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Holy Frijoles

What is there to know about beans as a beginning gardener? First off you should know that beans fall into two large groupings: bush beans or pole beans. I was unaware of this fact...I'm a jump in and dig kinda gal...and just assumed that all beans crawl up trellises. So I follow the directions on the packet and soak my beans overnight, plant my beans, tend to them lovingly and overall get a great crop of beans that never rose above 2' from the ground...trellises unused. Undau

Rainbows & Unicorns

Rainbow Swiss Chard will have you seeing unicorns! It is the most luscious, delicious green I have ever eaten. I would not steer you wrong here. Do you lean towards the more cheffy side of cooking when you are in your own kitchen preparing meals for family, friends or yourself? Rainbow Swiss Chard will make you look like a chef rockstar! It can be a most welcomed culinary substitute for celery and spinach in your kitchen arsenal. It grows easily in a patio pot or backyard

Sugar snaps make me hap-pea

Did you ever want to know the answer to this question? "What's the difference between Snow Peas, Garden Peas and Snap Peas?" Well I found this information tremendously helpful myself, so I'm sharing it here with you from The Produce Moms website. Snow Peas, also known as Chinese pea pods, share common characteristics with Garden Peas and Snap Peas. However, there are differences between the three peas... Snow Peas Mild flavor Small peas Flat pods Entire pod can be consumed

Radiant Radishes

UPDATE: We have radishes! It is day 36 and this is the first radish that is ready. All the others that I planted in the first round are still quite a bit smaller. I will leave them in the soil for another week or two due to the cold, rainy weather conditions because there is still a lot of rain in our 7-day forecast and they are in need of a bit of sunny weather to grow to their potential. As for Round 2, you can see in the above picture that I left the remaining seeds in a n

Tomato therapy

Gardening: Cheaper than therapy...And you get tomatoes! Lots and lots of tomatoes! There are so many things you can make with tomatoes. A single tomato plant graces the gardener with a lot of fruit. We only have 6 plants and we easily harvest 4-5 lbs twice a week. We pickled, roasted, stewed, sauteed with pasta, tossed with salads, sliced on sandwiches, gave to neighbors and co-workers...you get the jist. Here are 3 recipes that I feel are outstanding and I want to share them

Teenie Tiny Brussel Sprouts

The super cool thing about gardening is that nothing REALLY is a mistake...it's an EXPERIMENT! My brussel sprouts ended up being kinda small. I attribute that to planting them too late in the season and planting them where they were lacking the sunshine that they required early on, and possibly not fertilizing the soil enough. Once I realized that the brussels were starting to decline...thus at their peak...even though they were still a bit tiny (not the 1" diameter sprouts t