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String Bean? You Can Grow That

By Daniel Gasteiger Have you ever sprouted a bean seed? Every one of my kids did this in preschool, and I remember sprouting beans in grade school. At some arts festivals and county fairs, I’ve seen booths where you could plant a bean seed and take it home to watch it grow. Maybe you’ve sprouted a bean seed? Amazingly, bean seeds will sprout even under somewhat unnatural conditions. For example, the seed I started in grade school was in a clear plastic cup. We folded a piece of paper towel into a strip, rolled it into a cylinder, and lined the cup with it. Then we wet the paper, shoved…
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Dill: Herb. You Can Grow That!

By Daniel Gasteiger Dill is one of the most distinctive herbs you’re likely to grow. Many herbs such as oregano, basil, thyme, fennel, sage, and cilantro contribute to flavor combinations more often than they stand on their own. Consider packaged seasoning mixes labeled Italian Seasoning and Poultry Seasoning—both distinctive for the combinations of herbs they contain. Cilantro often punctuates heavily seasoned Mexican dishes and Indian curries. It’s less common for a recipe to combine dill with other herbs. Rather, potato salad, salad dressings, marinades, and soups feature dill; instead of blending, it becomes a prominent flavor in the dishes it seasons. Dill is one of the easiest food plants you…
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Summer Squash Acts Like Winter Squash

By Daniel Gasteiger Several zucchini squashes got away from me last autumn. I harvested a few in September and the final one as frost threatened in late October. Until two days ago, all three were still with me. I no longer think of zucchini as just a summer vegetable. I made a video to share my experience. What do you think? Are you ready to grow zucchini as winter squash? Full Post at: HomeKitchenGarden.com
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Ten Unique Fruits for the Backyard Garden

This year has been a great season for growing fruits in the backyard garden. From the berry plants that opened the season to the kiwi fruits that are closing it out. Fruits are a great addition to the backyard and can be cultivated in the garden, scattered throughout the landscape, or be confined to containers on the patio or deck. While apples and pears are familiar and traditional fruits for the home gardener, I like to include some of the more uncommon choices such as Juneberries, Aronia, Figs, and Hardy Kiwis. These are great additions to the garden because they’re easy to grow and can be cultivated without the need for pesticides or…
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