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Food Gardening Magazine • August 2022

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer! Yes, we're in the middle of the dog days, having started on July 3rd and ending August 11th. The dog days are the hot and humid days of this season, tied historically to the period following the rise of  Sirius (the "Dog Star"). Ancient astrologers connected this period…  READ MORE right arrow

Food Gardening with Amanda

There was no small push by our team to delve into the wild world of "garden-to-glass" cocktails. Can you blame them? After all, fennel-infused cocktails are all the rage now, so you can always make fennel simple syrup. For those who love ginger, a ginger simple syrup sounds great too! For these recipes, I went…  READ MORE right arrow
If you want a happy garden, you can't really set it and forget it. If you ignore your garden for a few days in mid-summer, especially if you go away on vacation, you might come back to a jungle! And even if you're not skipping a few days of upkeep in the middle of summer, there are lots of mid-summer garden chores that will creep up on you quickly.  READ MORE right arrow
Pole beans are my favorite things to grow. If I had to choose only 3 things to grow, it would be tomatoes, peppers, and pole beans. I harvest them all, cook with them constantly, and while some gardeners get overwhelmed, I say "bring it on!"  READ MORE right arrow

Gardening Guide Close-Ups

Ginger isn't as mysterious and exotic as you might think. First, you can easily grow your own ginger—even if you don't live in a tropical climate. Grow ginger in a container indoors, but be prepared to wait for your harvest. It can take up to a year to reap the full benefits of your ginger…  READ MORE right arrow
Ask people you know about fennel, and many will say "Isn't that just a seed?" or "Doesn't fennel have a strong smell and taste like licorice?"—for many, fennel looks funny, smells funny, and probably tastes funny! Poor fennel, one of the most misunderstood food plants. So, how can you become a fennel lover? With a…  READ MORE right arrow
When someone says that something is peachy-keen or just peachy, that means divine, excellent, dandy, marvelous, and just absolutely splendid! And that's because perfect peaches convey the essence of excellence, goodness, and deliciousness. Imagine biting into a perfect peach that oozes flavor and juiciness—not one of those hard, unripe store-bought peaches. …  READ MORE right arrow

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