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Fickle Spring

Fickle Spring

This has been a topsy-turvy spring weather wise—-Mother Nature has certainly given us a rollercoaster ride of temperatures from 82 degrees one day plummeting to freezing the next day. Bringing the Bonnie Raitt song to mind “Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About…” Because what else would we gardeners, as well as neighborhood folks at our local businesses, not to mention the national weather forecasters talk about… if it weren’t for the weather?! Aahhh, the fickleness of spring!

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Grow a Pie with this Garden Plant

Grow a Pie with this Garden Plant

If you’re looking for an edible perennial to add to your vegetable garden, consider pie plant. This old favorite is grown for its stems that make delicious pies, jams and jellies.

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Cultivating and Harvesting Hops (Humulus lupulus)

Cultivating and Harvesting Hops (Humulus lupulus)

Since hops are Herb of the Year for 2018, I figure I ought to tell you about growing them--actually they are fairly easy to cultivate. Some gardeners find them to be invasive, since they send out underground runners and are a rapid-growing vine; they definitely need support and room to spread.

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How to Plant Perennial Horseradish

How to Plant Perennial Horseradish

If you’re looking for something a little different to plant this season, why not try one of the oldest perennial herbs around? The large leaves of horseradish plants add structure to the vegetable garden, and they’re edible, too.

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Buttermilk Biscuits with Scallions or Chives and Cheddar

Buttermilk Biscuits with Scallions or Chives and Cheddar

There is nothing like homemade biscuits flavored with herbs and/or alliums—make these tasty biscuits flecked with some green alliums for St. Patty’s Day!

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Hops, Herb of the Year 2018

Hops, Herb of the Year 2018

This year, herbies and hopheads from around the country are celebrating Hops as Herb of the Year. The International Herb Association's newest publication Hops, Herb of the Year 2018: Brewing and Beyond is hot off the press! Read all about it!

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Cooking Videos for Vegetable Gardeners

Cooking Videos for Vegetable Gardeners

Do you need some inspiration for what to plant in your vegetable garden this year? Consider these fresh-from-the-garden recipes before you start planting.

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Spring is Bustin Out all Over!

Spring is Bustin' Out all Over!

Today celebrates the vernal equinox--the first day of spring. We gardeners rejoice that we are able to start sowing seed and soon will have out hands in the garden earth. For some of us, in warmer climes we are enjoying the harbingers of spring in their full regalia, while others in the northern states are looking forward to spring as the winter storms still continue with howling winds, rain, snow, sleet and even hail. Enjoy these photos from Brookgreen Garden in Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina and imagine your gardens to come!

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Plant a Seed with Slow Food USA

Plant a Seed with Slow Food USA

Vegetable gardeners across the country can join a global food campaign by planting a special trio of companion plants. Slow Food USA’s Plant a Seed kit connects the Three Sisters to gardeners around the world.

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Saint Patrick’s Day kicks off Gardening in March

Saint Patrick’s Day kicks off Gardening in March

Many folks practice planting potatoes on Saint Patrick's Day, and some plant peas and/or onions too. This is a tradition for many gardeners who live in warmer climes, although I’ve seen hardcore gardeners get out there even in frigid weather and work the cold earth to get their first crop of potatoes in on St. Paddy’s Day.

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It’s Potato Planting Time

It’s Potato Planting Time

If you haven’t eaten a homegrown potato, you don’t know what a real potato tastes like. Spring’s the time to plant potatoes in the vegetable garden. Here’s everything you need to get your potato crop off to a good start.

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Three Ways to Plant Container Onions

Three Ways to Plant Container Onions

Did you know onions aren’t a root or a fruit? These savory vegetables are made up of layers of leaf bases. Here are three ways to get your container onions growing this season.

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Six Seed Selections to Sow for the Summer Season

Six Seed Selections to Sow for the Summer Season

While you are considering which seeds to order for this coming season, here are a few favorites that I have been growing for many years. While I try new plant seeds each season--these are must haves--ones that I really don't want to be without.

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New Orleans Vegetable Trials Yield Big Results

New Orleans Vegetable Trials Yield Big Results

The Louisiana Master Gardeners make the most of cool weather with their plantings at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. Educational programs like these help vegetable gardeners with their spring plantings.

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Tortilla Soup--Comfort Food

Tortilla Soup--Comfort Food

There is nothing like a bowl of nourishing hot soup on a cold winter day, especially a grey, damp rainy day that sort of seeps into the bones in your body that seem to complain about the weather. I add enough capsicum and allium to make me sweat a little and I feel warm to the very core of my body. Try some tortilla soup—it is warming comfort food.

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Celebrating Americas First Gardeners

Celebrating America's First Gardeners

In honor of Presidents’ Day, here’s a salute to America’s First Vegetable Gardeners. The gentlemen farmers, like President Thomas Jefferson, were passionate plantsmen who helped lead a nation with politics and plants.

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Snow:  Poor Man’s Fertilizer

Snow: Poor Man’s Fertilizer

Is this familiar adage an old wive’s tale? In fact, snow does contain nitrogen and other particulates like sulfur, which it collects as it falls through the atmosphere, however so do rain and sleet, and believe it or not, lightning.

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Chocolate Tomatoes are a Sweet Garden Surprise

Chocolate Tomatoes are a Sweet Garden Surprise

Do you want to give chocolates and flowers to your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? Instead of a box of chocolates and a dozen roses, try these chocolate tomatoes for a different kind of treat.

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Seeds

Seeds

If you haven’t ordered your garden seeds for 2018, now is the time. As I sit by the woodstove looking out on another grey, cold day, the precipitation is coming down heavily. It started out as freezing rain, now it is rain and once the temps start to drop this afternoon, who knows what it will turn to? The back porch steps, the deck and even spots on the packed gravel drive are like a skating rink—so I am not going anywhere.

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Grow Red for a Healthy Heart

Grow Red for a Healthy Heart

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only heart-wise celebration in February. The American Heart Association dedicates the entire month to reminding people to take care of their hearts. Exercise and eating a plant-based diet can help lower the risk for heart disease, especially red fruits and vegetables.

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