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Posts Tagged ‘Vegetables’

Grow Your Own Veg—How to Start Plants from Seed

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Starting plants from seed does not have to be difficult or time-consuming. Sure, it will take you a season or two to get the hang of it, but after that, the process will seem simple. To get started, you’ll need a space indoors that has natural light from a window, or else a tabletop area…

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The Seed Series: Choosing the Right Seed Crop

While there are several dozen plant families that contain species of crop plants that are commonly used by different agricultural societies around the world, there are only nine families that house the great majority of seed-propagated vegetables that are the most important across most cultures worldwide. Through learning a bit about the characteristics of these…

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Gift Guide for Growers: 10 Great Gardening Books

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Are you scrambling to find the perfect gift for the gardener on your list? How about a new book featuring insight from our expert roster of authors? From building a garden plot in the backyard to crafting indoor growing containers for small spaces to incorporating organic practices we’ve got the perfect books for the ever-growing…

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RECIPE: Roasted Root Veggies with Pomegranate Drizzle

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Do you have an abundance of root veggies from your final fall harvest? Are you looking for a new way to jazz them up? Well, you’re in luck! This simple recipe for pomegranate drizzle adds just the right amount of oomph to your go-to roasted vegetable dish. The following recipe is from The Fruit Forager’s…

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How to Build Your Own Root Cellar for the Fall Harvest

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As we ease our way into autumn, make sure you are ready to preserve your root vegetable harvest in a soundly constructed, home storage system. In the following excerpt from Four-Season Harvest, Eliot Coleman shares his expertise on building a successful root cellar. For more step-by-step projects to jumpstart your season extension plans, properly prepare…

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Recipe: Fall Harvest Garden Fries

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Got a lot of root veggies in your fall harvest? Garden fries are an easy and delicious way to use them up! Enjoy them sans sauce, with ketchup, or if you’re looking to impress dinner guests pair them with a garlicky leek dipping sauce. Bon appetit! The following recipe is from Cooking Close to Home…

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Four Ways to Preserve Your Green Bean Bounty

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It’s harvest season and if you’re anything like us you’ve got green beans up the wazoo. If you’re looking for a new way to preserve the bounty for the winter months, these four salt-based techniques should help. Here’s to months of delicious green beans ahead! The following is an excerpt from Preserving Food Without Freezing…

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Simple and Elegant: Summer Vegetable Tian

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The term tian simply refers to a dish of thinly sliced vegetables that have been cooked in fat of choice and baked au gratin. This summer vegetable tian is the perfect easy side to showcase the medley of delicious vegetables the summer has to offer. Layered eggplant, zucchini, tomato and red onion, baked ’til tender & crisp is healthy, colorful and…

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Low Maintenance Perennials for Your Garden

Have you ever wondered about perennials? No time like the present to be introduced to low maintenance perennials suited for gardeners of all interests and abilities. Perennials are remarkable plants that, once established, can be harvested for years, some even decades, with little effort on your part. In his book, Perennial Vegetables, permaculture and plants expert Eric…

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Eliot Coleman: Creating a Root Cellar

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As we enter into autumn, the gardening locavore starts assessing her stock of pickled beans, dried herbs, and preserved fruits. But what about the potatoes, beets, turnips, carrots? What’s a gardener to do with those when the thermometer drops? Most homesteaders opt for the simple solution of a root cellar. Eliot Coleman, a successful farmer…

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R. J. Ruppenthal: Back to the (Tiny Plot of) Land

The economic crisis has put the squeeze on a lot of working families and individuals, and economists agree that it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Happily, many are looking at this time of crisis as a time of opportunity. Rather than moaning and sticking their heads in the sand, people are getting…

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Get a Big Harvest from Your Tiny Space

The economy is in the toilet (See: this week’s top post). You want to grow your own food and maybe save a little money on your grocery bills, while driving less and reducing your carbon footprint. But you live in a tiny, cramped studio apartment with little natural light and a neighbor who wakes you…

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