Flower Sprouts, Kalettes, and Lollipops

  What The Sam Hill Are These Things? Holy guacamole, Batman! What are these leafy looking things growing on a Brussels-sprout-looking plant? Why, Robin, that’s a flower sprout. And, pray tell, what in Heaven’s name is a flower sprout, Batman? It’s a new vegetable invented by Tozer Seeds in the…

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Take the Kale Trail

Kale’s Been Around for a Long Time A couple thousand years before Christ was born, kale was a cultivated food in the areas of the eastern Mediterranean Sea – now home to Syria, Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Lebanon, and Palestine. This dark, leafy veggie was not only a…

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Brussels Sprouts – Tiny Cabbages With “Attitude”

  That’s “Brussels” – not “Brussel” Many folks refer to these “mini cabbage looking veggies” as “Brussel sprouts.”  But, that is entirely inaccurate.  “Brussels sprouts” got their name because they were first cultivated in the 1300s – near Brussels, Belgium – hence, the name – and, by the 16th century,…

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Growing Cauliflower

  …And, You Want Me To Eat What? Cauliflower, of course! Mark Twain once said: “Cauliflower is cabbage with a college education.” I’m not sure what that means.  Maybe Mr. Twain saw cauliflower as a “white collar” staple – since most of it is white – in the grocery store. …

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Jim’s August 2018 Garden Answers

  August 2018 Garden Answers Listed below are all the answers for the August 2018 Quiz or, you can peruse The Perfect Vegetable Garden for solutions.  Hint:  Look through the August posts – all the answers are there.   Answer to Question #1 B) A technique to drain excess water…

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Jim’s August 2018 Garden Questions

  August 2018 Garden Questions More unique questions to increase your garden knowledge!  All answers can be discovered somewhere in The Perfect Vegetable Garden.  However, you can find solace in the fact that the August 2018 Garden Answers will give you a quick shortcut to the accurate solution for each…

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How To Get Rid Of Red Ants

  When Ants Attack Red ants are vicious little critters. They tunnel throughout the yard and garden – exposing roots to the air – and, the roots have a hard time uploading ground water or nutrients. They chew on plants – injecting formic acid into them – and destroy the…

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Home Canning Made Easy

  Why Should We Preserve Our Harvest By Home Canning? When we come right down to it, home canning is a safe and very inexpensive technique for preserving the quality of our garden veggies.  Properly canned produce can last up to 5 years – or more. Cost savings can be almost…

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Let’s Grow Cabbage

  Cabbage Has Been Around For Awhile Leaf cabbage was first grown for domestic consumption in Central and Western Europe a couple thousand years ago. Head cabbage didn’t make the scene until the 1300s in merry old England. Both leaf cabbage and head cabbage became important staples that were carried…

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