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    Yard to Table: 5 Tips for Keeping it Simple

    Growing your own food is rewarding and a healthy choice; it also can save money in your family food budget. It also can be easy, especially if you keep it as simple as possible. Here are 5 tips to make growing food for your kitchen easier and more fun:

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    You Can Grow – Spinach and Other Tasty Greens

    October is National Spinach Month! Popeye the Sailor Man claimed “I’m strong to the “finich,” ’cause I eats me spinach.” But many people simply do not like the taste or texture of the leafy green. I understand – – but luckily, there are a number of other tasty greens to grow this month! Best of all, there is no back-breaking…

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    Love Salad? Grow Lettuce in a Pot!

    Nothing from the grocery store can compare with the fresh taste of leafy greens grown in your own garden. One of the easiest vegetables to grow is lettuce. If you grow vegetables in your backyard, you know the joy and reward of harvesting your own produce and lettuce probably plays a big part in what you plant each year. But,…

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    Caring for Vegetables and Herbs in Heat and Drought

    I know some areas of the Southwest have received excellent rain and some of the northern rivers are full of snow melt. But where I live in southeastern New Mexico, we have recorded only 4.85 inches of rain all year – and only about one quarter inch this summer. Plus, we went from cooler than normal to hotter than normal.…

  • Hot Tomatoes!

      On the whole, tomatoes are easy to grow, even from seed. The difficult part is our complete inability to control weather extremes during our Southwest growing seasons. Like many herbs and vegetables, tomatoes are sensitive to high heat and cold. In my High Desert region (zone 6B) of New Mexico, I have to deal with both most summers. Like…