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Getting the Most from Your Midsummer Veggie Garden

Getting the Most from Your Midsummer Veggie Garden

Whether you are new to vegetable gardening or a seasoned veteran, you'll find useful growing tips in the articles and videos highlighted here. For more timely gardening information and...

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Big zuke saves the day

Big zuke saves the day

Don't toss your overgrown zucchini; you never know when they'll come in handy.

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Squash Mystery Solved

Squash Mystery Solved

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The flying-saucer-shaped scallop squash can be a bit baffling to even seasoned gardeners. But after this gardening season, the mystery is solved.

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Celebrate with the Last of Summers Bounty and Welcome Fall!

Celebrate with the Last of Summer's Bounty and Welcome Fall!

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With this end of season approaching, the garden peaks, roadside stands and farmers’ markets are brimming over with fresh produce. At this point we are taking summer ripe tomatoes for granted and many of us have been trying to give our surplus zucchini and cucumbers to anyone who will take them. Corn and melons are starting to run low, peaches too, and now mums and apples are appearing everywhere.

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Three Sisters Saute

Three Sisters Saute

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Here is a dish to enjoy right now! Squash, beans, and corn are crops that are often grown together in the southwestern U.S. and are commonly referred to by Native Americans as the three sisters. This sauté is easy to make and the measurements do not need to be exact. Sometimes, I might not have a bell pepper, other times I might add a ripe tomato, finely chopped. If you do not like cilantro, substitute fresh basil, or Italian flat-leaved parsley combined with some Italian oregano. The roasted chiles add a wonderful flavor—if they are not hot—add serranos or jalapenos for heat according to taste.

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Fried Squash Blossoms

Fried Squash Blossoms

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The golden orange blossoms from these annual vegetable plants are a summertime treat. The blooms of all types of squash--zucchini, yellow crookneck, patty pan, winter squash, and even pumpkin--can be used, though they do vary a little in size and time of bloom. Squash blossoms taste vegetable-like, slightly of raw squash, with a vague flowery smell. They are an Italian specialty when stuffed with cheese and fried in a light egg batter, or they can also be stuffed and baked. They are delicious sautéed at the last minute with squash dishes, eaten alone, or tossed with pasta. Squash blossoms can be cut into chiffonade or used whole and added to egg dishes, stir fries, soups, vegetables, and salads.

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Squash Blossoms (Cucurbita species)

Squash Blossoms (Cucurbita species)

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It is that time of year, when we are up to our ears in squash, so now you can harvest the blossoms for delectable dishes!

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QUESTION: No female zucchini blossoms

QUESTION: No female zucchini blossoms

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Recently my zucchini and summer squash plants have stopped producing squash. I have this morning 23 blossoms, all male, on 3 plants. The plants are very large and healthy. Does anyone know the...

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Homegrown / Homemade: Squash

Homegrown / Homemade: Squash

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If your squash plants are thriving, but fruit is tiny and shrivels on the vine, the problem could be that the flowers aren't being pollinated by bees and other insects. Fortunately, there's a simple fix: hand pollination. You take a male flower and transfer its pollen to female flowers. See how it's done in this video.

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QUESTION: Zucchini Pests: Help! What Are They and How to I Kill Them?

QUESTION: Zucchini Pests: Help! What Are They and How to I Kill Them?

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I'm so depressed. Every year mid-summer, pests swarm my community garden and kill every zucchini/squash plant in sight. Can you please help me name these bugs and get strategies to fight them in the...

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QUESTION: What is cutting off my squash flowers?

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Every time I try to grow squash, some pest keeps cutting the flowers clean off. How can I prevent this from happening again and again? I had 5 beautiful yellow blooms and went out this morning and...

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QUESTION: Mysterious Shrinking Summer Squash

QUESTION: Mysterious Shrinking Summer Squash

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I am growing a number of vegetables in my raised bed gardens this year. I am growing crookneck yellow squash. The plant is thriving and I have had a huge number of blossoms both male and female. The...

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Homegrown / Homemade Video Series

Homegrown / Homemade Video Series

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A gardener and a cook team up to plant, maintain, harvest, store, and cook a variety of popular vegetables, including peas, arugula, and potatoes.

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Golden Loaf Cake

Golden Loaf Cake

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This cake has a tender crumb, is not as heavy as the usual pumpkin bread, even though it uses part whole-wheat flour and it slices beautifully.

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Saving Squash Seed

Saving Squash Seed

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People have saved squash seeds for hundreds of years. Read about one technique we use to process squash seeds at Seed Savers Exchange and different methods that have been used throughout history.

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Companion Planting: Three Sisters Garden Update

Companion Planting: Three Sisters Garden Update

My three sisters garden doesn't just look pretty, we actually ate from it. Watch the video to see the harvest.

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Video: Three Sisters Garden

Video: Three Sisters Garden

Corn, beans, squash: The "three sisters" are growing. Watch the video to see how well.

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Video: The Three Sisters Garden

Video: The Three Sisters Garden

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Garden by companion planting what the Iroquois valued as the sustainers of life: beans, corn, and squash. Watch the video and learn how to plant them in a raised bed.

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Summer Squash Sauté

Summer Squash Sauté

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Quick cooking is the ticket for light, flavorful summer fare.

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Extend Your Gardening Season Beyond Frost by Growing Produce that Keeps

Extend Your Gardening Season Beyond Frost by Growing Produce that Keeps

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If you grow winter squash, pumpkins, potatoes, garlic, and hot peppers, you effectively extend your gardening season well into the fall and winter.

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