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Food Gardening Magazine • September 2023

"A late summer garden has a tranquility found no other time of the year." This quote is attributed to writer and journalist William Longgood. As much as I love the bounty of a summer garden, I find that I agree with Longgood in that there is a certain quietness amid the herbs, fruits, and vegetables…  READ MORE right arrow
Bill Dugan

Food Gardening with Amanda

I grew up thinking September was a time to wind down from summer gardening and switch over to harvesting. But I’ve actually learned that there are vegetables to plant in September that thrive in cooler temperatures, depending on your location.  READ MORE right arrow
My daughter is two, and one of my favorite things to do with her is arts and crafts. As you might understand, being patient with a two-nager is a necessary skill in itself. Mine can go from wanting to glue and cut paper, to wanting to play with play-doh and then pulling out the paints in about 60 seconds. Making DIY plant pots at home, versus buying them at the store is not only cheaper, but a really good way to entertain a busybody toddler (and even moreso older kids!)  READ MORE right arrow
As a kid, I lapped up bowls of fruit ambrosia at our family gatherings. You know the stuff - canned mixed fruit with fluorescent cherries, in a fluffy batter of marshmallow, whipped cream, and sour cream - what a delight! As a verified grown-up (or at least that's what my daughter tells me), I think…  READ MORE right arrow
Farm workers selling homegrown groceries on a market stand
Empower young entrepreneurs by kickstarting a farm stand adventure and watching their confidence grow! You know what's super awesome and fun for your kids? Helping them kickstart their very own business! It's like a secret recipe for teaching them all sorts of cool stuff–leadership, social skills, money management, and a major boost to their confidence!…  READ MORE right arrow
As summer's warmth slowly fades, and a gentle chill embraces the air, we become captivated by the enchanting allure of autumn. For gardeners like us, it's a season of introspection and readiness. The vibrant blooms of summer bid their farewell, and we eagerly welcome the majestic arrival of fall. As the leaves of our blueberry…  READ MORE right arrow
This article about gardening with Grandpa was originally published in our sister publication, GreenPrints Magazine, under the title, "Now You See." It was written by Wayne K. Wilkins and was published originally in 2016, in GreenPrints Issue No. 106. I thought it was a perfect fit for our issue on gardening with kids, and I…  READ MORE right arrow

Gardening Guide Close-Ups

Apple diseases are particular to apples, so don't try to use your knowledge of other tree and plant diseases when trying to identify different apple diseases. Remember that plants themselves can be hosts to organisms such as bacteria or fungi; however, the plant's tissue is not infected. Therefore, symptoms will show on parts of the plant which we normally do not eat, like leaves, stems, and roots. In addition, apples have a short lifespan (when compared with most plants), and therefore there is less time for an apple disease to infect the whole tree. Most apple trees in home gardens live around 15-20 years before they die off.  READ MORE right arrow
Learning how to sprout broccoli seeds at home is easy, and it only takes a few days. But is it worth the effort? That's easy to answer with an enthusiastic YES! Broccoli sprouts are a powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants that can help boost your immune system, and they're easy to digest. And because they're…  READ MORE right arrow

Featured Recipes

Roasted Red Pepper and Shallot Dressing
One of the things I love and hate about growing bell peppers is that my luck is that I wait all summer for them to fruit, and then they all pop out at the same time, leaving me struggling to use them all. That's actually how I came up with this Roasted Red Pepper and…  READ MORE right arrow
Zucchini Corn Fritters
Zucchini and corn are a match made in heaven—and in your kitchen! Whenever my daughters want a quick snack, these Zucchini Corn Fritters are one of my go-to’s. They’re not only incredibly yummy and easy to make, but they’re also very nutritious thanks to the two veggies. Cooking…  READ MORE right arrow
30-Minute Nacho Soup
The best part about this nacho soup dish is that you most likely have many of these ingredients in your cupboard already. Or maybe the best part is that it only takes 10 minutes to prep. Then again, clean up is a cinch, so that could very well be the best part.  I may go…  READ MORE right arrow
Fruit Tart with Date Crust
Don't take this the wrong way. I LOVE a good pie crust made with butter and flour, or a rich Graham cracker crust. Yum! I'm not about to give them up. I also love dates and fruit, so I was intrigued by the idea of making…  READ MORE right arrow

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