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Compost the easy way with worms

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If you’ve ever wished there was an easy, compact and clean way to use your food scraps while feeding your garden, a worm bin may be just the thing. Compared with large, unwieldy compost piles outdoors, vermiculture can be easily accomplished indoors in just about any size space. “Worms are a no-brainer. I can’t tell you how easy it is,” says master gardener Patty Peterson from the Sacramento County University Extension…

Endive Salad: Kristi Garrett

The secret world of endive

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What do you know about endive? Most Americans, if they know of endive at all, think of it as bitter, expensive lettuce hearts. Au contraire, mon frère. Called “White Gold” in Belgium, the white variety of endive is one of the most popular vegetables in France. It is often the foundation for soups and stews, and is a natural in salads and appetizers. But endive is still an unusual find…

Creamy Pumpkin Pot Pie

2 delicious stuffings for winter squash

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Bins and bins of colorful orbs are calling — it’s winter squash season! Orange, yellow, green, striped, lumpy and bumpy — all the colors of fall. The varieties seem endless. So how can you show off each unique shape as you actually consume these sweet and satisfying curcurbits? Round squash just yearn to be stuffed. Those with a large hollow center are perfect receptacles for soups or stuffing. Small sugar pumpkins, acorn…

Simply placing the material back into the bin is all the turning necessary.

Which compost bin do master gardeners prefer?

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Many home gardeners recognize the value of composting, but the thought of wrangling big, unwieldy bins is overwhelming. So many never get started. The master gardeners at the Sacramento County Cooperative Extension hope to make the task easier for you. To test which of the many styles of compost bins are most effective, master gardeners set up a variety of bins and used them this year to see which ones…

Cover Crop

Not planting a winter garden? Here’s how to cover your beds for a fertile spring

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You’ve had a fruitful garden this summer, but now it’s time to pull out those straggly tomato bushes and get ready for winter. But what if you’re not enthused about being busy outdoors during the cold, rainy months? You can take the winter off and do your vegetable beds a big favor at the same time by simply planting a cover crop instead of winter vegetables. What is a cover…