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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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On the Road: Autumn in Arkansas

On the Road: Autumn in Arkansas

The Ozark Mountains in autumn are as beautiful as the renowned New England scenery. I am here for the Herb Harvest Fall Festival at the Ozark Folk Center... as well as to enjoy the gardens and seasonal landscape... it is harvest season!

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Figs in Fall

Figs in Fall

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With the arrival of autumn and cooler weather, there are certain crops that are ready to harvest like apples and grapes and pumpkins--and much to the delight of many--figs.

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Small Batch Preserving

Small Batch Preserving

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Small-batch preserving is perfect for gardeners with small gardens or those with vegetables that don’t ripen all at once. It's also an easy, time-saving alternative to marathon canning sessions. Here's how to fill the freezer with small batches of tomatoes, peppers and zucchini.

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The Sweetest Tomatoes Win Top Prizes

The Sweetest Tomatoes Win Top Prizes

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The NatureSweet Homegrown Tomato Challenge is back on the calendar this year. Home gardeners in three cities line up to test their tomato-growing skills against others.

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A Great Way to Use Zucchini

A Great Way to Use Zucchini

Every gardener knows that even the smallest zucchini can turn into a five-pound monster overnight. Here’s how one group turns those gigantic summer squash into end-of-summer fun.

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Tomato Abundance

Tomato Abundance

It is the end of August and we are at the peak for summer tomatoes. Here are 15 ways to eat tomatoes (hum this to the tune of "50 ways to leave your lover" as you harvest).

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Readying the Garden for Fall

Readying the Garden for Fall

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Right now we are up to our elbows in garden bounty. Hallelujah! However, even though we are busy harvesting, preserving, drying and putting up the bounty before us--it is time to be putting in fall crops. This is easy to do, as we remove one crop, amend the soil, and replace it with another.

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 Make Your Own Seed Tape

Make Your Own Seed Tape

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Making your own seed tape can save you time, ensures your plants are spaced out correctly, and is a great "rainy day" project for kids.

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Returning Seeds to the Library

Returning Seeds to the Library

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The Purple Podded Peas the Hudson Valley Seed Library “lent” me earlier this year are ready to be returned to the library. Seeds will be distributed next season to more library patrons.

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Book Review: How to Move Like a Gardener:  Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants

Book Review: How to Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants

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Here's my favorite new gardening book: How to Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants by Deb Soule, (Rockport, Maine: Under the Willow Press, 2013) is a delightful, insightful and inspiring read.

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Building Community at the River Street Garden

Building Community at the River Street Garden

Community gardens come in all shapes and sizes, and each garden has its own personality. The River Street Community Garden in North Adams, Mass., shows how one small garden can bring many groups of people together.

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A Gardeners Mid-Summer Meanderings

A Gardener's Mid-Summer Meanderings

It is already midsummer and the harvest has begun... here's what's going on in my garden and kitchen. Time to put up the garden bounty!

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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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