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BLT Sandwich with Avocado with Garden Vegetables

The traditional BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich) is taken to a new level in this delightful lunchtime recipe which adds Haas avocados for an extra bit of creaminess.  Traditional BLT Taken to a New Level. I love BLTs. Always have, always will. They are hearty and full of fresh goodness (from the garden today!)  …

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Container Vegetable Gardening for Small Spaces

Container Vegetable Gardens are a great way to garden when your yard is small. Vegetable gardening is such a satisfying experience. There is nothing quite like biting into a tomato that was just picked from your garden. The flavor is nothing like that of the ones bought from a store, even the vine ripened ones. …

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The Garden Charmers Combine Perennials and Vegetables

What is better than a perennial garden bed and a vegetable garden bed?  Why, a garden bed that combines them both together.  And take it a step further and add herbs to the mix.  You will end up with one fantastic garden that meets all your needs.  And that is just what the Garden Charmers, …

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Growing Perennials and Vegetables in one Garden Space

Squirrels in my garden last year made vegetable gardening a nightmare for me. This year, I decided to try combining perennials and vegetables in one garden bed to see how it worked out. I have long been interested in growing perennials.  Adding some vegetables into the mix gave my garden beds an interesting new look. …

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Slimmed Down Roasted Root Vegetables

These roasted root vegetable bring out the sweetness of any vegetable choice. Use them as a side dish or as part of a salad. Printable Recipe – Slimmed Down Roasted Root Vegetables When my daughter is visiting, we often go to a local restaurant in Raleigh called Lily’s Pizza. The restaurant is located in Five …

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Copycat Recipe: Roasted Vegetables and Chicken Salad

This hearty salad is a copy cat  recipe of one of my favorite café meals: Lily’s roasted vegetable and chicken salad. Copycat Recipe:  Lily’s Roasted Vegetables and Chicken Salad ( with Vegan and Vegetarian adaptations.) Ah…Lily’s Pizza.  One of my daughter and my favorite restaurants in Raleigh.  Lilly’s is located in Historic Five Points in …

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Thai Vegetable Rice – Asian Inspired Side Dish Recipe

This recipe for Thai Vegetable Rice makes a great dish for oriental inspired main courses.  It has a nice mix of veggies and the chopped peanuts over the top give it the distinct Thai flavor. The recipe is fast and easy to do.  You can use either white rice or brown rice if you want …

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Where do you keep your vegetables when the season ends?

It is never too early to consider how you will deal with storing garden vegetables that you have at the end of the season. The growing season still has time to go and many of us are in the middle of the vegetable gardening season.  Very few homes have the perfect storage conditions for fresh produce.  …

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Vegetable Gardens – Favorites from my Facebook Fans

Growing vegetables  is one of the true joys of summer for me. It appears the same is true of my Facebook fans, from the look of these vegetable gardens. One of my favorite things to do on my Facebook page The Gardening Cook, is to ask my fans to share their favorite photos from their …

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Vegetable Manicotti – Healthy Italian Main Course Recipe

This vegetable manicotti is loaded with the fresh taste of lots of vegetables but has a richness from the sauce and cheese that will delight even meat eaters. Manicotti is pasta in the shape of tubes. These large tubes are just waiting for all types of fillings to make them more tasty! Today, we’ll be …

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When to Harvest Pumpkins – Tips for Harvesting Pumpkins

 Many of us look forward to picking pumpkins for fall projects, recipes and decor. If you have planted and nurtured a crop of these vegetables, you likely have wondered when to harvest pumpkins. Depending on the variety, pumpkins normally take between 90 and 120 days from planting seed to maturity.  Early varieties like Darling and …

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Breakfast Pizza with Canadian Bacon – Healthy English Muffin Pizza

Pizza for breakfast? Yes, you can enjoy this meal often if you make my slimmed down version. This breakfast pizza recipe is easy to make, super tasty and healthy, too. English muffin pizzas are a fun way to incorporate vegetables into breakfast. The kids will love to help you make this breakfast recipe by assembling their own …

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Rice Patties – Recipe for Left Over Rice – Making Rice Fritters

These left over rice patties are crunchy and savory with a fresh flavor that comes from a variety of garden herbs. I got a rice cooker a while ago and now I make rice all the time. When I prepare it, I usually make extra servings so that I can have some on hand to …

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Tomato Bottom Rot – Cause – Tomato Blossom End Rot Treatment

Tomato bottom rot is a problem that many vegetable gardeners face. What causes that ugly black rot on tomatoes? There is nothing like biting into a lush, ripe garden tomato that you have spent months growing. Discovering those prize tomatoes with large rotten areas on them is no fun, though. What what causes those ugly …

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Radishes not Growing Bulbs and Other Problems Growing Radishes

Do you have a problem with radishes not growing bulbs? This is a common issue in a vegetable garden. What causes this to happen? Radishes – raphanus sativus – have edible greens which can be used in salads, but the main reason they are grown is for their crunchy and spicy round root. Expecting to …

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Yellow Leaves on Tomato Plants – Why are Tomato Leaves Turning Yellow?

Yellow leaves on tomato plants can be caused by several reasons. Nutritional deficiencies, plant diseases, and even the way you water tomatoes can play a part. Getting the right answer for why there are yellow leaves on tomato plants in your garden requires lots of research and a bit of trial and error. Tomatoes are …

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Tobacco Hornworm (Manduca sexta) vs Tomato Hornworm

The tobacco hornworm is a voracious eater that can do a great deal of damage in a flower or vegetable garden. It is a pest in the family Solanaceae. The tobacco hornworm is quite commonly seen in the southern United States, especially the Gulf Coast States. Its range extends northward as far as New York. Caterpillars …

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Christmas Plants – List of 27 Flowers and Holiday Plants for Xmas

These Christmas plants will have your home full of color, beauty and good cheer this year. Even though the outdoor garden season has ended for many of us, that doesn’t mean that holiday plants can’t be front and center right now. December 12 is National Poinsettia Day. It is fitting that the most popular Christmas …

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