Marinated Tomatoes

Make your heirloom tomatoes shine with this ultra-simple recipe, which uses basic kitchen ingredients and takes only minutes to prepare.   INGREDIENTS: ¼ cup red wine vinegar ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon minced shallot  1 teaspoon kosher salt  ½ teaspoon black pepper 3 minced garlic cloves 1 pound mixed heirloom tomatoes, cut into…

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Peach Cobbler

With its indulgent buttery crust and loads of ripe peaches, it’s no wonder why this simple summer dessert is a Southern favorite. INGREDIENTS: 5 peaches (about 1½ lb.) 2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar 1 tsp. ground cinnamon ½ tsp. ground mace 2 cups granulated sugar, divided 1 cup unsalted butter 2 cups all-purpose flour 1…

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How to Attract Monarch Butterflies

Here’s what to plant to have Monarch butterflies stop by your garden this summer!   Monarch butterflies fluttering around your yard is the finishing touch to any garden. Not only do these beauties look nice, with their vibrant black and orange patterned wings, but also they pollinate plants, increasing the health and production of our…

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Creamy Tomato and Cucumber Salad

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This cool, creamy salad is a delicious and satisfying way to serve your favorite summer vegetables. INGREDIENTS: 1/3 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar pinch of salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill or parsley 1 medium cucumber, cut in half lengthwise and sliced 3…

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The Hummingbird Garden

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Create a hummingbird garden to attract everyone’s favorite pollinator.   Seeing a hummingbird flit about your garden is one of those moments when you experience pure joy. Not only are they beautiful, tiny creatures to watch, but also helpful, ensuring our plants get pollinated. While you can cross your fingers and hope they’ll choose your…

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Yummy Strawberry Coffee Cake

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Light and yummy strawberry coffee cake! This recipe makes for the best fluffy and sweet breakfast or brunch during the spring and summer season.   INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter  1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar, divided  2 large egg yolks  1 large egg  1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour  1 1/2 teaspoons baking…

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Nature’s Candy: Sweets from the Garden

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Forget about the candy store — your kids will be begging for more time in your garden if you grow fruit! Gardening in itself pays off since it provides you with a beautiful landscape to spend time in, but growing your own fruit takes that one step further, letting you taste your accomplishments! Plus, you…

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9 Pollinator-Friendly Perennials

Pollinator-Friendly Perennials

Catch the latest buzz on these “bee-loved” bloomers! A garden is much more than flowers. It includes all the tiny bugs that feed our soil, the birds that we attract, and of course, the beautiful butterflies, bees, and moths that pollinate our flowers and vegetables. It’s best to plant a variety of flower shapes, several…

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