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Radishes and Garlics and Greens, Oh Yeah!

Radishes and Garlics and Greens, Oh Yeah!

The weather is changing from spring to summer--nights are still cool here in Maryland--however days feel like summertime hot. Greens and radishes and garlic are loving it and we are experiencing salad days in a big way!

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Keeping Insect Pests Out of the Vegetable Garden

Keeping Insect Pests Out of the Vegetable Garden

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About 90 percent of the insects you see in your garden won’t cause plants any significant harm. Here are organic tips for handling the 10 percent that do.

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Fickle Spring

Fickle Spring

Today is the last day of April and tomorrow we will celebrate May Day--this past month has been cold and wily--have had the woodstove going and the plant babies covered. Hopefully May will finally bring spring for us impatient gardeners!

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Plant an Early Spring Container Garden

Plant an Early Spring Container Garden

The harvest for tasty greens and ripe radishes is only a few weeks away if you plant containers of some of the fastest growing edibles around.

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On the Road: Kraut  Recipe from a Wild and Cultured Herbal Lunch Menu

On the Road: Kraut Recipe from a Wild and Cultured Herbal Lunch Menu

Home again, however finishing up a few details from recent road trip. Attendees from the Medicinal Herb Workshop requested the Smoky Kale Sauerkraut recipe so here it is.

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Grow Herbs for a  Spa Experience

Grow Herbs for a Spa Experience

A luxurious spa experience awaits you. All you need is The Herb Lover’s Spa Book and some fragrant herbs from your garden.

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15 Reasons Why You Should Plant Herbs this Year

15 Reasons Why You Should Plant Herbs this Year

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If you've never grown a thing in your life -- start with herbs.

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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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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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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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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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Pinto Beans with Savory

Pinto Beans with Savory

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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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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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Seed Library Membership Has its Benefits

Seed Library Membership Has its Benefits

I just renewed my membership with the Hudson Valley Seed Library because of this year’s Community Seed offering. As a long-time vegetable gardener and satisfied library patron, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to be part of the Breed Your Own Zucchini program.

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Fire Cider Vinegar

Fire Cider Vinegar

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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

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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

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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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