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September Garden Harvest

September Garden Harvest

Well the late September garden is full of chiles as well as herbs to harvest and preserve... that's what I've been doing the past few days. And the annual flowers are blooming their hearts out--getting the last of the calendula flower heads and gathered the nasturtiums for a lovely, peppery vinegar. I also sowed some lettuce seeds, cold-weather spinach, cilantro,kale and radishes; I am not sure whether they will germinate and produce before the cold weather sets in, though I decided to take a chance. If they do germinate, I'll be covering them with floating row cover for sure.

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Last Day of Summer

Last Day of Summer

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Today is the last day of summer and tomorrow heralds the autumnal equinox. The summer garden is definitely looking like fall is in the air. See what my zone 7 Maryland garden looks like and what I'm harvesting and preserving.

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A Celebration of Heirloom Vegetables

A Celebration of Heirloom Vegetables

The National Heirloom Expo, billed as The World's Pure Food Fair, wrapped up three days of celebrating the entire heirloom industry. Here's a taste of what you missed.

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DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery

DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery

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Last, though not least, I want to write about the last herb farm that we visited on our IHA field trip, DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery. Although they are closed for the season, they weeded their gardens and opened up for us to visit.

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Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm

Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm

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A delightful herbal luncheon served al fresco alongside a pond with fountain, surrounded by numerous theme gardens was part of our IHA pre-conference tour to Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm. Enjoy a tour of this small family farm owned and operated by Maria Price Nowakowski and her husband Martin.

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The Green Farmacy Garden

The Green Farmacy Garden

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The Green Farmacy Garden is Dr. Jim Duke's medicinal herb teaching garden (his book the Green Pharmacy published by Rodale in 1997 has sold over a million copies) used by the Maryland University of Integrative Health, located in Fulton, Maryland. Recently, the International Herb Association went on a field trip there--read all about it here!

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Flourish! Inside and Out at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Flourish! Inside and Out at the U.S. Botanic Garden

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Even though it has been really hot, I've been visiting gardens this summer--so I'm going to share some of them with you in the next few blogs. This year's exhibit inside and outside at the USBG is colorful and aesthetically delightful--might be one of my favorite outdoor displays there ever--check it out!

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How Eggplant Got its Name

How Eggplant Got its Name

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It’s easy to take for granted the vegetables we grow in our gardens today. But each one started as a wild plant that needed to be tamed. Here’s how eggplants found their way into our vegetable gardens.

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Measuring the Miracle in Miracle Plant Foods

Measuring the Miracle in Miracle Plant Foods

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This gardening season I tested the marketing claims made by three different companies in side-by-side trials. Were the results exceptional and miraculous? Was I able to grow more beautiful plants? Here’s what I found.

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Summer Bounty

Summer Bounty

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It's that time of year when we are reaping the harvest--benefiting from all of our earlier hard labor--and approaching a vegetable glut! Hot weather makes us want to cook less, so think about making salads in the morning or on the weekend to have for supper, then you just need to slice some tomatoes and cucumbers and maybe steam some corn. Enjoy the bounty now!

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 The Aromatherapy Garden--Book Review

The Aromatherapy Garden--Book Review

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If you are a gardener who enjoys fragrant plants, then Kathi Keville's new book The Aromatherapy Garden: Growing Fragrant Plants for Happiness and Well-Being, should be on your reading list!

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How to Make Watermelon Rind Pickles

How to Make Watermelon Rind Pickles

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You can make the most of your watermelon harvest by picking the rind to enjoy later. Here's a simple method for making these sweet refrigerator "pickles."

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July in the Garden

July in the Garden

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Summer is full on and the garden is growing in leaps and bounds. Here in Maryland, we have had pretty great weather--our days have been in the upper 80s rather than the usual 90s and so I can't...

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Rosies Workwear Ready for Gardening

Rosies Workwear Ready for Gardening

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I’d never owned a pair of bib overalls until I heard from Rosies Workwear for Women. These comfortable gardening overalls and coveralls are specially made for any woman who has a “can-do attitude.”

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Meet Tara Nolan, Raised Bed Revolutionary

Meet Tara Nolan, Raised Bed Revolutionary

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Tara Nolan knows how to raise the profile of a traditional vegetable garden into something special. Her new book leads the charge for gardeners wanting to join the "Raised Bed Revolution."

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2016

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2016

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In my last post I posted photos of Epcot Fresh--pix of food displays and gardens. Here are another dozen photos of some of my favorite plants, topiary and garden vistas. The gardeners and cast members have outdone themselves for this year's Flower & Garden Festival!

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Epcot Fresh

Epcot Fresh

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Just returned from the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival--it was lots of fun--and this year's gardens and botanical displays are the best ever! Check out these photos for a virtual tour!

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Grow Beans in this Years Garden

Grow Beans in this Year's Garden

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In my last post I wrote about pulses being the international crop of the year and said that i would talk about some beans to grow and sources for a variety of beans. Here's a few that I have grown... and new ones for this growing season.

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Make a Lucky Vegetable Gardening Amulet

Make a Lucky Vegetable Gardening Amulet

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We’re familiar with the saying “the luck of the Irish,” but other cultures believe in lucky charms, too. Here’s how to create your own lucky amulet for this vegetable gardening season.

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International Year of Pulses

International Year of Pulses

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I love beans, lentils, split peas, chickpeas and eat them probably at least five times a week. The aforementioned are commonly known as pulses. These crops have been chosen to be featured foods to be celebrated for the year of 2016--read all about it!

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