Chocolate Beet Cake

Here’s a recipe that will surprise you! If most people had to name their favorite vegetable, they probably wouldn’t name beets. Before you dismiss beets, keep in mind this superfood is rich in antioxidants and can lower your blood pressure. And did you know a lot of athletes make beet juice a part of their daily diet? Endurance athletes believe the nitrates in

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Composting for Kids: A Great Science Experiment!

Kids and composting are an unlikely match; but we argue that composting is an awesome science experiment that can teach kids a lot. Children learn about the earth through gardening, and the same is true with composting. Make composting for kids a hands-on science experience! Composting for Kids: What Do They Learn? 1. Gardening and composting teaches kids how the

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Too Many Green Tomatoes? Try One of These Green Tomato Recipes!

As we are approaching cooler weather, you may be losing hope that your tomatoes will turn red. Cooler weather is one of the causes for your tomatoes not turning red, resulting in a garden full of green tomatoes. When the temperature is between 50 and 85 degrees, tomatoes produce the chemicals lycopene and carotene which turn tomatoes red.  So the colder

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Want Clear Skin? Grow and Eat These Vegetables

For some of us the battle for clear skin is a fight into our adulthood. There are many factors that trigger acne, poor diet to hormones to stress are some of the common causes. To get really healthy clear skin on the outside, it all starts with the inside. Proper nutrition, along with water are the first steps to get the

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Black Radish Chips

What are black radish chips? Try this black radish chip recipe to serve as a side dish or snack. Black radishes not only add spice to your garden, they’ll spice up  your dinner as well! Unlike other radishes, the black radish has a peppery taste that is very unique. Black radishes are so easy to grow and even easier to

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Black Radish: Tips on Growing & Harvesting

You can really be creative with your garden! For example you can go bold by turning your front yard into an edible garden or if you prefer to do something  low key “spice” things up by growing unconventional vegetables! A black radish is a perfect addition to your garden. This veggie has a peppery taste that will add zing

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Zucchini Bread Recipe

Zucchini is a versatile vegetable! You can do a lot with zucchini like sauté them, turn them into noodles or you can make zucchini chips for a healthier alternative to regular potato chips. Though, we’ve got to admit zucchini bread is our favorite way to use all those excess zucchini from the garden. Ingredients: 3 eggs 2 ½

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Give Beets a Chance: Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Beets!

Beets, the word alone makes a lot of people shudder with disgust.  According to a survey from Eating Well, beets are listed as one of the most hated vegetable along with Brussel sprouts, okra, and lima beans. But we want to build a case on why you should add beets to both your garden and diet. Beets are

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Composting In Small Spaces

Green Spaces in Small Places Living in the city or in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have some green space to call your own. Growing fresh herbs, vegetables and flowers on the balcony or rooftop is a growing trend. No pun intended! Balcony gardening is visually pleasing; creating an oasis of green right outside

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Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites are a quick and easy with less calories than regular cheesecake! This delicious dessert is perfect for picnics, holidays, barbecues……really for anytime. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened ½ cup heavy cream ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar 1 pint strawberries Crushed graham crackers for garnish Rinse strawberries. From each strawberry remove a slice

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I Scream, You Scream for….Strawberries!

Nothing screams summer fun more than strawberries!  Though you can pick them up from your local grocery store, nothing tastes better than homegrown strawberries. Those who grow their own can definitely vouch for the better taste. Believe it or not, growing them is not as difficult as you think. Add young strawberry plants to your

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Kid Approved Garden-to-Kitchen Snack

We mentioned in our last article, Give Your Kids the Gift of Gardening for a Healthy Lifestyle, that kids love to help in the garden by planting, watering, and picking their fruits and vegetables. Getting them involved in the garden and kitchen encourages kids to eat healthier by trying vegetables/fruits that they would generally not try. Here

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Rainbow Pizza

This beautiful pizza is healthy, simple, and easy to make. You can grow most of the ingredients in your garden, all the more reason to get creative when you are planning your garden and making your pizza!  You can use veggies of various colors but here’s what we picked. Ingredients: 2 1-lb. pkgs. refrigerated pizza

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Welcome Spring with a Garden Wreath!

We love to take old tools and recycle them into something new. Welcome spring and your guests with a beautiful garden wreath – it’s easy to make and you are saving items from heading to the landfill. Here’s what you need: Old garden hose Florist wire Silk flowers & leaves Old hand cultivator & trowel

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Spinach Pineapple Mango Smoothie

Popeye, the cartoon character who loved to eat his spinach, knew what he was talking about! Spinach contains iron, vitamin A and lots more good stuff plus it’s a good source of fiber and protein. We think he would love this smoothie made with spinach! Spinach Pineapple Mango Smoothie -1 cup almond milk (any milk

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Carrots: The Extraordinary Ordinary Vegetable

Carrots are pretty underappreciated, they don’t get the celebrity love that kale does – hey, you don’t see celebrities wearing carrot sweatshirts like they do for kale. Carrots don’t have even the revered status of tomatoes (which are technically a fruit). In a list of the most vegetable consumption in the US, carrots rank #9. There

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Ideas for Sharing Your Surplus Vegetables

When our gardens overflow with the season’s harvest, most of us have more than we can use or save for later. Thankfully, there are a number of ways that we can share the harvest with others in need or with those who, for some reason, don’t have a garden of their own. Friends, Family, and

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Is Your Tiller As Ready for Spring As You Are?

If you’re anything like us, you can’t wait for the first day of the new gardening season. We want to be sure your Mantis tiller will be ready when you are. A few minutes of maintenance now can prevent hours of frustration later. This little checklist will get your started! Check Your Tines If your

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How To Create a Bulb Garden

Bulb gardens are one of the earliest and most dramatic signs of spring. A well-planned mass planting of tulips, daffodils or hyacinths–the “big 3” of spring-flowering bulbs–can be a virtual show-stopper in your landscape, providing years of spell-binding color and cheer after the dark, gray days of winter. Here’s an easy step by step approach

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