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The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog
December 4, 2014
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When you prepare your garden for winter, you increase the odds it will thrive in spring. Cecilia Nasti offers tips on winterizing your garden.
November 8, 2014
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Miguel Nelson is a man on a mission. “I love plants. I think plants are the coolest. I feel like civilization would be a better place if people spent a little more time with plants,” says the artist-turned-entrepreneur. And now he’s helping school kids get in on the fun of growing things.
November 5, 2014
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Growing your own food doesn't have to stop in fall or even winter. Cecilia Nasti offers a few tips for extending the harvest beyond what you may think is possible.
September 24, 2014
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Wondering what to give people on your gift-giving list this year? If you grow food and flowers, you have a solution. Cecilia Nasti offers helpful tips on gifting from your garden.
August 26, 2014
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When you donate to the Whole Kids Foundation® “Growing Healthy Kids” campaign every penny goes directly to help provide school garden and salad bar grants, as well as nutrition and wellness education for teachers. All of these programs further the nonprofit organization’s healthy mission: helping kids eat better and enjoy it.
August 20, 2014
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Cultivate a crop of new gardeners by getting kids involved in growing edibles and ornamentals.
August 2, 2014
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You're not alone if you put off weeding your garden beds so long that you cannot face the amount of time and effort it will take tidy them up again. No sweat. You have the sun on your side.
July 31, 2014
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Sprouts are easy and quick to grow – all you need are sprouting seeds, sprouting lid, a jar, and water! Here are some of our favorite summer recipes and a giveaway to get you started.
July 5, 2014
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Cecilia Nasti shares her best tips on drying and using the herbs from your garden.
June 8, 2014
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How can you know when crops are ripe and ready for harvest? We look at three favorite garden crops and the signs of their ripeness, how to harvest them, and the best way to store them.
May 9, 2014
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Even garden plants have BFFs that — when grown in proximity to one another — benefit the other's health and wellbeing. Learn about these blossom buddies and then invite them to spend time together in your garden for the potential betterment of all.
April 23, 2014
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Growing food crops in containers is easier than growing them in a big backyard. You won't harvest as much, but then, you won't work nearly as hard, either.
April 12, 2014
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Long-term, benign neglect in the garden leads to more than just an untidy space. It can evolve into pest and disease problems that destroy your plants fast. Here are a few suggestions to help you avoid that kind of heartburn.
March 29, 2014
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While watering a vegetable garden may not seem particularly daunting on the surface, it actually takes a high level of understanding and commitment to maintain your plants' vigor, while also utilizing the resource with conservation in mind.
March 7, 2014
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If I've learned anything from years of growing kitchen gardens, it is this: vegetables and herbs cannot thrive on excitement alone. To help you avoid future frustration, here are a few tips to get you growing in the right direction.
July 10, 2013
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Kids in the GardenThere are plenty of things to love about having your own backyard or patio garden: fresh produce within an arm’s reach, the satisfaction of growing your own food, maybe even a few bragging rights on your block.

June 9, 2013
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Whether you’re caring for a container garden or keeping a homestead vegetable plot alive, using water efficiently and mindfully is important.
May 16, 2013
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Trellises are essential for vining plants, such as pole beans, peas, and some varieties of squashes or cucumbers. (Check the tag or the seed packet. Varieties that don’t need a trellis are usually called “bush” variety.)

Trellis

April 24, 2013
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It doesn’t take an acre of space to grow fresh produce at home. Here are some easy ways to grow fresh herbs, fruits, and veggies in containers.
April 14, 2013
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gardenThis post is the final in a series of three that will help you start a home composting bin.

April 13, 2013
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Compost binThis post is the second in a series of three that will help you start a home composting bin.

April 12, 2013
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PeelThis post is the first in a series of three that will help you start a home composting bin.

November 13, 2012
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BroccoliFall traditionally ushers in the harvest season; a cornucopia overflowing with gifts from the earth is a traditional symbol of the bounty of autumn. For the backyard gardener, it’s just as important to celebrate the small harvests.

October 10, 2012
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Cool weather doesn’t have to mean the end of gardening. In fact, in warmer climates fall and winter gardens can be more rewarding than their summer counterparts! Last year, my backyard garden in Austin, Texas, fed us leafy greens, broccoli and other brassicas from November until late March, when I finally had to pull them to make room for a summer crop. The cool weather kept the pests at bay and a wide variety of leafy greens helped keep things interesting — and that’s when I realized that fall and winter were my favorite gardening seasons.

September 9, 2012
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If you’ve ever tried your hand at gardening, even of the container variety, chances are you’ve heard at least a little about the importance of compost. That’s for good reason: healthy compost mixed with soil will give your plants the nutrients they need to thrive.

August 17, 2012
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Keeping up with the summer garden is chore enough, and dealing with a surplus can be vexing — and inspiring. Here’s what to do with too much of a good thing.
June 17, 2012
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Avid home gardener and food blogger Amber shares three fresh menus she’s put together from her summer harvest.
May 23, 2012
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Amber Pollei writes, cooks, and gardens in Austin, Texas, with her husband Ryan and their dog Fin. Read more about her backyard-farm-to-table adventures at sustainable-diet.com

April 6, 2012
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Amber Pollei writes, cooks, and gardens in Austin, Texas, with her husband Ryan and their dog Fin. Read more about her backyard-farm-to-table adventures at sustainable-diet.com