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Manifest Haiti: Monsanto's Destiny - Seed Burning

Manifest Haiti: Monsanto's Destiny

400 tons of vegetable seeds and burned them all!

by: Ryan Stock, t r u t h o u t | News Analysis

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Manifest Haiti: Monsanto's Destiny

Rural Haitian farmers gathered in Papaye, June 4, 2010. Many wore straw hats reading, "Aba Monsanto - down with Monsanto and Aba Preval - down with Preval." (Photo: mediahacker)


Temecula Farmers Market Vendors vs Farmers

A small farmers market, located in beautiful down town, old town Temecula. Sat. 8:00am - 12:30pm corner of 6th and front street.

Below you will find a list of  farmers, Ancillary retail re-sellers and artisan vendors. If you would like more details on what each vendor, farmer, re-seller and artisan actually do, offer or are permitted for, please contact the market manager or the California Department of Food and Agriculture.





Anyone Can Grow Arugula-Easy!

How to Grow Arugula


Arugula is a leafy green vegetable that is prized for its strong, peppery flavor. Like most lettuces, it is very easy to grow.


Step 1: Purchase the Seeds


Arugula is a spring or fall green that is typically grown from seed. Often called rocket, the leafy vegetable is prized for its strong, peppery flavor. There are two basic types of arugula: cultivated and wild. The wild varieties have a more pungent taste. Popular varieties include Rocket and Wild Italian Rocket.


Step 2: Prepare the Site


Arugula likes cool temperatures, a fair amount of sun and plenty of moisture. With a garden fork, work some high-nitrogen fertilizer into the top 5" or 6" of soil. Partition the garden bed into small sections using pebbles or other materials. These areas make it easy to plant successive crops for a longer harvest of tender greens.



Step 3: Plant the Arugula


In early spring, when soil temperatures are 40 and 65 degrees, it is safe to plant the seeds. Scatter the seeds across the soil in one section of the garden bed. It is fine if seeds overlap as the seedlings will be thinned later on. Cover the seeds with 1/4" of fine garden soil and gently water them in. Keep the bed moist until the seeds germinate.



Step 4: Thin the Seedlings


The arugula seeds should germinate in about a week. When the seedlings are 1" tall, thin them so that the plants are spaced 3" to 4" apart. To remove them, simply snip the plants at the soil line with a pair of scissors.



Step 5: Provide Shade


Many gardeners use shade tents to give arugula a bit of protection from the hot summer sun. Consider using floating row covers suspended by wire hoops. Secure the corners with bricks or rocks to prevent them blowing away.



Step 6: Harvest the Arugula


Arugula is typically ready for harvest between 35 and 45 days after sowing. To harvest, simply pull the outer leaves off near the base of the plant, leaving the inner leaves to continue to grow. Many gardeners prefer to harvest the entire plant by pulling it from the ground, roots and all.





How To Grow Zucchini

Zuccini, it is the easiest vegetation to grow, it grows with very little attention and stores for later use, for up to 6 months.

How To Grow Zucchini By W Jackson

Zucchini is part of the squash and pumpkin family. Zucchini is a very abundant producer and you will probably need no more than two or three plants in your garden. Zucchini does not keep well, so it is best enjoyed during the summer months.

 Zucchini is probably one of the more talked about vegetables due to its ability to cross breed with pumpkin and squash. These mutations are used in the late summer and early fall as decorations. Seeds from these curious cross breeds can be saved and planted next year.

 Are you eager to learn about growing your own healthy, organic food? It's environmentally conscious and it saves money, too! We recommend: Organic Gardening for Beginners

 Let's get started! 

 1.    You should not set your zucchini plants in the garden until the temperature in your area is at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit.


·  Zucchini should be planted in a mound. You should prepare your garden soil so that it is approximately two feet in diameter. You can add well-rotted manure to the soil prior to building up the mound.


·  Plant no more than four or five zucchini plants per mound. Space the plants six inches apart.


·  Water the mounds deeply at least once a week. You should try to avoid wetting the plant's leaves as this will encourage disease.


·  Once the plants have taken off, you should thin out the weak plants and leave no more than two plants per mound.


·  You can cultivate the soil around your zucchini plants to keep weeds at bay. Stakes allow your zucchini to grow off of the ground, and when your zucchini plants are tall enough, they should provide enough shade to the soil that weed seeds will not be able to grow.


·  Mulching between the mounds with hay is a good way to keep the fruits clean. It also will keep weeds from settling in and growing.


·  When growing zucchini, you should keep an eye out for Cucumber Beetles. This pest is spotted or striped. They like to feed on the plant's leaves and they can also spread disease from one plant to another. Another pest to watch out for is the Vine Borers. These bad guys can eat right through your vines. You can easily rid your garden of these pests by applying an insecticide.


·  Zucchinis are fast growers. You should pick them when they are about six inches long. If you pick zucchini when it is much larger, it can be tough. You can always leave two or three zucchinis to grow - just to see how large they will grow. However, you are advised to pick the small ones to eat.

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