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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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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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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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Books for the Gardener: Picks for 2013

Books for the Gardener: Picks for 2013

There is a plethora of books out there. I am an avid reader and have both new and old books piled high awaiting my perusal. It is hard to choose just a few, however I am limiting myself to just a handful of recommendations for gardening and cooking-related books. Herein are my top 5 books for 2013, plus an herbal calendar.

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Tools for the Gardener: These are a few of my favorite things

Tools for the Gardener: These are a few of my favorite things

Included here are the tools that I use the most--I depend on them--and use them everyday during the gardening season.

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Fall: Time for the Gardener to be Grateful

Fall: Time for the Gardener to be Grateful

Well, it is too cold to garden anymore this season... last night it was 18 degrees F in my zone 7 garden. Therefore, this gardener has moved indoors--now is the time to take care of the indoor projects that have piled up while we were outside--and also take some time to appreciate what we have accomplished.

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Holiday Gift Ideas For Veggie Gardeners 2013

Holiday Gift Ideas For Veggie Gardeners 2013

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

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Old Farmers Almanac is Still Useful and Entertaining

Old Farmer's Almanac is Still Useful and Entertaining

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In 1792, when Robert B. Thomas published the first edition of the Farmer’s Almanack, he couldn’t have imagined it would still be going strong 222 years later. New editions of the book continue to live up to his original promise of providing “new, useful and entertaining matter.”

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Wildwoods Walk

Wildwoods Walk

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Recently, I went on a wild woods walk with naturalist and wildwoodsman, Doug Elliott. Experience some of the fun, and sights we saw, not to mention glean a few interesting facts.

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The Colors of Fall

The Colors of Fall

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As the harvest season slows considerably, the autumnal colors abound. Here are some colors and textures in the fall garden accompanied by why and how leaves change colors and fall from the trees, as well as thoughts of the season.

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A Day in Washington, D.C.

A Day in Washington, D.C.

This past weekend we had glorious autumn weather--cool and crisp, bright and sunny--azure skies were the backdrop to the russets, golds, scarlet and brown of autumn leaves. What better time for a daytrip to visit the White House garden and the U.S. Botanic Garden?

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Peanuts

Peanuts

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It's peanut-pickin' time here in the southern U.S. There is nothin' better than shellin' and eatin' just-roasted, fresh peanuts. However, a Southerner might argue about that as many seem to enjoy their peanuts boiled... which I think you might have to grow up eating them... or acquire a taste for boiled peanuts. Roasted or boiled, now is the time to enjoy the new harvest of goobers, as they are often fondly referred too.

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On the Road: Autumn in Arkansas

On the Road: Autumn in Arkansas

The Ozark Mountains in autumn are as beautiful as the renowned New England scenery. I am here for the Herb Harvest Fall Festival at the Ozark Folk Center... as well as to enjoy the gardens and seasonal landscape... it is harvest season!

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Figs in Fall

Figs in Fall

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With the arrival of autumn and cooler weather, there are certain crops that are ready to harvest like apples and grapes and pumpkins--and much to the delight of many--figs.

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Tomato Abundance

Tomato Abundance

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It is the end of August and we are at the peak for summer tomatoes. Here are 15 ways to eat tomatoes (hum this to the tune of "50 ways to leave your lover" as you harvest).

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Book Review: How to Move Like a Gardener:  Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants

Book Review: How to Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants

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Here's my favorite new gardening book: How to Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants by Deb Soule, (Rockport, Maine: Under the Willow Press, 2013) is a delightful, insightful and inspiring read.

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A Gardeners Mid-Summer Meanderings

A Gardener's Mid-Summer Meanderings

It is already midsummer and the harvest has begun... here's what's going on in my garden and kitchen. Time to put up the garden bounty!

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IHA Conference in the Great Smoky Mountains

IHA Conference in the Great Smoky Mountains

Although my last post was on the Kitchen Garden at UT, I can't quite leave out a few other sights and gardens in Tennessee--here are some other worthwhile places to see.

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