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Welcome, Cooks, to

Welcome, cooks, to With the help of this site, you can take your cooking to the next level.

Every good cook knows that great food begins with fresh ingredients. Eating local is all the rage, and you can’t get much more local than your own yard. Right now, a lot of people are thinking of putting in a small garden this year, and if you are among them, you’ll love this site. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginner, we’ll give you the information you need to be successful at growing, preparing, and preserving, and cooking your homegrown vegetables, herbs, berries, and fruits.

A quick site tour
You can browse the site using the eight tabs at the top of the page. Here’s what you’ll find in each:

Grow It: Growing specific crops 
Cook It: Recipes
Watch It: Videos
Use It: Ways to prep, preserve, and serve garden produce
Build It: Trellises, tuteurs, pathways, fences, structures, etc.
Live It: Planning, design, news, musings
Green It: Organic techniques, pest control, fertilizer
Show It: Posts and photos by members

New content is posted frequently. Here are a few of the articles and videos at

Starting a kitchen garden   How to grow chives
Basic information on planning, starting, and maintaining a garden:

Video: how to start a vegetable garden
How to start a kitchen garden
Seed starting strategies
Creating healthy compost
A least toxic approach to pesticides
How and when to water your garden
Thin plants for a healthy crop
Herbs for every windowbox

  Expert advice on choosing, sowing, and growing tasty produce:



Zesty garden pickles   Spring Flower Salad
Ideas for using, preparing, and preserving what you grow:

Video: How to harvest annual herbs
Garden-fresh vinaigrettes
Zesty garden pickles
Vegetable ragouts
Edible harvest basket
Beautiful breads from bountiful harvests
Cooking with fresh strawberries
Creative ways to use stuffing tomatoes
Poaching fruit



Garden-fresh recipes packed with taste and nutrition:

Spring Flower Salad
Blackberries in Pecan Crêpes
Grilled Tuna Niçoise with Lemony Herbs
Golden Squash Blossom Crema
Okra Tempura
End-of-the-Garden Vinegar
• Lemon Basil Ice Cream
Fresh Asparagus Soup



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