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Asparagus Tips and Recipes

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Asparagus Tips and Recipes

Asparagus is a good, low-calorie source of Vitamin A and fiber.

Selecting Asparagus

Select asparagus stalks that are straight and have compact, pointed tips. The thicker the spears, the more tender they are likely to be. Quality spears should be 6-8 inches long with only an inch or so of tough, woody base.

It is best to select stalks of uniform thick-ness. Otherwise, the stalks will not have uniform texture when they are cooked.

Each pound of asparagus will yield about 3 to 4 ½ cup servings.

Growing Carrots

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Growing Carrots

Carrots are a very popular vegetable I believe because they are colorful, sweet, and fairly easy to grow. This makes them popular for the gardener to grow. A very commonly used vegetable in a great many dishes also contribute to its adoption. Other than preparing dishes, it can be consumed raw or increasing, used in juicing. Known as a major source of vitamin A, carrots provide a huge dose of sweetness to any juice. It is also a good source of vitamin K and potassium. If you plant carrots in your small home garden, you should be able to grow and harvest carrots for most of the months in a year here in Florida. This will of course require keeping your plants thriving.

Growing Pomegranates

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Growing Pomegranates

The origins of the Pomegranate can be traced to the middle east, most believe in modern day Iran. They were grown widely in most of the middle east, which makes sense since they tend to do better in drier climates. Both ancient romans & greeks grew and ate pomegranate. Greek knew it as the fruit of the dead. Ancient Egyptians ascribed prosperity and ambition to the humble pomegranate. They are mentioned in Greek, Hebrew, and Until recently they were were only available seasonally in the US. Some farmers have been growing them in California with good success. Making them available in more stores for longer than in the past.

Growing Blackberries

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Growing Blackberries

It is said; the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice. I believe that is the case with the blackberry. They are a perennial and tend to grow very rapidly in season and lie mostly dormant outside of it’s growing season. There are many great things about growing blackberries aside from the tasty fruit itself.

What Blooms When

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What Blooms When

One way to have a succession of landscape color throughout the growing season is to pick bulbs, perennials and flowering shrubs that bloom at different points in the season.

As the flowers of one fades, another picks up the slack and keeps the symphony going even beyond fall frost.

The key to making it work is knowing what peaks when.

Gardening Web

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Gardening Web

Fall – what a beautiful time of year. The season is beginning nicely, with just slightly cooler temperatures. This crazy thing called weather has us betting on snow before Thanksgiving this year. Have you ever noticed an amazing part of this year is we all see little puffs of spider webs around the landscape? I think it becomes more obvious with the dewy mornings and just slightly darker skies.

Garden Secrets

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Garden Secrets

Many of us are busy connecting with family and friends now during the holiday season. The plants we focus on – momentarily – are holiday centered evergreen trees, poinsettias and amaryllis. But soon, this will pass and we will be left with a many week void between holiday greens and seed starting. If you need a garden fix between now and Super Sow Sunday, consider visiting the High Line in New York City or Longwood Gardens.