Gardening Info-Canning Vegetables

Most gardeners are the type who raise food for a family of 38 people. Since most families aren’t that large, many gardeners turn towards anyone who has a pulse to take their vegetables. It seems a shame to let them go to waste, but the human body is only capable of ingesting a certain number of cucumbers no matter what type of sauces you dip them into. Fortunately, gardeners have an option for their harvest. They are able to can most of the extra food they brought out from their garden. Canning is a method of preserving food naturally in glass jars so that it can be eaten months down the road. This article serves to give you the basic idea of canning. There are other articles to walk you through the processes of canning.

Proper storage actually begins with the harvest and knowing what the right time is to bring in a crop. Some vegetables are not as crucial, while others have to be picked at just the right time. This is a matter of knowing your crop. If you don’t know, check the Internet, books, or a gardening neighbor. Don’t be afraid to ask and make sure that you are right.

Once you have brought in your boxes, bags, and buckets full of vegetables, it is time to try to preserve them. If it starts to seem like too much work just imagine sitting together in the dead of winter enjoying home grown produce. You have the added benefit of having it on hand and not having to trek to the store. People from Florida may not consider that a great deal, but the North Daktoans would have some great things to say about being able to stay indoors during the month of December.

Canning is a simple process and just about anyone can do it. If you have problems, there is almost always somebody close by who has done at least some canning before. Never be afraid to ask for help. The good news is that you are dealing with gardeners who tend to be nurturers anyway. Most of them live to help people.

There are two ways to can. Both of them work on the same principle. You heat the food enough to kill the bacteria that cause food to spoil. You also force the extra air out of the jar. Once the jar cools, it forms a vacuum seal (airless) and keeps those bacteria from growing again. Food can keep for years with this method, letting you enjoy the fruits – and vegetables – of your labors long after the harvest.

The first method is a boiling water canner. This is an older method where a jar is placed in the boiling water and capped. It was mostly used to make pickles and to can fruit. Fruits contain citric acid – as well as other acids – that prevent the bacteria from growing. However, it is not used to can vegetables now because it does not heat up enough to kill the bacteria.

The second method is a pressure canner where the lid locks tightly onto the jar and high temperatures can be reached quickly. It’s much more “high-tech,” but its also safer for you and your family.

Whichever method you use for canning, as long as you take the proper precautions, you and your family should be able to enjoy your hard-worked garden harvest for years afterwards.

GROWING RED PALM MADE EASY

The red palm is the most attractive of the Palmaceae family and favorite for landscaping and potted decorative plant because of its bright red color that adds it attractiveness.

A native of Indonesia red palm is actually growing in lowland areas submerged in water bordering tidal rivers. It only shows that they thrives best when the place is abundant with moisture and humidity.

Red palm grows successfully in acidic soil (pH 5 or less), where it produces an intense bright red color. It has also the clustering habit producing numerous suckers from the base of the plant and developed into a big clump.

The leaf bases which wrap around the stem are an exotic crimson. The red color extends to the leafstalk that bears the leaflets.

How to propagate Red Palm

Propagating red palm needs your skill to do it because it is a delicate plant. Home gardeners usually fails since they don’t know the proper way to separate the suckers from the mother plant.

However, the most practical way of propagating red palm is by division where the plant is grown in a size 12 pot using a very loose growing soil medium.

When you see lot of suckers with roots of their own, you have to take them out from the pot and shake off some loose soil that stick to the roots.

Separate the suckers carefully with sufficient roots then plant individually in pots with a porous soil. Place the newly potted plants in a cool shaded area and keep them moist.

After a couple of weeks from the shade when they are already fully well established you can transfer them to a place where they can be exposed to the sun.

Propagating by Seeds

Growing seeds is done by collecting seeds from a ten year old growing plants. When the seeds are ripe, pick them from the tree. Don’t wait for them to fall to the ground, but others prefer to let the seeds sprout before collecting the growing seedlings from the ground.

But if you want to have a more vigorous seedlings, it is advised to sow the seeds in the germinating tray. Seedlings uprooted from the ground may not survive because some roots may be damaged that may affect the growth of seedlings.

Some experts recommends picking the ripe fruit since fresh seeds are easier to sprout. Palm seeds have short viability period (1 month), so that they should be sown within that period.

However, their viability can be extended by placing the seed in a refrigerated container.

To grow the seeds in germinating or pots, prepare the soil medium with a mixture of coco coir dust and sterilized garden soil.

Don’t bury the seeds too deep, just barely covered. Maintain the moisture content of the soil not to let them dry out. In doing so, the seeds will be delayed in sprouting.

Fresh seeds that are moderately moist throughout will germinate in less than a month. There are instances, however, when the seeds take much longer time to germinate.

Seedlings grow very slowly, that within the first three -year period, they only reach a mere one foot height and the red color will not show up.

Once the plant has developed a good number of roots, that’s the time the growth becomes faster. To make elongation faster, place them in a shady place, and give them ample amount of fertilizer. That’s it!

You have been given the right procedure to propagate Red Palm. Follow the steps correctly, and wow! You’ll get the vigorous growing Red Palm tree. And yes. You can earn lots of money raising Red Palm.Red Palm command a high price. A six inch seedlings cost around $1-$2 dollars.You see, if you have 1000 seedlings, that’s money. And you don’t have to work that hard. Once they are fully established, your only work is watering them to maintain moisture requirements of the plant.