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Plant an Edible Ornamental Hanging Basket

Plant an Edible Ornamental Hanging Basket

Why choose between an ornamental garden or an edible one? Here’s a simple planting idea for a different take on a hanging basket.

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Veggie Garden Tidbits, Volume I

Veggie Garden Tidbits, Volume I

Here’s the first volume of random, yet helpful tips and thoughts to feed your garden brain.

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How to Make a Shrub

How to Make a Shrub

This is not a shrub as in a bush that grows in one's garden, rather it is a beverage made from infusing fruits, herbs or even vegetables in apple cider vinegar.

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How to Make an Herbal Vinegar

How to Make an Herbal Vinegar

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Herbs are flourishing and it is time for the first harvest. Capture herbal essence by making herb-flavored vinegars--it is fun and easy to do--and you will have tasty infusions for the year ahead.

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Midsummer Garden

Midsummer Garden

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We've just celebrated the solstice and midsummer is officially dated at June 24--so now we are heading into the summer garden season. The garden is abuzz--full of pollinators--plants to harvest and all sorts of lovely veggies coming on. Oh and the weeds... the never-ending garden chore... Here's what is happening in my zone 7 garden...

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A Perfectly Portable Potting Bench

A Perfectly Portable Potting Bench

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Would you like a simple summer project? Then dust off that old ironing board and re-purpose it as a portable potting bench. A coat of paint is all you need.

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New Ideas in Vertical Vegetable Gardening

New Ideas in Vertical Vegetable Gardening

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Vining vegetables, from pole beans to tomatoes, need a strong trellis to keep the fruit growing up. In addition to manufactured vertical gardens, DIYers can stretch their creativity for getting their gardens off the ground.

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Vegetable Bundle Basics

Vegetable Bundle Basics

When I wrote about grilling last weekend, I got a number of requests on how to make veggie bundles. So here are veggie bundle basics--telling you which veggies combine well with which herbs--and a link at the end for a recipe. Just in time to cook for the summer solstice--enjoy!

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Build Your Own Classic Compost Bin

Build Your Own Classic Compost Bin

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This compost bin design has been popular for years. It features convenient removable sides and maximum air circulation.

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Grilling Season

Grilling Season

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Once the weather warms up and the farmers' markets reopen for the season and our gardens start producing crops to harvest, the grilling season has begun! Vegetables on the grill are an easy way to fix dinner or entertain and there are infinite variations.

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Trapping Garden Pests With Yellow

Trapping Garden Pests With Yellow

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Yellow can attract (and therefore trap) two of the worst gardening pests, the destructive cucumber beetle and the dreaded squash vine borer.

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Build Your Berry (Own) Box

Build Your Berry (Own) Box

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This berry box is simple, sturdy and versatile; and will keep fragile berries from being damaged during harvest.

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Build Your Own Potting Bench

Build Your Own Potting Bench

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This potting bench is solidly built, and will serve you well for many years to come. It features plenty of work space and an extra shelf for storage.

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Springtime Chores

Springtime Chores

Finally the warmer spring weather has arrived and we all want to be outdoors. As a gardener, though I delight in everything bursting forth, I want to feel the soil and sow seeds. However, once I go outside I am distracted by all there is to do--here are a few chores, which need taking care of...

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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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 Are your Plants Dead or Alive?

Are your Plants Dead or Alive?

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After the severe winter weather that many of us have experienced, there are a good number of plants out in the garden that are brown and look dead. Don’t go pulling them out or cutting them back, until you check to see if they are wick.

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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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DIY A-Frame Veggie Trellis 2.0

DIY A-Frame Veggie Trellis 2.0

This updated a-frame trellis design features the "replaceable feet" like its predecessor, but is now anchors to the raised bed for more stability.

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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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Container Cabbage How-To

Container Cabbage How-To

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Would you like a new challenge for this season’s vegetable garden? Plant and grow cabbage in your container garden. Here’s how.

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