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    A good color to have in your veggie garden is green, especially when that green belongs to green beans also known as string beans or French beans. There are many reasons to grow and eat green beans aside from great taste alone. Health benefits aplenty can be had thanks to the consumption of...
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    We’ve all had an experience in our lives where we were exposed to someone with whom we simply did not click. Whether it was a classmate or coworker, everyone knows someone who is the oil to their water. Despite your best efforts, there are some people in this world you are going repel or who...
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    Ok they aren't really black in most cases, but more a shade of dark purple to, in extreme cases, chocolate, but these wonderful heirloom varieties often date back hundreds of years and range from such rich beefsteak tomatoes as the Purple Cherokee to the berry sized Black Cherry. Popular...
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    Mulching is one of the best things we can do for your vegetable garden. Properly placed mulch helps control the weeds, keeps the soil from drying out as quickly and helps it stay cooler in the summer. There are many materials that can be used for mulch, some are better than others. Experienced...
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    Many rural (and even some urban) vegetable gardeners have trouble with deer munching on their precious vegetables. Deer can destroy a small vegetable patch in minutes by consuming just about every plant there. If you are having a deer problem in your garden, here are some things you can try to...
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    Japanese beetles can be an unforgiving pest in your garden. These shiny, incandescent-looking beetles can destroy whole plants very quickly, and are hard to battle if infestations become severe. Using a few different tactics you can control Japanese beetles, and save your precious vegetables...
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    Since the beginning of time man has been fascinated with inventing, improving, and using tools. Vegetable gardeners are no different. Having the right garden tool for the job can make gardening a snap, not to mention more enjoyable. Having a dull, or inadequate garden tool, can turn the simplest...
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    Yesterday's post was about how to identify beneficial insects, now we need to know how to get them in the vegetable garden. Attracting beneficial insects can be a very tricky quest, but there are many ways to lure them to the pests that are hampering the garden. The best way to attract...
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    Some gardeners may get the urge to zap any insect they may see in the vegetable garden. Before ridding the insect from your garden, you may want to do some research - the critter just might be helping your vegetable garden. There are some insects that defend your precious vegetables by eating or...
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    If you love to grow vegetables by container gardening you may want to make your own potting soil instead of the store bought brands. Making your own potting soil might seem like much more work than just tearing open a bag, but there are a few advantages of making it yourself. You can control...
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    We are edging closer and closer to 2010, with only two days left of 2009. As we say goodbye to 2009, I thought it would be a great time to pause and reflect on some of the best How-to posts here at Veggie Gardener during the last year. I have tried to make the How-to posts simple to understand...
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    Most gardeners may feel very comfortable understanding all the information that comes on a seed packet, but there are some novice gardeners that might be confused with all the symbols, abbreviations, and pictures. All the information that is contained on a seed packet is very vital towards the...
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    If you are in the southern part of the United States, then you have probably had butter beans a time or two. Butter beans are also called Baby Lima Beans in other parts of the country, but whoever named them butter beans got the naming right, in my opinion. They have a light, fresh, buttery...
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    A couple of weeks ago I found a great video on how to oven dry tomatoes. I decided to give it a try, and found that this is the BEST oven dried tomatoes I have ever had. The extra virgin olive oil was a nice touch that I had not used before. Chef Keith Snow uses extra virgin olive oil, garlic...
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    Being out in the sun is almost impossible to avoid for a gardener. Most of the time gardeners are out in the sun up to five hours or more. This can cause sunburns - some possibly severe - if proper precautions are not taken. Sunburns can be very painful, and have long-lasting effects to the...
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    If you have ever been interested in drying your own peppers, then here is a very simple way to do just that. I prefer to air dry my peppers instead of using an oven or dehydrator. Air drying your peppers helps to hold the pepper's color and spiciness. Using an oven or a dehydrator will cause the...
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    Turnip greens are my favorite kind of greens, but don't get me wrong I love them all. The wonderful thing about turnips is you get the best of both worlds - a tasty and flavorful root, and the delicious green tops. Growing turnip greens is not very hard as long as you give them the correct...
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    I have always had an interest in becoming a Master Gardener since I was a child. Getting an opportunity to expand on my gardening knowledge is always very exciting. Most of the things I have learned about gardening have come from either trail and error, by talking to other gardeners, or from...
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    One of the biggest enemies of squash, zucchini, and pumpkin is the squash vine borer. This nasty little pest will destroy a plant in no time if left alone. If your plants look fine one day then begin to wilt the next, it could be squash vine borer. Look around the base of your squash plants for...
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    Growing zucchini in your garden is very easy, and a lot of fun. Once your plants become established, and start blooming - the race is on! Zucchini can grow very quickly, sometimes growing from a 3 inch tiny fruit to an 18 inch monster in just a couple days. Make sure you keep an eye on your...
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