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Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016

Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016

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The International Herb Association has chosen Capsicum as Herb of the Year for 2016. I am a confessed chilehead and have been perusing seed catalogs for my favorite chiles, as well as for new selections (or new to me) to feature in this year's garden beds. See my favorites--and why they are thus so. Here's to a hot and spicy year ahead!

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Let’s Celebrate the International Year of Legumes

Let’s Celebrate the International Year of Legumes

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Legumes are such an important food crop, the United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Legumes. Join us in celebrating these important plants and their fruits by adding more peas, beans and clovers to your vegetable garden.

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Seedsheet’s Remarkable Growth

Seedsheet’s Remarkable Growth

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Seedsheet started last year with the seed of an idea and a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Vegetable gardeners responded to make the Seedsheet a big success.

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Hoshigaki: The Art of Drying Persimmons

Hoshigaki: The Art of Drying Persimmons

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Last blog post, I wrote about the gift of persimmons with a recipe for persimmon mousse and a smoothie. My daughter Lucie has a persimmon tree in her backyard and after harvesting them, decided to preserve them by drying. Check out the beauty of this ancient food preservation technique... and art form!

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Pick a Vegetable Growing Resolution for 2016

Pick a Vegetable Growing Resolution for 2016

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Happy New Gardening Year to you! It’s normal to be both excited and overwhelmed at the prospect of planning and planting a new vegetable garden. Instead of making a long list of vegetable growing resolutions, why not just pick one of these?

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When to Harvest Vegetables

When to Harvest Vegetables

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We realize that at some point our bounty need to be harvested. But when?

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A Gift of Persimmons

A Gift of Persimmons

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A few weeks ago, my daughter Lucie sent me a box of 'Hachiya' persimmons grown in her backyard in California. These sweet, delectable fruits are truly a gift--and my anticipation built as they ripened. See how to make an easy, elegant persimmon mousse with just three ingredients!

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Cole Play: Crops for Winter Gardening

Cole Play: Crops for Winter Gardening

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Let me tell you, we are eating some greens here in Maryland. We've had an extremely mild winter here in the Mid-Atlantic East Coast, so the cole crops, brassicas are just honking in the garden. Floating row cover truly extends the winter growing season and I am an advocate of it. It also keeps the ever-present grazing deer and rabbits from beating me to the harvest. Here are a few inspired and delectable dishes that I have prepared from the bounty.

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Edible Gifts from the Vegetable Garden

Edible Gifts from the Vegetable Garden

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If you’re looking for some simple last-minute gifts for the holiday season, look no farther than your vegetable or herb garden. Dried herbs, peppers and winter produce are edible gifts that are especially appreciated this time of year.

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Deep-Rooted Wisdom Book Review

Deep-Rooted Wisdom Book Review

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In "Deep-Rooted Wisdom," Jenks Farmer asks readers “Who taught you to garden?” If you weren’t the beneficiary of gardening knowledge from family members or neighbors, you’ll appreciate the lessons from this book.

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Cardone is a Special Vegetable

Cardone is a Special Vegetable

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Cardone, also called cardoon, is a vegetable that looks like celery, needs cooking before eating and is considered a delicacy at Christmas time.

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Heirloom Harvest Preserves the Beauty of Vegetables

Heirloom Harvest Preserves the Beauty of Vegetables

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Year after year vegetable gardeners strive to grow the most colorful vegetables including yellow peppers, purple eggplants, orange pumpkins and ripe-red tomatoes. But after spending time lost among the silvery images in Amy Goldman’s new book, you’ll never look at vegetables the same way.

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Holiday Gift Ideas For Veggie Gardeners 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas For Veggie Gardeners 2015

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

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Green Friday

Green Friday

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While many folks were out experiencing "Black Friday"--I spent time in the out doors with family doing chores--and enjoying a beautiful day in nature. The next two days are great root moon planting days so if you haven't planted your garlic, now is a good time to do it!

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 All the Trimmings: Seasonal Side Dishes for the Holidays

All the Trimmings: Seasonal Side Dishes for the Holidays

We give thanks for the garden bounty and the farmers' markets for local organic produce and to the farmers everywhere for growing our food. Thanksgiving isn't all about turkey--here are some tasty side dish ideas to prepare for the people you love throughout the upcoming holidays.

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Fast Growing Greens Ready to Eat

Fast Growing Greens Ready to Eat

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If you planted a container of garlic indoors in early November, the first batch of greens is ready for harvest. Here are 10 ways to use these inexpensive herbs to add flavor to your Thanksgiving menu.

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International Herb Association Conference in Fernandina Beach, Florida

International Herb Association Conference in Fernandina Beach, Florida

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Here's a brief synopsis of a wonderful trip to Fernandina Beach, Florida for the recent IHA conference--a good time was had by all gathered--and we so enjoyed the warm weather and sunshine (a break from the cold temps back in my Maryland garden!).

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Is Growing Ketchup ‘n’ Fries a Good Idea?

Is Growing Ketchup ‘n’ Fries a Good Idea?

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When I planted a Ketchup ‘n’ Fries grafted tomato-potato plant in spring, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Now that the harvest is over, it’s time to find out if that plant lived up to its name.

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Autumn in the South: The Okefenokee Swamp

Autumn in the South: The Okefenokee Swamp

The recent International Herb Association conference took me on a road trip to San Fernandina Beach, Florida. A trip to the Okefenokee Swamp was part of one of the tours--while there were freezing temps in other parts of the U.S.--its still warm and balmy down south. Come on and take a boat ride through the swamp!

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Indoor Gardening with Garlic Greens

Indoor Gardening with Garlic Greens

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Come grow with me! Summer gardening is over, so let's move our gardening indoors and grow some garlic greens together.

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