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1 Simple Tip for Cleaning Salad Greens

1 Simple Tip for Cleaning Salad Greens

How do you clean your freshly harvested salad greens?

Have you ever struggled with cleaning out all of the dirt and bugs from between your lettuces, swiss chard, kale, beet greens, herbs, arugula and any other cuttings? I have!

1 Simple Tip for Cleaning Salad Greens

My Salad Spinner

I used to work between sink, strainer and bowl and back again, rinsing and straining and it would take forever! I would place a large portion of the salad greens in one bowl, fill it with water, lift the greens out and into another bowl, which I would fill with water, lift up and back into the first bowl, to start the process all over again. Then I would use a strainer, then lay out my salad between paper towels to soak up the water. It took forever. At the end of a long and tiring day in the garden, I often left the salad soaking in a bowl overnight, to become stinky by morning. It was a big waste of time and effort!

Now I use one simple tool and it does all the work of straining, rinsing and soaking for me.


Don’t Transplant Your Seedlings, Without Doing This One Critical Step!

Dont Transplant Your Seedlings

You may be thinking, “What’s the big deal? You dig a hole, pop the seedling in, close the hole. Done!”

Sure, the technique of planting is that simple.

However, this simple technique is missing a step.

Watch my video below, where I show you what I do when planting seedlings in the garden.

It’s simple, quick and creates healthier and stronger plants.


The Right Way to Plant Leeks

The Right Way to Plant Leeks

For a beginner gardener, leeks may be a confusing vegetable.

They look like onion seedlings, but they’re not onions. In fact, they’re quite different. They have a thicker and tougher texture. Their blades are thicker as well. If anything, they’re closer in texture to a young garlic, than an onion.

But, how do leeks get that long, white stalk? If you plant a leek in the ground, as you would an onion seedling, you’ll find that most of the stem will be green and too tough to consume.

Watch this video, where I show you the correct way to plant your leek seedlings.

If it’s your first time planting leeks, this method will surprise you.

It’s super easy and quick!


How to Force Rhubarb (Plus Bonus Recipe)

How to Force Rhubarb

I have recently made the most amazing discovery and I’m so excited to share it with you!

Rhubarb has been growing in my garden for over 5 years. I have added several plants since then and have about 7 plants in total. Every year, I’ve had to wait until well into May, in order to harvest it.

However, I’ve found an easy way to speed up its growth. This method produces rhubarb that is a delight to the senses and it’s flavour is sweeter and more tasty than traditionally grown rhubarb.

How would you like to get a head start on your rhubarb plants?

Here’s what I’ve done in order to speed up my rhubarb’s growth. The result is a sweet and tender harvest, unlike any sold in stores or farmers markets. By following this approach, you too will be able to harvest a surprising and delightful rhubarb, that will make you the envy of all your gardening friends and neighbours.


How and Why You Should Prune Pepper Plants

I’ve been growing my vegetables and flowers on top of a fenced-in concrete patio for the past three years. It’s a pretty big learning curve, because I haven’t quite figured out my growing zone yet. I live in zone 6b, but the concrete slab under my patio garden heats things up to similar temperatures as Arizona in summer! Trying to keep everything alive and productive is half of the fun.

Speaking of productive plants, let’s talk about helping pepper plants produce better.

What is the best way to increase productivity in peppers?

How do you fix a leggy pepper plant so it gets bushier and produces a better harvest?