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IHA Conference in the Great Smoky Mountains

IHA Conference in the Great Smoky Mountains

Although my last post was on the Kitchen Garden at UT, I can't quite leave out a few other sights and gardens in Tennessee--here are some other worthwhile places to see.

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The Kitchen Garden at The University of Tennessee

The Kitchen Garden at The University of Tennessee

Last weekend, the International Herb Association held their annual conference in Townsend, Tennessee, known as the quiet side of the Smokies. Nestled down in the Appalachian Mountains, we had nature surrounding us; though we did venture out on a few tours. My favorite was a visit to the University of Tennessee trial gardens with the highlight being their Kitchen Garden.

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Tomato Cutting Continues to Grow

Tomato Cutting Continues to Grow

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At the end of last year’s gardening season, I snipped the terminal shoot from a tomato plant, plunked it in a jar of water and kept it over the winter. Here’s how it looks today.

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Brew a Texas-Sized Batch of Compost Tea

Brew a "Texas-Sized" Batch of Compost Tea

This method of brewing compost tea is on a much larger scale, so you can water larger areas more efficiently.

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Planting Bolt Resistant Lettuce

Planting Bolt Resistant Lettuce

I didn’t think it was possible to grow lettuce in the summer, because the heat always caused my crops to bolt. A shady spot has helped extend the season, but variety selection is important, too.

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Summertime and the Living is Easy

Summertime and the Living is Easy

Whether we are home working in our gardens or driving down the road on vacation, garden bounty abounds. Enjoy the abundance and celebrate the flavors of summer.

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Make your Fourth of July Cookout Sparkle with the Flavor of Herbs!

Make your Fourth of July Cookout Sparkle with the Flavor of Herbs!

Many of us serve the same foods for cookouts--cold salads, deviled eggs, vegetables, meats and poultry from the grill, baked beans, fruit salad--here are a few ideas for adding herbs to enliven your usual fare so that they explode with flavor!

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Three Trellis Ideas for Vertical Vegetables

Three Trellis Ideas for Vertical Vegetables

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Gardeners with small space gardens can expand plant more if they train their vegetables to grow up. Here are three trellis ideas to consider for your garden.

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Setting Up A Garden Drip Irrigation System

Setting Up A Garden Drip Irrigation System

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Here are some general thoughts and tips for setting up your first drip system.

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Design a Beautiful Vegetable Garden

Design a Beautiful Vegetable Garden

Every vegetable garden is beautiful in its own way because each produces delicious edibles that support a healthy lifestyle. But some vegetable garden designs are so striking they deserve special attention.

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Meet Our Mini-Magazines

Meet Our Mini-Magazines

We've embraced technology in order to provide you with exciting new ways to learn

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Straw Bale Gardening (Part I)

Straw Bale Gardening (Part I)

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Having read Straw Bale Gardens, by Joel Karsten, I was ready to try growing in my first straw bale.

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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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Protecting Your Tomatoes From Mockingbirds

Protecting Your Tomatoes From Mockingbirds

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This setup, utilizing water, movement, reflective lights, sound, and rubber creatures; will hopefully keep mockingbirds from destroying my garden's tomatoes.

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Grafted Tomato Trials Set to Begin

Grafted Tomato Trials Set to Begin

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This year’s gardening trials for Harris Seeds includes a side-by-side comparison of three varieties of grafted heirloom tomatoes versus non-grafted varieties.

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Book Review - Straw Bale Gardens

Book Review - Straw Bale Gardens

Joel Karsten's book on this breakthrough method of gardening is well written, informative, and beautifully illustrated.

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Grow More Food in Small Spaces

Grow More Food in Small Spaces

Why is it the best ideas for solving gardening problems come from creative gardeners? That’s because gardeners, like Margaret Park, are always searching for ways to overcome obstacles, including how to garden in the smallest of spaces.

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DIY Raised Bed (Removable) Pest Gate

DIY Raised Bed (Removable) Pest Gate

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This do-it-yourself pest gate is removable and can help keep out unwanted guests.

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Grow the Seed that Keeps on Giving

Grow the Seed that Keeps on Giving

Have you ever participated in a “One Book, One City” reading program in your town? If so, then you’re familiar with the revamped seed-saving membership program at the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Now gardeners across the country will grow and save the same variety each year with the "One Seed, Many Gardens" program.

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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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