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Herbal Harvest: Basil and More...

Herbal Harvest: Basil and More...

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It's that time to gather in the last basil harvest--as well as any other tender herbs--because they will go with the first frost. Here's a few things that I do with an abundance of basil.

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September Garden Harvest

September Garden Harvest

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Well the late September garden is full of chiles as well as herbs to harvest and preserve... that's what I've been doing the past few days. And the annual flowers are blooming their hearts out--getting the last of the calendula flower heads and gathered the nasturtiums for a lovely, peppery vinegar. I also sowed some lettuce seeds, cold-weather spinach, cilantro,kale and radishes; I am not sure whether they will germinate and produce before the cold weather sets in, though I decided to take a chance. If they do germinate, I'll be covering them with floating row cover for sure.

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Harvest Your Herbs and Make Green Sauce!

Harvest Your Herbs and Make Green Sauce!

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Here it is the last week of June and my cilantro, rocket, dill, and parsley are over a foot tall and some are wanting to bolt. Get out there and whack those herbs back--to prevent them from bolting, prolong their life and encourage new growth--and enjoy them for supper. Here is a different take on pesto--South-of-the-Border style, which is lovely on pasta, or anything from the grill.

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Summer Gardening in the Ozarks

Summer Gardening in the Ozarks

It's hot down here in the Ozarks--really hot and humid--with temps mostly in the high 90s everyday. There has been a good bit of rain, though gardens are thirsty and some are parched if they haven't been watered. However, there is still a great deal of garden bounty to be had.

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5 Best Container Gardening Ideas from 2013

5 Best Container Gardening Ideas from 2013

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As the year draws to a close, it's time to take a look back at lessons learned in the container vegetable garden. Here are the top five "Best Of" ideas from 2013.

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Cocktail Gardening: Grow Mint, Basil and Cilantro for Popular Drinks!

Cocktail Gardening: Grow Mint, Basil and Cilantro for Popular Drinks!

Learn how to grow popular cocktail gardening herbs, mint, basil and cilantro in containers. Garden expert Shirley Bovshow teaches new gardeners, Ari and Emma how to create a stacked mint container...

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 Pesto: How to make the real thing!

Pesto: How to make the real thing!

It is the time of year when basil is in abundance. Make pesto to eat on everything from tomatoes and pasta and bruschetta to grilled veggies, seafood or poultry.

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Basil Blueberry Muffins

Basil Blueberry Muffins

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My basils are growing in leaps and bounds and I've cut them back three times already--so I've been cooking with them daily. In my neighborhood, the pick-your-own farms and farmers' markets have wonderful blueberries in abundance. So, combine the blueberries with lemon or cinnamon basil to make a delightful muffin... here's a yummy recipe.

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Easy Container-Grown Basil

Easy Container-Grown Basil

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Basil is a versatile herb for creating quick summer meals. Here’s a super-simple sowing method that guarantees fresh basil all season long.

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Herbs for Tea

Herbs for Tea

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I recently gave a program on herbs to grow for tea. Now would be the time to design a tea party garden or plant tea herbs in containers. See the list below for my favorites.

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Homegrown / Homemade Video Recipes

Homegrown / Homemade Video Recipes

Now you can watch all the recipe videos from the Homegrown/Homemade series in one place, and find links to the recipes on FineCooking.com.

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Pesto

Pesto

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This is a classic version of the famous Italian sauce. Excerpted from Basil: An Herb Lover’s Guide by Thomas DeBaggio and Susan Belsinger, Interweave Press, 1996.

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Homegrown / Homemade: Basil

Homegrown / Homemade: Basil

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Whatever kind of basil you grow, pruning keeps your plants bushy and productive. Danielle shows Sarah how to pinch back the basil plants and remove the flowers, then Sarah shows Danielle how to whip up a quick dish: Thai Stir-Fried Chicken with Basil.

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Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde

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This sauce goes well with any type of vegetable whether it is grilled, steamed, oven-roasted, or crudités; it is also good with simply prepared meat, chicken, or fish and pasta.

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How to Grow Basil

How to Grow Basil

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When I first fell in love with gardening, my biggest seducer was herbs. I found herbs to be not only one of the easiest types of plants to grow, but they were also the most fun to create a garden with - not to mention the most versatile group of plants out there.

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QUESTION: What is this growing on my basil?

QUESTION: What is this growing on my basil?

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There is a yellow tendril growing on some of my basil plants. It does not seem to be growing from the soil. Only from the plant it self. Can anyone tell me what it might be?

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These Basil Varieties Shine in the Kitchen

These Basil Varieties Shine in the Kitchen

If you like to use basil in your cooking, consider growing the ones listed here.

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Basic Pesto Recipe

Basic Pesto Recipe

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Many of us use a food processor to make pesto since it's quick and easy. But for centuries, Italians have made pesto using a mortar and pestle. Pesto prepared in this manner is by far the best, as it...

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Growing Basil

Growing Basil

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For the best harvest, give plants full sun, ample water, and regular pruning

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A Garden Beautiful Enough to Eat!

A Garden Beautiful Enough to Eat!

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Edible gardens are gaining in popularity across the nation and new gardeners are hungry for planting and design tips. I encourage people to get the most of their yards and take advantage of every...

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