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Winters Passing

Winter's Passing

Today is the last day of February--gardeners take heart and prepare for spring! Although it might not seem like it with these frigid temperatures and snow and sleet still in the forecast--it will happen. Be sure to still feed our fine feathered friends in this weather! March brings all sorts of spring and green celebrations from the full worm moon, daylight saving time, St. Patrick's Day and the vernal equinox--hallelujah!

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Planting for Scent, Touch, and Sound

Planting for Scent, Touch, and Sound

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Our gardens should be a feast for all of the senses.

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Rethinking the Spring Vegetable Garden

Rethinking the Spring Vegetable Garden

When the vegetable garden is covered by a thick, fluffy blanket of snow, the blank slate gives gardeners a chance to think. And rethink. Here are four vegetable gardening ideas to consider for your garden this spring.

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How to Create Vegetable Centerpieces

How to Create Vegetable Centerpieces

Vegetables aren’t just for eating, they make beautiful decorations, too. Here’s how to create tasty table centerpieces using fruits and vegetables in place of fresh flowers.

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Combining Chocolate with Herbs and Spices

Combining Chocolate with Herbs and Spices

It's Valentine's Day weekend--so it is a time to celebrate love and eat chocolate. Did you know that chocolate is good for you? The flavor of chocolate can be enhanced by herbs and spices. While you are indoors on this cold wintry weekend, whip up something with chocolate for you and the ones that you love!

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Powerful Plants Help Get Children in the Garden

Powerful Plants Help Get Children in the Garden

What do you get when you cross one vegetable-growing dad, with colorful animated characters and a free app? You get Powerful Plants, a new way to "edutain" kids about vegetable gardening.

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Get Ready for Summer with Renees Garden Cookbook

Get Ready for Summer with Renee's Garden Cookbook

The recipes and images from the new Renee’s Garden Cookbook will make any vegetable gardener want summer to get here in a hurry. The cookbook offers more than the promise of many fresh vegetable dishes, it also includes dozens of gardening tips to help make vegetable gardening dreams come true.

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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

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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Fermentation: More Countertop Cultivation

Fermentation: More Countertop Cultivation

In the throes of winter, looking out at the snow, we gardeners dream of growing gardens. With a surplus of root vegetables this time of year, I have been further experimenting with fermentation and here are some of my recent creations and tasty results.

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Test Old Vegetable Seeds Before Buying New

Test Old Vegetable Seeds Before Buying New

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If you want to save money on your vegetable garden this year, it pays to test your leftover vegetables seeds before investing in packets of new seeds. Use this simple germination test to find out how many new seeds you really need to buy.

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Garden-pedia Gives Simple Answers to Tough Gardening Questions

Garden-pedia Gives Simple Answers to Tough Gardening Questions

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What happens when two experienced horticulturists write a gardening dictionary? Vegetable gardeners get a handy, easy-to-read, entertaining guide to more than 300 useful gardening terms.

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Countertop Grow-Your-Own

Countertop Grow-Your-Own

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Okay so it is freezing outside--instead of getting the gardening blues--try growing a few simple healthy and nutritious foods right on your kitchen countertop... I've got sprouts sprouting and veggies fermenting! It is easy and fun to do these simple projects.

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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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Gardeners Wish List Fulfilled!

Gardener's Wish List Fulfilled!

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This gardener must have been very good last year because she received an abundance of presents this holiday season. Here are a few items, which most gardeners will appreciate!

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Keep Your Seedlings Warm With A Holiday Light Heated Low Tunnel

Keep Your Seedlings Warm With A Holiday Light Heated Low Tunnel

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Don’t put away your holiday lights away just yet! You can repurpose them to keep your seedlings warm. In this project, I 'take it outside’ and combine the lighted board with a frost cloth-covered low tunnel. The two will provide great protection from cold days and freezing nights.

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Vegetable Gardening Trends for 2015

Vegetable Gardening Trends for 2015

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As another vegetable gardening year comes to a close, it’s time to look forward to next season. What will these five gardening trends hold in store for 2015?

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Build A Moveable Straw Bale Cart

Build A Moveable Straw Bale Cart

This cart allows you to have a moveable straw bale garden on a deck or patio.

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New Ideas for Indoor Vegetable Gardening

New Ideas for Indoor Vegetable Gardening

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Vegetable gardeners typically spend the winter months dreaming about spring planting. But that could change with Elizabeth Millard’s creative new approach for cultivating an indoor kitchen garden filled with all kinds of fresh herbs and vegetables.

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Winter: Tis the Season

Winter: Tis the Season

Today, December 21, is the first day of winter; the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Although the Winter Solstice marks Midwinter, it is a day which I look forward to, since from now on the days become longer. From this day until the first of January is a time for reflection and repose, as well as celebration.

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