The Columbia Falls Community Garden – Mid July

It is unbelievable how much a garden can grow in two short weeks.  Take a peek at just a few pictures of our progress.

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Andrew and Lucy have a ripe tomato! Call me jealous!

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OK…and they have this perfect looking little cabbage patch. Precious!!

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A glimpse down my garden rows

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A good looking onion!

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I have so much kale…and so many kale chips to make…
Who has a great recipe for kale chips out there? I’ve tried garlic and sea salt, salt and vinegar, and sriracha.

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Climb, little cukes…climb, climb!

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Some hail damage on the zukes, but they are still producing like crazy. We ate zucchini boat enchiladas last night, and zuke slices sautéed in balsamic vinegar. Yum. What will it be tomorrow? Fritters?

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Again, the hail upset some of the aesthetic qualities of the squash, but not the production!

 

I forgot to take pictures of the cauliflower that I planted thinking they were cabbage (I received them from a friend).  They are gorgeous–bright purple and yellow.  I will add some shots of them tomorrow.  And…since I have never eaten cauliflower, what exactly does one do with it?

I want to thank Jesse and Lauren for making some wonderful signs for the garden.  They look great! For some reason I missed taking a picture of the garlic and onion signs…sidetracked by a garden visitor.  I’ll get it posted tomorrow.

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That’s all for now!

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Why Your Carrots Should Really be Organic

My family eats carrots all the time. My youngest son has to be admonished to stop eating carrots so he will eat the rest of his dinner. We already know that garden carrots are tastier than any carrot available in the store–but we eat them so fast that our garden supply is gone by October. I will need to figure out how to keep carrots through the winter–maybe we can dig a root cellar.

Bottom line…with the amount of carrots we eat, they need to be pesticide-free!

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Why Your Carrots Really Should Be Organic Carrots

The very same reason that makes carrots so nutritious – their ability to absorb up so many nutrients from the soil – is also the reason why they are so good at absorbing up pesticides and even heavy metals from the ground they’re in.

A farmer who was a friend of the family once told me that when they are having trouble growing vegetables in a field, they put carrots in for a season and they’ll absorb up all the ‘crap’ from the ground so other vegetables can grow again. He said these carrots went for stock feed, but I doubt that’s always the case. Ever since then I’ve always bought organic carrots.

Pesticides in Carrots:

I really don’t want to scare off anyone from eating carrots because they’re so healthy, but unfortunately they also tend to absorb pesticides from the soil they are grown in. Peeling will help, as…

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