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Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Every year, the cycle of the seasons rolls around and we look forward to June 21st as we celebrate the Summer Solstice, which officially signals the first day of summer. The sun reaches its zenith in the sky; it is the day of longest light and the shortest night.

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New Way to Fight Tomato Hornworms

New Way to Fight Tomato Hornworms

Have tomato hornworms ever caused havoc in your vegetable garden? Now’s your chance to get revenge in a most delicious and satisfying way.

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Weeds: The Gardeners Never-Ending Task

Weeds: The Gardener's Never-Ending Task

We have had lots of rain here in my Maryland, zone 7 garden. And with the rain, the weeds and grass have grown in leaps and bounds--way bigger than all of the carefully planted vegetables, herbs and flowers. So I spent the last three days weeding, which gave me lots of time to reflect on the subject.

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How to Grow an Odd-looking Turnip

How to Grow an Odd-looking Turnip

Kohlrabi may be one of the strangest vegetables you’d like to grow. The above ground bulb looks a little like a vegetable from outer space.

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Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

While in Tarrytown, New York, attending the HSA Conference, we made a visit to Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, which was well worthwhile the trip. If you are in the area, by all means, make an effort to visit these handsome gardens and experience the many aspects of a well laid out and attractive, yet working farm from greenhouse crops to field crops and orchard to flower and herb gardens.

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Plant Heirloom Flowers to Grow More Vegetables

Plant Heirloom Flowers to Grow More Vegetables

If you’d like to add more beauty, fragrance and vegetables to your garden, Chris McLaughlin’s new book is for you. “Growing Heirloom Flowers” is a new approach to local and sustainable gardening.

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How to Create a Dream Pillow from Dried Herbs

How to Create a Dream Pillow from Dried Herbs

Hops have been used for centuries to brew beers and in infusions for medicinal purposes, however hops have many other uses as you can see in the following recipe for creating your own dream pillow. Herb Society of America members had a hands-on project last week where folks could make their own dream pillows and it was very popular. After a long day of gardening or a hard day at work, relax in a hot tub and then hop into bed with a dream pillow and sweet dreams!

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Hop-Happy Teas

Hop-Happy Teas

Last weekend at our Celebrate Hops, Herb of the Year 2018 event at the US National Arboretum, we served lots of hop infusions and some herb tea blends and folks liked them so much, I'm posting a few of the recipes here.

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5 Easy Vegetable Garden Hacks

5 Easy Vegetable Garden Hacks

Vegetable gardeners are known for their clever work arounds to take some of the work out of growing their gardens. Here are five of the easiest garden hacks to start using today.

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