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    Air drying herbs is not only the easiest and least expensive way to dry fresh herbs, but this slow drying process also doesn't deplete the herbs of their oils. This process works best with herbs that don't have a high moisture content such as Dill, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Summer Savory and...
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    You have worked hard on growing your tomatoes this season - you prepared the prefect soil, carefully tending the tomato seedlings, and planted them with supreme care. Now it's time to start thinking about all the different uses for those delicious tomatoes from your garden. Then one day you go...
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    Whether it is some pesky bug or fungus, there are always issues to tend to in the garden. It seems that gardeners have always been on the cutting edge of natural solutions for common problems in the vegetable garden and the home. There are several reasons for using natural remedies in the...
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    On June 1, 2009, I picked my first vegetable of the season from my vegetable garden. It was a very nice yellow straightneck squash. There should be more Straightneck squash, some zucchini, and some sweet banana peppers coming soon. There are a couple very small tomatoes beginning to sprout...
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    You have worked hard on planning, preparing, and planting your vegetable garden. It is a delight to walk out to the garden and find that all the hard work has paid off with a bounty of beautiful seedlings sprouting. But now you must do the unthinkable, the diabolical - the insane. You must thin...
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    Most of the vegetables in the garden have been planted for a little over a month now, and are progressing fairly well. I thought it would be a good time to share some pictures of the blooms so far in the garden. I am starting to get some baby squash, zucchini, and banana peppers. I can't wait...
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    My zucchini plants have been in the ground almost a month, so I figured it would be a great time to post about their progression thus far. I must say they are growing far quicker than I ever expected. The zucchini are already blooming and have started producing some baby zucchini. I have never...
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    It has been a month since I planted my tomato plants, and I figured I would give an update on them. I planted 11 tomato plants in my garden on April 14th, 2009 and added two more tomato plants on May 3rd, 2009 for a total of 13 tomato plants. Some gardeners think having 13 plants is bad luck...
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    Tomatoes are vigorous, fast growing, and heavy feeding plants which require fertilization a few times during the season. Tomatoes have specific nutritional needs such as nitrogen, phosphate, potash, calcium, magnesium, potassium and other micro-nutrients to build cell wall structure and increase...
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    Companion planting is a phrase that many gardeners have heard or read about, but what exactly is companion planting? Plainly put, companion planting is the concept of planting two or more plants next to one another to enhance the growth or flavor of the plants. Usually companion planting uses...
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    Using a trellis to support your cucumber plants, or other vining vegetables, is the best way to grow beautiful and tasty cucumbers. Many gardeners have learned the hard way (including me) that letting your cucumber vines just spread upon the ground is a good way to not have many cucumbers. The...
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    As the economy flounders, more and more people are becoming interested in growing their own vegetables. With this incoming wave of vegetable gardening popularity comes a new group of novice gardeners. This is great news for the vegetable gardening community, and I say it's about time you got...
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    If you have ever grown a vegetable garden in your background, then you have probably realized that it can get down right ugly, possibly even an eye sore. Normally vegetable gardens are for practical use and not used so much for aesthetics. Well, I say you can buck the trend. Just because it is a...
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    A few weeks ago First Lady, Michelle Obama announced there will be a vegetable garden this year at The White House. The first garden at The White House since Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden during WWII. I found this to be very exciting. Mrs. Obama's intentions with this vegetable garden is...
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    Tomatoes are without a doubt the most popular home-grown vegetable. There are many reasons for their popularity, such as great taste, an abundance of cultivars to choose from, and the ease of growing. Every home vegetable gardener should have tomatoes as a member of their garden. In the...
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    One of the best tools a vegetable gardener can have in their arsenal is a garden journal. A garden journal is an excellent way to keep track of your day to day activities in the garden. It is also very useful for keeping data on new tricks or tips you may have come across. Having a garden...
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    We are slowly creeping up on Spring, and it is time to begin preparation for planting the vegetable garden. One of the most useful tools a vegetable gardener can have for that preparation is a garden plan. What Is a Garden Plan? In basic terms, it is just how it sounds - a plan for the garden...
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    I think it is very ironic that the day I begin Veggie Gardener, we get our first snow of the year. We do not get snow very often here in Southeast Virginia - perhaps once or twice a year. I am looking forward to Spring and getting out in the garden. I am currently working on my Garden Plan...
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