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Category: Gardening

Chili Peppers: Pleasure & Pain

Many of us, who can handle and who enjoy the heat, love chili peppers for the way they can enhance the flavors of our food. But if we look a little further into a chili pepper’s unique repertoire, you can see that in some ways – the chili pepper embodies the very nature of the […]

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Varieties of Kale for Every Meal

Kale is definitely one of our favorite vegetables. In fact, we’d go so far as to say it is a culinary and nutritional workhorse in our garden, and we use it for everything from juicing to making chips for snacks. Best of all, we are able to get it in the ground and growing early. Kale […]

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Five Healing Herbs you can Grow on your Kitchen Windowsill

Growing a small herb garden on a sunny windowsill means you’ll be able to snip some herbs as you need them to cook. Many culinary herbs also have medicinal benefits, so you can make them into healing teas, tinctures, salves and washes. Thyme, sage and mint make an excellent cough syrup when mixed with ginger […]

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What do I do with All These Gourds?

Here we are, smack in the middle of pumpkin season, and you’re probably finding yourself knee-deep in festive orange, gold and green displays all over your home or apartment. I’m the same way. I love a good gourd, but good GOURD what do I do with all of them after Thanksgiving ends and Christmas or […]

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Grow a kale plant in your apartment

I think it’s fair to say that we at YinOva have a hefty kale habit. We juice it, we steam it and one of us was even caught chopping it into her oatmeal.  We’re particularly fond of kale chips, which satisfy our cravings for something salty and crunchy without having to resort to potato chips.

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Eating for your Fertility Type: Dry

The characteristic qualities for the Dry type are lowered estrogen levels, dehydration, internal heat, hyperthyroidism and a need for follicle building. To build internal moisture, Jill suggests 40% fruits and vegetables, 40% complex carbohydrates, 10% legumes and vegetable protein and 10% animal protein.

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It’s apple picking time

I love the rhythms of the country and the way the passage of time is marked by the fruits and vegetables we grow and the foods weeat. I look forward to each crop from the early summer peas and beans to the autumn pumpkins and squashes. However, nothing generates more excitement in our house than […]

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Some like it hot! The healing power of peppers

When I go to a restaurant and look over a menu, I can be rather indecisive. One question that I never linger on though is “would you like that mild, medium or hot?” Hot peppers are a favorite seasoning in our house, and we grow them from seed in our garden.  This year we had […]

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Cool as a Cucumber on a Hot Day

Cucumbers thrive in warm sunny weather and in our garden we tend to have dozens that ripen at the same time. It makes me realize why, in days gone by, people invented dill pickles, because it’s hard to keep up with a cucumber harvest and a shame to waste them. Cucumbers have been used medicinally […]

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The Vegetable Garden in June

Some of you may remember that back in April we blogged about planting vegetable seeds. I posted pictures of those seedlings here on the blog and on Facebook and have been surprised by how many people have asked me how they are doing. They looked like this in the early spring…. And now it’s June […]

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Digging in the Dirt – Start an Urban Garden!

When you live in a big city it can  be hard enough to find a patch of green to sit on, let alone fertile ground to garden.  But do not despair. There are lots of things that can be grown in the urban jungle. Once you work out how much room you have, there are […]

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How to Grow your Own Sprouts.

 Sprouts not only taste good, they’re full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and enzymes. Their nutritional benefits were discovered by the Chinese thousands of years ago. In Chinese medicine a seed is considered to be yin and it’s offshoot is considered to be yang, so the ancient Chinese recognized that as a seed sprouts, yin […]

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