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An Easy Recipe for Fermented Dill Pickles

An Easy Recipe for Fermented Dill Pickles

As the end of summer approaches, I get excited thinking about preserving my harvest. What can I do with my garden bounty, to feed my friends and family for the rest of the year?

One of my favourite ways to preserve food is through fermentation.

So many foods are fermented, some of them well known and others unexpected. Pickles and sauerkraut are the most common fermented foods. Tofu, coffee and wine are probably the most surprising.

Fermentation is easier to do than most think. The end result is a delicious and healthy preserved food.

Read on for an easy recipe for fermented pickles.

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Video: How to Pollinate Zucchini for a Bigger Harvest

How to Pollinate Zucchini for a Bigger Harvest

When I think of zucchini, I think of abundance. You plant one zucchini plant and it produces so much fruit, that you end up giving it away to family, friends and all your neighbours.

Thanks to changing climatic conditions and a lack of pollinators, zucchini plants aren’t producing as prolifically as they once did.

What does zucchini need in order to produce lots of fruit? Sunshine, heat and regular pollination.

Zucchini is not self-pollinating. It has male and female flowers that require the assistance of bees and bumblebees to fly from male flowers, collect pollen, then disperse the pollen to the pistils of female flowers.

What doesn’t zucchini need? Cool temperatures, persistent rain and absent pollinators.

Unfortunately in today’s conditions, if you’re looking for a bumper zucchini crop, you’ll need to step in and carry out the pollinator’s role.

Watch this video, where I show you how to easily hand pollinate your zucchini plants, in order to have a much larger harvest. All you need is a paintbrush!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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