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Gardening: Farm-to-Table Cooking

Home cooking allows you to select healthy recipes made from fresh, natural ingredients without the additives found in processed foods. Processed foods often contain high levels of sodium, saturated fats, chemicals and sugar. The average American eats as much as 22 teaspoons of sugar daily, much of it from processed foods. One of the healthiest and tastiest ways to ditch the processed foods is to indulge in farm-to-table cooking.
What is farm-to-table cooking?
Farm-to-table cooking begins with buying… See More

How to Plant a Salad Garden

I don’t know about you, but salad was always at the dinner table when I was a child. A lot of time has passed since then, but I still enjoy a salad nearly every day. Back then the salads of my youth consisted of plain iceberg lettuce and tomatoes swimming in dressing. Then I discovered the tasty side of salads made with gourmet greens tossed with lots of fresh veggies. So 20 years ago I decided to toss up our own garden-fresh gourmet greens and veggies by growing a salad garden. And so can you.

It… See More

Name that Bloom

Finally! Color is starting to poke through the earth. Three cheers for these precocious blooms. How many pictured below can you name?
Scores
1: Green thumb you are not
2: Flower plower
3: Good friend of a green thumb
4: Flowerologist’s aide
5: You know your flowers!

These blooms signal spring and weather that gets you back into the yard. Speaking of the yard, maybe you need a few things to get it in order. Check our Daily Deals for great prices.

1. In Latin this translates to “garlic”… See More

Best Soil to Retain Moisture

Maintaining well-hydrated plants is a chore made easier when you have the best garden soil to retain moisture. Besides keeping plants well watered, moisture-retentive soil tends to hold nutrients, which makes them more available to plants. Well-watered and well-fed plants result in a healthy garden.

Consider the following soil facts when it comes to producing moisture-retentive soil conditions.

Soil composition
A variety of soil conditions exist, and each type of soil has varying abilities… See More

Make Your Yard Greener in 6 Weeks

Spring is the right time to focus on yard improvements but time is definitely not on your side. Impending summer temperatures mean slower grass growth. Follow these steps and make your yard greener in 6 weeks.
Mow More, Cut Less
Grass grows fast in spring; even faster if you fertilized it. Don’t try to get away with a once-a-week scalping. Cutting off more than about 1/3 of the lawn’s height forces the grass to deplete the food stored in its roots to replace its lopped top. And depleted roots lead… See More

How to Sharpen Garden Tools!

Your garden spade, hoe and other digging tools get duller with each use. So do your hand pruners. If you find yourself struggling to dig a hole or lop off weeds, or if your hand pruners tear more than they cut, check the cutting edge by lightly touching it with your finger. If it feels dull, it’s time for a sharpening.

Take tools to a hardware store for a professional sharpening at the start of the gardening season and then sharpen them at home the rest of the summer with a few licks from a… See More

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