For a healthy diet, your meals should contain these portions

For a healthy diet, according to Dr. Oz, your meals should contain the following portions:

1/2 of your meal should contain fruits and vegetables
1/4 of your meal should contain lean proteins (meats, legumes, dairy and/or whole grains make complete proteins so you don't have to eat any type of meat.)
1/4 of your meal should contain whole grains

Where does everything come from - teaching children about Agriculture


Seeds: Heirloom, hybrid, buying in bulk, how to store, etc. Watch for an upcoming workshop all about SEEDS!

Watch for a mini SEED workshop coming soon. Learn about heirloom vegetable seeds, how to harvest seeds, hybrid and non-hybrid seeds, how to store seeds, how and where to buy in bulk, and why seeds are so important in the first place. Check out gourmetseed.com, also on ebay, do a search and you'll find 7 pages of heirloom seeds (mostly tomatoes).

We have some "seed experts" in our garden group. Learn who you can turn to for specific questions about seeds.

Learn more about seeds in any of these VALUABLE articles from Utah State Extension Service:






How to create a vertical fence using tomato cages.

I'll be posting photos of how we are using tomato cages to help with our vertical fencing. It's important to use whatever materials you have and since I have 150 tomato cages, I thought I would put them to use until I plant our tomatoes in May. They are working out well!

Composting - learn about the Eco-Composter

Click here to watch this video and learn more about the Eco-composter, available at Costco for $149, after a $50 rebate. This has a 71 gallon capacity


Dehydrating your harvest


xxxxxxxxxxxxxThe Amazing Cucumber!

If this is true, all I can say is, "What a Vegetable?"
The Amazing Cucumber

This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finished a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won't leave streaks and won't harm your fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!