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Mary Beth Shaddix

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Put Your Garden to Bed

Savor the season’s last cold-tolerant crops while you prep your garden for hibernation. A gardener’s chore list this time of year depends on location: Those of us down South, like in our Alabama garden, can use row covers and poly tunnels to create encouragingly warm beds for hearty salad greens, kale, collards, and cabbage (see our recipes for two autumn […]

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DIY Hoop Houses for Home Gardens

Now that temperatures are dropping, it’s time to put your garden to bed. Here’s how to make your own hoop house covers for your garden. Most regions require a light- or medium-weight polypropylene or polyester fabric, found in local garden shops or online at johnnyseeds.com. 1. Cut three 6-foot lengths of ½-inch flexible PVC pipe with handheld cutters (adjusting for […]

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Preserve Summer’s Bounty

If you’ve been using the Cooking Light Garden plan so far this year, squash, peppers, and beans should be pouring out of your garden right about now. (This is both a blessing and a curse—there are only so many nights you can sauté, roast, or steam them.) When the harvest basket runneth over, pickles, jams, and preserves are the way […]

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Hot Off the Vine! What We’re Harvesting This Month

July is the month gardeners dream about: Lush, green plants are bursting out of raised beds and vining around trellises. And all of the crops that needed months of TLC are ripe for recipes now. While you enjoy the fruits of your labor, it’s time to perform simple maintenance. The plants supported by our arbor and trellis designs are begging […]

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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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