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Choosing the Right Container for Growing Vegetables in Pots

For many people in urban settings, growing tomatoes and edible plants in pots is necessary due to space constraints (or lack of an area 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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Chicory Varieties for the Italian Kitchen Garden: Growing & Cooking

If you love Italian cooking and are experimenting with growing your own Italian herbs and vegetables, you will want to try some chicory in your Italian kitchen garden. This guide on growing chicory will help you decide between the best Italian chicory varieties and give you tips on growing, cooking and storing this delicious leafy …

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14 Best Winter Squash Varieties For the Italian Kitchen Garden

Love cooking Italian food? Winter squash is one of the more important vegetables to Italian cuisine. The tastiest traditional Italian winter squash varieties aren’t available in-store however, so you need to either grow them yourself or find them at select farmers’ markets. With this guide, I’ll help you discover the best Italian squash varieties, and …

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14 Best Italian Tomato Varieties for the Kitchen Garden

Cooks who love Italian cuisine can be very picky about their tomatoes, as a good tomato is indispensable to Italian cooking. The best Italian tomato varieties are not always available in US grocery stores however, and many a cook will therefore opt to grow their own tomatoes, whether that be in a pot on the …

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The Italian Kitchen Garden: Step by Step

The Italian villa vegetable garden is sometimes showcased as an intricate formal affair with water fountains and intricately shaped boxwood trees. Well, not all of us have the budget or skill to design these picture-perfect gardens, but that doesn’t need to prevent home gardeners from designing a backyard Italian vegetable garden that is both productive …

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12 Must-Grow Vegetables & Herbs for the Italian Kitchen Garden

Love Italian food? Use your backyard, your balcony or your large garden plot to grow your own Italian kitchen garden. Forget about sad supermarket produce or boring vegetable varieties, and enjoy home-grown vegetables and herbs that are traditional to great Italian cooking. Jump to: What Is an Italian Kitchen Garden? |What To Plant In an …

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How to Grow and Cook Italian Flat Beans (Romano Beans)

Take a leaf out of the Italians’ book and learn to grow and cook with Romano beans, a broad, flat bean in the same family as garden variety string beans. Romano beans are juicy, with a sweet flavor and a great crunch, and they come in a wonderful range of colors. Italian flat beans taste …

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Tips for Pollinating Fruits and Vegetables

Did you know that most of the fruits and vegetables in your home garden rely on bees, insects, and other pollinators to be able to produce their delicious crops? Learn which plants need insect pollination and how to get beneficial bugs to visit your garden. Jump to: |Why Pollination is Needed | Which Crops Need …

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Essential Mexican Pantry Ingredients for Celebrations & Fiestas

Mexican cuisine is quite diverse, with many different regional variations of traditional or authentic recipes. However, during the Winter holidays there are a few key staples that can be found in nearly every Mexican household. Below are the essential pantry ingredients that will help you be prepared to take on making most Mexican celebration meals. …

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Guide to Using Mulch for your Vegetable Garden

When used correctly, mulch can help protect your fruit and vegetable plants against the winter cold. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of different types of mulch and which fruit or vegetable plants need Winter mulch the most. Jump toWhat Is Mulch?Which Plants Need Winter Mulch?Pros & Cons of Different Types of …

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Holiday Care Packages: 7 Homemade Treats to Send

Have a kid in college or a loved one living abroad? This holiday season, let them know you’re thinking of them by sending a themed holiday care package filled with homemade treats and other goodies. Below, you’ll find 7 festive recipes that ship well. Homemade Treats For Holiday Care Packages: 7 Festive Recipes Ritz Cracker …

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Comprehensive Guide to the Pesco Mediterranean Diet

Before noting health benefits or weight loss success of the Pesco Mediterranean diet, here is a summary of the key components: Jump to: Weight Loss? | Intermittent Fasting | Comparison to Other Diets | Key Foods | Recipes How is it Different from a Regular Mediterranean Diet? The traditional Mediterranean diet has been endorsed for …

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8 Specialty Martini Drinks For the Holidays

Looking for a nice martini recipe for the holidays, to wow guests at your next party, or just to celebrate Friday night? I’ve got you covered! Have a look at my 8 favorite martini drinks for every occasion. What Exactly is a Martini? Let’s clarify one thing first. Traditionally, a martini is just a mix …

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