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Mary Beth Shaddix

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Crop Pots: Easy Container Gardening

A well-stocked kitchen has the right pots for sautéing, braising, and making soup. It stands to reason the well-stocked garden should have the right pots for certain crops, too. Lettuces love shallow troughs and planters, while stocky, vining tomatoes crave deep pots for deep roots. And just as a shiny Mauviel copper pot or colorful Le Creuset dutch oven is […]

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Plant Peas by St. Patty’s Day

For some, St. Patrick’s Day means green beer, corned beef, and kissing the Irish. For me, the holiday is a hallmark of green things to come in the garden. It signals spring is right around the corner, and who isn’t desperately seeking that right now? “Plant peas by St. Patrick’s Day” has been a longstanding tradition in garden lore. Get […]

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Foodie Travels: Fresh Finds in Seattle

Send this gardener traveling and she’ll sniff out spots with farm-fed kitchens and a fresh take on ingredients. In my world, ideal tilth means a healthy soil teeming with nutrients–a great foundation for all food. It’s also proven a great foundation for a Seattle restaurant by the same name. Chef Maria Hines, a James Beard winner, showcases organic and foraged […]

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5 Finds for Valentines: A Garden Variety

Need gift ideas for the food and nature lovers in your life? Last week I was fortunate to be amongst thousands of these folks at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle, a veritable mecca for all of us nourished by green things. With a maze of lush garden design and landscape displays, vintage finds, a garden marketplace, and […]

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8 Memorable Moments in Our Kitchen Garden

Planning and plotting our new Spring garden gives us a chance to look back at the last year. What worked? What hilariously failed? Who visited our kitchen garden…and how can we keep other certain furry visitors out? 8.  Strawberry popcorn success! Cute little ears in small soldier rows, these ruby jewels were a surprise treat. We popped a few ears in […]

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‘Tis the Season…for (Seed) Catalogs!

Santa is not the only one making a list and checking it twice. And starring, underlining, highlighting, triple-starring, and dog-earing selections with every page turn. ‘Tis the season for coveted, colorful seed catalogs arriving by the day, stacking up with holiday cards and sale flyers. The allure of glossy, gourmet garden photographs is the song of the Sirens to me. […]

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Frost Bites: A Sweeter Harvest of Winter Greens

Jack Frost nipping at your nose might not be the sweetest sensation. But, Jack Frost icing the leaves on winter greens is indeed a sweet reward. Cool-season crops in the Brassica family, such as kale, collards, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, mustard, broccoli, and kohlrabi, benefit from a few frosts. Those nights that dip into mid-20 degree temperatures seem anything but beneficial […]

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5 Easy Steps to Homegrown Garlic

Garlic is one of the most popular items in our recipes. I go through quite a lot in my home kitchen and have enjoyed growing it with ease in our kitchen garden. There are a wide variety of flavors and types not known beyond the supermarket selection, from spicy hot to pungent and bold. If you haven’t already (and your […]

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Video Blog: Get a Sneak Peek of the Cooking Light Garden

Join me behind the scenes! See who’s been treating our cool season garden like a buffet and what it means for lettuce to bolt. If you like what you see, try sowing your own seed (Check out our favorite lettuce varieties) and pick it fresh for this Tuna and White Bean Salad. See more at cookinglight.com/garden

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Crisp Greens and Colorful Squash: The Cooking Light Garden in Early October

Did you think after harvesting those summer tomatoes that we put the Cooking Light garden to bed? No, but we did put lettuces, cabbages, radish and carrot seeds, kale seedlings and bok choy in the beds.  A whole new world of cool-season crops opens up when the temperatures go down. We’re gearing up for planting garlic, using the biggest cloves saved […]

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