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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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Lunar Happenings

Lunar Happenings

What the heck is a Super Blue Blood Moon? The moon was officially full this morning at 8:27 am EST. This is a particularly eventful full moon in that it is the second one this month, so called a blue moon, since we already had a full moon on the first of January. The Farmers' Almanac names it a Full Old Moon and it is the only lunar eclipse in North America this year , which was visible to those living west of the Mississippi in the U.S. and Western Canada before dawn this morning.

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Winter Musings

Winter Musings

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We have had very cold weather this month and now we have warmed up just a bit--enough to tease us--and make us think spring is in the air. Not. However we can dream of spring and our gardens to be, especially with the seed catalogues coming in and seed sales offered in our emails almost daily.

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Plant a Gumbo Garden for Mardi Gras

Plant a Gumbo Garden for Mardi Gras

If you want to add some New Orleans flavor to your vegetable garden this season, plant the herbs and vegetables to make a traditional gumbo. Here’s how to get started.

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Container Gardening Complete for Small Vegetable Gardens

Container Gardening Complete for Small Vegetable Gardens

Small-space vegetable gardeners will surely want to try the many creative projects in Jessica Walliser’s new book. If you’d like to learn how to plant a bean trellis bin, a bike-rim sweet potato trellis or a pollinator garden in an old trash can, it’s all right here.

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Color of the Year for Vegetable Gardens

Color of the Year for Vegetable Gardens

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Some gardeners think the Pantone Color of the Year is just for ornamental or flower gardens. Here's how vegetable gardeners can also add Ultra Violet colors to their edible spaces.

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Plant these Vegetable Winners for Garden Success

Plant these Vegetable Winners for Garden Success

The All-America Selections trial judges do all the work, and vegetable gardeners reap the rewards. Smart gardeners will look for these vegetable winners to plant in their gardens this season.

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Tools for the New Year

Tools for the New Year

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Here are a few gifts that I ask for every year--as well as a few new tools that I received this holiday season. These are items that I find essential to help me during the year, both in the garden and everyday.

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Currant Liqueur Makes for a Happy New Year

Currant Liqueur Makes for a Happy New Year

When it’s time to welcome a new gardening year, nothing says “cheers” like a glass of homegrown and homemade liqueur. Here’s how to grow your own currant liqueur.

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Celebrate Winter Solstice

Celebrate Winter Solstice

The winter solstice is on Thursday, December 21, 2017. I am so looking forward to this annual celebration--I always go to my friend's house where a large number of us gather to welcome winter and light the longest night of the year with a huge bonfire and share a feast of warming winter dishes.

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3 Vegetable Winners from 2017

3 Vegetable Winners from 2017

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Vegetable gardeners never know what will be their garden winners until the growing season is over. Here are my top three surprise winners from 2017.

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