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On the Road: American Botanical Council, Austin, Texas

On the Road: American Botanical Council, Austin, Texas

This spring has been busy with a road trip from Arkansas to Texas and back--we saw miles and miles of Texas! We started with a program on 'Shrubs, Switchel and Beveridge: The Art of Creating Fruited Vinegars' at the ABC. Check out the gardens at the American Botanical Council. Check out the gardens at the ABC, why you should go visit, and become a member!

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Plant Green Beans Up a Teepee Trellis

Plant Green Beans Up a Teepee Trellis

Plant pole beans, garden peas, nasturtiums, black-eyed Susan vines, sweet peas, miniature pumpkins, scarlet runner beans, or birdhouse gourds at the base of bamboo poles to create a teepee trellis.

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New Vegetable Grafting Mirrors Old Solanum Experiments

New Vegetable Grafting Mirrors Old Solanum Experiments

What do you get when you cross a tomato with a potato plant? If you answered the new Ketchup ‘n’ Fries plant from Territorial Seed Company, you’re right.

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How to Grow Micro Greens Indoors--Part Two

How to Grow Micro Greens Indoors--Part Two

If you planted your micro greens with me last week, your sprouts should have already popped up with their seed leaves called cotyledons.

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How to Grow Micro Greens Indoors

How to Grow Micro Greens Indoors

Would you like to join me in a delicious indoor gardening project? Let’s grow a container of fresh and tasty micro greens indoors. Plant along with me and you’ll be enjoying fresh greens in about two weeks.

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Springtime: on the road again

Springtime: on the road again

Well I departed from the frigid temps in Maryland with over 12-inches of snow on the ground to head south to begin another series of springtime herbal events. While still chilly here in Arkansas, the snow has melted, the precipitation is rain with temps in the 50s and the daffodils are up three or four inches and budded, though not yet open. The first night I arrived the peepers were peepin’ around the pond and in the ditches—a sure sign of spring. Read on to find out upcoming events...

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Grow Herbs with a Miniature Aquaponics System

Grow Herbs with a Miniature Aquaponics System

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What do you get when you combine hydroponics with aquaculture? A self-cleaning fish tank that grows real food, without the need for any soil or fertilizer.

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Winters Passing

Winter's Passing

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Today is the last day of February--gardeners take heart and prepare for spring! Although it might not seem like it with these frigid temperatures and snow and sleet still in the forecast--it will happen. Be sure to still feed our fine feathered friends in this weather! March brings all sorts of spring and green celebrations from the full worm moon, daylight saving time, St. Patrick's Day and the vernal equinox--hallelujah!

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4 Easy Steps to Your First Vegetable Garden

4 Easy Steps to Your First Vegetable Garden

All it takes is couple of successful gardening experiences to make you a vegetable gardener for the rest of your life.

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Planting for Scent, Touch, and Sound

Planting for Scent, Touch, and Sound

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Our gardens should be a feast for all of the senses.

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Rethinking the Spring Vegetable Garden

Rethinking the Spring Vegetable Garden

When the vegetable garden is covered by a thick, fluffy blanket of snow, the blank slate gives gardeners a chance to think. And rethink. Here are four vegetable gardening ideas to consider for your garden this spring.

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How to Create Vegetable Centerpieces

How to Create Vegetable Centerpieces

Vegetables aren’t just for eating, they make beautiful decorations, too. Here’s how to create tasty table centerpieces using fruits and vegetables in place of fresh flowers.

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Combining Chocolate with Herbs and Spices

Combining Chocolate with Herbs and Spices

It's Valentine's Day weekend--so it is a time to celebrate love and eat chocolate. Did you know that chocolate is good for you? The flavor of chocolate can be enhanced by herbs and spices. While you are indoors on this cold wintry weekend, whip up something with chocolate for you and the ones that you love!

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Powerful Plants Help Get Children in the Garden

Powerful Plants Help Get Children in the Garden

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What do you get when you cross one vegetable-growing dad, with colorful animated characters and a free app? You get Powerful Plants, a new way to "edutain" kids about vegetable gardening.

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Pinto Beans with Savory

Pinto Beans with Savory

In my last blog, I spoke of Savory being Herb of the Year for 2015 and promised a warming winter recipe using it. Though a hard decision, I decided that there is nothing like a pot of beans cooked with savory (know as bohnenkraut, the bean herb in German)--so here is a simple recipe using dried pintos--and a variation on refried beans. They are wonderful in a bowl on their own or served over rice. I especially like them with cornbread accompanied by either coleslaw or wilted greens.

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Get Ready for Summer with Renees Garden Cookbook

Get Ready for Summer with Renee's Garden Cookbook

The recipes and images from the new Renee’s Garden Cookbook will make any vegetable gardener want summer to get here in a hurry. The cookbook offers more than the promise of many fresh vegetable dishes, it also includes dozens of gardening tips to help make vegetable gardening dreams come true.

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Winter Ruminations

Winter Ruminations

Today is the last day of January--and we are in the thick of winter weather here in zone 7 Maryland--days barely in the 30s and nights in the teens---bbbrrrhhh! Tomorrow is the first day of February which is a month of many notable dates not to mention the lengthening of days and the stirring of spring! This weekend is Imbolc on the Irish calendar and it is the celebration of midwinter.

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Growing Vegetables for Fun and Profit in Denver

Growing Vegetables for Fun and Profit in Denver

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A new ordinance allows Denver gardeners to start a farmstand in their front yards. Urban farmers can now sell fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and even eggs in their residential neighborhoods.

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Fermentation: More Countertop Cultivation

Fermentation: More Countertop Cultivation

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In the throes of winter, looking out at the snow, we gardeners dream of growing gardens. With a surplus of root vegetables this time of year, I have been further experimenting with fermentation and here are some of my recent creations and tasty results.

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Test Old Vegetable Seeds Before Buying New

Test Old Vegetable Seeds Before Buying New

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If you want to save money on your vegetable garden this year, it pays to test your leftover vegetables seeds before investing in packets of new seeds. Use this simple germination test to find out how many new seeds you really need to buy.

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