The Best Way to Use Up Extra Zucchini

The Best Way to Use Up Extra Zucchini - Create your own "Zucchini Swiss Army Knife" that makes a great addition to dozens of recipes.

This time of year, many gardens and kitchen counters are filled with extra zucchini.  I’m still short of rain, so my zucchini plants are only puttering along, but luckily my friends have been more than willing to share their bounty of overgrown zucchinis. Last week I processed a small mountain of large zucchini, and my Facebook friends were asking what the heck I was going to do with them. So here’s my not-so-secret method for using up large amounts of zucchini quickly and easily. [Read more…]

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5 Tips to Grow Big Broccoli Heads

5 Tips to Grow Big Broccoli Heads, plus general broccoli growing requirements, broccoli companion plants, and troubleshooting tips for broccoli problems.

After sharing some photos of my broccoli harvest on Facebook, I received the following request. “An article with tips to get big broccoli would be most appreciated! I have big beautiful plants and itty bitty broccoli.” After growing broccoli for many years, I’ve probably made every broccoli growing mistake in the book, so I may now qualify for Broccoli Growing Expert Status.  šŸ˜‰ We’ll start off with some broccoli growing basics, share some tips to get nice, big broccoli heads, and finally wrap up with troubleshooting tips for misbehaving broccoli.
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4 Reasons Your Tomatoes Are Not Ripening

Tomatoes not ripening? Here are the four main reasons why your tomatoes aren't turning red, and what you can do (if anything) to help ripen your tomatoes.

Tomatoes not ripening? Here are the four main reasons why your tomatoes aren’t turning red, and what you can do (if anything) to help ripen your tomatoes. [Read more…]

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How to Make Currant Jelly with No Added Pectin

How to Make Currant Jelly with No Added Pectin. This easy homemade jelly recipe has just two ingredients and is perfect for beginning canners.

I think God has a funny sense of humor. I was thinking last weekend, “Hmmm, I wonder if my neighbor will have any extra currants this year since she didn’t have much of a harvest last year. It wouldn’t be too bad if she didn’t as I am quite busy enough already.” Said neighbor called later the same day to let me know she has a bumper crop of currants, and would I like to come over and pick some? Never one to turn away something free or waste food, of course I said “Yes”. So Tuesday morning was spent picking currants, and over the course of the day we cleaned them (picked out debris), washed them and made them into currant jelly. [Read more…]

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5 Reasons the Vine Spine is the Best Garden Trellis

Learn how the Vine Spineā„¢ Garden Trellis can make your vertical gardening easier with long lasting, American made quality and 5 different shapes in one trellis.

This year I’ve been experimenting with tomatoes in containers in the greenhouse, and was wondering how to build a tomato trellis that I could move with the containers. My standard tomato trellis option using pounded in posts was not going to work. While I was thinking, I got an email from Dominic of Better Bilt Products, offering to send me some of their Vine Spineā„¢ garden trellises to try out in the garden – plus a set for a lucky reader. Here’s my take on why the Vine Spineā„¢ is the best all-purpose garden trellis I’ve seen to date. [Read more…]

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