Recipes from the Writers

Our gardens and the farmers’ markets offer a bounty of this season’s crops, including strawberries and rhubarb. The blog writers are eager to share some of their favorite recipes for these tasty treats. Enjoy!

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New Year’s Garden Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions.  Everyone has them, but how difficult are they to keep?  I challenge each and every one of you garden-lovers, whether you’re a Master Gardener or a novice, to pick the perfect New Year’s Garden Resolution for yourself and stick to it!  Not sure where to start?  Here’s a list of some ideas to get your wheels turning about how to get outside and get something done in your garden this growing season.
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Libby’s Top 5 Nature-Themed Books

Many gardeners and nature-lovers have difficulty during the winter months because, even with the availability of winter sports and activities, a lot of the time it’s just too dang cold to go outside!  While this year that hasn’t been the case (yet!), it’s always best to be prepared – I’ve heard that “winter is coming”.  What better way for a nature-lover to pass the time during those cold months than to curl up with a good book (or five) that depicts the beauty of the outdoors?  These are not only great gifts for yourself (you deserve it!) but they are also great gifts for any fellow gardeners or outdoorspeople in your life.  Disclaimer:  This list is in no way definitive or complete.  There are, of course, many wonderful nature-themed books out there.  This is just a sampling of one person’s favorites.  I would love to hear what your favorites are in the comments!

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Right in Your Own Backyard

By Rita Lynn

An article in the new (February/March 2015) National Wildlife magazine highlights a Rutgers University study of biodiversity in cities around the world.  Contrary to the belief that the very nature of an urban environment limits the variety of wildlife to a few of the same species (such as pigeons and rats), this study found that cities support large, varied, and area-specific populations of wildlife.  At the same time, communities in many places are deliberately managing their green spaces to promote biodiversity.

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