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Corn

Corn

When I think of favorite summer produce--tomatoes, corn and peaches top my list. I eat tomatoes and peaches every single day--and corn almost daily. Though we enjoy them most now--it is time to preserve some for this winter. Recently my local farmer called and said the corn is ready, so I grabbed my knife and freezer zip-lock bags and headed over to shuck and jive...

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Sweet Herb Planter Yields Just Desserts

Sweet Herb Planter Yields Just Desserts

A combination of sweet mint and pineapple sage means many sweet summertime treats. Here’s how to grow a sweet herb planter and how to enjoy the results.weet

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Toss a Tomato Tasting Party

Toss a Tomato Tasting Party

If you want to be the most popular gardener in your neighborhood, plan an end-of-season tomato tasting party. It’s a great way to make friends, celebrate the harvest and find new tomato varieties to plant in your garden next year.

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Preparing Your Garden For Fall

Preparing Your Garden For Fall

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As the summer heat is (slowly) winding down, excitement is building for the best gardening season of the year. Here’s how to get ready for it.

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Plant a Pizza Garden in a Pot

Plant a Pizza Garden in a Pot

One easy way to make the most of your small space vegetable garden is to plant an edible theme garden. My pizza garden in a pot has made for delicious results.

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Summer Vacation to Canada

Summer Vacation to Canada

I recently did a road trip to Toronto with herbalgalpals to attend the International Herb Association's annual conference. Here are a few highlights--gardens for you to visit vicariously, or next time you go to Canada--or put them on your list of things to do.

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Squirrel Tree Bears Fruit

Squirrel Tree Bears Fruit

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Most gardeners work hard to keep squirrels out of their vegetable gardens. But sometimes one of the little critters can offer a pleasant surprise.

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Summer in the White House Kitchen Garden

Summer in the White House Kitchen Garden

While all of our gardens are peaking right now, here is a garden you might want to take a closer peek at--the Nation's Kitchen Garden. Did you know that you can arrange a date for a private tour of the White House Kitchen Garden during this summer season? Last week, I went with the Potomac Unit of the Herb Society of America and we had the whole garden to ourselves (well of course, we were accompanied by some security as well as a guide)!

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Start Your Own Worm Compost Bin

Start Your Own Worm Compost Bin

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Building your own worm compost (vermicompost) bin is an easy way to get a continuous supply of this great organic fertilizer.

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Planning a Brand New Home Orchard

Planning a Brand New Home Orchard

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Brand new farm. Brand new home orchard.

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Plant an Edible Ornamental Hanging Basket

Plant an Edible Ornamental Hanging Basket

Why choose between an ornamental garden or an edible one? Here’s a simple planting idea for a different take on a hanging basket.

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Veggie Garden Tidbits, Volume I

Veggie Garden Tidbits, Volume I

Here’s the first volume of random, yet helpful tips and thoughts to feed your garden brain.

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The 20-30 Something Garden Guide by Dee Nash Book Review

The 20-30 Something Garden Guide by Dee Nash Book Review

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Are you a 20-30 something that just happens to be new to gardening? We've got the book for you!

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Vegetable Gardening in the Rocky Mountain Region

Vegetable Gardening in the Rocky Mountain Region

Mid-summer is a good time to evaluate your vegetable gardening efforts. If the garden isn’t living up to your expectations, you might want to turn to a new book that will help you “Plant, Grow and Eat the Best Edibles for Rocky Mountain Gardens.”

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How to Make an Herbal Vinegar

How to Make an Herbal Vinegar

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Herbs are flourishing and it is time for the first harvest. Capture herbal essence by making herb-flavored vinegars--it is fun and easy to do--and you will have tasty infusions for the year ahead.

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Salute to Tomatoes in Patriotic Hues

Salute to Tomatoes in Patriotic Hues

In honor of Independence Day, here’s my salute to the red, white and blue—tomatoes, that is.

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Growing Sunflowers

Growing Sunflowers

Sunflowers are hardy, easy-to-grow annuals, and come in a variety of sizes and colors. They say "summer" like no other plant.

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Midsummer Garden

Midsummer Garden

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We've just celebrated the solstice and midsummer is officially dated at June 24--so now we are heading into the summer garden season. The garden is abuzz--full of pollinators--plants to harvest and all sorts of lovely veggies coming on. Oh and the weeds... the never-ending garden chore... Here's what is happening in my zone 7 garden...

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A Perfectly Portable Potting Bench

A Perfectly Portable Potting Bench

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Would you like a simple summer project? Then dust off that old ironing board and re-purpose it as a portable potting bench. A coat of paint is all you need.

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New Ideas in Vertical Vegetable Gardening

New Ideas in Vertical Vegetable Gardening

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Vining vegetables, from pole beans to tomatoes, need a strong trellis to keep the fruit growing up. In addition to manufactured vertical gardens, DIYers can stretch their creativity for getting their gardens off the ground.

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