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Best Time to Plant Tomatoes & Vegetables: Phenology

Old gardener stories are often based around a science called phenology. “Plant potatoes on Good Friday; prune trees on Presidents Day, and never plant anything during the full moon.” Homilies or science? Is there a reason phenology has existed for thousands of years, across the world, and more importantly, can we use it to help …

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Best 10 Herbs to Grow for Homemade Herbal Tea Blends

Loose-leaf teas and expensive organic blends of tea are all the rage, but did you know there’s a cheaper (and more fun!) alternative? Most of the popular herbs used for herbal teas (better known as tisane) are actually a breeze to grow at home. Homegrown herbal tea blends are infinitely more fresh, which means more …

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Preserving Fresh Herbs as Herbal Compound Butters

Dried herbs can’t compete with fresh herbs when it comes to cooking with flavor. If you have a garden, a nearby farmers market, or a good grocery store, preserving fresh herbs as herbal compound butters is my favorite way to ensure fresh flavor year-round. It’s very easy, you can create wonderful blends, and they’ll last …

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Beginners Guide to Growing Herbs in Containers

This is a summary of the key requirements to successfully growing a variety of themed herb gardens in containers, whether on your deck, balcony or indoors. It covers which herbs to combine for Mediterranean, Mexican or Indian cuisines, for Tea Gardens, for Salad Gardens or for Cocktail Gardens. Which Herbs to Grow Together: Themes for …

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Limoncello Blondies for Earth Day, Mother’s Day & Spring Celebrations

This blondie (a non-chocolate brownie) is a lemony, tender bar with a Limoncello-spiked frosting. Perfect for easy Spring baking, Easter, Mother’s Day or to ward off the Winter doldrums! Citrus is always a refreshing flavor in Spring, and the Limoncello frosting really enhances the citrus flavor. Sometimes serendipity hands you a prize, and these blondies …

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Growing Food in Pots for Decks, Patios or Balconies

For many people in urban settings, growing tomatoes and edible plants in pots is necessary due to space constraints (or lack of an aread with 6 hours of direct sunlight). This video and post explains the 6 key requirements for growing food in containers or pots.  Benefits of Growing Food in Pots As noted above, …

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