Gardeners need basic tools: hoes, trowels, gloves, etc. No tool is as essential as a resilient spirit. We vacillate from grandeur and glory to headache and heartbreak all in one season and sometimes all in one day. Just about the time we think we have it figured out, the game and the players change. Here are a few common questions (or personal growth opportunities) about growing a vegetable garden.
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As the saying goes, more than a seed is planted in a garden. Children can learn not just about how natural systems work in a garden—what critters and plants live where and what do they need to survive, but also about themselves.
Pumpkin is a warm-season vegetable that can be grown throughout much of the United States. Besides being used as jack-o'-lanterns at Halloween, pumpkins are used to make pumpkin butter, pies, custard, bread, cookies and soup.
Obesity rates are climbing and threatening the health of millions of children. The American Heart Association’s Teaching Garden program is designed to encourage students to be aware of what they are eating and make healthy choices.
Decatur, IL preschoolers stretched out on their blankets in Garman Park, happily listening to Sierra Brown of Golden Oldies Farm in Macon and approaching her to taste-test the carrots, snow peas and greens she brought along. The Watch Me Grow Program hopes to teach kids about planting and eating fresh veggies.
The sweet varieties of peppers, especially the bells, traditionally have been by far the most popular in the United States. They are eaten green or ripe and are used for salads, stuffing, soup, stews, relishes and pickling. New developments in color and form have done nothing to dull the popularity of sweet peppers. Hot pepper varieties have also enjoyed a rebirth of popularity recently, mainly due to various ethnic cuisines that use their unique flavors and heat creatively.
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