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The okra plant produces cream colored flowers. Once pollinated, these will produce the okra pods to harvest and cook.

Growing and Harvesting Okra

Growing up in East Tennessee, okra was one of the most common vegetables I both ate and grew. Now that I live in the Midwest, I don’t see the crop as often in community gardens and at farmers markets. Yet you may have found this summer, as I have, that okra deserves a place in the summer garden....
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Freshly harvested cucumbers, eggplant, beans, potatoes, pumpkins, squash, beets, & turnips.

Handling your fresh-picked produce

The fruits of our summer labors have started to ripen and will soon be ready for harvest. As gardeners, it is common we overplant. Most of us end up with more produce than we can use. Neighbors, friends, and others typically benefit from the overflow. Keep the tips here in mind to help get the...
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Ripe and Unripe Strawberry Closeup. Photo Credit: Enoch Lau, Wikicommons

Summer is prime time for growing sweet strawberries

Summer is here! As we approach the halfway mark for the month of June and look forward to summer plans, one thing many people are excited about is summer strawberries. Whether you are growing everbearing or June-bearing strawberries, harvest time is here for some and on its way for others....
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Everbearing pineberrries are unique white berries with red seeds. Photo source: Emmbean, Wikimedia Commons.

Try pineberry: A delicious pineapple-flavored strawberry

Strawberries (Fragaria species) are one of summer’s best treats. Strawberry varieties Depending on the cultivar, strawberries differ in when they produce berries and what their berries look like.  June-bearing strawberries provide a large crop of larger berries. Everbearing...
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