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look what ELSE is in the garden!

You saw my 5′ tall spinach plants.   Now here’s my 5′ tall gopher snake.   Actually it was in my neighbor’s garden during our party last night.   Fun, huh?   Happy 4th of July!   (Just think, if we didn’t get our independence from England, things could be worse: we could be eating […]

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pathetic garden overgrowth . . . but, it’s free food!

I’m a little ashamed to admit that parts of my garden have been sadly neglected this year, due to my being gone a lot and not being able to use it as quickly as it has grown.     I try not to  post many no-makeup photos so that people don’t write  GSG off as […]

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gardening does so much more than provide food

Is there anything better than garden tomatoes?   Twenty years ago, we used to make my sister-in-law, when she was a college student, sing a John Denver song before we gave her any of our garden tomatoes: “Only two things that money can’t buy, and that’s true love and home-grown tomatoes!” Yesterday, Apr. 5, I […]

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More Winter Produce

I had a similar experience.   This picture was taken 3/2/06.   I covered up my strawberry plants for the winter.   When I uncovered them, I found a couple of heads of green leaf lettuce.   I had grown lettuce in this bed the year before and it obviously reseeded!   It was the […]

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tips for eating right inexpensively

Q:   Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, I can’t afford to eat the way you suggest. Any ideas? A:   Most people base their purchasing decisions on taste, convenience, price, appearance, and shelf life. Of course, what tastes good is dictated by our addictions, and you know if you read my blog that sugar is the most addictive […]

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Freebie composting (also, Bob dies)

We’ve had a beautiful  Indian summer in Utah, and the last couple of weeks, I’ve come home from my Saturday run past my neighbors bagging their leaves.   I asked them to drop the bags off at my house instead of the dump, and we layered them in our compost boxes as the “brown” layer […]

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It just keeps giving! On extending the life of the garden—

It’s going to freeze any night now, and I’m leaving town, so we undertook a family project today  to bring  in most of the remaining garden crops.   Since I quit  putting up  sugar-added, processed food in jars years ago, I’ve learned new ideas to preserve nutritional value in my garden’s yield.   Here’s how […]

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