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Chives in Spring

Chives in Spring

Chives are truly one of the harbingers of spring and their fresh, green,onion-like flavor is welcome after the long winter months of heavy foods. Here are some tips on how I use chives to brighten up spring recipes. What to do with those hardboiled eggs? Make chive deviled eggs!

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Artemisia:  Herb of the Year 2014

Artemisia: Herb of the Year 2014

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Artemisia is herb of the year for 2014 and I am gearing up for growing them in my garden. Next weekend is the Medicinal Herb Fieldtrip and Workshop at the Ozark Folk Center, where I will be giving a program on the medicinal aspects of some artemisias... here are a few excerpts from my handout for the program. Why don't you try growing a few of these easy-to-grow plants? Celebrate Artemisia!

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Chocolate Covered Jalapenos are Hot Seller

Chocolate Covered Jalapenos are Hot Seller

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I thought I’d heard of everything a gardener could do with home-grown jalapenos until I saw them dipped in chocolate. Here’s a tasty new idea for your garden from the Chicago Flower and Garden Show.

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On the road again: Springtime in the Ozarks

On the road again: Springtime in the Ozarks

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After a long, cold winter, we gardeners across the country welcome spring. And what better place to experience the season than in the mountains of Arkansas?... Come along for a little Ozark adventure…

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Three New Peppers for 2014

Three New Peppers for 2014

Thanks to All-America Selections, gardeners can add three new and colorful peppers to their gardens this season. The lineup includes a Regional Winner that’s specifically meant for the Mountain and Southwestern regions.

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Spring Harbingers are Popping Out

Spring Harbingers are Popping Out

After all of the cold weather this winter, most of the nation is experiencing a late spring. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring--here are a few herbal harbingers that are just popping out! And a fast and tasty recipe for herbs with scrambled eggs.

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Plantains: Add a Tropical Twist to Ho-Hum Winter Fare

Plantains: Add a Tropical Twist to Ho-Hum Winter Fare

Rice and beans are a staple winter meal. Keep cabin fever at bay by adding a tropical twist to your everyday fare--plantains are easy to cook and fun to eat.

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Costa Rica: Pura Vida

Costa Rica: Pura Vida

While my last blog was also on Costa Rica featuring fauna and flora and a paddleboard trip through the mangroves, this one will highlight going up the coast to visit a spice farm and inland to where they grow vegetables and fruit.

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How to Grow Dry Shelling Beans

How to Grow Dry Shelling Beans

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The season for home-made chili and soups is still in full swing, and it seems every dish is full of beans. I’ve been using store-bought dried beans, but it would be more satisfying to add home-grown beans to the mix. Here are the basics for growing dry shelling beans in your vegetable garden.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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While much of the country has been besieged with snowstorms and below-average temperatures, it is summer in Costa Rica. I had the great fortune of a recent visit there--let these photos from eight degrees above the equator take you away for a quick trip to the tropics!

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New Fruits and Vegetables for 2014

New Fruits and Vegetables for 2014

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An heirloom tomato that’s a hybrid! Ornamental Chard! The world’s biggest beefsteak! These are just a few of the new ideas tempting vegetable gardeners this season. And don’t forget the skinniest apple trees you’ve ever seen.

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Sweet Seeds for Valentine’s Day

Sweet Seeds for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to plan on adding something sweet to your garden this year. Here are some luscious plants to make you fall in love.

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Artemisia: Herb of the Year 2014

Artemisia: Herb of the Year 2014

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Every year the International Herb Association selects a new herb to feature--this year is Artemisia! Learn more about this wonderful genus of herbs beloved by gardeners for centuries, used by cooks and in the apothecary.

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How to Choose Chile Peppers for Your Garden

How to Choose Chile Peppers for Your Garden

You may not have realized this, but chile peppers are just like fine wines. Each kind adds a flavor complexity that can either enhance or detract from a meal. Learn how to choose the right chiles to plant, grow and enjoy with the Chile Flavor Wheel from the Chile Pepper Institute.

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Winter Days, Travels and Comfort Food

Winter Days, Travels and Comfort Food

I've been on the road and going north (rather than south!) in this cold winter weather, which many of us are experiencing. Many of us are hunkering down in the cold weather--hang on, spring is just around the corner-- meanwhile, click on this seasonal vegetables with rice dish.

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Get Inspired even in the Grey Days of Winter

Get Inspired even in the Grey Days of Winter

Winter is upon us--and for many it has been fiercely cold--or you've had lots of precipitation from inches of rain to feet of snow. Don't let the cold and grey days get you down, instead, get inspired. Attend a conference or symposium, learn something new; research something you have always wanted to know more about and sign up for a class; spend a day dreaming of this year's garden, looking at the plethora of seed catalogs and order some seeds; sprout some sprouts; better yet, plant some lettuce or spinach in a seed flat; wash and fertilize some neglected house plants; clean up the greenhouse; start some bulbs or root cuttings; or spend some time with a gardening pal or a good garden book.

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New Years Eve: Farewell to 2013 and Ring in the New 2014

New Year's Eve: Farewell to 2013 and Ring in the New 2014

Every new year's eve brings about reflection and closure of the past year and plans, hopes and expectations for the new year. The influx of gardening and seed catalogs has surely whetted the appetite for most of us gardeners.

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5 Best Container Gardening Ideas from 2013

5 Best Container Gardening Ideas from 2013

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As the year draws to a close, it's time to take a look back at lessons learned in the container vegetable garden. Here are the top five "Best Of" ideas from 2013.

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New Years Day Country Soup & Rosemary Salt

New Year's Day Country Soup & Rosemary Salt

Eat your way to good luck in the new year with this special lentil soup.

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Celebrate the Winter Solstice

Celebrate the Winter Solstice

    "They call this the first day of winter, but actually it is the beginning of winter's death. From this day on, we can look forward to warming and brightening." ---Den Ming Dao, 365 Tao 355...

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