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Share the Fruits and Vegetables of Your Garden

Garden abundance offers an opportunity to share food with your community!
 
This is the time of year when home vegetable gardens reach their peak with summer produce ready for picking. Just walking around my neighborhood, I see that the tomatoes are turning color, a sure sign that the harvest season is upon us. Once summer vegetables begin maturing, they continue at a rapid pace, often too […]

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Plant a Cactus Fruit Garden

Prickly pear fruits are tangy and often deep red. (Opuntia ficus-indica shown)
Cactus fruits are forgotten staples of hot climates where they ripen quickly with very high sugar content.  Fruits are cooked down into syrups, squeezed into icy drinks, made into jam, or eaten fresh after peeling.  These native fruits of the American Southwest and Mexico are both a staple and survival food, depending on the […]

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How to Transplant an Olive Tree

Fruiting olive trees make resilient landscape specimens for edible landscaping in the West.
Olives (Olea europaea)  originate from the Mediterranean region but have been important landscape trees in the American Southwest for the past 70 years, losing and gaining favor as trends change. After World War II, mature olive trees were transplanted to new family homes all over the West. Old trees were moved from California […]

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Generational Family Gardening with Kids

New, budding gardeners learn how to grow vegetables organically.
Gardening is best shared with multiple generations, especially for our youngest gardeners. Whether we gardeners have our own children, grandchildren, or children in the neighborhood, it is an easy role to fill.  Young Millennial families are embracing gardening, so the goal for older gardeners should be to share our garden knowledge to inspire young, budding plant lovers. […]

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The Best Pomegranates for Home and Garden

‘Wonderful’ is a popular orchard variety pomegranate that also grows well in home gardens.
Since antiquity, the bright red seeds of the pomegranate (Punica granatum) have been likened to rubies.  The fleshy seeds are a sign of the nutritional treasure hidden inside the fruit’s tough, leathery rind. The covering of these Middle Eastern fruits protects them from birds and dehydration, unlike fully exposed stone fruits and berries.
The pomegranate […]

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8 Garden Fruits and Vegetables for Weight Loss and Health

8 Garden Fruits and Vegetables for Weight Loss and Health
All veggies are naturally low calorie, but a few give an extra boost when it comes to weight loss. Some are extraordinarily filling while others have the perk of containing beneficial compounds that increase weight loss. Others are natural diuretics that increase water loss and reduce bloating. Broccoli, cucumbers, peppers, and melons are just a few tasty […]

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Blueberries for Western and Southern Gardens

New, heat-tolerant blueberries should be enjoyed in more gardens south of the Mason Dixon Line and in the Southwest.
Forget that blueberries (Vaccinium spp.) are just a crop for the far north because that’s changed.  Modern selection and breeding have resulted in a range of hybrids and varieties that extend blueberries into almost every growing zone.  What makes this such a great opportunity is that blueberries are […]

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Growing Lemons, Oranges, and Other Citrus Indoors

Mature Chinotto Sour Orange (Citrus x aurantium ‘Chinotto’) Fruits. (Image by Jessie Keith)
From the seventeenth to nineteenth-century European aristocrats in the north grew citrus and other tender fruits in specialty greenhouses called orangeries. By the early Renaissance, pane glass could be sufficiently produced for the creation of greenhouses large enough to hold tropical and subtropical fruit trees. These glass houses were status symbols, in addition […]

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Recipe: Strawberry Kiwi Salsa

Fruit salsas are both sweet and savory. This spicy strawberry kiwi salsa tastes great over seared fish or chicken, or it can simply be enjoyed with fresh tortilla chips. Use fresh summer strawberries, cilantro, and jalapeño from the garden or local farmer’s market to make it extra special.
Ingredients
1 cup fresh strawberries, finely chopped
1 cup kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Mix all of the ingredients together, and let them chill for […]

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Recipe: Easy Harvest Apple Bread

zucchini_bread-300x199Home baking is a great way to combat chilly October days. Seasonal fall produce makes makes every recipe taste better, which is why we like to make this moist, easy apple apple bread.  It is great for the family, and makes a healthy dessert to add to kid’s lunch boxes. Try it with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of hot caramel topping!
Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
 
Dry Ingredients
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 […]

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