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New Way to Fight Tomato Hornworms

New Way to Fight Tomato Hornworms

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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Hop-Happy Teas

Hop-Happy Teas

Last weekend at our Celebrate Hops, Herb of the Year 2018 event at the US National Arboretum, we served lots of hop infusions and some herb tea blends and folks liked them so much, I'm posting a few of the recipes here.

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5 Easy Vegetable Garden Hacks

5 Easy Vegetable Garden Hacks

Vegetable gardeners are known for their clever work arounds to take some of the work out of growing their gardens. Here are five of the easiest garden hacks to start using today.

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United States National Arboretum Celebrates Hops, Herb of the Year 2018

United States National Arboretum Celebrates Hops, Herb of the Year 2018

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Once a month, during the gardening season the Herb Society of America sponsors "Under the "Arbor", a series of herb-related events held at the US National Arboretum. Last weekend we celebrated Hops, Herb of the Year 2018 with hands-on demos, educational displays and lots of hoppy tastings.

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Vegetables are a Surprising Source of Protein

Vegetables are a Surprising Source of Protein

Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian, vegetables offer a delicious source of protein for all kinds of eating plans. Here’s a list of protein-rich plants for your vegetable garden.

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Take the Food Safe Vegetable Garden Quiz

Take the Food Safe Vegetable Garden Quiz

How safe is the food you grow in your vegetable garden? Take this food safety quiz to find out.

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Artichokes Are Edible and Architectural

Artichokes Are Edible and Architectural

If you’re looking for something new for your vegetable garden, think artichokes. These prized vegetables add extra interest wherever they’re planted.

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Celebrate National HerbDay with a Dozen Favorite Perennial Herbs

Celebrate National HerbDay with a Dozen Favorite Perennial Herbs

On this last day of April, we are heading into the merry month of May and spring has finally arrived for real. Gardeners across the country are rejoicing--and I am delighted to see perennial herbs popping up here and there in the kitchen garden--these plants are fairly hardy so most of them make it through the cold of winter. We anxiously await their leafing out and we welcome them every spring, dear old friends that they are.

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Tips for Planting a Healthy Vegetable Garden

Tips for Planting a Healthy Vegetable Garden

Timing is everything when it comes to planting a vegetable garden, and patience pays off in a healthier and more productive garden. Here are some of the top tips for patient planting.

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Double Duty Vegetable Gets Deserved Recognition

Double Duty Vegetable Gets Deserved Recognition

It’s the Year of the Beet, and it’s about time. Beets may not be at the top of most vegetable gardener’s list, but they should be. Everything about this edible root is cause for celebration.

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Everyday is Earth Day in the Garden

Everyday is Earth Day in the Garden

After a very cold spring, this gardener decided to spend Earth Day in the garden with my hands in the earth. It was a perfect spring day--sunny and cool--at least the gale-force winds seem to have abated. Yesterday and today up until 1:09 pm this afternoon, we were in a 2nd quarter moon, in the sign of Cancer, which is a fruitful planting sign, so I wanted to get my aboveground plants transplanted and seeds sown before the moon traveled into Leo which is a barren sign.

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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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