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Use Heirloom Seeds for Seed Saving

Do you know that you can save your vegetable seeds from one year to the next? Some people worry about violating Monsanto’s seed patents, but the truth is, the seeds that you get from a seed catalog or from an online source is not GMO. Unless you have signed a form saying that you will not save seeds from a plant because it is GMO, your garden produce is not GMO. If eating GMO foods is something you don’t want to do, then growing your own garden produce would definitely give you the security of knowing that the vegetables that you are serving your family are not GMO. The main concern with vegetables that you grow in a home garden is not from GMOs, but the concern whether you are growing heirlooms or hybrids.

If you don’t know the difference between hybrids, heirlooms, and GMO plants, check out the article that I wrote: The Difference Between GMO, Hybrid, and Heirloom Seeds  http://hubpages.com/education/What-is-the-difference-between-GMO-Hybridization-and-Heirloom-seeds

How to Save Different Types of Heirloom Seeds

So, as you see, unless you want to experiment cross breeding, the seeds you really want to save heirloom seeds. Several of my articles include a section on how to save seeds. Check them out!

The Hottest Tips for Growing Hot Peppers http://hubpages.com/living/Hot-Peppers-in-the-Garden

Sustainably Growing Zucchini with Heirloom Seed http://hubpages.com/living/Zucchini-in-the-Garden

Heirloom Tomatoes How to Grow and Save Their Seed http://hubpages.com/living/Growing-and-Saving-Seed-from-Heirloom-Tomatoes

Is Anything Easier to Grow Than Okra? http://hubpages.com/living/Is-Anything-Easier-to-Grow-Than-Okra

 

And, of course, we cannot forget the video. This time we have: Vegetable Seed Saving Video-The Basic Rules! Enjoy!

 

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As Author Cygnet Brown, Donna Brown  has  published  several nonfiction books including Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener, Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, and Help from Kelp.

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga,  Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag is also on sale now!

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and buy her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

 


Today is my son Jonathan Robiinson’s birthday. If you know Jonathan be sure to wish him a happy birthday! Happy Birthday, Jon!

Easy Apple Bread Pudding

I have been noticing how big the apples have been getting on the trees! Everywhere I look here in Pennsylvania, I see old apple trees and it reminds me that its time to make Easy Apple Bread Pudding. Here’s a link to my recipe. http://hubpages.com/food/Apple-Bread-Puddling

Here’s a photo of some Apple Bread Pudding that I made in cupcake papers. This way we can have this delicious dessert anytime!

 

 

Easy Raspberry Chocolate Pie

Here’s another dessert that I love to make. I especially like to make it on hot days when it is too hot to cook. Check out my recipe for Easy Raspberry Chocolate Pie

If your family likes cream pie , your family will love this! Get the recipe here http://hubpages.com/food/Super-Simple-Creamy-Lime-Pie

So Delectible, it is hard to believe that it is this easy!

Growing Summer Squash All Summer Long

Remember last week when I mentioned that summer squash becomes over abundant during the summer months? Some years, however, summer squash fizzles out after high temperatures. If this happens to you, you don’t necessarily have to call it quits with summer squash. if you have at least 50 dys until the next expected frost, you can grow another crop. Read about this in the article Growing Summer Squash all Summer Long http://hubpages.com/living/Summer-Squash-Grown-All-Summer-Long

 

Now is also the time to start thinking about starting a fall garden. Here’s a video that can give you some details on what grows in the fall and how to do it.

That’s all for this week! Have a great weekend! If you enjoyed it, please share on Facebook and Twitter!

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As Author Cygnet Brown, Donna Brown  has  published  several nonfiction books including Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener, Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, and Help from Kelp.

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga,  Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag is also on sale now!

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and buy her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com


 

Thanks, everyone who has already wished me a happy birthday today! Not only is July the month that I was born, but it is also the month when nature’s bounty from the garden is in full swing. Alas, my pressure canner is currently several states away, but that doesn’t prevent me from writing about the process!

I believe that if I plant it, I should eat it and that’s why I believe that it is important for me to eat every vegetable in my garden. Here is an article I wrote: Using Every Summer Vegetable in My Vegetable Garden and the strategy I use to make it happen.

You’ve happily worked in your garden. First you worked the soil and got it ready for planting, then you planted, watered, weeded, mulched, fertilized, and sometimes had to fight the elements to get your garden to produce. Now you are seeing the first of the fruits of your labor. You pick it you bring it in. Now, what do you do with it? Check out My Strategies here    http://hubpages.com/living/Making-Full-Use-of-the-Vegetable-Garden

 

Another article I wrote was about how to use all that zucchini that floods home gardens. Need I say more except that it is called: Easy Tips for Using All that Extra Zucchini. Check out the article Here  http://hubpages.com/living/What-To-Do-With-All-That-Extra-Zucchini

Jokes are made about how prolific zucchini is in the garden. Don't be the butt of a cruel joke and learn how to use zucchini in many different ways.

Last but not least here is two video I found online about this same subject.

 

 

Happy Gardening!

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As Author Cygnet Brown, Donna Brown  has  published  several nonfiction books including Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener, Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, and Help from Kelp.

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga,  Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag is also on sale now!

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and buy her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


Last week I mentioned in one of my articles about the hazards of depending on using the freezer as your only form of food preservation. Here is a pair of articles that I wrote about the advantages and disadvantages of the different ways you can use to preserve food.

Home Preservation Methods: Advantages and Disadvantages Part One

How do we know which method best for our situation?The truth is, there is no best method for every situation. In this article we will explore the practices of eating fresh out of the garden, root cellaring, and freezing what we’ve grown. In the next article, we will explore the practices of canning, pickling, drying, and smoking. READ MORE

https://delishably.com/food-industry/Home-Preservation-Methods-The-Advantages-and-Disadvantages

Home Preservation Methods,: Advantages and Disadvantages, Part Two

In our first article, we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of eating food fresh, root cellaring, and freezing. Even though those are good in many ways, there are disadvantages and many of those disadvantages can be alleviated by using a form of food preservation that can extend the use of our food harvests even longer. READ MORE

https://delishably.com/food-industry/homepreservationadvantagesanddisadvantagespt2

Path to Home Preservation

Why Do you want to preserve your own food? Here’s a video which examines exactly that.

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As Author Cygnet Brown, Donna Brown  has  published  several nonfiction books including: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener, Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, and Help from Kelp.

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


I am planning next quarter to change the Friday post and bring in guest bloggers to share with you. For now though, through September, I will continue to share gardening articles and videos with you. Many of you are probably deep in the canning season right now, so you probably are looking to get more canning jars. Check out this article:

This was our pantry, filled with jars of canned goods.

Where to Find Glass Canning Jars

If you have ever canned, you know that glass canning jars are an investment. They are not cheap. If you plan it right, however, sometimes you can usually find a READ MORE

I am guessing that a number of you don’t can at all, but have a deep freeze instead. Here’s something to consider before you put all your eggs into just the freezer basket.

Using Deep Freezer Should Not be Your Only Home Preserving Method

A couple of winters ago, I went out to get a roast out of my deep freezer when I discovered water on the inside of the READ MORE

 

Just geting started preserving your own foods? Check out this one.

Water Bath Canning Basics

 


 

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


The Legend of Johnny Appleseed

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I remember back when I was a kid, my mother told me that the apple tree in our back yard was a descendant of one of the seeds that Johnny Appleseed had brought into the area. I could see where that could be a possibility because there were thousands of wild apple trees growing in the area. Here is an article that I published online about Johnny Appleseed. http://hubpages.com/education/The-Legend-of-Johnny-Appleseed

The Apple Tree and Personal Sustainability

Having an apple tree back in the early 1800s meant sustainability to homesteaders and it still can mean the same today. Uses for apples are more numerous than we realize. if I were to suggest to someone what one fruit tree that person should grow for a sustainable crop year after year, I would have to suggest the apple tree. Apples can be used in so many ways. Check out The Apple Tree and Personal Sustainability http://hubpages.com/living/The-Sustainability-of-an-Apple-Tree. 

Make your own Pectin Using Your Own Apples

Did you know that you can make your own pectin for jelly making? All you need are some sour apples and a little trial and error. Directions are here in my article Make Your Own Pectin for Jame and Jelly Making. http://hubpages.com/food/Make-Your-own-Pectin-for-Jam-and-Jelly-Making

Of course, no Friday Gardening Tips Segment would be complete without a video, however, rather than giving a bunch of tips today, how about video about the story of Johnny Appleseed.

 

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


I remember reading back in the 1970s about the gypsy moth infestation that was killing trees all over the country. A series of photographs that I saw at the time, showed that as the moths were sprayed with insecticide, the gypsy moth population spread. Before spraying occurred, gypsy moth populations were small, but when the spraying occurred moth populations temporarily decreased in that area, but the population spread as the moths tried to get away from the poisonous spray areas.  In addition,  predators of the gypsy moth were killed off. In other words, the spray did not control the problem, the spray caused the problem. In addition, less resilient moths were killed off, but the moths that had some tolerance to the chemicals requiring more lethal chemicals to control the populations. See this photo about how the gypsy moth population has spread since 1900 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_moths_in_the_United_States

Chemicals are not only toxic to the insects but can but are also toxic to us. Insects can build a resistance to chemical controls, however, diatomaceous earth is not a chemical control, but a physical control rather than poisoning the insects, diatomaceous earth has tiny glass-like shards that cut and dry out insects. To learn more about diatomaceous earth in the garden, read my hubpages’ article why I use Diatomaceous Earth Around my House and Garden.http://hubpages.com/living/DEinhomeandgarden

One Article Not Enough Information?

if you would like more information read my free book  Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, on pdf, kindle or nook as well as other formats at Smashwords.https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/617019

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Diatomaceous Earth Video

Not willing to take my word for the benefits of diatomaceous earth? Check out this and other videos of people who love the benefits of this naturally occurring substance.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

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