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Tomato sauce on the quick—well, sort of

Basic ingredients for sauce Not many gardeners and cooks have the time or patience to make tomato sauce the traditional way—which can take nearly a day if you include the time setting up, preparing the tomatoes for cooking, cooking, canning…

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What can I do with a bucketful of squash?

Squash surplus! Yellow squash and green squash—Pic-N-Pic and zucchini—a bucket full of squash—actually another bucket of squash. Neighbors grimace but do their duty and reluctantly take “just one or two” while proclaiming, “We aren’t great squash fans” or “We’re not…

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Gardeners Beware! Some caterpillars can sting

Saddleback caterpillar:Beautiful but venomous Backyard gardeners are used to brushing against leaves while picking corn, but few will experience the pain that a chance encounter with a caterpillar caused Jeanine Smetana, a Master Gardener in Harford County. “While I was…

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Tomato Patch: Tale of two Big Mamas

Kent & his Big Mama tomatoes Big Mama has failed me again this year.  Like last year, her paste-type fruit is affected by blossom-end rot in disastrous numbers. If you aren’t sure what blossom-end rot (BER) is, here’s a description…

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What is your garden teaching you?

A good time to observe–whendew still glistens “Grow It, Eat It” is a fantastic plan, but I’d add a step between the two: “Observe It.” I try to check what’s happening in our gardens at least once a week, usually…

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Post celebrates Fourth with leafy greens

What a great Fourth of July edition from the Washington Post! The Food Section contains an article about leafy greens, with mentions (and sometimes simple recipes) of purslane, callaloo, Malabar spinach, lamb’s quarters, and dandelion and sweet-potato leaves.  The recipe…

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Year of Leafy Greens: Vegetables out, weeds in?

Purslane: Leafy Green of the Year? The University of Maryland Extension’s Grow It Eat It Action Team has designated 2012 as the Year of Leafy Greens, and I propose we celebrate by replacing our vegetable gardens with weed gardens. That…

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