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Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettles

Last weekend, while botanizing along the White River in the Ozarks, we found many plants along the trail and came upon a large stand of healthy nettles. So armed with gloves, knives and pruners, we harvested a large amount of nettles which we brought home to cook down for a lovely mess a’ greens and we used the trimmings to make a nettle tincture.

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Green Garlic

Green Garlic

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Green Garlic is a gourmet delight. You can't really have it unless you grow it--or live near a garlic farmer who thins it in the spring or brings it to farmers' market. These delightful early garlics are delicious and easy to prepare and are well worth growing or seeking out.

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How to Choose Tomatoes for your Garden

How to Choose Tomatoes for your Garden

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It’s safe to say there are more kinds of tomatoes to plant this year than ever before. With so many old heirlooms, new cultivars and special hybrids on the market these days, how can a vegetable gardener decide what to plant?

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Cabbage en Escabeche

Cabbage en Escabeche

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I've been traveling around the country giving lectures on Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016. When I do cooking demos, I often prepare one of my favorite and most delicious recipes: Cabbage en Escabeche. I have had many requests for the recipe so here it is.

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How to Get Kids to Eat their Vegetables

How to Get Kids to Eat their Vegetables

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Are you looking for a new way to get kids interested in broccoli, carrots and beets? Here’s how Michele Soulek of Casper, Wyo., uses her vegetable garden in a delicious new way.

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How to Grow Cabbage Creatively

How to Grow Cabbage Creatively

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Think cabbage is just for growing in big gardens? Think again. Cabbage plants can a new dimension to ornamental plantings.

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How to Plant for Pollinators

How to Plant for Pollinators

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Celebrate National Lawn Care Month by replacing some of your lawn with pollinator-friendly plants. Lawns are nice, but some of that space could be used to attract needy pollinators to your landscape.

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Scented Geraniums (Pelargonium species)

Scented Geraniums (Pelargonium species)

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While gathering edible blooms from the wild this week, I noticed that the scented geraniums are blooming indoors in the greenhouse. The plants in the Pelargonium genus are easy to cultivate--they are tender perennials--so I grow them in pots as houseplants. Read all about the "pellies" as I call these endearing, aromatic plants.

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Spring Foraging: Wild Weeds, Herbal Harbingers and Enticing Ephemerals

Spring Foraging: Wild Weeds, Herbal Harbingers and Enticing Ephemerals

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AAhhh--it is that time of year again--spring is bustin' out all over and we gardeners are rejoicing with the first harvests of earth's offerings. Here are some photos of what I'm picking and what's for dinner; get inspired, get out there and forage, or at least graze!

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How to Foodscape Your Landscape

How to Foodscape Your Landscape

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It’s easy to transform an ordinary landscape into an incredible edible garden. Here are three steps for growing your own garden of eatin’.

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2016

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2016

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In my last post I posted photos of Epcot Fresh--pix of food displays and gardens. Here are another dozen photos of some of my favorite plants, topiary and garden vistas. The gardeners and cast members have outdone themselves for this year's Flower & Garden Festival!

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3 Perennial Herbs for Spring Green in the Garden

3 Perennial Herbs for Spring Green in the Garden

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The most welcome sight in my spring garden are the first perennial herbs to pop up and add some green to the bleak late winter scene. These three make for reliable container gardens.

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Epcot Fresh

Epcot Fresh

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Just returned from the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival--it was lots of fun--and this year's gardens and botanical displays are the best ever! Check out these photos for a virtual tour!

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Best Garden Bush Bean Varieties

Best Garden Bush Bean Varieties

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I feel that I've done injustice to bush beans by not giving them credit where credit is due. I'd like to take some time today to share with you some of our favorite bush bean varieties.

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How Gardening Helps us Heal

How Gardening Helps us Heal

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Jenny Peterson’s new book, "The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion," is filled with insight and inspiration for turning gardening into a healing experience.

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Meet Botanical Illustrator Susan Rubin

Meet Botanical Illustrator Susan Rubin

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Have you ever admired the beautiful botanical illustrations featured on Botanical Interests' vegetable and herb seed packets? Here’s your chance to get to know one of the artists.

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Totally Free Online Vegetable Garden Planners

Totally Free Online Vegetable Garden Planners

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As far as I can tell, we're all going to need a leg up. Here's where a cheat sheet comes in handy.

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Recipes featuring Pulses

Recipes featuring Pulses

Having been a vegetarian for over 40 years, I have a large repertoire of recipes featuring legumes: beans, lentils, split peas, chickpeas, etc. I have written a number of recipes using them in various blogs over the years. Here is an unpublished favorite for Tortilla Pie and links to seven recipes with pulses.

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Grow Beans in this Years Garden

Grow Beans in this Year's Garden

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In my last post I wrote about pulses being the international crop of the year and said that i would talk about some beans to grow and sources for a variety of beans. Here's a few that I have grown... and new ones for this growing season.

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Make a Lucky Vegetable Gardening Amulet

Make a Lucky Vegetable Gardening Amulet

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We’re familiar with the saying “the luck of the Irish,” but other cultures believe in lucky charms, too. Here’s how to create your own lucky amulet for this vegetable gardening season.

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