|Garlic bulbettes that are still on the plant.|
|Garlic bulbettes ready for drying that will be planted this fall for next year's crop.|
|Zebrune Shallots picked early this year.|
|Some brassicas are still holding on but many have rotted.|
|This shows our tomato blight last year. Stack Exchange has given us great tips on how to prevent it this year.|
Do you have a question about organic gardening and want some advice from fellow gardeners who have down-to-earth experience and practical solutions? One resource my husband discovered this summer is Garden Stack Exchange. It is an online forum where you can post questions and receive answers about organic gardening from a broad community of gardeners. The answers are then rated by the community and the question asker can select the best answer to a question. Each question that you ask or answer gives you more clout and thus you can build your reputation and your garden skills. Here's an example of a question we asked:
There's even another one for baking/cooking which can prove useful too: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/
To make it easy, you can use your Facebook or Google account to login too.
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Years ago when we started growing our own vegetables, I remember harvesting a bunch of spinach and putting the excess in the refrigerator crisper for the next day. Much to my disappointment, the spinach turned into a limp pile of rubbery leaves the next day. From this experience I learned that farms treat spinach and lettuce with chemicals so they stay crisp and fresh for several weeks at the grocery store. I quickly figured out how to keep our produce just as fresh for weeks at a time without the use of chemicals by storing the produce in a damp cloth bag. Simple! Basically I place washed produce into the damp cloth bag and place the bag in the refrigerator crisper. When the bag becomes dry, I run it under cold water again and wring out the excess water. I use this damp bag method for all of our vegetables including: celery, spinach, lettuce, kale, asparagus and pea pods. I have used this method for years and have kept celery crisp for 2 months easily! This cloth bag has saved us a lot of money over the years.