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Easy Raised Garden Bed – Building a DIY Raised Vegetable Garden Bed

Believe it or not, this easy raised garden bed can be completed in a couple of hours. Once you have the supplies on hand, most of the work comes from cutting and staining the boards. If you have a very uneven ground area, you’ll need to add an hour for leveling the wall supports. Other …

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Egg White Quiche with Vegetables – Healthy Crustless Quiche Recipe

If you are looking for a tasty breakfast recipe that is full of flavor but low in calories, this egg white quiche is a winner.  The crustless quiche is colorful, hearty and brimming over with taste. It’s a great healthy twist on the traditional breakfast option. I’m a quiche lady.  I love the combination of …

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DIY Garden Ideas on a Budget – 30+ Inexpensive Vegetable Garden Hacks

Are you bothered by the cost of maintaining a garden? These creative DIY garden ideas on a budget should help to keep your costs down. I’ve put together a list of 30+ vegetable garden hacks that will make your gardening life easier and cheaper. One of the big pleasures of summer for me is tending …

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Raised Bed Vegetable Garden – Concrete Blocks Planter for Small Spaces

Vegetable gardening in small spaces can be a challenge. My answer to this problem is to build a concrete block planter to use as a raised bed vegetable garden. Concrete blocks are inexpensive and making a raised bed with them is an easy project that can be accomplished in just a few hours. This year, …

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Growing Swiss Chard – Cold Hardy Cut and Come Again Vegetable

Swiss chard is one of the easiest and most versatile of vegetables for home gardens. Its colorful stems and big, crinkly leaves are packed full of nutrients. Read on for tips on growing Swiss chard. What is Swiss Chard? Swiss Chard – beta vulgaris subsp. vulgarisis a leafy vegetable in the beet family, but it …

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Vegetable Garden Problems and Solutions – Troubleshooting your Garden

There are many vegetable garden problems that can plague the average gardener. Fortunately, there are also easy solutions to those problems.  Not everything about vegetable gardening turns out as expected.  Whether you choose to garden in raised beds or in the round, troubleshoot your vegetable garden with these easy tips to get a bumper harvest …

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Vegetable Garden on a Deck – 11 Tips for Growing Vegetables on a Patio

If you don’t have a big yard with room for a large vegetable garden, try growing a vegetable garden on a deck.  Vegetable gardening is one of the great pleasures of the summer months for many gardeners. But for many of us, space does not allow a full outside garden or even raised garden beds. …

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Food Art – Fruit and Vegetable Carving – Food Sculpting and More

Food art is the act of preparing, cooking and presenting food in creative ways. It incorporates everything from elaborate plating that we see in fine dining establishments to both simple and intricate fruit and vegetable carvings that are meant to be decorative in nature. It is hard to say exactly when food art, vegetable carving, …

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One Pot Roasted Chicken and Vegetables – Easy One Pan Roast Chicken

This One Pot Roasted Chicken and Vegetables recipe comes together easily in a glass baking dish in my oven. This type of meal is even easier than a 30 minute one pot meal, since everything goes into the baking dish and the oven just does its thing. I love one pot easy recipes.  Normally, I …

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Vegetable Steaming Times – 4 Ways to Steam Veggies

A steamer basket is a great way to cook a single vegetable or several of them at once by cooking them over boiling water. But to do this correctly, you need to have a good idea of vegetable steaming times. One of the joys of summer is cooking fresh vegetables from my vegetable garden.  The …

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Cold Hardy Vegetables Give you a head Start on Spring

These Cold Hardy Vegetables are perfect for the cool weather of early spring and good one to think about planting soon. Many of us have very cold temperatures going on right now but it’s never too early to plan ahead for vegetable gardening.  With spring right around the corner and daylight savings on the horizon, …

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Why Heirloom Vegetable Seeds? – 6 Advantages for Growing Heirloom Seeds

If you enjoy vegetable gardening, you may have heard about heirloom vegetable seeds. These are vegetables grown from heirloom seeds which are an open pollinated variety of seeds developed prior to 1940. There are many advantages for growing this type of vegetable. Experts vary in their definition of heirloom vegetables, but typically they will agree …

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Oddities of Nature – Crooked Vegetables – Funny Fruits and Scary Shaped Trees

Plants, vegetables and trees can grow into the most amazing shapes. These oddities of nature show that twists, bends and outgrowths can turn an ordinary plant into something that looks totally different.  This inspiration for this post came from a morning breakfast jaunt. After breakfast Richard and I were driving around and we came upon …

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Vegetable Beef Barley Soup – (Slow Cooker) – Hearty Winter Meal

Are you looking for an easy slow cooker hearty winter meal? This flavorful vegetable beef barley soup is chock full of vegetables in a delightfully seasoned broth that will warm you to the bones. The soup cooks for hours so you can get on with your day, and makes the kitchen smell amazing, to boot. …

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One Pot Beef Curry and Vegetables – Easy Thai Curry Recipe

This delicious one pot beef curry recipe is big on flavor but low on calories. It truly is one of the easiest curries that you can make, but don’t let that fool you.  The flavor is amazing!  This Thai curry is a gluten free and easy to make meal that will delight your family. I …

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Roast Vegetable Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing

This Roast Vegetable Salad has a lovely mix of roasted Brussels sprouts and butternut squash and it goes perfectly with the homemade creamy cashew dressing. Best of all, this is a 30 minute meal! Roasting vegetables in the oven brings out their natural sweetness and this makes them a perfect addition to salads.  For another …

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Chunky Roasted Tomato Vegetable Marinara with Pasta

This chunky roasted tomato vegetable marinara sauce with pasta dish is the perfect meal for Meatless Monday (or any day of the week!) I enjoy eating meals that don’t have any meat in them, especially for lunches. I love to use roasted tomatoes in my sauces.  Roasting them in the oven brings out the natural …

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Shade Tolerant Vegetables vs Sun Friendly Veggies

Vegetables, just like flowers and other plants, need plenty of sun, but not all are equal. Veggies, by nature, like a lot of sunlight to grow.  They typically have a short growing season, so the more you can give them, the better they like it. But there are some shade tolerant vegetables, too.  I would …

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30 Tips for a Great Vegetable Garden Harvest Plus 6 Garden Recipes

Follow my 30 tips for a great vegetable garden harvest, and you will be bringing in baskets of fresh vegetables all summer long this year. Do you have a great vegetable harvest, or is yours just so so this year? Summer is that time of the year when vegetables are starting to really show up in …

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Summer Time Hot Dog and Fresh Vegetable Stir Fry – Perfect for Outdoor Eating

This summertime hot dog and fresh vegetable stir fry could not be easier to prepare.  During the summer time I am always looking for simple recipes that are easy to make and lend themselves to outdoor eating.   All that is needed when it is done is to add a side salad and serve dinner on …

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Gluten Free Vegetable Salad Rolls with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

This recipe for vegetable spring rolls is perfect for your Vegan friends but will also tempt the most ardent meat eater. I served them as a party appetizer recently, along with a table full of meat dishes and the dish was the hit of the party.  Be sure to make the soy sauce dip. They …

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