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February 20, 2011

Organic Gardening: What To Store In A Root Cellar

Filed under: family, gardening — dmacc502 @ 3:40 pm



Vegetable Ideal Storage Temperature (°F) Relative Humidity (percentage) Average Storage Life

Beets 32 95 1-3 months

Cabbage 32 90-95 3-4 months

Carrots 32 90-95 4-6 months

Celery 32 90-95 2-3 months

Garlic 32 65-70 6-7 months

Horseradish 30-32 90-95 10-12 months

Jerusalem artichoke 31-32 90-95 2-5 months

Onions 32 65-70 5-8 months

Parsnips 32 90-95 2-6 months

Potatoes 38-40 90 5-8 months

Pumpkins 50-55 70-75 2-3 months

Rutabaga 32 90-95 2-4 months

Sweet potato 55-60 85-90 4-6 months

Turnips 32 90-95 4-5 months

Winter squash 50-55 70-75 3-6 months

via Organic Gardening: What To Store In A Root Cellar.


February 6, 2011

Gardens: Old wives’ tales | Life and style | The Guardian

Filed under: composting, family, farming, gardening, wisdom — Tags: — dmacc502 @ 11:26 am



Crocks in pots improve drainage

The theory Water drains more quickly through coarse materials, so�a layer of gravel�or pot fragments in the bottom of containers lets excess water drain freely.

The evidence Research by soil scientists shows that water doesn’t flow freely from fine-textured materials into coarser ones. Water moves into coarser materials, such as gravel or crocks, only once the soil above is saturated, so a sudden change from a fine to a coarse texture causes water to collect in the�soil above, rather than drain away. This can be bad news for roots. Pot feet help to improve drainage and prevent waterlogging, especially in containers sitting on a�hard, flat surface.

The verdict False: a drainage layer in�the bottom of pots reduces the volume of soil available to plant roots. Don’t add gravel or crocks, but ensure pots�have drainage holes.

Watering in the middle of the day scorches leaves

The theory Water droplets act as�mini magnifying glasses, which�focus the sun’s rays and scorch leaves.

The evidence For the first time last�year, researchers investigated the effect of water droplets and sunlight on leaves. Scientists in Budapest studied various types of�leaves and found no evidence of sunburn caused by water and light. Watering in the middle of the day should, however, be avoided, because it’s wasteful. More water will evaporate compared with the amount lost when watering at a�cooler time of day. And not only that: watering in the heat of the day also raises humidity levels around plants, creating conditions loved by�fungal diseases such as�powdery�mildew and�grey�mould.

The verdict False:�watering in�bright�sunlight does not cause sunburn, but it�does waste water�and can create�problems with�fungal diseases.

Urine speeds up composting

The theory Human and animal urine is�a source of nitrogen, which�speeds up decomposition by�boosting the activity of composting organisms.

via Gardens: Old wives’ tales | Life and style | The Guardian.

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