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Midnight Snack Tomato is a Star

Midnight Snack Tomato is a Star

An All-America Selections winner in 2017, Midnight Snack shows its true colors when ripe. This snack-size tomato would be a colorful addition to any vegetable garden.

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Anise Hyssop

Anise Hyssop

Although we are enjoying Hops, which is Herb of the Year 2018, we are gearing up for Agastache, Herb of the Year for 2019. Right now, mine and everyone's in my zone 7 neighborhood are in full summer heights. They are surrounded all day long by pollinators from bees to hummers and butterflies

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Wild Tomatoes Have Long Roots

Wild Tomatoes Have Long Roots

Wild tomatoes offer vegetable gardeners a chance to go back to the fruit’s original roots. Here’s how to tame some for your garden.

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Madcap Pepper is a Sweet Keeper

Madcap Pepper is a Sweet Keeper

If you’re a vegetable gardener who’s always looking for something a little different, I have a new pepper for you. Mad Hatter is the perfect kind of crazy for your garden.

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Summer Fruits: From Salads to Shortcakes

Summer Fruits: From Salads to Shortcakes

When I eat a dead-ripe peach, it is usually over the sink with the juice dripping down my chin and hands. When I am feeling more civilized, I do enjoy peeling a peach over the sink and then slicing...

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Pesto alla Genovese

Pesto alla Genovese

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For centuries, Italians have made pesto with a mortar and pestle, hence the name pesto from the verb pestare, which means to pound or grind. Pesto prepared in this manner is by far the best, it has a wonderful emulsion and is thick and creamy. The flavors are also more intense--the garlic is more pungent, the nuts are sweeter and more resinous, and the basil is rich in perfume. Nowadays, many of us use the food processor to make pesto since it is quick and easy. Directions for both methods are given here.

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The Essential Ingredient of Pesto is Basil

The Essential Ingredient of Pesto is Basil

Often referred to as Pesto alla Genovese, the essential ingredients of pesto are an Italian green basil (preferably ‘Genoa Green’ or something similar), olive oil, garlic, parmesan, and pine nuts. Real pesto is not made from cilantro, arugula, nettles and other herbs--green herb sauces are called salsa verde.

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Michigan Herb Enthusiasts Get Hoppy

Michigan Herb Enthusiasts Get Hoppy

The Herb of the Year took center stage at the Michigan Herb Associates conference in Lansing this spring. Attendees got the chance to celebrate hops in several tasty ways.

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How to Veganize a Recipe

How to Veganize a Recipe

Are you looking for a way to get creative with the harvest from your vegetable garden? Use your eyes and veganize!

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Figs are In

Figs are In

Figs are in. They're ripening in yards and gardens right now, and finding their way to high-end restaurants. If you want in on the fig trend, here’s what you need to know to grow.

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Small-Space Design Ideas for Vegetable Gardens

Small-Space Design Ideas for Vegetable Gardens

The problem for many small-space vegetable gardeners is how to create a beautiful and functional garden when there’s little room to grow. California landscape designer, Susan Morrison, has dozens of solutions in her new book.

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Bee Balm works for Insect Stings

Bee Balm works for Insect Stings

Monarda fistulosa isn't just called bee balm because it attracts bees and other pollinators--it also helps to ease their stings.

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What’s Wrong with My Tomato Plants?

What’s Wrong with My Tomato Plants?

Got tomato troubles? Here’s what could be going wrong in your vegetable garden.

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Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Every year, the cycle of the seasons rolls around and we look forward to June 21st as we celebrate the Summer Solstice, which officially signals the first day of summer. The sun reaches its zenith in the sky; it is the day of longest light and the shortest night.

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New Way to Fight Tomato Hornworms

New Way to Fight Tomato Hornworms

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Have tomato hornworms ever caused havoc in your vegetable garden? Now’s your chance to get revenge in a most delicious and satisfying way.

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Weeds: The Gardeners Never-Ending Task

Weeds: The Gardener's Never-Ending Task

We have had lots of rain here in my Maryland, zone 7 garden. And with the rain, the weeds and grass have grown in leaps and bounds--way bigger than all of the carefully planted vegetables, herbs and flowers. So I spent the last three days weeding, which gave me lots of time to reflect on the subject.

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How to Grow an Odd-looking Turnip

How to Grow an Odd-looking Turnip

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Kohlrabi may be one of the strangest vegetables you’d like to grow. The above ground bulb looks a little like a vegetable from outer space.

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Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

While in Tarrytown, New York, attending the HSA Conference, we made a visit to Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, which was well worthwhile the trip. If you are in the area, by all means, make an effort to visit these handsome gardens and experience the many aspects of a well laid out and attractive, yet working farm from greenhouse crops to field crops and orchard to flower and herb gardens.

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Plant Heirloom Flowers to Grow More Vegetables

Plant Heirloom Flowers to Grow More Vegetables

If you’d like to add more beauty, fragrance and vegetables to your garden, Chris McLaughlin’s new book is for you. “Growing Heirloom Flowers” is a new approach to local and sustainable gardening.

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How to Create a Dream Pillow from Dried Herbs

How to Create a Dream Pillow from Dried Herbs

Hops have been used for centuries to brew beers and in infusions for medicinal purposes, however hops have many other uses as you can see in the following recipe for creating your own dream pillow. Herb Society of America members had a hands-on project last week where folks could make their own dream pillows and it was very popular. After a long day of gardening or a hard day at work, relax in a hot tub and then hop into bed with a dream pillow and sweet dreams!

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