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What To Know About Hot Peppers!

In this Cityline segment, Frankie talks to us about the different types of peppers you can grow at home, if you dare, from sweet ones to the world's hottest pepper,  the Caroline Reaper, which is measured at two million scoville units!!! (In comparison, Cayenne peppers are only between 7,000 and 8,000 scovilles). That's one hot pepper!

Tips for growing peppers:

Growing Berries

You can grow your own berries at home! Frankie tells us what berries you can grow at home, which ones are space hogs, which ones are worth the investment and why you need to sacrifice blooms for best results for others.

Party Plants

We have put together a little inspiration for you as you start planning your vegetable garden. When entertaining, why not showcase the food you have grown? Here are some great ideas to take your food from the garden to party!

1. Veggie Bar

Create a veggie bar using some of the vegetables from your garden. Offer various dips and salad dressings for your guests to choose from.

Nona's Soup Recipe

Homemade Soup Day - February 4th, 2016

Written By Alyce Ferragine aka Frankie's mom

My mother-in-law, Frankie’s Italian Nona, gave me a lesson in making soup when I was a new bride almost fifty years ago.  Until that lesson, soup was something my grandmother made once a year.   It was scotch broth, that took all day to cook in a huge pot.  The homemade soup was packaged in mason jars and every home got a sample.  It was delicious and we always looked forward to it.  Other than that in a Canadian home, soup was something made by Campbell’s.

Food to Grow in Winter

FOOD TO GROW IN WINTER = SPROUTS!

In 2016, I want you to get out there and grow something. Not just anything - I want you to grow something you can eat!  Most food producing plants need sun to grow which makes winter a difficult time to “get growing”. The good news is winter is great time to get sprouting! Simply put, sprouts are freshly germinated seeds. Sprouts are packed full of nutrients, many are a good source of protein, Vitamin A, Niacin, Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper and are low in saturated fat and sodium!

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