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Edible Gifts from the Vegetable Garden

Edible Gifts from the Vegetable Garden

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If you’re looking for some simple last-minute gifts for the holiday season, look no farther than your vegetable or herb garden. Dried herbs, peppers and winter produce are edible gifts that are especially appreciated this time of year.

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Bittersweet Chocolate and Chipotle Bark with Salted Pistachios

Bittersweet Chocolate and Chipotle Bark with Salted Pistachios

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After writing about making chocolate chipotle bark with salted pistachios, I have had requests for the recipe. I'm sharing the recipe here--it makes a brilliant gift for your favorite chilehead, chocoholic or gourmet cook! It is easy to make and one batch makes enough for two or three gifts.

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Easy-to-Make Holiday Gifts from Your Garden

Easy-to-Make Holiday Gifts from Your Garden

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A collection of simple homemade garden crafts to give as gifts.

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Green Friday

Green Friday

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While many folks were out experiencing "Black Friday"--I spent time in the out doors with family doing chores--and enjoying a beautiful day in nature. The next two days are great root moon planting days so if you haven't planted your garlic, now is a good time to do it!

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Is Growing Ketchup ‘n’ Fries a Good Idea?

Is Growing Ketchup ‘n’ Fries a Good Idea?

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When I planted a Ketchup ‘n’ Fries grafted tomato-potato plant in spring, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Now that the harvest is over, it’s time to find out if that plant lived up to its name.

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How to Make Hot Pepper Sauce

How to Make Hot Pepper Sauce

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What’s a gardener to do when the season isn’t long enough for Tabasco peppers to turn ripe-red? Make vinegar pepper sauce instead.

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Indoor Gardening with Garlic Greens

Indoor Gardening with Garlic Greens

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Come grow with me! Summer gardening is over, so let's move our gardening indoors and grow some garlic greens together.

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 New England in Autumn, The Gardens at Elm Bank

New England in Autumn, The Gardens at Elm Bank

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Recently, I traveled to New England to give two presentations for the New England Unit of the Herb Society of America for their daylong symposium "Let's Drink to That!". Lucky me! I was dazzled by the fall foliage. I visited The Gardens at Elm Bank, home of the Massachusetts Hort Society and Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Since I can only post 12 photos per blog, I'm going to highlight Elm Bank here and Tower Hill in the next one.

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Gardening for the Homebrewer Book Review

Gardening for the Homebrewer Book Review

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Fall’s the perfect time to take the garden harvest and transform it into flavorful beers, wines, ciders and a little-known recipe for “the champagne of Britain.”

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Rose Hips

Rose Hips

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If you don't grow roses and harvest their hips in your own garden, the hedgerows, overgrown pastures and woods' edge are full of wild rose hips this time of year, that are yours for the labor of harvesting. Take advantage of this free crop, which is chockablock full of vitamin C!

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More on Fermenting Chiles

More on Fermenting Chiles

My last post I showed you how to ferment chile peppers. This brief video shows a few more fermentation lids, how to tell when chiles are ready and how to store them.

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Fermenting Chile Peppers

Fermenting Chile Peppers

It is the chile harvest season and time to put up the bounty! fermenting hot peppers is a great alternative to pickling and canning--offering great flavor, more vitamins and minerals and better health. Check it out...

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Square Foot Gardening Turns 40

Square Foot Gardening Turns 40

The revolutionary vegetable gardening method called Square Foot Gardening is having a big anniversary in 2016. Here’s how you can help Mel Bartholomew celebrate his remarkable achievement.

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Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)

Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)

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Although castor bean is a gorgeous, showy plant in the garden, the seeds are poisonous. So why would one want to grow it? Read on to find out...

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Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

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If you are ever going to South Carolina, or just passing through, make this garden a stop on your list of places to visit. Besides wonderful gardens and ancient live oak trees, fountains and vistas, there are trails, a native animal collection, children's garden, pollinator garden, labyrinth, a small butterfly house, gift shop and cafe--and an incredibly amazing sculpture collection. Plan to spend a day.

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Try This Edible Ornamental Basket

Try This Edible Ornamental Basket

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Small-space gardeners know how important it is to make the most of every inch in the vegetable garden. This edible ornamental hanging basket combines two plants with delicious fruits, flowers and foliage.

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How to Plant a Milk Crate

How to Plant a Milk Crate

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Would you like to grow a “crate to plate” garden? It turns out that milk crates are the perfect size for growing vegetables and herbs in a container garden.

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Saving and Savoring, A Celebration of Rare and Endangered Plants and Herbs at U.S. Botanic Garden

Saving and Savoring, A Celebration of Rare and Endangered Plants and Herbs at U.S. Botanic Garden

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Our U.S. Botanic Garden, as well as U.S. National Arboretum, are treasure troves of plants from around the world, as well as great resources for events, programs and classes, and information about plants. The gardens change with the seasons as do the featured themes--they are great places to visit--so plan a trip to see these national treasures!

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Growers and Gardeners Networking

Growers and Gardeners Networking

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Recently my local farmers' market had a fundraiser at a nearby farm and it was fun and educational to visit with the friends and supporters of the market and the farmers who bring wonderful produce and products to market, not to mention there was lots of good food and beverage. Here are a few photos of garden grown produce and things new to me...

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Radishes and Garlics and Greens, Oh Yeah!

Radishes and Garlics and Greens, Oh Yeah!

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The weather is changing from spring to summer--nights are still cool here in Maryland--however days feel like summertime hot. Greens and radishes and garlic are loving it and we are experiencing salad days in a big way!

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