Category Archives: Vegetable Gardening

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Book Review: The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook

Each year, publishers release dozens of gardening books, many of which are useful or beautiful. At the same time, hundreds of cookbooks are published, and some of them are pretty…

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Book Review: Gardening By Cuisine

Gardening by Cuisine: An Organic-Food Lover’s Guide to Sustainable Living is the latest book by Patti Moreno, proprietress of one of the top urban gardening websites, Urban Sustainable Living and…

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6 Tips for New Vegetable Gardeners

Is this the year you plan to start a vegetable garden? We hope so, because there are few outdoor activities that produce so much food, fun and satisfaction, and ask…

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Early Seed Starting — Waiting for a Warm Up

I started lettuce early this year—on February 22—so that we would be able to display the new seedlings in our exhibit at the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show. Using the…

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Garden Trend Report: It’s All About the Veg

I just got back (despite a really bad snow storm in southern Minnesota!) from the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. This was my third home and garden show of the…

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Straw-Bale Gardening Gains Popularity

Gardeners are always looking for ways to make their gardens more productive. The latest trend is growing vegetables in straw bales, a method that resembles container gardening, except that the…

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Low-Maintenance Way to Water Your Vegetable Garden

The Twin Cities home shows — the Minnesota Home and Patio Show, which runs this weekend, and the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, which is open Feb. 28-March 3 —…

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How to Ripen Green Tomatoes

Frying, hanging, being wrapped in newspaper and stuffed in a box — life isn’t easy for a green tomato. For many northern gardeners, this year’s combination of uneven spring temperatures…