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Fire Cider Vinegar

Fire Cider Vinegar

This elixir is well known amongst herbalists, created by Rosemary Gladstar, and has been made by many of us for years now. December 6 was World Fire Cider Vinegar Day. Check out this easy recipe--I make this every fall after I harvest my horseradish--to use throughout the winter months for a general tonic and to help fight colds and flu.

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Grow Tunnel Update

Grow Tunnel Update

Here it is the last day of November and I am still harvesting lettuce, spinach, arugula, cilantro, parsley, chard, kale, mustard and collard greens in my zone 7 garden. This is due to the fact that it is growing in a small grow tunnel under floating row cover--this gardener is a happy camper!

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Sweet Patooties are in Season!

Sweet Patooties are in Season!

It's that time of year again--most gardeners harvest sweet potatoes before a frost--so right now sweet potatoes are piled high on roadside stands, at farmers' markets and in the grocery store. We are seeing them everywhere since they are a popular menu item for the Thanksgiving feast. See how to store them and check out some delightful recipes...

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Natural Fertilizer Boosts Organic Gardening

Natural Fertilizer Boosts Organic Gardening

Organic gardeners are always on the lookout for all-natural, multi-purpose products that can be used to improve their gardening efforts. As it turns out, one old-fashioned fertilizer could be your perfect cup of tea.

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Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus), also referred to as sunchokes, sunroots and earth apples are edible tubers native to North America, mainly the Eastern regions. They are best dug after the first frost.

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Tomato-Raisin Chutney

Tomato-Raisin Chutney

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If you still have homegrown tomatoes here is a recipe to try! We recently made this chutney for our reception at the Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring foods of the British Isles—it was my favorite recipe of the evening. The members of the Ozark Unit of the HSA prepared all of the foods after researching through many cookbooks and this recipe is adapted from a recipe from The Irish Pub Cookbook by Margaret Johnson.

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Floating Row Cover and Grow Tunnels Extend the Growing Season

Floating Row Cover and Grow Tunnels Extend the Growing Season

Although summer has gone and fall is here, it does not mean the end of the growing season. By using floating row cover or a grow tunnel covered with it--you can enjoy cool weather crop until the weather freezes.

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Summer Salad, Nicoise-Style

Summer Salad, Nicoise-Style

Summertime and the living is easy--supper time involves as little cooking as possible--and preparing something simple with garden produce. Here is a recipe for an easy salad, Nicoise-style, using whatever you have on hand.

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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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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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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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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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How to Make an Herbal Vinegar

How to Make an Herbal Vinegar

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Herbs are flourishing and it is time for the first harvest. Capture herbal essence by making herb-flavored vinegars--it is fun and easy to do--and you will have tasty infusions for the year ahead.

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A Perfectly Portable Potting Bench

A Perfectly Portable Potting Bench

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Would you like a simple summer project? Then dust off that old ironing board and re-purpose it as a portable potting bench. A coat of paint is all you need.

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Build Your Own Classic Compost Bin

Build Your Own Classic Compost Bin

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This compost bin design has been popular for years. It features convenient removable sides and maximum air circulation.

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New Book for Gardeners: The Soil Will Save Us

New Book for Gardeners: The Soil Will Save Us

If you’re worried about the climate crisis, it’s time to stop looking at the thermometer and start looking beneath your feet. Kristin Ohlson helps us discover how the health of our planet depends on the health of our soils in her important new book.

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