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Eat Better, Eat Together

Gather the family in the kitchen, prepare a meal, and sit down to celebrate Eat Better and Eat Together.

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 prepare a meal and eat togetherWhen adults and children eat together the children do better in school, have fewer behavior problems and as teenagers are less likely to use drugs and alcohol.

And there is no better way to get your family to eat healthy than to grow some of your own produce. Fresh from the garden produce not only tastes better, but the short time between harvest and serving makes it more nutritious.

Make a trip to the local farmers market to help with the planning. Look for new and favorite vegetables to try cooking this month. Start a list of those vegetables you want to grow in your own garden.

And if you don’t have enough space to grow a large garden consider containers. And be sure to include a few herbs in the garden, container or indoors on a windowsill. They’re sure to add flavor to any meal.

A bit more information: Try some purple peppers, tomatoes, beans, and carrots in your next garden. Or maybe it is Fairy Tale, Hansel or Gretel eggplant or Sugar Baby watermelon that appeals to your family. Unique color, unusual names and of course family favorites can go on the list. For more ideas visit nutrition.wsu.edu/ebet/

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Tomato Growing Tips

Space challenged gardeners can grow tomatoes in containers. A 3 to 5 gallon pot is perfect for a single tomato plant skirted by a few flowers or herbs. Or try mixing a few tomatoes in with your shrubs and flowers.

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Tomato Troubles

You waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect fruit. But don’t worry, you can still have a great harvest and improve things for next season.

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Try Black-Eyed Peas and Cabbage This New Year

Start the New Year with a good luck meal of black-eyed peas and cabbage.

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Use Row Cover for Chemical-Free Insect Control

Prevent insect damage on your vegetables with the help of floating row covers. These spun fabrics let air, light and water through, but prevent many insects from reaching the plants.

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Vanilla Orchid Vine

You may be surprised to discover that one of the most popular flavors in the world, vanilla, comes from an orchid.

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Visit a Farmer's Market and Plan Your Garden

Farmers Markets are on the rise as more and more of us are looking for locally grown fresh produce. You may be surprised to find one or more popping up near your home.

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Visit a Park and Improve Your Mood

Gather family and friends and head out to a nearby park to celebrate holidays, family events or just to relax and escape the stress of everyday life.

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Waterwise Vegetable Gardening

You can grow garden fresh produce while conserving water and limiting the time spent watering.

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What's On My Plate Day: Grow Nutritional Vegetables

Celebrate “What’s on my Plate Day” and surprise your family with a plate full of nutritious vegetables. Serve ‘em cooked up as ratatouille, chopped and mixed in a stir-fry or tossed in a tasty salad.

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Yard Long Beans

Amaze your family and friends with yard long beans. These have been a mainstay of East Asia for centuries but many gardeners across North America are now growing this tasty, easy-to-grow snap bean.

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Year of the Watermelon

The National Garden Bureau has declared 2013 the Year of the Watermelon.

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