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Mary Beth Shaddix

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Go Beyond Tomatoes in the Garden

The hero of the summer garden is undeniably a homegrown tomato, but have you tried its Clark Kent cousins, masked in papery suits? Both tomatillos and ground cherries are in the tomato’s botanical family. They grow in the same conditions favored by tomatoes yet bear fruit wrapped in husks that turn a papery tan when mature. Keep Reading: Kitchen Garden […]

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Move Over, Genovese! Try These Types of Basil Instead.

Basil encompasses more than just the basic sweet ‘Genovese’ staple. Try growing one of these types to expand your understanding of what basil can do in dishes and drinks. If you want even more basil options, check out our favorite basil varieties. See More:  Our Favorite Basil Varieties Fresh Basil Recipes Classic Basil Pesto Spicy Basil Chicken

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Plant These 5 Herbs This Month

Herbs are at the flavor-packed center of many of our favorite summer dishes, but at $4 a pop for a tiny bunch crammed in a plastic clamshell, they can add bulk to your grocery budget. Fortunately, many common herbs are easily—and definitely more affordably—grown in containers or beds. Plants and seeds are available at local garden centers, online (you can […]

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For the Love: Garden Bouquets & Seattle Seminars

It’s true–we love fresh flowers for Valentine’s Day. Every day, for that matter. And why not? Something so pleasing should be a regular treat. Whether you pick your own from a backyard garden or pick up from a local florist, consider the beauty of locally-grown plants, and support the Slow Flower movement. With similar values to Slow Food, Debra Prinzing (author of Slow Flowers […]

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No Mean Green Here: Smart Smoothies from the Garden

With all of the heavy comfort food and holiday treats, go green before you see red looking at the scale this season. Smoothies are great breakfast and snack options that keep you light on your feet and are easily taken on the go. What’s this got to do with a gardener, you ask? Greens – and lots of them. I […]

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Persimmons: Holiday Muffins and Granola Goodness

Persimmons can be perplexing. There are several types and a misstep in guessing ripeness can put a pucker in your pout. Instead of playing it safe and using persimmons as decor on your Thanksgiving table, try these two preparations: a spicy muffin and dried slices. Our two young ‘Fuyu’ persimmon trees produced eight gallons of fruit this November. Our wild persimmon trees (Diospyros […]

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The Foods We Found in a Threadbare Pillowcase

It’s no secret that a key to memorable food is using fresh ingredients at the height of season. Whether this is preached by a popular chef or learned firsthand in the garden, there’s no denying the vibrance. The summer tomato is inarguably our poster-child for the fresh food we crave. As farmers know, shortening the time from plant to plate […]

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The ABCs of a Fall Kitchen Garden

I love fall. I love everything about it — cooler weather, colorful trees, cocoon-y sweaters, and pumpkins piled everywhere. I also love the long list of groceries I can grow without sweating in the oven-like air of August. Not sure what can replace those tomatoes and beans? Here are 8 suggestions, easy as reciting your ABCs. Whether you garden on […]

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A Hibiscus That’s Heart-Healthy?

What if I told you this beautiful plant in our garden could lower your blood pressure, make a tasty hot tea, be the base of a great curry, add zing to fresh salads, and stir up a pretty stellar cocktail? Skeptical? Sure. But take just one of those benefits from the many uses of Roselle, Hibiscus sabdariffa, and it still […]

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Freezing Fire: An Easy Way to Preserve a Huge Harvest

It is indeed possible to freeze a cube of fire…and save your sanity while preserving a huge summer harvest. We’re not practicing sorcery over here — simply roasting and freezing hot peppers for quick recipe starters. In my own garden patch, I’m outdone with just how many jalapeño, serrano, Lemon Drop, and spicy bell peppers I have picked this week. Our August […]

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