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2016 All-America Selections Winner: Strawberry Delizz
Whether gardening on a balcony or large suburban lot, you can enjoy the sweet flavor of homegrown Delizz strawberries.
Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month; Grow a Garden for the Birds
Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month by planning then planting a few bird friendly additions to your garden.
Celebrate National Pear Month
Celebrate National Pear Month by adding a few of your favorite pear dishes to your family meals.
Celebrate National Watermelon Day with Proper Harvesting of Watermelon
Take a break and enjoy a refreshing slice of watermelon as you celebrate National Watermelon Day on August 3rd.
Celebrate Rose Month - Eat Your Roses
The from-the-garden-to-the-table movement is not just about fruits and vegetables. Edible flowers like roses can provide beauty in a vase or on your dinner plate.
Compact Berry Plants for Containers and Gardens
Raspberry Shortcake, Pink Lemonade and Peach Sorbet are plants, not dishes to enjoy at your next meal. Consider including these and other compact fruit plants in your garden or on the balcony or deck.
Bushel and Berry, formerly branded as Brazelberry, is a collection of ornamental, compact and self-pollinating fruit plants. Perfect for small space and apartment dwellers or those that like to grow one of every plant.
Easy and Free Homemade Berry Harvest Basket
Whether harvesting from your own garden or visiting a Pick-Your-Own Farm, nothing beats the fresh flavor of homegrown berries. And managing the harvest as you work your way down each row does not have to be messy and cumbersome or result in a pile of mushy fruit.
Elderberry: International Herb of the Year
Hardy, edible and the 2013 International Herb of the Year make elderberry a great plant for any size landscape or even container gardens.
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Keep enjoying the garden fresh flavor of sweet peppers throughout the winter. A quick freeze will preserve the flavor for months to come.
Always use crisp fresh peppers for best results. Wash, remove the stem and cut the peppers in half. Use the tip of a spoon or melon baller to more easily remove the seeds and membrane.
Garden Your Way to Better Health
Have you committed to improving your health this year? I have good news – you can do this while planting, maintaining and harvesting homegrown nutritious food and beautiful flowers.
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Gather Ideas and Fresh Produce from the Farmers Market
Didn’t get that garden planted this year? Or maybe you didn’t plant enough for your families needs. Don’t worry, you can still have fresh from the garden flavor and be kind to the environment.
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Grow Star and Heart Shaped Veggies
Add a little star power to your meals with the help of cookie cutters and veggie molds.
Grow Your Own Fat-free and Flavorful Apples
Apples are the perfect fat free fruit for your diet and garden. Plant just a couple trees or a small orchard so you can harvest an apple-a-day right from your own backyard.
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Grow Your Own Favorite Recipe
Picture this - Your guest reaches over and plucks a sprig of mint from a planter to add to their iced tea or Mojito. Nothing beats the fresh-from-the-garden flavor or fun of ingredients right from your own garden.
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Grow Your Own Herbs
Add some flavor and fragrance to your garden, meals, beverages, and garden parties with homegrown herbs. Whether growing in a container, mixed amongst flowers and vegetables or in a garden of their own, you will enjoy an herbal addition to the landscape.
Apples are the perfect fat-free fruit for your diet and garden. Plant just a couple trees or a small orchard so you can harvest an apple-a-day right from your own backyard.
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Growing Fruit in Small Spaces
No space for a garden? Don't worry you can add fruits to your patio, balcony or other small space landscape.
Growing Fruit Plants in Your Landscape
Improve the flavor of your meals and reduce our national energy use by growing your own fruit.
Growing Your Own Healthy Snack
Grow a few healthy snacks for you and your family to enjoy. Carrots have the crunch of chips and crackers without the fat and calories.
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Harvest and Enjoy Edamame (Soy)
Get the best flavor and nutritional value from your homegrown edamame, also known as edible soybeans, with proper harvesting and care.
Harvesting & Storing Sweet Potatoes
Grilled, fried, mashed or made into a pie, sweet potatoes are a delicious and nutritious vegetable.
Harvesting and Preserving the Flavor and Nutrients of Root Crops
It’s time to start reaping the benefits of your spring plantings. So break out the garden fork and get busy harvesting.
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Harvesting Flowers for Drying
Enjoy your garden’s beauty year round. Harvest and dry a few flowers to use in flower arrangements, craft project or as gifts for friends and family.
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Heat Related Tomato Disorders; Yellow Shoulders and White Cores
If your tomato harvest wasn't up to par this season, you can blame it on the weather. High temperatures can prevent fruit set, delay ripening and impact fruit quality.
Love Apples for Valentine's Day
Change things up this Valentine's Day and consider a meal that includes the love apple.
Making Flavored Vinegars
Liven up your meals and extend your garden enjoyment with flavored vinegars.
Managing Picnic Beetles
Eat up and clean up to keep those little black beetles from enjoying your harvest.
Managing Picnic Beetles
Don't share the harvest with picnic beetles this summer. Regular harvesting and sanitation can help reduce problems with this garden pest.
National Pear Month
You purchase a beautiful pear, set it on the counter to ripen and a few days later take a bite. Seems it is either too hard or over ripe. In fact, 84% of people surveyed did not know how to tell when a pear was ripe.
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No Fruit on Holly - December's Other Birth Flower
Holly is a popular plant in holiday displays, one of the birth flowers for December and a favorite evergreen in the landscape.
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Ornamental Edible Landscape - Fruit Plants
Round out your meals with some fresh from the garden fruit. It is easier than you think to grow your own apples, plums, and berries.
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Outdoor Vegetable Cleaning Station
Don’t let your garden soil end up in the kitchen. Instead create a produce cleaning station outside near the garden.
Planning a Vegetable Garden for Harvest and Preserving
Nothing beats the flavor of fresh produce, but canning, freezing and drying can help extend your enjoyment throughout the year.
Take some time to plan a garden that will provide you and your family with fresh produce and enough extra to preserve as needed or desired.
Plant a Row for the Hungry in Your Community
Gardeners are some of the most generous people I know. They love to share their ideas, passion for gardening and of course produce. So when you are overwhelmed with tomatoes, peppers, greens and zucchini, contact a nearby food pantry or meal program that can get these vegetables to people in need.
Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, fight heart disease, boost your immune system, and add a bit of flavor to your meals by growing your own garlic.
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Plastic Lumber for the Landscape
While “milk does a body good,” its’ recycled cartons can also do some good in the garden.
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Poor Fruiting on Cucumber, Squash and Other Vine Crops
Your plants look great, loaded with healthy leaves and flowers, but there is still no fruit. This is a common complaint I hear from gardeners growing squash, cucumbers and other vine crops.
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Poor Garden Harvest
Blame it on the weather. This could be one cause for a poor garden harvest.
Poor Melon Harvest - Few and Tasteless Fruit
It's not your fault. Blame it on the weather when your muskmelon harvest is small or the fruit is tasteless.
You'll notice muskmelons lack the usual sweet flavor when the weather is dark and cloudy. Overwatering or excess rainfall as the melons ripen also dilutes the sweet flavor.
Poor pollination explains the lack of fruit. The first set of flowers are all male. The second set are male and female so pollination and fertilization can occur for fruit to develop. Cold rain and cloudy conditions can reduce pollination. Make sure to grow bee friendly plants in your landscape.
Very hot weather and drought can also prevent fruit development. Be sure to water plants thoroughly when the top few inches of soil are crumbly and slightly moist. Mulch with straw, shredded leaves or other organic matter to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
A bit more information: Water properly throughout the season, manage weeds and mulch the soil. Keeping plants healthy reduces the risk of diseases that can also impact the fruit's flavor.
Prepare Garden Soil Now for Next Season
Now is the perfect time to start preparing for next season's garden. As you finish harvesting a garden bed start preparing for the season ahead.
Prune Out Raspberry Pest Problems
Put away the chemicals and break out the pruners to control pest problems on raspberries.
Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Don’t drag that Christmas tree to the curb. Give it a second life in your landscape.
Cut trees make great windbreaks in the landscape. Strategically place discarded Christmas trees on the windward side of rhododendron, boxwood and other broadleaf evergreens to reduce problems with winter burn.
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Relay Planting for Bigger Harvest
Plan for a season long harvest of corn, beans and other vegetables with relay planting!
Stating Trees and Shrubs from Hardwood Cuttings
It's all in the timing – when trying to start trees and shrubs from a cutting.
Storing Squash for Winter
Continue enjoying homegrown flavor of squash throughout much of the winter.
Summer Pruning of Raspberries
A bit of summer pruning goes a long way to keeping your raspberries healthy and productive. So get out the mosquito netting, long sleeves and pruners and get busy.
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The Apple: December 23rd to January 1st Birth Tree
If you were born between December 23rd and January 1st your birth tree is the apple. It is said to represent scientific talents, charm and a carefree philosopher with imagination.
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The Edible and Ornamental Chokeberry (Aronia)
Though chokeberry is not an appetizing name, this four season beauty is making a big impact in edible and ornamental gardens.
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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Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
Brighten your winter gardens and containers with winterberry. This deciduous holly produces an abundance of red berries you and the birds will enjoy.