What to do with all that corn!

So now that the garden is in full bloom and you have fresh vegetables by the basketful, what are you going to do with all that bounty? This is Post 3 of my Garden Series and today’s vegetable is corn.

Sweet corn is one of those consistent crops. It grows steadily and always ripens at the same time. There’s really no staggering it. I planted 2 packages of seeds that gave me 60 stalks this year. Each stalk produced 2 ears of corn so I am now looking at over 100 ears of corn all ready now!

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What to do with all those cucumbers!

So now that the garden is in full bloom and you have fresh vegetables by the basketful, what are you going to do with all this bounty? This is Post 2 of my Garden Series and today’s vegetable is the cucumber.

My Oma always had several hills of cucumbers growing in her garden. She was a canner and liked to make her own pickles: sweet, dill, bread and butter. When I decided to plant a garden, I used my Oma’s as my inspiration not taking into consideration I don’t like pickles. Now I have all these cucumbers and as much as I love salads I have to find other ways to use the cucumbers. Today I am sharing Baked Ranch Cucumber Chips, Cucumber Dill Vegetable Dip, Creamy Cucumber Salad, and Vinegar and Oil Cucumbers.

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How to take advantage of all those fresh garden beets!

So now that the garden is in full bloom and you have fresh vegetables by the basket-full, what are you going to do with all this bounty? Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of my favorite fresh garden recipes using the vegetables I grew this year.

Today’s vegetable is Beets So how can you make beets appetizing for the whole family? How about Beet Jelly and Chocolate Beet Cupcakes using the same six beets for both recipes.

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Why I love to Garden!

I came across a t-shirt the other day that read, “I love gardening from my head tomatoes,” and I laughed. It’s funny because it’s true. I love every aspect of gardening. I’ve never stopped to analyze the whys of it until that t-shirt. Gardening, according to Wikipedia, is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. That may be true but for me, gardening is so much more.

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The Gardens

FLOWERS:
I’ve always loved plants and was known to have a green thumb. It was the standard joke in our house that after Mom killed the plants, I would nurse them back to life. And so it went, Mom brought them to me with dry, curling brown leaves, all lifeless and pathetic.

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