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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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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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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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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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Buttermilk Biscuits with Scallions or Chives and Cheddar

Buttermilk Biscuits with Scallions or Chives and Cheddar

There is nothing like homemade biscuits flavored with herbs and/or alliums—make these tasty biscuits flecked with some green alliums for St. Patty’s Day!

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Hops, Herb of the Year 2018

Hops, Herb of the Year 2018

This year, herbies and hopheads from around the country are celebrating Hops as Herb of the Year. The International Herb Association's newest publication Hops, Herb of the Year 2018: Brewing and Beyond is hot off the press! Read all about it!

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Cooking Videos for Vegetable Gardeners

Cooking Videos for Vegetable Gardeners

Do you need some inspiration for what to plant in your vegetable garden this year? Consider these fresh-from-the-garden recipes before you start planting.

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Saint Patrick’s Day kicks off Gardening in March

Saint Patrick’s Day kicks off Gardening in March

Many folks practice planting potatoes on Saint Patrick's Day, and some plant peas and/or onions too. This is a tradition for many gardeners who live in warmer climes, although I’ve seen hardcore gardeners get out there even in frigid weather and work the cold earth to get their first crop of potatoes in on St. Paddy’s Day.

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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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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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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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Make some Healthy and Hearty Soup for the New Year

Make some Healthy and Hearty Soup for the New Year

This soup blog was inspired by our recently departed, Dr. James Duke, an inspiration and mentor to many of us--and a master soup maker. There is nothing like a warm bowl of soup on a cold winter day. What better way to start off this auspicious New Year's Day (with a full Wolf moon to boot) than with a healthful, warming winter soup? This split pea soup sticks with you--chockablock full of vegetables--as well as roots and herbs that will build up your immune system and keep you healthy during the cold and flu season.

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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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Pickled Garlic is a Perfect Present

Pickled Garlic is a Perfect Present

Instead of going with ordinary gifts for the holidays, make something special. Even if you’re not a whiz in the kitchen, you can whip up this delicacy with just four ingredients.

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Early December Garden to Kitchen

Early December Garden to Kitchen

We have had a mild autumn/winter season thus far in my zone 7 Maryland garden. Still able to do chores in the garden and bring in bounty to create warming seasonal dishes. Time for harvesting whatever is still available, cleaning up the garden, last-minute planting, getting ready for the holidays and wood chores. What are you up to in your garden and kitchen?

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Sage--Its not just for turkey!

Sage--It's not just for turkey!

Every year when Thanksgiving rolls around, folks get out their spice jars of neglected, little used sage--albeit some buy it fresh for the holiday, and then there of those of us gardeners who grow sage--and we go out to the herb bed and cut branches to use in our dinner. Sage is the most commonly used herb in turkey stuffing... and not much else. I think of sage as a cool-weather herb and use it often as a cooking ingredient in the cold fall and winter months.

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7 Ways to Prevent Thanksgiving Food Waste

7 Ways to Prevent Thanksgiving Food Waste

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We’re about the enter that time of year when “but it’s the holidays” is the go-to excuse for overindulging in those once-a-year favorite foods. When it comes to food waste, turn that excuse into 7 positive ways to approach the Thanksgiving meal.

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