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A Swede By Any Other Name

A Master Gardener friend who recently traveled to the UK brought me back a packet of seeds. Specifically, ‘Gowrie’ rutabaga seeds from a company called Mr. Fothergill’s. Except because these are British seeds, they’re not called rutabaga, they’re called swede….

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Vegetable garden planning: what doesn’t start from seeds

As you’re planning your vegetable garden for this year, you’re probably thinking seeds, seeds, seeds. But not everything in the garden needs to begin with seeds. In some cases, plants started by someone else are a convenient or even economical…

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I Dig Sweet Potatoes!

It’s easy to forget about sweet potato plants. Once established and mulched they don’t require much from a gardener. They quickly carpet their allotted space, have few leaf and stem problems (see small holes from tortoise beetle feeding in photo…

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Sweet Potatoes Baltimore

Sweet Potatoes Anna is a dish I’ve made many times: reliably delicious and a good way to use both sweet potatoes and leeks. Ingredients5 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into slices about 1/8-inch thick2-3 leeks, white part only, cut…

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More on baking with purple sweet potatoes

And welcome back to the What the Heck Do I Do With All These Purple Sweet Potatoes series. Before succeeding with the pie, I baked a delicious but oddly-colored cake, and was determined to make something that used baking powder…

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Purple sweet potato pie

Finally a dessert recipe in which the purple of my sweet potatoes really shines. Recipe based on this one: Stokes Purple Sweet Potato Pirate Pie. I’ve changed some ingredients and have suggestions for other changes. Purple PieIngredients2 cups purple sweet…

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Baking, chemistry, and purple sweet potatoes

You will remember in my earlier post about purple sweet potatoes that it’s difficult to bake with them, because the anthocyanin that provides the color reacts with baking soda (or baking powder, or anything alkaline) and turns the resulting mixture blue…

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