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Garden Bounty has Begun--Time to Harvest!

Garden Bounty has Begun--Time to Harvest!

The garden is producing in leaps and bounds right now, thanks to the rain and the heat. Get out there and harvest your annual herbs before they flower and prune back perennials to encourage new growth. The more that you cut your herbs, the more leaves they will produce for you throughout the season.

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Summer Reading

Summer Reading

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When we gardeners are worn out from digging, planting, weeding, harvesting, etc. or it is too dang hot to be out there in the afternoon sun, it is nice to relax with a cold iced tea or lemonade and read a book. There is nothing like a good book awaiting us at the end of the day. Here are two of the books that I have just read or am in the midst of reading right now.

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Edible Flowers for Mothers Day

Edible Flowers for Mothers' Day

Tomorrow we celebrate our mothers. Besides expressing our gratitude and giving them flowers, why not feed them some of the delightful, colorful and tasty blossoms that are in bloom in our gardens right now?

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Spring Pleasures

Spring Pleasures

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Spring has sprung and there are many chores for the gardener. However, I find that there are as many delights, if not more, that outweigh the work. See some of the plants sprouting in my garden, and what I am transplanting.

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Recipes for a Healthy Lunch from the Medicinal Herb Seminar

Recipes for a Healthy Lunch from the Medicinal Herb Seminar

Last weekend, I participated in the Medicinal Herb Seminar at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas, where I provided the recipes for lunch. There were so many requests for the recipes, the soup which I have previously posted here--that I decided to share the recipes from here as well as add a few. Enjoy!

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Kids and Herbs

Kids and Herbs

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Last week, we traveled to Jonesboro, Arkansas to the Health and Wellness Elementary School to cook with the kids there. Read all about the fun we had smelling and tasting herbs!

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How to Make Root Cuttings

How to Make Root Cuttings

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This is the perfect time of year to take new pliable tip cuttings from your perennial herbs to make root cuttings. This is a great way to share herbs with your gardening friends--encourage pass-along plants!

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Welcome Spring

Welcome Spring

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Here in the Ozarks,and in many places across the country, spring is bursting out all over--and this week we celebrated the vernal equinox--when night and day are the same length. And then Mother Nature decided to let us know who is in charge and dropped a blanket of snow over the earth.

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Kiss My Aster Graphic Guide to Gardening

Kiss My Aster Graphic Guide to Gardening

If you’re new to gardening, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the books offering expert how-to advice. If you’re looking for something a little different, Amanda Thomsen’s book is meant just for you.

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Spring is Nearly Here

Spring is Nearly Here

Here I am blogging from the road--and spring is popping out all over--well at least in the southern part of the country. We gardeners are getting ready for the next growing season with great anticipation.

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Snake Oil: The Making of Fish Pepper Hot Sauce

Snake Oil: The Making of Fish Pepper Hot Sauce

Fish peppers make a killer hot sauce and Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen has perfected it in their own, prescription-strength hot sauce: Snake Oil. Get a behind-the-scene's process right here!

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January

January

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It's the last day of January; tomorrow we begin February. Although we are full on into winter and we may not see it--life is burgeoning out there--here's what is going on in my garden.

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Rain Barrels: Rainwater Irrigation

Rain Barrels: Rainwater Irrigation

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I think rain barrels are one of the best irrigation systems ever.

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Elder, Herb of the Year 2013

Elder, Herb of the Year 2013

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This year the International Herb Association has chosen elder (Sambucus spp.) as herb of the year for 2013. Find out the many reasons why we honor this ancient herbal tree.

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Happy New Year--The Gardening Season for 2013 has begun!

Happy New Year--The Gardening Season for 2013 has begun!

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I am looking out at a cold winter landscape with barren trees, a bit of snow still here and there and a grey and white sky; not much green or growing. However, life is burgeoning in those tree trunks and underground and my imagination runs wild as I sit by the woodstove with my gardening catalogs, almanacs and moon-and sun-sign books.

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Winter Solstice Reflections from a Gardeners Perspective

Winter Solstice Reflections from a Gardener's Perspective

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Once again, the winter solstice is here, a day where the length of night and day are equal. Although it is considered the first day of winter, a time for turning inward and reflections on the past year and the year ahead--from this day forward, our days will be lengthening and brightening.

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From Chiles to Sauce

From Chiles to Sauce

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I've been making salsa for decades, however, I never have really made a concentrated sauce like Tabasco. When I brought in a huge bush of Tabasco peppers, I decided to try and make my own--with great results! Here's how you can do it and it is easy; there is nothing like homegrown & homemade!

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Cabbagepalooza!... Sauerkraut and More

Cabbagepalooza!... Sauerkraut and More

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Recently, my next-door farmer came over with about 20 or more cabbages and we had a cabbagepalooza--making everything from sauerkraut and kimchi to stuffed cabbage rolls. Let yourself become cabbage-inspired with story, pix and recipe ideas below.

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Making Sorghum Syrup

Making Sorghum Syrup

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Recently, I had the great fun and pleasure to be involved in making sorghum the old-fashioned way. Sorghum producer, Benson Hardaway from Strawberry, Arkansas brought his sorghum and we pressed it using a donkey-powered sorghum mill at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.

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Slideshow: Stunning Squashes

Slideshow: Stunning Squashes

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These autumnal jewels make fabulous Jack-o'-lanterns and culinary dishes.

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