Have extra Chili peppers? Make Pepper Ristras! This year's hot pepper harvest is overwhelming.  I use my peppers fresh and share with friends and family but I always have dozens of extra chilies that can be preserved. Non other preservation method is as creative and fun as making your own pepper ristras! [caption id="attachment_4465" align="aligncenter" width="408"] image source: Taos Unlimited[/caption] Ristras is a way of drying chili peppers. Red ripe chilies are tied to a string and hanged in the sun to dry.

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There is nothing simpler than starting your own Cuban Oregano plant from a cutting. Commonly available Cuban Oregano, formally know as Coleus Aromaticus, is not a true oregano. It is also called Mexican Mint, Spanish Thyme and Indian Borage. There are at least 40 plants listed as Oregano. Most commonly used oregano, Mexican oregano, is also a false oregano and a relative of Lemon Verbena. 'Common Oregano' is wild Majoram and also called Greek Oregano.Feeling confused? Well, don't be. Even if

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 Planning my garden for the next season is always exciting. This year I had a chance of getting all heirloom seeds from Baker and Creek Heirloom Seed Company thanks to my niece who is in Houston these days.Here is my mouth-watering list of vegetables that I ordered.1. California Wonder pepper2. Tam Jalapeno pepper3. Golden Marconi Pepper4. Tom Thumb Lettuce5. Rossa di Treviso6. Mizuna red streak7.Strawberry popcorn8. Pencil Cob dent Corn9.Chinese Red Noddle Beans10.Dragon Tongue Bush Bean11.Emerald Okra15. Chinese

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  Bigger and Better Cherry Tomatoes Who doesn't want high yielding, bigger and tastier tomatoes that grow for a longer season. Here is my secret of growing tomatoes that will not stop fruiting ! During past few years, seed companies introduced " grafted tomatoes" that produce high yields and bigger sets of tomatoes.  I came to know about grafted tomatoes from one of such seed catalogs from UK. I had to experiment so I watched several tutorials to learn how to graft my

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   A beautiful pot deserves a perfect spot in your home, especially, when it is from the famous Satrangi designer, Fizza Ali, who happens to be my little sister :)   Designing "Truck Art" inspired pots its not exactly what Satrangi is famous for but Fizza can put chamak-patti on just about anything! Luckily, this time it was a set of pots for me. Dazzling vibrant tapes on coloured pots looked stunning and had to have a special purpose.   I had pots from Satrangi and super fast growing seeds from

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Guerrilla gardeners across Pakistan are planting Sunflower seeds on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 for the first time and you are invited! Since 2007, thousands of guerrilla gardeners around the globe get out of their homes and plant sunflower seeds wherever they find an appropriate space around their towns and cities. The idea fascinated me and we decided to launch Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day in Pakistan. Crops in Pots  and Greener Karachi Trust announced the event and soon Caritas Pakistan joined in

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What if I tell you that you can grow your very own vegetable garden without spending a penny but still earn profits of thousands of rupees per month with the added bonus of reducing your carbon footprint to almost zero? No kidding, it’s true! Reduce carbon: produce more We all know that uncontrollable CO2 emissions have ruined our natural environment beyond our imagination and knowledge. Sadly, no matter how much we appreciate and value this planet and the life on it, we

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The enemy is at large and hidden among us. It is attacking us from all sides. It's time to take charge of the situation and take our grounds back! Track down your enemy! Watch out for a 2-3 mm black mosquito with white stripes on its legs and body called Aedes, which has, unfortunately, lived up to the literal meaning of its name: "unpleasant." It targets children and adults equally. Its modus operandi includes biting an infected person and then biting another person

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