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Crafting Cucumbers in Your Veggie Garden

Biting into a piece of crisp cucumber is sure to make any summer just that much brighter. No matter how you eat cucumbers, enjoyment is sure to be part of the package. [...]
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    Commonly seen in the veggie garden is the tomato. In addition to being delicious and having a place alongside or inside of many meals, tomato plants and seeds are widely available. Most everyone can appreciate a crisp tomato on their burger, in their salad, or as part of a pasta dish, and as a result tomatoes are usually the first plant people invest in when they decide to start growing their own food. Despite the popularity of the tomato, they do not always come easy. Depending on your [...]
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    At long last, summer is upon us! With summer comes delicious food offerings from the veggie garden for us to enjoy. One of the many great ways to use your garden veggies is in salads. If you find yourself looking for exciting new salad recipes this time of year, however, you will likely find that many of them involve fruit as well. Regardless of your fruit preferences, there are many salad options to cater to your taste. Whether it is apples and pears that suit your fancy or perhaps watermelon, [...]
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    There are a plethora of dishes that can be complimented by the addition of a pepper. Whether it is raw peppers in salad, peppers on a pizza, peppers paired with onions and placed on a bun next to sausage, or stuffed peppers themselves, peppers make for excellent eating. They can also make dishes more aesthetically pleasing and festive by adding a pop of color to your culinary creations. A good pepper dish truly is hard to pass up! Even better than their taste and pleasant appearance is the [...]
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    There is frustration aplenty to be had when you set out into the garden in search of that perfect tomato only to instead find one with blossom end rot. Though it is a common issue with which veggie gardeners are faced, it is no less disheartening when it rears its ugly head. Rather than letting tomatoes and other affected vegetables go to waste as they fall victim to blossom end rot, make changes to your garden to avoid it in the first place. Blossom end rot materializes in the form of a watery [...]
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    If you’re a fan of leafy greens with staying power then you might want to consider getting acquainted with kale. A member of the cabbage family, kale has made appearances as a garnish on many dinner plates only to be discarded and ignored, but the fact of the matter is that kale has a plethora of nutrition benefits that have brought it into the spotlight in recent years. Kale is low in calories while at the same time being loaded with protein, fiber, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamins [...]
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    Tea is a beverage enjoyed by many of us on a frequent or daily basis. After you make your favorite brew, what do you do with the used teabags? Disposing of them is one answer, but a better one would be to take them out to your vegetable garden or compost bin so they can serve another beneficial purpose. Before using teabags in any gardening fashion, it is important to educate yourself about the bag itself. While many teabags will decompose, others have a polypropylene coating that makes them [...]
  • Photo: Como Homestead
    Upon deciding what you want to plant, your natural course of action may be to go to a nursery and purchase those plants. From that point, most can be transplanted directly into your garden and will continue to grow and thrive. Though this method is convenient, it is not always practical or efficient for everyone. In some cases, it is easier and more logical, not to mention more economically feasible, to start seeds indoors instead. Starting seeds indoors is a useful practice that allows you to [...]


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