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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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Sweet, Sweeter, and Sweetest Sweet Corn

Many bicolored corn varieties are both crisp and sweet.
Sweet corn is summer bliss, but not all ears are the same. So, what makes one type better than the other? It depends on your sweet tooth. Crisp sweet corn comes in different sugar levels, from supersweet to old-time sugary sweet. Here’s what you need to know to choose the best ears to suit your taste.

What Makes […]

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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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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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The Well-Prepared Parterre Potager

The grand French Chateau de Villandry Ornamental Parterre Garden is in the foreground with the Ornamental Kitchen Garden in the background. (Image by Maureen Gilmer)
As with most things French, even vegetable gardens can be decidedly beautiful.  What makes them so special are parterre potagers, a practice of creating symmetrical, geometric patterns with beds of vegetables of different colors and textures. Within the geometric beds, which […]

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The High-Protein Vegetable Garden: Beans and Grains


Vegetarian and vegan lifestyles have popularized high-protein garden vegetables. Growing a good selection of nutritious, protein-packed grains and beans means expanding upon the standard repertoire of veggies. The list may include cool-season legumes, like chickpeas and fava beans,  as well as winter grains and warm-season crops, such as edamame and amaranth.
The first step of garden planning is arranging your desired crops by season. All […]

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5 Sustainable Ways Your Garden Can Help the Earth

Creating a Certified Wildlife Garden is one of many ways to garden sustainably.
By default, gardens help the Earth by providing vital green space, but there are smart ways to boost a garden’s overall value—environmentally, socially, and economically. Some steps are small. For example, growing your own food organically takes little effort and offers big rewards with fresh, low-cost produce. Composting your own food scraps and fallen […]

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Recipe: Fresh Herbed Cucumber Cocktails

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Nothing is more refreshing in summer than a delicious cocktail made with crisp cucumbers and aromatic herbs harvested straight from your garden. These drinks contain fresh rosemary and basil, though you can also replace them with fresh mint, if you like. Whip up one of these delicious summer cocktails, and let your party stand above the rest.

Cucumber & Basil Mojito
2 sprigs fresh basil leaves
2 slices […]

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Recipe: Spicy Guacamole with Roasted Poblano Chiles

GuacamoleFresh guacamole tastes even better with the addition of roasted poblano chile peppers!
Roasted poblano chiles make this classic guacamole a little spicier and more flavorful. Whip up this party favorite at your next summertime barbecue when California avocados,  heirloom tomatoes, and chile peppers are at their peak!
Ingredients
1 poblano chile pepper
1 medium heirloom tomato, seeded and diced
1 clove of garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon sweet onion, finely chopped
4 large ripe avocados,
1 […]

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Recipe: Spend Less and Roast Your Own Sweet Peppers

roastedredpeppers1Roasted red peppers are delicious on salads and sandwiches, and but they are expensive to buy at the grocery store. Thankfully, they are very easy to make, so when peppers are in season, take some time to make your own. If you have a bumper crop of sweet peppers, roasting is a perfect way to make the most of your crop.
Work with as many fresh bell peppers […]

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