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A Thanksgiving Celebration of Vegetables

A Thanksgiving Celebration of Vegetables

Let’s give thanks to the early farmers, plant breeders and hybridizers for the vegetable bounty we’re about to enjoy on Thanksgiving. If it weren't for them, we might not have any beautiful, nutritious vegetables to pile on our plates.

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Persimmons

Persimmons

While I was in the Ozarks, I watched the persimmon trees (where there is an abundance of them in the wild) as the fruits turned orange and full fleshed, then some started to wrinkle and wither and began to fall and then the trees lost their leaves. Some of the fruits were ready to eat a month ago--and they are still ripening--gather some now!

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Holiday Gift Ideas For Veggie Gardeners 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas For Veggie Gardeners 2014

Here are some great holiday gift ideas for the veggie gardener on your list.

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Giving Thanks for the Patron Saint of Gardeners

Giving Thanks for the Patron Saint of Gardeners

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In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, let’s recognize the accomplishments of someone who dedicated his life to healing the sick and poor through the power of growing vegetables and herbs.

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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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#Garden365 Encourages Year-round Gardening

#Garden365 Encourages Year-round Gardening

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The calendar may read November, but there are still plenty of vegetable gardeners gearing up for planting. A new push for year-round gardening is helping to support gardeners who want to grow 365 days a year.

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Pumpkintime

Pumpkintime

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It's that time of year again--Happy Halloween! Don't toss the pumpkin that you have been using to decorate your front stoop--bring it into the kitchen and use it in some seasonal recipes--here's a tasty treat: Pumpkin Scones with Thyme!

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Hoop House Style Raised Bed Frost Protection

Hoop House Style Raised Bed Frost Protection

This small “hoop house" style structure can support whatever frost covering material you need, and can be mounted to the bed in a couple of ways.

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Prepare Fall Garden for Spring Planting

Prepare Fall Garden for Spring Planting

While you’re harvesting the last of this year’s vegetable garden, it’s time to think spring. Now’s the time to prepare the soil for next season’s bountiful harvest.

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Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem Artichokes

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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I Have a Pair of Honey Badger Garden Gloves

I Have a Pair of Honey Badger Garden Gloves

Garden gloves have never been this useful.

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How to Make Tomato Sauce

How to Make Tomato Sauce

If you have too many tomatoes, why not make tomato sauce? Here’s a simple process for turning a bumper crop of homegrown tomatoes into an unbelievably tasty tomato sauce.

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Autumn Herbs in the Ozarks

Autumn Herbs in the Ozarks

On the road in the Ozarks... here are some photos of the Heritage Herb Gardens at the Ozark Folk Center, as well as some roadside natives, in Mountain View, Arkansas. Do you know these herbs?

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Giant Pumpkins Weigh-Off at Topsfield Fair

Giant Pumpkins Weigh-Off at Topsfield Fair

The New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at the Topsfield Fair was held earlier this month, with a massive 1,900 pound pumpkin taking the first place prize.

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Plant a Beautiful Vegetable Garden

Plant a Beautiful Vegetable Garden

Now’s the time to start dreaming about the vegetable garden you want to grow next season. One demonstration garden in Palmer, Alaska, is blooming with possibilities to help get you started.

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Tomato-Raisin Chutney

Tomato-Raisin Chutney

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If you still have homegrown tomatoes here is a recipe to try! We recently made this chutney for our reception at the Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring foods of the British Isles—it was my favorite recipe of the evening. The members of the Ozark Unit of the HSA prepared all of the foods after researching through many cookbooks and this recipe is adapted from a recipe from The Irish Pub Cookbook by Margaret Johnson.

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How to Create a Kitchen Ecosystem

How to Create a Kitchen Ecosystem

Food writer Eugenia Bone explains how to turn an ordinary kitchen into an ecosystem. The first step is to create a perpetual pantry that’s stocked with homemade and high-quality ingredients.

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Build Your Own Wheelie Bin Composter

Build Your Own Wheelie Bin Composter

This composter turns a garbage bin into a moveable compost machine.

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Floating Row Cover and Grow Tunnels Extend the Growing Season

Floating Row Cover and Grow Tunnels Extend the Growing Season

Although summer has gone and fall is here, it does not mean the end of the growing season. By using floating row cover or a grow tunnel covered with it--you can enjoy cool weather crop until the weather freezes.

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