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Beat the Heat--Cool Down with Mint!

Beat the Heat--Cool Down with Mint!

As temperatures soar outside, we need relief from the heat. Mint is a naturally cooling and refreshing herb that most of us have right in our own backyards (usually in abundance due to its rampant spreading habit). Here are a few ideas and recipes for cooling down with mint.

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How to Plant a Milk Crate

How to Plant a Milk Crate

Would you like to grow a “crate to plate” garden? It turns out that milk crates are the perfect size for growing vegetables and herbs in a container garden.

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Celebrate Summer!  Easy Cucumber Recipes

Celebrate Summer! Easy Cucumber Recipes

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Today is officially the first day of summer--we celebrate the solstice and Father's Day both! The garden is revving up as is the summer heat--the salad greens are bolting--however I've picked my first two cucumbers and last night I pitted 4 quarts of sour cherries for the freezer. What's happening in you garden? Try one of these cooling cucumber recipes to welcome the season!

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Beginning Gardeners will Love the Seedsheet

Beginning Gardeners will Love the Seedsheet

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If you’d like to plant a vegetable garden, but don’t have a clue where to start, the Seedsheet is for you.

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Quick and Easy White Bean Salad with Savory

Quick and Easy White Bean Salad with Savory

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Even though it is not officially summer on the calendar, the weather says otherwise here in Maryland--we are having a heatwave! I recently made this for Savory, Herb of the Year 2015 demo at the USBG and it was a hit. Really, it takes just about 10 minutes to make and its a great lunch or supper in this hot weather! This simple recipe is quick and easy and can be used like tuna fish or chicken salad on sandwiches or a salad plate.

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Perennial Egyptian Walking Onions Plant Themselves

Perennial Egyptian Walking Onions Plant Themselves

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Many gardeners plant onions in their vegetable gardens each season. But Egyptian walking onions need to be planted only once to give gardeners onions every year.

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Saving and Savoring, A Celebration of Rare and Endangered Plants and Herbs at U.S. Botanic Garden

Saving and Savoring, A Celebration of Rare and Endangered Plants and Herbs at U.S. Botanic Garden

Our U.S. Botanic Garden, as well as U.S. National Arboretum, are treasure troves of plants from around the world, as well as great resources for events, programs and classes, and information about plants. The gardens change with the seasons as do the featured themes--they are great places to visit--so plan a trip to see these national treasures!

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Using IFTTT to Automate Your Gardening Life

Using IFTTT to Automate Your Gardening Life

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One of the Internet’s most powerful tools can automate your gardening life by connecting Internet services. Once you learn it, it will save you time (and possibly your plants), reduce stress, and allow you to get more done. And it’s called IFTTT.

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Giant Pumpkin Growing Started Small

Giant Pumpkin Growing Started Small

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The giant pumpkins we see at today’s weigh-offs have their roots in contests that date back more than 150 years. If you’re dreaming of growing a giant pumpkin this season, here’s a little historical inspiration on how it all got started.

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Growers and Gardeners Networking

Growers and Gardeners Networking

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Recently my local farmers' market had a fundraiser at a nearby farm and it was fun and educational to visit with the friends and supporters of the market and the farmers who bring wonderful produce and products to market, not to mention there was lots of good food and beverage. Here are a few photos of garden grown produce and things new to me...

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Radishes and Garlics and Greens, Oh Yeah!

Radishes and Garlics and Greens, Oh Yeah!

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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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Tangy Garden Pasta Salad

Tangy Garden Pasta Salad

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This refreshing and colorful salad is one of my go-tos when our family is invited to a summer BBQ. If you like pasta and veggies in a creamy vinegar sauce then you're going to love this.

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How to Diagnose Tomato Problems

How to Diagnose Tomato Problems

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If you’ve ever wondered what’s wrong with your tomato plants, you need Tomato MD. This easy-to-use interactive app takes the guesswork out of diagnosing 35 different problems that affect tomato plants -- and what to do about them.

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More Williamsburg and HSA Conference

More Williamsburg and HSA Conference

On my last blog, I highlighted the Colonial Gardens in Williamsburg, having to limit myself to just 12 images. Here are 12 more with details on the conference, farmers' market, two great books, and a few more herbs.

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 Visit to Williamsburg for HSA Conference

Visit to Williamsburg for HSA Conference

I recently attended and presented at the annual Herb Society of America conference, which took place this year in Colonial Williamsburg. If you haven't visited Williamsburg, Virginia, or been there recently--it is a wonderful place for a getaway or family vacation. There is lots to see and do, many gardens to walk through, it is educational and historic and there are no rides (well except for a horse and buggy)and no plastic. Things there are built out of wood and stone and brick as was done in colonial times.

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Benefits of Container-grown Sandy Lettuce

Benefits of Container-grown Sandy Lettuce

If you're looking for a new lettuce to try this season, why not plant some 'Sandy' lettuce? Despite its name, this All-America Selections winner is tender, sweet and grows exceptionally well in patio containers.

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New Roxanne Radish Certainly is a Winner

New 'Roxanne' Radish Certainly is a Winner

All-America Selections picked a real winner when it selected 'Roxanne' radish for the 2015 season. This hybrid radish offers everything a vegetable gardener could ask for and in record time.

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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 Scented Geraniums for Flavorful Meals

Plant Scented Geraniums for Flavorful Meals

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While planting the vegetable garden this year, be sure to add a few scented geranium plants. They're as lovely in the garden as they are tasty in garden-fresh recipes.

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