Food Gardening

Fruiting Plants – Propagation

When you enjoy a juicy peach or crisp apple, it is tempting to try to propagate the plant for your own garden. This publication from the University of Georgia gives all of the options you might consider. Propagating Fruit...

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Fruit Plants – Good Sources

In my experience, it is common in “big box” stores for fruiting plants to be mis-labeled. I’m sure it’s not purposeful, but a store that sells lumber, plumbing, paint and light bulbs can’t be expected to pay close attention to...

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Pick-Your-Own Farms

Few things are more fun than going to a pick-your-own farm with the family and picking fruit. If yo uget there in the morning, you can have gallons of tasty food in a couple of hours. Thinks of the pies,...

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Oddly Shaped Vegetables

Hometown newspapers once featured large or oddly shaped vegetables every summer. From my own childhood, I remember a squash shaped like a duck and a tomato that resembled Richard Nixon. Do you have vegetables that veer into weird shapes? Check...

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Farmer’s Markets – Finding

Nothing beats meeting the person who picked, baked or preserved the food you’re about to buy. Farmer’s markets are located throughout Georgia. I found large compilations that list produce markets across the state. Check out: Pick Your Own.org and North...

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Growing Seedless Watermelons

If you’ve enjoyed a delicious seedless watermelon, you might wonder how they are grown. It starts by treating watermelon seedlings with a chemical that makes the plant have 4 times (4X) the normal number of chromosomes. After planting, when this...

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Vegetables – Pollination

One of the most delightfully informative garden books I’ve ever read is “Sex in Your Garden” by Angela Overy (Fulcrum Publishing, $19.95). Ms. Overy (yup, that’s her real name!) describes how plants use false advertisements, bribes, perfume and sometimes pseudo-copulation...

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Ecinacea – No Remedy for Colds

Study: Echinacea no cold remedy Alicia Chang – Associated Press Thursday, July 28, 2005 Being sick with a cold is nothing to sneeze at, but new research finds that taking the popular herbal remedy echinacea does nothing to treat or...

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Vegetables – When to Harvest

For a blueberry, it’s easy to tell when it’s ripe: deep blue means it’s time to harvest. But for corn or Irish potatoes or watermelons, it’s not that easy. Fortunately, horticulturists Willie Chance and Darbie Granberry have authored a very...

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