1:04 pm - Sun, Apr 13, 2014
A friend and I had a pickling party yesterday. It was a lot of fun, and a great success! #picklingparty #pickles #canning #vegetables #food #healthy #diy #foodblogger #organicfood #foodporn #yum #chicago #logansquare

A friend and I had a pickling party yesterday. It was a lot of fun, and a great success! #picklingparty #pickles #canning #vegetables #food #healthy #diy #foodblogger #organicfood #foodporn #yum #chicago #logansquare

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1:13 pm - Mon, Apr 7, 2014
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This year will be my first planting #heirloom carrots. Look at variety of great colors! If you would like advice on how to grow some yourself just ask me! #gardening #organicgardening #growyourown #gardenporn #food #vegetables #urbangardening #foodblogger #gardenconsultant #gardenadvice #pretty #nature #beauty #healthy #chicagogardener

This year will be my first planting #heirloom carrots. Look at variety of great colors! If you would like advice on how to grow some yourself just ask me! #gardening #organicgardening #growyourown #gardenporn #food #vegetables #urbangardening #foodblogger #gardenconsultant #gardenadvice #pretty #nature #beauty #healthy #chicagogardener

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2:54 pm - Wed, Apr 2, 2014
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So happy it’s April. In just a few weeks we will have pops of color everywhere from all the spring blooming perennials!  Tip: perennials: plants that grow back each year. Annuals: plants that last one growing season only. #gardening #flowers #nature #beauty #natural #spring #chicagogardener #gardenporn #gardenblogger #nofilter #pretty #garden #organicgardening #diy #growyourown

So happy it’s April. In just a few weeks we will have pops of color everywhere from all the spring blooming perennials! Tip: perennials: plants that grow back each year. Annuals: plants that last one growing season only. #gardening #flowers #nature #beauty #natural #spring #chicagogardener #gardenporn #gardenblogger #nofilter #pretty #garden #organicgardening #diy #growyourown

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11:53 am - Tue, Apr 1, 2014
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#eat like its #spring Pesto veggie pasta for #lunch. #vegetarian #cooking #healthy #foodblogger #foodporn #diy #yum

#eat like its #spring Pesto veggie pasta for #lunch. #vegetarian #cooking #healthy #foodblogger #foodporn #diy #yum

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10:07 am - Sun, Mar 30, 2014
The chives are coming back! It may not look like much but my perennials self starting the garden again = one happy gardener 😀💚🌻🍀

The chives are coming back! It may not look like much but my perennials self starting the garden again = one happy gardener 😀💚🌻🍀

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11:44 am - Thu, Mar 27, 2014
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It may be a dreary, cold March day now, but I’m day dreaming of all the awesome jalapeños that I will have garden fresh come summer!!! Tip: pepper plants grow very well in 12 inch or larger ceramic pots. #summerdreaming #gardening #organic #food #peppers #urbangardening #backyardgardening #growyourown #healthy #jalapeno #victorygarden #nogmo #chiles #foodgarden #gardenblogger #gardenporn

It may be a dreary, cold March day now, but I’m day dreaming of all the awesome jalapeños that I will have garden fresh come summer!!! Tip: pepper plants grow very well in 12 inch or larger ceramic pots. #summerdreaming #gardening #organic #food #peppers #urbangardening #backyardgardening #growyourown #healthy #jalapeno #victorygarden #nogmo #chiles #foodgarden #gardenblogger #gardenporn

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8:12 pm - Mon, Mar 24, 2014
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hyggehaven:

tophiemalloy said: So you can really just plant a potato to grow more potatoes? I’m no gardener so excuse my ignorance.

Hey, we all start learning somewhere: no shame in asking questions!

If you have ever had a potato that you left too long out in the sun, or simply left out of the fridge and exposed to a light source, you may have noticed it starts growing “eyes.”

At this point, this potato should also not be eaten, because once it starts turning green and going in to “grow mode,” it starts producing glycoalkaloids like solanine as a defence against pests.

Those eyes on the potato are, in fact, the beginnings of new potato plants. You can dice the potato into portions where there is one eye per chunk (pictured above), let the cut edges cure for a few days, and plant each chunk in a trench in the soil.

Each of these will grow a new potato plant, which through some sort of evolutionary fluke (and generations of artificial selection on the part of some industrious Andeans) produces edible tubers that are not poisonous like so many members of the Solanum family, and are incredibly rich in vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrate energy.

You plant them in a trench because as they grow, you continue to bury them, and they produce tubers all the way up to the height they are buried: the more you bury them, the more potatoes you get.

I am actually relatively new to growing potatoes: this is only the second season I have bothered to do so, so I am doing a lot of reading on the subject as well.

Images: N and N Garden // Black Thumb Gardener // Harvest to Table

(via backyardharvest)

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11:59 am
Warm weather, colorful flowers, and enjoying the outdoors…come on spring! #nofilter #dotheveg #flowers #garden #gardening #pretty #growyourown #doityourself

Warm weather, colorful flowers, and enjoying the outdoors…come on spring! #nofilter #dotheveg #flowers #garden #gardening #pretty #growyourown #doityourself

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12:51 pm - Mon, Mar 17, 2014
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Do The Veg can also help urban gardeners start a healthy garden that produces well in a small city space. Just email dotheveg@hotmail.com with any questions.

Do The Veg can also help urban gardeners start a healthy garden that produces well in a small city space. Just email dotheveg@hotmail.com with any questions.

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12:07 pm
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I just can’t wait until Spring begins and  I can get my garden growing again! If you need any advice or tips on getting your garden going just email me at dotheveg@hotmail. I also will be doing Garden Consultations/Installation assistance this year in the Chicago Metro Area. Let me know how I can help you grow! #gardening #growyourownfood #dotheveg #garden #gardenhelp #gardenconsultant #victorygarden #organic #organicgardening #healthy #spring

I just can’t wait until Spring begins and I can get my garden growing again! If you need any advice or tips on getting your garden going just email me at dotheveg@hotmail. I also will be doing Garden Consultations/Installation assistance this year in the Chicago Metro Area. Let me know how I can help you grow! #gardening #growyourownfood #dotheveg #garden #gardenhelp #gardenconsultant #victorygarden #organic #organicgardening #healthy #spring

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