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From the Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery, which I cited here before and can warmly recommend to anyone: This makes about 5.5 sqm per kg of rye (grain or flour, doesn't really make a difference).


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As for saving energy in the fridge, vegetable storing does not make a difference.* If you want to prolong the life of your produce to reduce waste, it depends on the vegetable. Many veggies and greens generally need to 'breathe', so non-sealed bags/containers or just in the 'crisper drawer' is good. You can buy specialty bags such as perforated ziplocs or ...


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I have a small coffee farm, and I occasionally employ someone to pick the coffee. At commodity prices, it is hardly even economically sustainable to pick the coffee from the plant, much less get someone to pick up the ones that fall on the ground. I personally, after 3 years of 'practice', can earn about 50 cents an hour picking coffee beans, probably up ...


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I live in an apple growing area. A viable farm has a lot of trees, so they use migrant labour to pick apples. You have to pay the labour more money than you get for the bruised fruit (it goes to the juice factory). The amount that falls on the ground varies by weather (rain, wind) and how much rain the trees got in summer. In a bad year it will hail and they ...


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Only in family. Dropped fruit. From the tree the goats or pigs will eat. Early fruit with worms or such. Picking time the fruit is picked with long poles With a small bucket & rake on it. It is looked at. Put in the cart under the tree. That is took to the main road & sold. The boys 11 to 15 go up the trees to get what can not be reached drop it down ...


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The reason for concern is that winter damage is usually via drying, and in newly transplanted shrubs, the roots (because of the transplanting) are structurally damaged and cannot hydrate the plant as efficiently as an established root system. Your plants, being in the ground since April, and having put out a good amount of new growth, show that the plant ...


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I think your gardening friend has a point, because the longer the plant has had time to establish itself the better. I guess the problem with highbush blueberries is that they'll stick out of the snow and are exposed to much lower temperatures than smaller plants which would be covered by snow. Something that works even to keep palm trees alive during long ...


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In order to sustain the vegetables as much as possible, I use vegetable bags and put them in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator. The veggies need to breathe. They last longer that way.


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Yes. Put a dime sized piece of watermelon pulp in a glass. Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and stir. Wait 30 seconds. If the vinegar stays clear then there is no artificial coloring. If it changes to any other color, then coloring has been added!


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