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Costa Rica: Cloudforest

Costa Rica: Cloudforest

Okay, I know three blogs on Costa Rica when we are all dealing with snow and freezing temps is a bit much, however I would be remiss if I did not show you the cloudforest and volcano!

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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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Build Your Own Potato Growing Box

Build Your Own Potato Growing Box

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Like the floors of a building, this "growing" box can produce a bumper crop of potatoes in a small area.

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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 Grow a Giant Tomato

How to Grow a Giant Tomato

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The world record for giant tomatoes was set in the 1980s and hasn’t been topped since. If you want to challenge your vegetable gardening skills this summer, why not try to beat the record? Here are tomato-growing tips for getting started now.

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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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Gardeners, Start Your Seed Search! (Updated)

Gardeners, Start Your Seed Search! (Updated)

Helpful ways to make the most of your seed catalogs, and getting seeds in general.

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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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Get Ready To Start Your Own Seeds

Get Ready To Start Your Own Seeds

It's time to prepare for next year's seed starting projects. After all, getting ready is (almost) half the fun.

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Make Your Own Seed Bombs

Make Your Own Seed Bombs

Seed bombs are easy-to-make and allow you to "throw" away your seeds.

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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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How to Stuff a Pumpkin

How to Stuff a Pumpkin

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Celebrate the season and create a special centerpiece, just like the Pilgrims used to do. This stuffed pumpkin recipe makes a nice holiday side dish or a featured vegetarian entrée.

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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

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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Stylish Raised Beds

Stylish Raised Beds

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If you want more than the standard box, here's how to kick it up a notch

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Making Paper Vegetables for Thanksgiving

Making Paper Vegetables for Thanksgiving

Are you feeling a little let down because gardening season is over? Then it’s time to get crafty and make your own vegetables with a little paper and some glue.

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Whats Day of the Dead without Veggies and Bread?

What's Day of the Dead without Veggies and Bread?

In many parts of Mexico, South America and the U.S., families are preparing to honor their dear departed ones on November 1 and 2. Fruits, vegetables and special recipes are part of the celebration.

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Drying on the Vine

Drying on the Vine

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It turns out there’s an alternative to drying tomatoes in the oven or using a vegetable dehydrator in the kitchen. Just let the sun do the work.

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Peanuts

Peanuts

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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Grafted vs. Ungrafted Tomato Report

Grafted vs. Ungrafted Tomato Report

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Gardeners will start seeing more grafted vegetables on the market next season. But are they worth the extra expense? Here are the results of one gardener's side-by-side tomato trial.

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