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    Post  Carol Wed May 11, 2022 8:21 pm

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    Post  Carol Wed May 11, 2022 8:22 pm

    Tips for our gardeners

    I found this tip to prevent tick bites in my feed today: wrapping adhesive tape around one's ankles.

    Gardening Tips 6e343510

    As for slugs,  orange peels and some others clever tricks ( anyone heard of copper for example ? ) are supposedly fine ways  to handle them.

    https://www.gardengatemagazine.com/articles/how-to/deal-with-pests/four-easy-ways-your-garden-of-slugs/


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    Post  Carol Wed May 11, 2022 8:24 pm



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-tiSc7G53Q

    Cheapest Hydroponic System For Everyone | Under $1/100 Rs
    You might like this system.


    Having studied numerous types of systems, love aquaponics best.




    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M10_nBVP7SU


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    Post  Carol Wed May 11, 2022 8:28 pm


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUGXSetN5wc
    Later he turns the box into worm food.


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    Post  Carol Wed May 11, 2022 8:32 pm



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    Post  Carol Wed May 11, 2022 8:34 pm


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_JCmFpvbLY
    Instead of bamboo one could use PVC pipe


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    Post  Carol Wed May 11, 2022 8:36 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIU2TolPcxo

    In the winter, the vegetables can’t grow well under the super cold weather. So we DIY a greenhouse combined with aquarium with a mini-budget. Now, we can be proactive in growing organic vegetables and raising fish for our family. And enjoy the fresh meals without worrying about the safety of food.
    Watch follow the video and learn how to DIY a greenhouse combined with aquarium at home from A to Z.
    ----
    Materials: wood bar, stapler gun, polythene sheet, mini pump, paintbrush, clay jar, plastic red rope, pebbles.
    Paint color: green


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    Post  Carol Wed May 11, 2022 8:39 pm


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtDeK0j2HOU

    Hey friends!

    ***Check out this Q&A video that I did for the hoop house build! Where I answer all of YOUR questions about the build! CLICK HERE to watch: https://youtu.be/zl4sZYStqmE

    If you love to garden as much as we do, you're probably looking for ways to extend your growing season and protect your plants from the elements & pests, am I right? The battle is constant. We LOVE to garden with greenhouses because they provide fantastic protection for your plants.

    In this video, we've decided to build our own 10X20 foot hoop house! After building several greenhouses and now a hoop house, I can tell you the hoop house is less expensive & WAY easier/faster to put up.

    This hoop house is built with cattle panels that we purchased from Tractor Supply. What a fast, easy set up! Some people arch their cattle panels all the way to the ground & fasten them down. But we wanted our hoop house to be taller, so as you can see in the video, we built a 24" wooden foundation & then arched the cattle panels to fasten to the wooden frame...which in turn made the hoop house taller!

    This DIY hoop house took us maybe 2 days tops! It's big & spacious & I can't wait to get my seedlings in the ground! Just in time for the growing season.

    Materials you will need:

    1. Greenhouse plastic (4 months after the build we changed out the plastic. We changed it out with a durable, long lasting greenhouse plastic which was 40X25ft, 6 MIL thick, 4 Year UV Resistant Polyethylene: https://amzn.to/3KNRL58

    2. 5 cattle panels (ours were 16ft long by 50in high, made with 4 gauge wire): we bought ours from Tractor Supply Co.

    3. Roll of screen for your windows

    4. (2) pks zip ties

    5. (2) pks pipe insulation

    6. Straight nails

    7. U-shaped nails (1-1/4” length by 1/4” round crown)

    8. Screws

    9. (4) Metal T-posts

    10. (2) 4x4s cut in half

    11. (2) bags cement

    12. (4) 2x2x8s

    13. (12) 2x4x10s

    14. (15) 1x2x8s

    15. (17) 2x4x8s

    After your hoop house is constructed, you can have fun adding some upgrades to enhance your hoop house experience! Two things I always add to my greenhouse & hoop house are shade cloths to regulate the temperature in the HOT summer months & fans to help circulate the air. Check out the links below for some of the supplies we used!

    ***Pipe insulation:
    https://amzn.to/3rUby8U

    ***Zip ties:
    https://amzn.to/2PY1X3G

    ***Screen for the windows:
    https://amzn.to/2Re4mrF

    ***CLEAR plastic sheeting, 40X26ft, 6MIL thick:

    https://amzn.to/3wmUcFO

    ***Greenhouse shade cloths:
    https://amzn.to/31LDKA8

    ***Greenhouse fans:
    https://amzn.to/31IWvnZ

    I hope this video was helpful!


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    Post  Carol Wed May 11, 2022 8:39 pm

    mudra:

    Vidya, farming with nature they say in permaculture right ?
    So here is an idea why not actually invite slugs and snails at your table and give them
    a spot in your garden where they will find what they like most to eat.
    Create a 5* restaurant that would beat all the other spots where you grow your own food ?

    Best food for snugs and snails

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    https://www.google.com/search?q=best+food+for+slugs+and+snails&client=safari&channel=iphone_bm&source=hp&ei=lJNiYurYKcOulwSU-YvYCw&oq=best+food+for+slugs+and+snails&gs_lcp=ChFtb2JpbGUtZ3dzLXdpei1ocBADMggIIRAWEB0QHjIICCEQFhAdEB46CAguEIAEENQCOgUIABCABDoLCC4QgAQQxwEQ0QM6CwguEIAEEMcBEKMCOgUILhCABDoOCC4QgAQQxwEQ0QMQ1AI6CwguEIAEEMcBEK8BOggIABCABBDJAzoECAAQEzoFCCEQoAE6CAgAEBYQHhATOgYIABAWEB46BwghEAoQoAE6BAghEBVQhAxY4YcBYN2SAWgBcAB4AIAB_wGIAfAvkgEHMC4xNi4xNZgBAKABAbABAA&sclient=mobile-gws-wiz-hp


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    Post  mudra Thu May 12, 2022 3:44 am

    Such a great thread Carol
    Thank You Flowers
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    Post  Carol Thu May 12, 2022 3:13 pm

    Your welcome mudra.. will also include canning butter, meat, stew, etc.



    Pressure Canning Beef Stew




    How to Pressure Can Beef Stew 


    Water bath canning simply does not get the food hot enough, long enough to safely cook the meat for storage. Because meat is a low acid food, it needs the high heat and pressure of a pressure cooker.


    Meat needs a pressure canner (All American) water in bottom. Water bat I different.Clean jars and lids


    Wide mouth quart size mason jar (6)


    Chopped Carrots
    Potatoes, peeled & diced
    Onions - chopped
    Stew beef / chicken / pork - chopped (may want to roll in spices first / corn starch)
    Red Himalayan salt


    Layer into jar: meat (brown beef a little bit in oil first is good), potatoes, carrots,
    Onions, 1 tsp salt for each jar.


    Add boiling water over ingredients up to one inch mark. Use bubble popping tool along sides to rid bubbles. Top of water to 1 inch line.


    Want 1 inch head space


    Clean rims with white vinegar with clean cloth. Put new lids on and add rims and screw on finger tight.


    Heat water in canner to boil and turn off. Turn canner on and bring it slowly up to a full steam. Medium high heat.. Let steam up to about full steam (10 minutes). Then put pressure weight on minutes where steam is up (check pressure for elevation). Let the canner to come up to full pressure. About 4 jiggles per minute. Do slowly.


    When it at current pressure then let it process for 90 minutes. Turn off. Cool the canner all the way down to zero pressure. Can use the dial gage.. Will take about 45 minutes to cool. Then remove the wait and let the canner continue to sit 10 minutes.


    Remove the jars and let them cool. Then bring out and set onto a towel. Let them sit for at least 16 hours so seals can set.


    Check the seals. If not sealed needs to go into fridge or remove into a freezer container and freeze.
    Label jars.. what’s in it and date. Store in container. Serve over egg noodle or rice.




    Settle jars on rack in canner - make sure that the jar lids are not covered by water
     
    Ingredients
    Beef stew is a very basic recipe of cubed meat, peeled and cubed potatoes, peeled and sliced carrots, diced onions, and salt.


    You can omit any of these ingredients, or adjust the amounts based on your preferences.
    You’ll add boiling water to these ingredients just before putting the jars into the pressure canner.

    Assemble the Jars
    Starting with clean dry mason jars (I like using quart jars, however wide-mouth pint jars will work as well), layer in your meat, potatoes, carrots, and onions.
    Using your hands, pack the ingredients in nice and tight. They will release oxygen and shrink during the cooking process so it’s best to start with nice full jars.


    Add Flavor (Herbs, Salt, and/or Pepper)
    Once jars are filled, add a teaspoon of salt to each jar. If you’re using pint-sized jars, you’ll want to reduce that down to 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
    You can also add in a pinch of black pepper, thyme, or any other herb or seasoning you like in your stew.


    All the seasonings, including the salt, are optional, but I find I like to at least add salt, otherwise, the stew is pretty bland.


    This is purely preferential and you can skip the salt and the seasonings if you’d like, or add them in when serving.


    Note: Some people recommend adding beef bouillon for additional flavor, but I’m not a fan of all the ingredients in bouillon and prefer the natural flavors of my ingredients shine through.


    Pressure Can


    Lift your jars and carefully place them on a rack inside your pressure canner. You want the water inside the pressure canner just below boiling.


    Before you seal the lid on, make sure your jars and lids are NOT covered in water. If there is too much water in the pressure canner, you’ll need to remove some water before continuing.
    Using a ladle is helpful for this.

    Bring Up to Pressure


    Seal the lid, according to the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific pressure canner, turn the stove on to about medium to medium-high and allow the pressure canner to come up to full steam.


    It’s always best to bring the pressure up slowly, over a medium-high heat. This way we don’t over-pressurize the canner and have a hard time regulating the pressure.


    Allow the steam to vent at full steam for 10 minutes.


    Next, either add your weight or your rocker and allow the pressure to build-up to the correct pressure for your elevation (see notes in the recipe card for more info). For me, this is 15 pounds of pressure using my weighted-gauge.

    Processing time


    Once you’re up to the correct pressure, you’ll want to process the stew, holding at the correct pressure for 90 minutes.


    When the 90 minutes is up (or 75 minutes for pints), turn the heat off and allow the pressure to come down naturally.


    This takes quite a while, probably 30-45 minutes, but it’s important not to rush this step as the stew finishes cooking during this time.


    Once the pressure is down to zero, you can remove the weight and allow the canner to sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the pressure to equalize.


    Next, take the lid off the pressure canner and carefully remove the jars and set them onto a towel-lined counter.


    It’s important not to tip the jars when removing them, try to keep them level.


    Now, allow the jars to sit on the counter overnight, undisturbed (or for at least 16 hours). This allows the seals to seal completely and firm up.


    Once your stew has cooled completely at sat for 16 hours, you’ll want to check the seals right away. If any jars had seal-failure, you can place the jars into the refrigerator and consume them within 24 hours.

    Before you store your jars on the shelf, remove the bands, check the seals and wipe down the jars.


    You always want to store your jars clean!


    More Canning Tutorials:


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    Post  Carol Thu May 12, 2022 3:16 pm

    Canning Chicken (Super Easy Raw Pack)


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    Post  Carol Thu May 12, 2022 3:31 pm



    Canning Pork Meat


    Pork chop and pork shoulder prepared in its own juice. You can eat it for breakfast or dinner, or put it in a cooked dish. Preparation of meat in a jar, recipe. Meat that you can store for a long time in the refrigerator or basement, you can eat it anywhere and 30 days after preparation.


    1 kg prok shoulder and 1.5k pork chops
    Cut small enough chunks to fit into jars


    Spice rub
    50k salt / 20 g of salt goes for 1 kg of meat
    2 tsp ground pepper
    2 tsp paprika
    1 tsp crushed red pepper
    1 tsp spicy spice (garlic / onion powder)


    A few 6-Cool pepper corns into bottom of each jar
    1 bay leaf in each jar
    2 garlic cloves cut in half in each jar


    Place jars in pot. Pour water over lids. Fill with water, bring to boil, simmer for 3 hours. Meat cooks in own juice. Cover and cool overnight,\.
    Can be refrigerator for 30 days after opened or kept unopened in cook 
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    Post  Carol Thu May 12, 2022 3:48 pm

    How to Preserve Eggs The EASY WAY!


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