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{In the Garden} How to Grow Runner Beans

{In the Garden} Runner Beans

Runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus) are pretty enough to warrant a place in the garden purely for their ornamental value. Their edible value, however, is what bumps them to the top of my ‘must plant’ list every spring. They produce an abundance of large, tasty bean pods that can be used in the kitchen in numerous different ways. […]

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Rainbow Chard

{In the Garden} Rainbow Chard

Chard is just drop dead gorgeous. I mean really, if a member of the vegetable family could be described as sexy, it would be this one. And the praise is well-deserved, because not only is it easy on the eyes, it’s delicious to boot!

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Potato Harvest

{In the Garden} Early Potato Harvest

Earlier this week, I discovered that the soaker hose for the potato bed had been turned off. Who knows how that could have possibly happened (there are two cute little garden pests at the top of my suspect list, who will, for the time being, remain nameless) or how long the poor potato plants have been suffering […]

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Calendula Bouquet

{In the Garden} Calendula or “Pot Marigold”

Until last year, I had a real bias against flowers. Well, not against flowers themselves, I actually love flowers. I just didn’t want to “waste” any of my precious garden space on things that weren’t edible or otherwise useful. Then, one day it occurred to me that I could indulge my love of flowers AND stick […]

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Potato Fruit

{In the Garden} Potato Fruit, Who Knew?

One of the things I love about gardening is that there’s always something new to learn. I know way more now than I did 18 years ago (yikes, has it really been that long?!) when I planted my first little veggie patch in front of the house I shared with 3 girlfriends during college, but I […]

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