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    August isn't considered prime seed sowing times, but you can still plant certain vegetables and expect a nice harvest before Fall. The following five vegetables will mature in 60 days or less, which is perfect for this time of year. Those of us in Zones 4 and 5 usually have until at least...
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    Companion planting in the garden has most likely been around for as long as man has been planting seeds. It's simply a method of partnering up vegetables and herbs that benefit each other. Though companion planting isn't a cure all for garden pests, it's certainly worth the effort. Herbs and...
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    Tomatoes are by far the most popular vegetable (actually, it's a fruit) grown in home vegetable gardens. There are many different ways of planting tomatoes and everyone has their own way. Many gardeners have certain rituals and techniques they use to plant tomatoes, and some even get down...
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    A living mulch, or cover crop, is a low-growing plant used in the vegetable garden as a mulch. It is usually referred to as a cover crop because that is exactly what it is doing - covering the ground. The cover crop is usually grown in between rows or around plantings. Using a living mulch is a...
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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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    Almost every organic vegetable that you could possibly grow in your vegetable garden has good nutritional value. Then there are some vegetables that pack a nutritional-punch that's just hard to beat. These vegetables are key to providing a balanced diet and preventing colds, flus and some...
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    A new vegetable gardener may find there are endless vegetable possibilities available to grow and choosing the best ones for your first vegetable garden can seem a bit daunting. Do not let this stop you from starting your own vegetable garden. Most vegetables are fairly easy to grow with just a...
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    There is always much debate over whether to use seedling transplants or sow seeds directly in the vegetable garden. Many vegetable gardeners will attest that sowing seeds directly in the garden is the best practice to obtain maximum production, while other gardeners will say using transplants...
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    Having a rain barrel can be a life saver in the vegetable garden during those hot summer months. The rain barrel will have plenty of reserved water when the rains slow down and you'll be able to water your plants with fresh, soft water. But is having a rain barrel worth it? Let's first discuss...
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    Many may think a vegetable garden is typically filled with plain and boring plants, but that does not have to be the case. There are quite a few very interesting vegetables and herbs you can grow in your vegetable garden that not only please the taste buds, but also the eye. If you want to add...
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    For someone that is new to growing a vegetable garden, the learning curve can seem quite daunting at times. With things like compost ratios, soil pH levels, and fertilizer N-P-K numbers, it may seem you need to work at NASA in order to grow your own fresh vegetables. Don't stop your seed...
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    Is a tomato a fruit or vegetable? That is a question that has been around since the discovery of the tomato. There are many different views and opinions on whether a tomato is classified as a fruit or as a vegetable. Generally when we think of fruit, we think of a sweet apple or peach, while a...
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    Today I decided to go out to the garden and snap a few pictures of various things going on in my garden. I ended up taking a lot of pictures. These pictures are of various things ranging from some of the plants that are growing, to different insects (including some not so friendly pests). I...
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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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    Have you ever looked at your garden soon after a thunderstorm has passed? Did you notice that the plants looked brighter, fresher, and greener? Many gardeners have probably wondered what causes this. Perhaps it is the fresh rainfall? Or maybe the slightly cooler temperatures, maybe the humidity...
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    If you love to grow great tasting vegetables but live in a very drought-prone region, there are some delicious vegetables that are just right for you. You could be the vegetable gardener that is tired of pulling a water hose every where to water your vegetable plants. Drought tolerant vegetables...
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    It was a sad day out in the vegetable garden today. My struggling and desperate cucumber vines finally bit the dust. After a couple weeks of spraying them, watering them, and chasing cucumber beetles, I finally realized that they probably will not make it, and yanked them up. The cucumber vines...
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    There are many times that I have ended up with more vegetables from my vegetable garden than I know what to do with. I am famous for growing way too many plants than I actually need. After the freezer is full, and all the canning jars are filled to capacity, here are some ideas on what to do...
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    Ingredients 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon seasoned salt 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/8 teaspoon pepper 4 pork chops, about 3/4-inch thick 1/2 cup raw rice 5 cups fresh diced tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives 1 tablespoon sugar 2 cups thinly...
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    A couple years ago an oversight actually turned into a delicious idea. I walked out to my patch of yellow squash plants and found a squash that had become huge. It was about 14 inches long and had a diameter of about 4 inches. As soon as I saw the summer squash I immediately became angry at...
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