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En Gourd!

Once they get warmed up, drinking gourd vines grow fast. So fast, it’s easy to imagine that they are only motionless when they are being watched. But that’s later in the story. The story really starts over ten thousand years ago. Drinking gourds have been entangled with civilization since it …

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Fresh From the Garden

As it truly sinks in that today is the day, that now is the time, my mind begins racing, concocting beautiful dishes to pay honour to this perfect head of lettuce. Seventy-two days can seem like an eternity when you live in anticipation of one moment. The season’s first butterhead …

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Pesticide-Free Gardening

Natural Ways to Fight Off Pests and Save Your Garden Many gardeners have an aversion to chemicals. These gardeners may be devoted to pesticide-free growing, want to plant (and eat) edibles, or simply like the thought of keeping flower beds naturally healthy. Whatever the reason, there are key steps you …

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Vermicomposting

Worm Your Way into Composting Heaven Many of us like the idea of composting but don’t have the yard space to make it happen (I’m looking at you, apartment dwellers!). Luckily you can make your own black gold in the comfort of your own home with nature’s master composters: worms. …

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Keeping Your Harvest All Year Round

Winter Storage Dos and Don’ts For most of history, people were experts on food preservation because their lives depended on it. Around the turn of the twentieth century, electric refrigeration enabled people to transport food longer distances, sell it in modern supermarkets, and keep it cool at home. As a …

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5 Herbs for Kitchen Gardens

There’s a reason why herb gardens are often called ‘kitchen’ gardens. Firstly, they can be grown right in your kitchen, indoors, any time of year! And secondly, it seems natural for cooks and gardeners to want to grow the freshest plants possible for their culinary experience. The best part is …

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Homegrown Lettuce

Flavor, Freshness, and Food Safety Have you dreamed of growing gourmet salad greens in your home garden? It’s easier than you may think to grow lettuces, mesclun mixes, and other edible leaves such as chervil, arugula, and endive. Benefits Galore Growing your own salad greens is a real treat, and …

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Sifting Through the Soil

A Simple Soil Science Test You can help your soil support your plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, and lawns by learning what it is made of. Testing your soil involves a simple do-at-home science experience that you can complete in an afternoon. Like many gardeners, I tend to focus my efforts …

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Of Mice and Melons

words: geoff lewis There are a lot of baby vegetables out there. Some of us laughed at baby corn and cherry tomatoes when we were kids. But then there appeared baby-cut carrots, baby onions, baby beets, baby bok choy, baby cabbages and even baby zucchinis, their flowers still attached like …

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Mulch Matters

The Benefits of Gardening with Mulch One of the easiest ways to ensure success in your garden, especially a vegetable garden, is to incorporate mulching into your garden preparations. This doesn’t have to break the bank, but it will provide you dividends in the abundance of vegetables you will harvest …

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