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Planting Tomatoes in Pots

Container gardening has its advantages. It’s perfect if, like me, you’re renting and want to be able to take your plants with you when you move. It’s also a great way to get around gopher problems and plots with poor soil or disease issues. Container gardening might be the only way to have a garden for many apartment dwellers, and…

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If Nothing Else, Grow Herbs

I love cooking with fresh herbs. They add just the right touch of flavor to bring a dish from decent to sensational. Not only are herbs delicious, but they also have numerous health benefits when used both internally and externally. Even if you don’t have space for a garden, you can still grow herbs on the patio…

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Freshly Harvested Tomato Basil Bisque

If you suddenly have a plethora of ripe and too-ripe tomatoes like I do, you may be wondering what you can make with them besides the delicious but perhaps worn out salads and pastas. What started out for me as a recipe for marinara from fresh tomatoes serendipitously became a culinary adventure into bisque-land. However,…

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The Lion of Flowers

My first Russian Mammoth Sunflower has bloomed, just in time for my birthday month. Sunflowers, with their bold, sunny presence and golden, lion-like mane have always been at the top of my favorite flowers list. Not only do they have a pretty face, but they attract pollinators, can make great borders for beds, privacy screens, or…

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