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Garden Bounty: Late Summer Garden Happenings

Garden Bounty: Late Summer Garden Happenings

What's going on in your garden? As the harvest season is peaking and some of our summer vegetable and herb plants are winding down, it is time for preserving, tidying up and getting ready to plant a few fall crops.

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Catalog Review: Pepper Joes

Catalog Review: Pepper Joe's

Pepper Joe's offers a great variety of pepper seeds, including the Guinness Book of World Records' hottest pepper variety, the Carolina Reaper.

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Summer Corn & Avocado Salsa

Summer Corn & Avocado Salsa

I'm a freak for all kinds of salsas. I've got to share with you one such refreshing recipe that my bestie and me came up with this summer.

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Garden Fresh Ratatouille

Garden Fresh Ratatouille

Our own spin on Ratatouille is the perfect compliment for your garden bounty!

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Corn

Corn

When I think of favorite summer produce--tomatoes, corn and peaches top my list. I eat tomatoes and peaches every single day--and corn almost daily. Though we enjoy them most now--it is time to preserve some for this winter. Recently my local farmer called and said the corn is ready, so I grabbed my knife and freezer zip-lock bags and headed over to shuck and jive...

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Sweet Herb Planter Yields Just Desserts

Sweet Herb Planter Yields Just Desserts

A combination of sweet mint and pineapple sage means many sweet summertime treats. Here’s how to grow a sweet herb planter and how to enjoy the results.weet

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Toss a Tomato Tasting Party

Toss a Tomato Tasting Party

If you want to be the most popular gardener in your neighborhood, plan an end-of-season tomato tasting party. It’s a great way to make friends, celebrate the harvest and find new tomato varieties to plant in your garden next year.

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Preparing Your Garden For Fall

Preparing Your Garden For Fall

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As the summer heat is (slowly) winding down, excitement is building for the best gardening season of the year. Here’s how to get ready for it.

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Plant a Pizza Garden in a Pot

Plant a Pizza Garden in a Pot

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One easy way to make the most of your small space vegetable garden is to plant an edible theme garden. My pizza garden in a pot has made for delicious results.

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Summer Vacation to Canada

Summer Vacation to Canada

I recently did a road trip to Toronto with herbalgalpals to attend the International Herb Association's annual conference. Here are a few highlights--gardens for you to visit vicariously, or next time you go to Canada--or put them on your list of things to do.

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Squirrel Tree Bears Fruit

Squirrel Tree Bears Fruit

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Most gardeners work hard to keep squirrels out of their vegetable gardens. But sometimes one of the little critters can offer a pleasant surprise.

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Summer in the White House Kitchen Garden

Summer in the White House Kitchen Garden

While all of our gardens are peaking right now, here is a garden you might want to take a closer peek at--the Nation's Kitchen Garden. Did you know that you can arrange a date for a private tour of the White House Kitchen Garden during this summer season? Last week, I went with the Potomac Unit of the Herb Society of America and we had the whole garden to ourselves (well of course, we were accompanied by some security as well as a guide)!

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Start Your Own Worm Compost Bin

Start Your Own Worm Compost Bin

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Building your own worm compost (vermicompost) bin is an easy way to get a continuous supply of this great organic fertilizer.

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Eating Bugs for Fun

Eating Bugs for Fun

Even if you've been vegetable gardening for a just a short time, you've probably tasted a few bugs without knowing it. Now’s your chance to sample beetle larvae, crickets and mealworms for the fun of it at the 2014 edition of the Denver County Fair.

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Planning a Brand New Home Orchard

Planning a Brand New Home Orchard

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Brand new farm. Brand new home orchard.

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Plant an Edible Ornamental Hanging Basket

Plant an Edible Ornamental Hanging Basket

Why choose between an ornamental garden or an edible one? Here’s a simple planting idea for a different take on a hanging basket.

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Veggie Garden Tidbits, Volume I

Veggie Garden Tidbits, Volume I

Here’s the first volume of random, yet helpful tips and thoughts to feed your garden brain.

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How to Make a Shrub

How to Make a Shrub

This is not a shrub as in a bush that grows in one's garden, rather it is a beverage made from infusing fruits, herbs or even vegetables in apple cider vinegar.

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The 20-30 Something Garden Guide by Dee Nash Book Review

The 20-30 Something Garden Guide by Dee Nash Book Review

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Are you a 20-30 something that just happens to be new to gardening? We've got the book for you!

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Vegetable Gardening in the Rocky Mountain Region

Vegetable Gardening in the Rocky Mountain Region

Mid-summer is a good time to evaluate your vegetable gardening efforts. If the garden isn’t living up to your expectations, you might want to turn to a new book that will help you “Plant, Grow and Eat the Best Edibles for Rocky Mountain Gardens.”

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