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How to dry gourds for decoration

Large and Small Gourd Mix

Decorative gourds – nearly as popular as the ubiquitous Pumpkin Spice Latte this fall! Want to keep your gourds looking fresh right through autumn? You may want to try drying them to keep them from getting “icky” around Halloween. Here’s how you can dry small pumpkins and gourds to […]

Brussels sprouts can be delicious – really!

Despite the bad rap they get from the elementary-aged set, Brussels sprouts offer a great variety of uses! Few vegetables are quite as versatile or fun to cook. Brussels sprouts belong to the cabbage family and are a wonderful source of Vitamins A and C, iron, folate, potassium and dietary fiber. Plus, they have some […]

Extending the growing season

Season extension is the way forth for gardeners who seek to do more, and get more out of their garden. So even when it’s gotten cold and the neighbor’s called it a season, you can choose to challenge the elements and cultivate your favorite plants beyond their usual growing period. Gurney’s offers some of the […]

What to do with those late-season tomatoes

With fall just around the corner and plenty of fresh tomatoes on hand, it’s time, yet again, to look for answers to that old question- What do you do with your precious tomatoes? The great thing about tomatoes is, there’s plenty of choice, even with immature tomatoes that aren’t likely to ripen in time. You […]

Gardening with garlic

Fresh garlic is a cook’s dream- grated into pasta, chopped for a sauté with vegetables and chicken, or blended into fresh salsa. Most people are used to grabbing bulbs from the grocery store and don’t even realize how easy it is to grow their own. And garlic isn’t just good in your kitchen- the “stinking […]

Choose the right fertilizer to supplement your soil

In an ideal world, we would have big beautiful green lawns and lush, full blooming gardens with bountiful harvests of fruits and vegetables- and it would be as easy as sticking a plant or seed in the ground. But the reality is, it’s not easy, and it starts with our soil.

We all know that […]

All about pea gardening

Did you know that peas were first introduced to France by Catherine de Medici? Or that the United Kingdom has actual pea etiquette- and that the proper way to eat peas is by mashing them with the back of your fork (not scooping them with a fork or spoon like most of us do).

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Rhubarb – How to grow the perfect “pieplant”

Chipman’s Canada Red Rhubarb

When I was in my late twenties we moved to a ranch-style house outside of a small town in central Ohio. My husband, in an effort to keep track of our two dogs, immediately paid to have the yard fenced in. I had lobbied for this house because it had […]

Success with sweet potatoes – how to plant and harvest a superfood

Murasaki Sweet Potatoes

Packed with calcium, potassium, and vitamins A and C, sweet potatoes are- nutritionally speaking- a powerhouse. It’s no wonder that, for many Native Americans prior to European colonization, sweet potatoes were a main source of nourishment, and were eaten by soldiers as a main food source during the Revolutionary War. Their […]

The sweet life -grow your own corn!

Gotta Have It Hybrid Sweet Corn

Being a Midwest girl, I like to think I’m a bit of a corn expert. I grew up saying things like “Knee High by Fourth of July”; I’m also a bit of a cyclist, so riding through miles and miles of corn along rural roads on a breezy […]