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The tomato: make time for traditions

by Gina Lorubbio

For me, the tomato will always be inextricably linked to my family’s annual tomato canning tradition.

Every year around Labor Day, we’d gather around bushels of plum tomatoes and get to work. It’s a long process—one that’s best done in the company of others. In this case, many hands make (lighter, but not exactly) light work.

Tomato

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Zucchini: Share your bounty with abandon

by Gina Lorubbio

I’m no master gardener, but for each of the past four years, our raised beds have contained zucchini. It seems like the ultimate foolproof vegetable—one that can always be counted on to produce and produce and produce.

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Raspberries: Indulge in the abundance

by Gina Lorubbio

Some years, deep into July I’ll glance at my pale skin and my untouched bathing suit and snap to the realization: “Oh my gosh, it’s summer!”

As a child, summer would loudly announce itself on the last day of school. That marked a clear transition from days defined by early morning wakening and late evening homeworking to the glorious days of sleeping till ten and playing outside past dark.

When that last school bell rang, it was unquestionably, officially summer.

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Broccoli: Your body knows best

by Gina Lorubbio

“Eat your broccoli. It’s good for you.”

Has this been said to you? Perhaps you were scrunching up your face in disgust as your parent or caretaker used the health angle to get you to eat something green already.

Appealing to a person’s desire to be healthy isn’t just a tactic employed at the home dining table; it’s used by food companies and media all the time.

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How To Keep Rabbits Out Of The Garden

Rabbits love tender new veggie seedlings and can cause no end of aggravation for a home food gardener.

And once they have a reliable food source with shelter nearby, rabbits will start breeding like… rabbits!

There are a number of techniques for keeping rabbits out of the garden, some more effective than others.

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How To Keep Deer Out Of The Garden

As much as we all might love the sight of a little Bambi in our yards, deer can pose a serious challenge for urban gardeners.

Starting with the most effective techniques, I’m going to give you a variety of ideas for keeping deer out of the garden.

Ideally, you will probably want to adopt a combination of these strategies.

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Asparagus: Keep Asking Questions

by Gina Lorubbio

“Why does our asparagus come from Peru?”

I read that question and paused to mentally scan all past asparagus labels I’ve seen at grocery stores. Yeah, why does most of our asparagus come from Peru?

Alan Beattie investigates this question in False Economy: a surprising economic history of the world. He writes, “it may strike you as odd that…a cost-effective industry spontaneously emerged to airlift a perishable green vegetable thousands of miles around the world from the remote western coast of Latin America.”

That does, in fact, strike me as odd. Is it because Peru has especially good soil for asparagus? A perfect sun angle? Trade secrets that no one else knows?

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Rhubarb: Celebrate What’s Fleeting

by Gina Lorubbio

Rhubarb has a history of perplexing us humans. It was a mystery to me for a long time (still is, really). It looks like red celery and has a stunningly sour taste. Not to mention, the leaves are poisonous.

My experience with rhubarb up until a few years ago is this: if someone put a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie in front of me, I would gladly eat it. But that was it; I never sought it out. Anything beyond the classic combo was out of my range.

I bet I’m not alone in my narrow experience. In the U.S., rhubarb is known as the “pie plant.” But, I knew there had to be more to the story than pie.

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