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The July garden update includes a quick update on the flowers, vegetables, herbs and more here at Seven Oaks Farm, where I garden in zone 6b-7 in Virginia, USA.   Happy Independence Day to my American readers! I described Independence Day to my British friends as the third most popular holiday in America, and I …

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Growing St. Johns Wort added to my list of plants I’ve always wanted to try to grow from seed. It’s a useful plant that’s also beautiful. St. Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum), also called by some herbalists St. Joan’s Wort, is a perennial herb that is best known for its reputed properties to treat depression. But …

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Have you ever heard of the herb, borage? If you haven’t, you aren’t alone. Most 21st century Americans have never heard of this plant. But if you had lived 100 or 200 or more years ago, borage would have been as common as a head of iceberg lettuce. What Is Borage? Borage (Borago officinalis) is an …

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Clary sage is a beautiful biennial flower. Have you ever heard the saying, “Good things come to he who waits?” That’s clary sage. It took me two years to grow the plants from seed to flowering. It was worth the wait. About Clary Sage Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) is also known as ‘clear eye’. Herbalists …

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Summer is popsicle time, and this strawberry vanilla yogurt popsicle recipe is both healthy and delicious. Best of all, it whips up in about 5 minutes and uses just three ingredients. Time to make popsicles! Strawberry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicle Recipe I’m like a big kid.  I’m addicted to ice pops.  The kind that you buy …

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Every Monday, I try to give you a weekend garden update so you can see the progress of our garden. I was feeling a little smug and self-satisfied yesterday when I walked around the raised bed vegetable garden. Then, when I went to water last night, one of the sweet potato vines had mysteriously turned …

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The following interactive USDA Hardiness Map, presented by Gilmour tools, offers a useful way to figure out your gardening zone. What is your gardening zone? The USDA determines gardening zones by calculating the average dates of first and last frost and other factors. The resulting designation helps you  choose when to set tender plants outside, …

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Gardeners almost always deal with a good problem to have: what to do with extra produce from the vegetable garden. Donating extra produce to your local food pantry is a great way to share fresh, healthy vegetables with others. But there are some tips to helping out without getting a headache. Donating Extra Produce to …

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Congratulations on growing your first vegetable garden! It’s exciting to start a new project, and I’m all for any amount of healthy vegetables you can add to your diet as well as becoming more self-sufficient. You probably have lots of questions about starting your first vegetable garden. Home Garden Joy is a great place to …

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This black bean burrito recipe is packed with heart-healthy fiber, delicious vegetables, and taste that can’t be beat! You can make it a vegan lunch or dinner entree by eliminating the egg and butter. The entire meal is a little over 600 calories and will keep you full for several hours. Black Bean Burrito Recipe …

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