the legume family, the cultivated pea plant (Pisum sativum) is a cool-season crop with an annual lifecycle. The term “peas” often refers to the seeds found in the pods. Botanically speaking, peas are fruits, but they are used as vegetables in culinary applications. Pea pods in grocery stores typically come in green color. Growing peas at home introduces you to cultivars with other colors, like purple and yellow. Plant peas beside your ca ..read more
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6 Reasons You Should Have Flowers in Your Vegetable Garden
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by Wren Everett
1w ago
With self-sufficiency as the someday goal, my first gardening days were purely practical. I browsed through seed catalogs with an iron will, bypassing the flower sections with a steely gaze — and a resolved set to my jaw. I was convinced I didn’t need that flouncy, frivolous, floral frippery in my veggie patch. I was SERIOUS about gardening, after all, and didn’t have time for needless plants. Photo Courtesy of Marrik//Wikimedia Commons Well, I’m older and wiser, and my garden has changed significantly since my flower-free days. I have many varieties of flowers that grow alongside my “practica ..read more
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Medicinal Benefits of Tulsi
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by Elizabeth Buttram
1w ago
Ocimum tenuiflorum also known as tulsi or holy basil, is a popular Ayurvedic herb in India that is commonly used for tea. With “holy” being in one of its common names, you may have correctly concluded this herb is revered as sacred. It grows abundantly in Southeast Asia and has become an essential part of the culture. Tulsi Photo Courtesy of Suparna Sinha//Flickr If you’ve ever traveled to India, you would have quickly realized how important and integral spirituality is to the culture. India is completely immersed in myth and legend, belief and faith, spirituality and worship. From the deities ..read more
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Controlled Burns: Everything You Should Know
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by Elaina Garcia
1w ago
Fire has always been a part of our environment just like water, earth, and air. Believe it or not, fire is one of the most essential natural agents of change because it plays a vital role in maintaining certain ecosystems. Native Americans have understood this and used fire to maintain prairies, keep the ecosystem healthy, and run game animals. Careful and mindful indigenous fire practices are methods still used today. Photo Courtesy of Josh Berendes//Unsplash By safely reducing the amount of brush and trees, controlled burns or prescribed fires can help reduce the catastrophic damage caused b ..read more
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Manual Tools for Off-Grid Land
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by Jaeger Everett
2w ago
Photo Courtesy of Ray Beer//Wikimedia Commons When it comes to living and working on an off-grid homestead, there are a lot of different tasks people need to accomplish. Many of these tasks are in the area of land maintenance. Trust me, if you don’t take care of the land, it will be an overgrown mess in no time flat, and then you will have a problem on your hands. Sure, there are many motor-driven power tools that will make your job easier, but they always seem to stop working or run out of power right when you need them most. Manual tools, though, are always there for you. So here are some of ..read more
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Starfish Snake Plant
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by Emily-Jane Hills Orford
2w ago
“Come see my newest succulent.” My friend greeted me at the door. She is always trying to grow something new, so I wasn’t surprised to be invited (yet again) to study a plant. I followed her to the sunroom and looked where she pointed. “Oh my!” I exclaimed. “That is something, isn’t it? What’s it called?” “It’s a starfish snake plant. I should start a seascape garden. What do you think?” “It certainly fits its name.” I leaned in closely. The cylindrical leaves in variations of light green, poked upright, emerging alternately from a central point at the plant’s base. “The fan shaped leaves do m ..read more
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Types of Corn
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by JP Rodriguez
2w ago
Table of Contents Common Corn Types Dent or Field Corns Flint Corns Flour Corns Popcorn Sweet Corn FAQ About Types of Corn Maize (Zea mays), more popularly known as corn, is one of the most produced cereal or feed grains in the United States (along with barley, oats, and sorghum). In fact, according to the Department of Agriculture, the U.S. is the largest global corn consumer, exporter, and producer. States in heartland regions like Iowa and Illinois are the primary producers of corn. It is a staple culinary ingredient to many cuisines in the world. In Mexico, corn varieties are processed ..read more
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A Guide to Bladed Hand Tools
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by Jaeger Everett
3w ago
Dave Catchpole//Wikimedia Commons On the homestead, there’s a host of different tools that you need. Many of these have at least one blade, and some may look like they are the same tool or close to it. The truth is they might look similar but have completely different uses. And that is the point of this article – to help you understand the different bladed tools on the homestead and how to use them. Axe-Type Tools In this category are those tools that most people would look at and say “That’s an axe.” Most axes are single-bit axes, which means they have one cutting edge. However, there are als ..read more
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Types of Carrots
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by JP Rodriguez
1M ago
Table of Contents Common Carrot Types Chantenay Carrots Danvers Carrots Imperator Carrots Nantes Carrots Other Popular Varieties of Carrots FAQ About Types of Carrots Many carrot cultivars today were domestically developed from the wild carrot (Daucus carota) due to their edible leaves, stems, and taproots. Carrot plays a significant role in many cuisines around the world, building flavors in casseroles, soups, and stews. Similar to celery, coriander, cumin, parsley, and parsnip, the root crop carrot belongs to the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family under the genus Apium. In the kitchen, carro ..read more
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What Is Landrace Gardening?
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by Wren Everett
1M ago
Desert Spirit Culinary Landrace from Wild Mountain Seeds “No. No, no, NO! ARGHHH!” This is typically not the sound you want to hear coming from the squash patch. But I had reached my wit’s end and was throwing a (teeny tiny) hissy fit over my plants (maybe). With a desire for food security and self-sufficiency, I had planted about 30 Hubbard squash plants — a breed renowned for its long storage potential. Visions of fall harvests danced in my head as they sprouted and began to vine across the ground. But then the vine borers came. Then the squash bugs, and then a drought — before I had even se ..read more
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