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Dave's Garden Articles: By Diana Wind

Monday, October 20, 2014

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Growing Scotch Bonnet Peppers
By Diana Wind (wind)

You don’t have to live in Jamaica to grow Scotch Bonnet hot peppers. They grow easily in US backyard and community gardens too. Scotch Bonnets make a delicious and nutritious addition to spice up healthy meals.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

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Diana's Anise Biscotti
By Diana Wind (wind)

Biscotti can be made in a variety of ways, using almonds, pistachios or dried fruits. Our family's favorite recipe for Sicilian anise toast cookies, Biscotti all'Anice, uses fresh fennel or anise seeds from our garden, which add a special flavor to these low-fat cookies. Mama's favorite way to enjoy anise biscotti is to dunk them in her coffee!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

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Hummingbird Magnet: Coronado Hyssop
By Diana Wind (wind)

Have you ever grown Coronado Hyssop? The eye-catching, pale-orange color of this deer-resistant perennial agastache makes it an excellent choice for butterfly, cottage and hummingbird gardens.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Beets for Better Health
By Diana Wind (wind)

Nitrate-rich beets are easy to grow and prepare, and have heart healthy benefits. So don’t skip a beet! Grow beets, eat beets, and juice beets for better health this growing season.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right
By Diana Wind (wind)

March brings us "National Nutrition Month®", a time to celebrate healthy eating. March also brings for many of us the excitement of planning and getting our gardens ready for another gardening season.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

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Starting Seeds Indoors
By Diana Wind (wind)

Some garden seeds can be directly sown when the spring weather warms the soil, or in early spring; but other seeds are best started indoors before the last frost.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

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Hot Chocolates for Your Garden
By Diana Wind (wind)

Indulge your passion for chocolate plants with some of these new chocolate garden selections in your landscape and container gardens. This season, take note of rich, dark purples, or almost black and brown-colored plants known as garden “Chocolates”. Chocolate plants have steadily increased in popularity since they were first promoted by chocolate plant pioneer Karen Platt in 1995. Chocolate plants always top my list of garden favorites. Learn about some tempting new arrivals as well as some classics.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

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Heirloom Christmas Lima Beans
By Diana Wind (wind)

Christmas Lima Beans add nutrition to any meal any time of the year. Have you ever tried to grow old fashioned heirloom beans? Do you have a negative opinion of lima beans in particular? If yes, you may change your mind after tasting the earthy, chestnut flavor of these not-just-for-the-holiday delights.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

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Sweet Solution for Garden Hot Peppers
By Diana Wind (wind)

What do you do with hot peppers that you can't give away? Peppers can be quite plentiful - right through the fall. Homemade hot pepper jelly makes a sweet solution that pleases people who never thought they could enjoy hot peppers. Most hot pepper jelly recipes add vinegar, which can impart a vinegar flavor. Try canning this jalapeno pepper jelly recipe without added vinegar. Decorate the jar with a ribbon and a card for a welcomed holiday gift from your kitchen.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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A to Z Gardening for Food and Nutrition: Do You Know Your B Vitamins?
By Diana Wind (wind)

Gardening yields wholesome foods and provides physical activity - both essential parts of a healthy lifestyle. We need vitamins for a variety of metabolic processes in the human body, such as growth, digestion and nerve function. There are 13 vitamins that our bodies absolutely need - some fat soluble, some water soluble. All of the B vitamins are among the necessary water soluble vitamins required in our diets in small amounts. Vitamin-B-rich foods often grown in home gardens include asparagus, spinach, mint, parsley, beans, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and peanuts.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

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Making Mosaic Garden Accents - part 1
By Diana Wind (wind)

Mosaic garden accents glisten in the sun, reflecting cut glass, mirror, shiny stones, stamped letters in the concrete and hand-picked treasures. This how-to-make-mosaics article gives you step-by-step photos and instructions on making mosaic stepping stones. Garden mosaics make beautiful, long-lasting keepsakes for your home and garden.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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A to Z Gardening for Food and Nutrition: Vitamin A
By Diana Wind (wind)

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage us to eat more fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin found in many foods that we can easily grow in our gardens. Test your knowledge: can you guess the top 5 fruits and vegetables highest in Vitamin A? Read on to learn more.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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Umeboshi 梅の実 Plum
By Diana Wind (wind)

Umeboshi and Ume plum products are a rich part of Asian culture. You will be introduced to an aromatic herb, Perilla frutescens, along with the historic and breathtaking Prunus mume plum tree, which boasts gorgeous, fragrant blossoms and can be grown in the United States.

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Friday, May 31, 2013

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"Mommy, look what I picked!" Improving Children's Nutrition & Health through Gardening
By Diana Wind (wind)

Are your children picky eaters? As gardeners you hold the key to opening their doors to new and exciting foods grown right in your home, school or community gardens! Come with me on a 100-mile journey from my home to a gardener’s dream called HealthBarn USA. Located in North Jersey in a charming town called Wyckoff, where children (and adults) learn about health and nutrition by participating in a healthy-lifestyle educational program offered by Stacey Antine. Stacey is a registered dietitian who recently appeared on the Rachel Ray show and has been on CNN, CBS and FOX-TV.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Hummingbird Pollinators
By Diana Wind (wind)

There are many reasons to create a hummingbird habitat in your yard and gardens, besides the enjoyment gained from watching the antics of these special little birds. Hummingbirds also spread flowering plant pollen necessary to produce vital greens, fruits, vegetables and grains.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

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Tango, the Garden Cat ~ part 1: Tango Arrives
By Diana Wind (wind)

This is part 1 of a 3-part fictional short story that is written for all ages to enjoy. It is based on a true story of a cat that just arrived in our garden. "Tango, the Garden Cat" is about a feral outdoor cat that may never rest in the comfort of a cozy, safe, indoor bed.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

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Garcinia cambogia: Weight Loss Miracle or Just a Tropical Fruit?
By Diana Wind (wind)

Some consider Garcinia fruits one of those promising, “100% natural” plant ingredients often added to dietary supplements to aide in weight loss. Garcina cambogia caught my attention after several of my patients asked me, “Will Garcinia help me lose weight?” What does the science say? Learn more and share what you know about this interesting fruit.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

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The International Year of Quinoa
By Diana Wind (wind)

The General Assembly of the United Nations has declared 2013 as The International Year of Quinoa! Learn more about Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) - a natural food high in nutritional value with a unique botanical classification. Quinoa seeds are now available from garden seed suppliers too - you may want to grow it in your garden!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

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Fresh Pumpkin, Perfect for Pie!
By Diana Wind (wind)

Whether you grow your own pumpkin or buy it at the market, fresh roasted pumpkin is rewarding to make and enhances homemade breads, cookies, cheesecake, ravioli, pancakes, soups and of course, the ever-popular custard for PUMPKIN PIE. Here is a step-by-step recipe for roasting your own pumpkin and making a pie that is guaranteed to give you rave reviews!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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Have You Tasted A Persimmon?
By Diana Wind (wind)

Move over apples, pears and grapes; make room for persimmons. Have you and your family ever tasted a persimmon? My family just did. Now they want to know if we can grow our own persimmon tree! Discover the flavor and good nutrition of persimmons. They can be fresh picked from your own tree or found at your local food markets from October through the New Year.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Arsenic in Rice
By Diana Wind (wind)

Lemon grass, Job's tears, amaranth, sorghum, oats, millet, rice and any grain can be grown at home to enjoy the plants, but for volume of harvest, rice - like most grains - is usually left to commercial growers. I must say, I was surprised when I heard the recent Consumer Report of arsenic in rice. And it is not only in white rice, but also brown rice, even organically grown… what’s going on?

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Friday, July 20, 2012

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Nuts About Pistachios
By Diana Wind (wind)

Pistachios stand out among almonds, cashews, walnuts and other tree nuts, due to their unusual natural green color and higher levels of healthy nutrients, like potassium, phytosterols, B vitamins and antioxidants.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

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Jersey Blues
By Diana Wind (wind)

Back in the days of commuting to and from culinary school in South Jersey, I would drive past the world's largest blueberry farm --Atlantic Blueberry Company. My eyes would scan across hundreds of acres to catch a glimpse of the beautiful landscape. I recently revisited the fields, renewing my culinary excitement for eating and cooking with Jersey Blues.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

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Ladybug Love
By Diana Wind (wind)

Little red spotted beetles are loved by all – especially gardeners. Ladybug designs are found on everything from napkins, placemats and kitchen accessories, to baked goods - especially cookies and cupcakes. Ladybugs make a great theme at summer barbeques and parties.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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Uncommon Nutrition from the Common Fig ~ Ficus carica
By Diana Wind (wind)

Of all the common fruits, figs are the highest in overall mineral content and are an excellent source of fiber. Growing fig trees is both easy and rewarding. The common fig, Ficus carica, is a nutritious snack right off the tree and delicious when used in such foods as stuffed figs, fig tarts, and fig cookies.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

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Kiwifruit: By Any Other Name, It's still Delicious and Nutritious
By Diana Wind (wind)

Did you know that Kiwi is a relatively new name for this nutrient-dense fruit? Join me on my quest to learn about the history, nutrition and varieties of Kiwi, as well as how-to-grow this delicious treat. Enjoy Kiwi as a healthy snack and as a serving of fresh fruit. It has a pleasant, fruity flavor, appealing color and high Vitamin C content, adding nutrition, eye appeal and flavor to holiday fruit trays, fruit tarts and pavlova. Try Kiwi pureed in fruit dips, smoothies, and frozen sorbets, or as a natural tenderizer for meats.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

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Warm Up Your Recipes With Espelette Peppers
By Diana Wind (wind)

White House Chef Cristeta Commerford recently shared her seasonal recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Squash Soup with Pepitas and Greek Yogurt with the public. She added Espelette pepper powder to deepen the flavor and warm it up. Have you ever heard about or grown this hot pepper cultivar from France?

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

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Giving Thanks for Nature's Harvest
By Diana Wind (wind)

Thanksgiving feasts, whether centered on traditional or non-traditional menus, include a bounty of food to be thankful for. We know that in 1620 the Mayflower sailed for 66 days to America with 102 passengers plus crew. The ship arrived at the shores of Cape Cod that winter and anchored near shore until spring. Many of the passengers and crew died on board from diseases like scurvy (severe lack of vitamin C). When spring finally arrived, the 53 surviving passengers left the ship to explore Indian territory and seek shelter and food. There were conflicts between some Native Americans and Colonists. So, how did Thanksgiving begin? What did they eat from the garden?

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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Check out CHIA - Super Seed Nutrition
By Diana Wind (wind)

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the majority of us consume too little dietary fiber, potassium, calcium, vitamin D, and unsaturated fatty acids from oils, nuts, seafood and other foods. Nutrient-dense Chia seeds contain all that and more, with the exception of vitamin D, which you can get from the sun while out gardening. Check out Chia! (part 3)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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Homemade Reduced Sugar Grape Jelly
By Diana Wind (wind)

Grapes trained to grow along a fence, arbor, trellis (or any support you provide) add great interest to your garden landscape. Hand-picking fresh fruit right from your own backyard is a definite treat. A simple annual pruning is generally the most maintenance grapes require to insure a bountiful harvest. Seeded red grape varieties are best in recipes like antioxidant-rich grape juice, wine and jam and jelly.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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Check out CHIA - an Indigenous Food
By Diana Wind (wind)

What's not to like about Chia sages? The salvia genus fascinates many gardeners, and if you're like me, you grow more than one Salvia species. Why not try Chia? Salvia hispanica, S. columbariae and S. tiliifolia caught my interest because, not only are they beautiful hummingbird-attracting plants, their seeds are super high in nutrition, similar to flaxseeds. Chia seeds offer excellent health benefits and have benefited man throughout history. Check out Chia! (part 2)

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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Check out CHIA - a Super Salvia
By Diana Wind (wind)

Nutritious Chia seeds come from Salvia plants (sages in the Mint family) and grow easily in the home garden. Chia plants produce incredibly healthy seeds, super high in omega-3’s (like flaxseeds). Chia adds nutrition to your plate and interest to your kitchen garden, hummingbird garden and potted arrangements. Check out Chia!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

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Super Nutritious Bok Choy (Pak Choi)
By Diana Wind (wind)

This super nutritious, Asian, cruciferous vegetable deserves a spot both in the garden and on your plate. I decided to write about Bok Choy (Pak Choi) because many gardeners have never tasted or tried growing it. Have you? Pak Choi grows easily and can be eaten raw or cooked. In the marketplace you may see Pak Choi with variable spellings of Pac or Pak, and choy or choi. You may even see it referred to as Chinese White Cabbage or Celery Mustard.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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Kids Eat Right with Colorful Gardens
By Diana Wind (wind)

The American Dietetic Association brings us National Nutrition Month (NNM) every year as a reminder to eat right from all the food groups for good nutrition and health. This year's NNM theme is "Eat Right with Color." As research has shown, an effective way to get children to eat right with more colorful fruits and vegetables is to encourage their involvement in gardening. Kids like to eat what they grow! This article features colorful plants selected by children as some of their garden favorites to grow and eat. Enjoy the crossword puzzle at the end of the article too!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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Gardens of New Orleans
By Diana Wind (wind)

Thoughts of New Orleans and its famous Mardi Gras Carnival bring to mind images of a party, masks, fun, drinks and food. I’d like to add to your vision… gorgeous trees and gardens! This article brings you a snapshot of some of the gardens and plants located among the great restaurants and attractions of New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA).

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Saffron Crocus
By Diana Wind (wind)

Grow your own saffron crocus in your kitchen garden. Harvest their stigmas to add yellow color and flavor to rice, broths, soups, seafood, and sauces. The plants themselves will compliment your fall shades of yellow and orange, adding splendid lavender color to your yard and garden in the autumn.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

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Is My Produce Safe?
By Diana Wind (wind)

Salmonella is no stranger to peppers, avocados, basil, spinach, lettuce, beans, tomatoes, cauliflower, peanuts; and as recently reported in the news - parsley and sprouts. Bacterial and viral pathogens can contaminate raw produce and herbs before they get to the marketplace or to your dining room.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

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Beginner's Guide to Making Jam or Jelly
By Diana Wind (wind)

Homemade jams and jellies make appreciated gifts from friends and family who have learned basic skills in the art of canning and food preservation. Last season, in our first attempt at jelly making, my husband and I used over seven pounds of our prized homegrown red grapes... and guess what? It didn't gel! Here are a few tips from our lessons learned and a step-by-step beginner's recipe for a simple, fun process that will work like a charm.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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Garden Pizza, Easy as 1-2-3
By Diana Wind (wind)

Pizza-themed gardens are a fun way to involve children in the garden and teach them about gardening, food science, and nutritious, healthy foods. Making a pizza from scratch is fun and rewarding for both adults and children. A homemade pizza becomes a work of food art, your very own creation to be savored and enjoyed by all, and it's as easy as 1-2-3.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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Superfruit ~ Acai Berry, Euterpe oleracea
By Diana Wind (wind)

Last October the National Restaurant Association surveyed over one thousand chefs asking them to predict ‘what’s hot in 2009’. More than half (73%) predicted superfruits would be a hot trend. Goji (pronounced go-gee) and Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) and their related products are indeed hot sellers this year. Can we grow these Superfruits in our gardens?

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