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    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. Cucumbers are also fairly easy to grow, much to the delight of veggie gardeners everywhere, as they thrive in hardiness zones...
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    Being a veggie gardener sometimes requires us to make choices, at least in the case of those of us with limited space. It could be that you have many more vegetables on your list than your available gardening area will allow, which means having to sacrifice something you'd really like to grow. A...
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    As summer slowly starts turning into fall, it is the opportune time to start getting ready for the fall crops. Most gardeners think that the garden ends with summer, but actually the fall can be the best time of year for planting. In late summer many pests are decreased in numbers, and weeds...
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    You have worked hard growing and harvesting all those tomatoes during the summer and fall, and have a pantry or freezer full of preserved tomatoes. Have you ever stopped and stared at all those tomatoes and wondered what to do with them? If this has happened to you, perhaps you need some...
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    It seems as though for every triumph in the vegetable garden there is always at least one failure. The same can surely be said about some things in my own vegetable garden this year. One vegetable that I am growing this year is on its way to a very slow death. Some of it was slightly beyond my...
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    I went out to the garden yesterday to check on all my plants, pick what was ready, and pull just a few weeds. This is the first year that I have used any type of mulch in the vegetable garden, and I sure am glad I did. The mulch really does a nice job keeping the weeds at bay. It has literally...
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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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    Well after weeks and weeks of tapping my fingers waiting on a tomato, any tomato, some tomato, to ripen it has finally happened! I was beginning to wonder if I was going to get any ripe ones at all. It seems like an eternity from the time you first see that tiny little green orb pop up to when...
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    If you are new to growing eggplant, there are some misconceptions on when to pick these tasty black (or purple) vegetables. When visiting your local supermarket, they usually have these huge eggplant that are flavorless and bland. You do not have to go the same route though, because you can...
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    Poblano (or also called Ancho) Peppers are arguably the most under-rated pepper in the pepper family. They do not get nearly the attention of the jalapeno or cayenne pepper, but poblano peppers are packed with flavor. The poblano pepper is my favorite pepper because they have that great pepper...
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    I was out in the summer squash patch today hoping to find some nice sized squash ready for picking. I found a few, but it was not easy because my squash plants have become huge, and squash love to hide. After finding a couple keepers, I happened to look down at one of the plants and a good...
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    The cucumbers have been planted and are starting to bloom. The vines are steadily climbing up the trellis and are looking good. The little cucumbers that were there a few days ago are growing by the minute it seems. But when do I know they are ready to pick, and how do I pick them? If you have...
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    Determining a ripe tomato might seem fairly obvious to most vegetable gardeners, right? A tomato is ripe once it turns (or begins turning) red. But what if it's an heirloom variety that is green when ripe? Or yellow? Or pink? Or orange? How can you determine it is ripe for the picking? Let's...
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    I don't know about you, but okra is one of my favorite vegetables. Mix some stewed tomatoes in the pan with some okra and corn, and I'm in heaven. I think I could eat that stuff every day! If you love okra as much as I do then you probably have a few stalks of it in the garden. Okra is very...
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    If you are like me, you love to grow (and eat) banana peppers. There are many uses for these delicious peppers such as in salads, pizza toppings, spaghetti sauce, and can be used as many other flavorful additions to food. There is much confusion on when is the right time to harvest banana...
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