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Dirty Dozen vs Clean Fifteen

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These days everyone urges you eat more fruit and vegetables to improve your health and well-being but if you don’t want to consume a chemical cocktail of at least 47 different additives, memorize and try to avoid the items below if they are non-organic:

The “Dirty Dozen”
Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Domestic blueberries
Nectarines
Sweet Bell peppers
Spinach, kale, collard greens
Cherries
Potatoes
Imported grapes
Lettuce

You’ll be safer buying these fruits and vegetables even if they are non-organic:

“The Clean Fifteen”
Onions
Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Mango
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Kiwi fruit
Cabbage
Eggplant
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet potatoes
Sweet onions

Always wash fruits and vegetables but understand washing will reduce the amount of pesticides that may remain, not eliminate them.

If it not on the list, a helpful rule of thumb may be buy produce that has thicker skin. When pealed it will have provided a better layer of protection.

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Tomato Diaries-Baking Soda

tomato 2Home grown tomatoes are sweeter than those you buy in stores. Even the vine ripened ones can’t compare to the sweetness of tomatoes you grow yourself. To get the sweetest tomatoes each year use baking soda.

Sprinkle less than 1/4 cup per plant on the soil around your tomato plants. Don’t get the soda on the plant itself.  Sprinkle the baking soda on the soil when the tomatoes are about 1 inch in diameter and then again when they are about half grown. Or you can use 1 tsp in a gallon of water and water the plants.

The baking soda lowers the acidity levels in the soil. This will make your tomatoes more sweet than tart.  Test one plant before you try it on all your tomatoes. Be careful with young tomato plants. Have you tested your soil this year? If your soil is already alkaline, you could alter it too much by adding too much baking soda.

Use can also use baking soda to make an organic spray to treat tomato fungal disease. Combine 1 gallon of water with 1 tbsp of baking soda and 2 1/2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a spray bottle. Stir and add 1/2 tsp of Dawn or castile soap.  Spray the solution on the foliage of the plants until the fungal disease disappears.

You can also sweeten canned tomatoes when making sauce without adding sugar.

Tomato Diaries-Baking Soda

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15 Shade Tolerant Vegetables

Make the most of your shady garden space with these 15 shade tolerant vegetables. All they require is four hours of sunlight a day, or even less!
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Tomato Pruning

The Tomato Diaries

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Most plants will require some pruning during the growing season. A plant that’s pruned of excess growth is more likely to direct its energies to producing flowers and fruit more quickly, and the results will usually be larger than otherwise. Furthermore, the leaves of a pruned and supported plant dry faster, so they’re less susceptible to pathogens like bacteria and fungus. The leaves also tend to be denser, which protect fruit more effectively. This is especially true for tomatoes.

Prune only when the foliage is dry; that is, avoid pruning early in the morning when plants have dew, or after rainfall. In particular, check for discolored and damaged or diseased stems and leaves; prune out the unhealthy growth, and tend to any pests you discover immediately. Always prune flush with the stem, if possible. For tomatoes, look for the stems that grow between the main stem and another branch. These are “suckers” and should be removed. Support your tomatoes. They will benefit from it and you will get more tomatoes if you keep them off the ground. Also, clip the lower stems as they likely won’t produce fruit and, if there is any, it will be more susceptible to fungus and bacteria from dirt splashed up when you water. If you want to limit the height of the plant, pinch back the top as it reaches the desired height.

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Cucumbers

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Green Tips!

Nutrition Content of Eggs

One extra large egg (whole with the yolk) contains:

  • 80 calories
  • 5.8g fat
  • 1.8g saturated fat
  • 216mg cholesterol
  • 80mg sodium
  • .4g carbohydrate
  • 0g fiber
  • 4g sugar
  • 7.3g protein
Aside from saturated fat, the yolk of the egg is actually nutrient dense, containing vitamin D, essential fatty acids, and protein. Eggs are naturally low in carbohydrate too.

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