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Redeem Your Grounds…Your Coffee Grounds That Is!

By Doug Scott

So I was at home writing a post when Britt texted me a pic that she had taken while at Starbucks picking up a morning boost…with the message “What a great idea for a blog post.” Her pic was of a sign promoting Starbucks’ “Grounds for Your Garden” program.…

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Tower Garden vs Raised Beds - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Veggie Garden Diversification…The Tower Garden ®

By Doug Scott

I’ve already gotten one almost visceral “What?!?” response from a fellow veggie garden buddy when I told him that I was going to try my hand at growing veggies using a new-fangled approach to gardening. And when I say new-fangled, I mean that there’s no dirt…which seems crazy…

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Veggie Garden Diversification with the Tower Garden - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Tower Garden ® vs. Raised Beds

By Doug Scott

Well a few weeks back I wrote a post about how I was “diversifying” my veggie gardening efforts by adding a Tower Garden® right alongside our raised beds.  On that post I provided the reasons why I WASN’T going down this Tower Garden ® (TG) path…although some people…

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Auntie’s Fried Apples Recipe…Absolutely the Best!

By Doug Scott

Although Auntie wasn’t officially my grandmother, she did raise my dad. And besides that, she fit the bill of the quintessential little ole granny in every way imaginable. She was small, sweet…but still a bit spunky, had white hair, really thick glasses, dentures, and would only wear dresses…mostly…

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Why Leaves Change Color? - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

7 Fun Fall Activities … That’ll Get You Outside!

By Doug Scott

Alright, I’m going to make this one quick…because the weather outside is amazing and I want to get out there and enjoy it with Britt and our girls. But before I do, I wanted to provide you with 7 fun fall activities that you could do with your…

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Easy Pumpkin Seed Recipes - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Easy Pumpkin Seed Recipes…and Tasty Too!

By Brittany Scott

With Halloween right around the corner, you, like me, may be gutting a pumpkin this weekend…transforming it into a jack-o-lantern. If so, I thought I’d re-post a post Britt did a couple of years ago about some pretty tasty pumpkin seed recipes. Happy Halloween Y’all, Okay…with Halloween 2014…

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How We’ve Redeemed Our Ground … and Will!

By Doug Scott

Winter is a unique time of year for those of us who enjoy spending a lot of time outside in our yards.  This is a common time for organizing our tools and cleaning things up, but it’s also a great opportunity to reflect over the past year’s projects,…

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Flower Power 101: Top 4 Flower Gardening Tips ... Creeping Jenny - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

RYGblog Categories…What’s In a Name?

By Doug Scott

When Britt and I first started talking about doing a blog we knew that we had to come up with a creative way to organize our ideas that captured our passions in a memorable way.  We identified six areas in which we’d personally “redeemed our ground” at home and felt like they…

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Sweet Potato Surprise … Tasty and Very Easy Sweet Potato Fries Recipe!

By Brittany Scott

Our long awaited, but long forgotten sweet potatoes are here!  This summer while planting our garden we tried our hand at growing sweet potatoes with just a couple of sweet potato plants.  Unfortunately the plants themselves were a favorite for our resident wild bunnies to nibble on.  We…

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How to Make Homemade Mulling Spices - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

How to Make Homemade Mulling Spices…the Perfect Hostess Gift or Teacher Gift this Christmas

By Brittany Scott

We are headed out to a party tonight and I knew just what I was going to take as a hostess gift…Homemade Mulling Spices. ‘Tis the season for such sweet and spicy aromas! And everyone I’ve ever given this gift to has loved receiving it and many have asked for the…

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Last Minute Gift Ideas…RYG Style

By Doug Scott

Looking for last minute gift ideas for your ground redeemer friend or family member this Christmas? If so, we’ve come up with a few suggestions to help you out.* Hopefully these ideas will work…but if not, maybe they’ll at least get you thinking a bit. Regardless, you better…

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The CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly from Garden Betty | GardenBetty.com - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

The CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly … The Perfect Gift for Your Resident Gardener or Cook!

By Doug Scott

Alright family gift-givers I have a gift idea for you that your resident gardeners or cooks are sure to love. It’s The CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly. I got it for Britt…my resident cook, but I’m not certain who is going to like it more – Britt, me (err…I),…

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ENO Double-Nest Hammock - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Your Ground Redeemer

By Doug Scott

Last year I suggested a list of last minute gift ideas for your ground redeeming friends and family. I’ve recently been asked if I was going to do it again…and I am. Today. Right now. So keep reading. (By the way, feel free to look at last year’s…

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How to Make Homemade Mulling Spices - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

How to Make Homemade Mulling Spices … the Perfect Teacher Gift or Hostess Gift this Christmas!

By Brittany Scott

Okay…I realize that I re-post this post on homemade mulling spices every year. But I’m not going to apologize…not gonna do it. Because mulling spices really are that good. And they never get old. If you ever stop by casa de Scott during the months of December or January, don’t be surprised to find a…

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Garden Trends 2015 - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Garden Trends 2015

By Doug Scott

  Man…when we signed off at Christmas…saying that we’ll reconnect in the New Year, I had no idea that it would be over 3 weeks before we did. Sorry about that…but thanks. Our time away has been very good..and I hope yours was too. We had some great time together as a family…which was…

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3 Must-See Nature-Themed Time Lapse Videos - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

3 Must-See Nature-Themed Time Lapse Videos

By Doug Scott

Needing a little inspiration myself, I came across a few nature-themed time lapse videos that are really incredible. So rather than keeping all the beauty and inspiration to myself I thought I’d share them with you…my fellow Ground Redeemers. And although they won’t make spring come any faster,…

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The Home Vegetable Garden – Clearly a Family Affair

By Doug Scott

There’s a ton I could say about today’s guest-blogger, Josh…but I’m going to limit it to these few words or phrases: husband and daddy; outdoorsman; home gardener; and friend. What sets him apart, though, is the infectious fervor with which he approaches each of these areas of his…

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Getting Ready for Spring…Make the Most of It!

By Doug Scott

Now that the ice has melted (at least here in Atlanta) and all the love that could be spread on Valentine’s Day has been spread, you may be wondering how to best prepare your yard for what’s just around the corner…SPRING!  Of course you are.  Well I for…

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Creamy Asparagus & Roasted Artichoke Soup

By Doug Scott

[So today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Tracy Prather, a great friend and fellow home gardener.  She will be gracing us with some of her delicious recipes from time to time…and today’s Creamy Asparagus & Roasted Artichoke Soup is the first.  I wouldn’t be surprised…

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February Gardening To-Do List - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

February Gardening To-Do List

By Doug Scott

So it’s February. Not the ideal time to be outside in the garden. Sure…there are pockets of time you could enjoy being outside, but nothing’s really growing…and the weather isn’t typically cooperating. But February is the perfect month to get ready for what’s just around the corner. Spring!…

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Starting from Seeds - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Starting from Seeds – 3 Key Resources

By Doug Scott

Greetings fellow Veggie Garden Ground Redeemers! Even if the weather outside doesn’t seem to be screaming “get outside in the garden”, if you’re considering starting your veggies from seeds this year…time’s-a-tickin’. Although we’ve used seedlings the past several years, we started our very first veggie garden by sowing…

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Our Family Vegetable Garden…In the Beginning

By Doug Scott

Our family vegetable garden story started about 4 or 5 years ago when Britt signed Brownie and me up for a “Family Vegetable Garden Workshop” at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. We had talked for years about having a veggie garden, but like many other things we’d talked about,…

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Grilled Parmesan Pork with Fresh Oregano

By Doug Scott

[A few weeks back I introduced you to my friend and fellow home gardener, Tracy Prather…when she got us salivating over her Creamy Asparagus & Roasted Artichoke Soup recipe.  Well she’s back today with yet another lip-smacking delicious recipe…Grilled Parmesan Pork with Fresh Oregano. Thanks again Tracy…I look…

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March Gardening To-Do's - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

March Gardening To-Do List

By Doug Scott

Alright…it’s March 3rd and Spring is right around the corner! Woopwoop! That said…it’s time to get out there and get ready. Below you’ll find my March Gardening To-Do List. Hopefully you’ll find it helpful! 1. February Gardening To-Do’s Let’s be honest…you were probably a bit too aggressive when you came…

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The Dirt on Dirt...Amending Your Soil - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Vegetable Garden Basics: Part 1 – Where to locate your garden.

By Doug Scott

Last year I wrote a post on how we started out on our family vegetable garden journey…in hopes of motivating others to do the same. And essentially I concluded by saying… Don’t over-think it…just do it! All you really need is a plant, a sunny spot, some dirt, and…

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Raised Beds - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog & GrowingaGreenerWorld.com

Vegetable Garden Basics: Part 2 – Raised Beds Pros & Cons

By Doug Scott

Alright…so last week, in Part 1 of my Vegetable Garden Basics series, I answered the first question you should ask when starting your very own family vegetable garden…Where should I put it? Today I’m going to try to answer the next question…Should I build raised beds … or just…

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Vegetable Garden Basics - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Vegetable Garden Basics: Part 3 – The What’s & How Much’es

By Doug Scott

Alright…I’m ready to finish up my Vegetable Garden Basics series. And besides that…y’all need to get a move-on if you’re going to have a spring or summer vegetable garden this year. For those of you just tuning in, a couple of weeks ago…in Part 1, I provided you with…

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Vegetable Garden Basics - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Vegetable Garden Basics: Part 4 – Companion Plants, Seeds, and When?

By Doug Scott

We’re in the homestretch now ground redeemers! Today’s post is the last of 4 posts I’ve done over the past few weeks on Vegetable Garden Basics. In case you’ve missed the other posts, here’s where you can find them: Part 1: Where should I put my vegetable garden? Part 2:…

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Delicious Recipe for Rosemary Bread

By Doug Scott

If you’ve visited RYGblog over the past couple of months you’ve gotten to know my friend and fellow home gardener, Tracy Prather.  Her Creamy Asparagus & Roasted Artichoke Soup recipe made us all think twice about two veggies that are often avoided (at least I once did)…and her last recipe…

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Beekeeping 101 - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

4 Things We’ve Learned in 4 Weeks of Beekeeping

By Doug Scott

I met Micah a little over 2 years ago now…when we were just starting out on our RYG journey. Micah was part of the awesome team at Proof Branding that helped us come up with the RYG brand and develop our website and blog. And since then Micah, has…

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Fall Vegetable Garden - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Material Options for Raised Beds

By Doug Scott

One of the most common questions I hear from first-time veggie gardeners who have their minds set on growing their veggies in raised beds is…What material should I use to build them? This is largely borne out of a concern for the chemicals used to treat pressure treated…

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The Dirt on Dirt...Amending Your Soil - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Amending Your Soil …. the DIRT on Dirt!

By Doug Scott

I love dirt. I love the way it feels between my fingers and toes. I love the way it smells. I love what it represents. I love seeing it on my kids’ hands and faces because of what they’ve likely been up to. I just love dirt. But…

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Potato Salad with Bacon Recipe - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Nana’s Potato Salad Recipe + Bacon!

By Doug Scott

She’s back…and this time with a recipe that includes two of my favorites…potatoes and bacon! Check out RYG guest blogger Tracy Prather’s recipe for her Nana’s Potato Salad with Bacon. We didn’t grow any potatoes this year and we haven’t gotten off the grid enough (some would say…

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Herb Garden Basics ... Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Herb Garden Basics: 5 Tips for the Bestest Herb Garden Ever!

By Doug Scott

Herb gardens are all the craze these days. But that’s really nothing new…herbs have been used for all sorts of reasons for centuries. They’re really easy to grow, have all sorts of uses, and probably give you the biggest bang for your food gardening buck. So if you’re…

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Zucchini Crisps with Basil Dipping Sauce - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Zucchini Crisps with Basil Dipping Sauce (from McNack’s Kitchen)

By Doug Scott

One of our favorite veggies to grow is zucchini…always the first to make the list when we sit down to plan our summer garden.  They are easy to grow…as long as I’m able to keep the vine borers and squash bugs away from them…and the girls and I love it whenever Britt fixes zucchini for dinner.…

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Veggie Garden Tips - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

4 Really Basic Veggie Garden Tips

By Doug Scott

Britt and I hosted a really cool event in our back yard one gloriously beautiful morning a few weeks back. 20+ folks arrived to learn more about what a Tower Garden® is…and if it’s something they’d want to consider having for themselves. While sipping on smoothies, we were…

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Blueberry Pie Recipe - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Lipsmacking Blueberry Spice Pie Recipe

By Brittany Scott

It’s blueberry season again…and with the 4th of July right around the corner I thought I’d share my tasty blueberry spice pie recipe with you. It’s a recipe a dear friend made for us a few years back that has become a Scott Family favorite ever since.  And now…

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How to Grow Blueberries - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

How to Grow Blueberries

By Doug Scott

We love our blueberry bushes…especially this time of year when they’re busting with berries. Britt and I love how having them teaches our girls where food comes from…beyond from a carton at the grocery store.  We love the daily family-berry-picking sessions. We love casually snacking on them while…

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How to Grow Cucumbers - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

How to Grow Cucumbers

By Doug Scott

As I mentioned on yesterday’s post (Tracy’s Mustard Pickle Recipe), cucumbers are always part of the Scott Family summer vegetable garden.  Not only because we love cucumbers and pickles, but also because I’ve found growing cucumbers is very easy…and truth be told, I like easy when it comes…

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Tomato Pie Recipe - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com (tomato recipe)

Easy & Oh-So-Tasty Tomato Pie Recipe

By Brittany Scott

“There are two things in life that money can’t buy…it’s true love and homegrown tomatoes”…that’s according to a song my Aunt KK used to quote.   And I think there’s some real truth to that!   Money couldn’t…and didn’t buy the true love I found in my Resident…

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Tips for Growing Tomatoes - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Tips for Growing Tomatoes

By Doug Scott

Whether your veggie garden consists of a single pot or vast acreage…or whether you’re a veggie garden beginner or a seasoned veggie veteran, odds are that tomatoes are a part of this summer’s harvest. Like my other posts on gardening how-to’s, there’s so much more to know…but understanding…

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How to Make a Scarecrow - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

How to Make a Scarecrow

By Brittany Scott

The one downside to having a veggie garden is…the critters that come and feast on the vegetables without an invitation!  It’s so frustrating going out to find a squirrel dining on the very nice, large, green tomato we’ve been waiting to ripen and dreaming about eating ourselves.  And they never say “thank…

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RYGblog is on Apartment Therapy...check out these posts to get some great tips on landscape design and flower gardening - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

[EXCITING NEWS] Apartment Therapy & RYGblog

By Doug Scott

I have some really exciting news to share. After a fairly random chain of events we got connected with the fine folks over at Apartment Therapy. It all started when Britt’s post on how-to-make Easter egg bird seed ornaments was curated on one of Apartment Therapy’s posts. One…

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Easy Bread and Butter Pickle Recipe - Redeem Your Ground

Tasty & Very Easy Bread and Butter Pickle Recipe

By Doug Scott

If your veggie garden is anything like mine right now, it looks more like a scene from Little Shop of Horrors than the tidy gardens that you see in magazines. And that’s largely because my cucumbers are growing out of control. I really don’t mind though…because we love…

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4th of July Must Haves - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

4 Must-Haves for the 4th of July!

By Doug Scott

In just a couple of days you’ll very likely be hanging out with a group of friends or family…celebrating the 4th of July. Which will likely involve being outside and eating some really good food…and maybe an adult beverage or two…and a sparkler thrown in there to round…

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Mustard Pickle Recipe - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Easy Mustard Pickle Recipe…Try It, You’ll Like It!

By Doug Scott

Cucumbers have always been a staple in our family vegetable garden.  I love when Britt uses them in salads of any sort…and when the girls have fancy tea parties with their Mimi, they love making simple cucumber tea sandwiches. And whether we have a surplus of cukes or not, I…

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Sauteed Okra Recipe - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Sautéed Okra Recipe that Will Make an Okra Convert Out of You!

By Brittany Scott

I posted this photo on my personal Instagram and Facebook pages with the tag…“Been anticipating our okra harvest this summer!  It’s time!  Mmmmm good!”  And so many of the comments had some type of reference to fried okra.  Now I do loooooove fried okra. It’s one of my favorite things…

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"Kitchen Garden Cookbook" by Jeanne Kelley - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Fabulous Friday Find … “Kitchen Garden Cookbook – Celebrating the Homegrown and Homemade”

By Brittany Scott

I’ve got a Fun Friday Find for you this week…no make that a Fabulous Friday Find! Kitchen Garden Cookbook – Celebrating the Homegrown and Handmade by Jeanne Kelley. I am in love with this new gardening book / cookbook.  I just can’t get enough of it!  I have thoroughly enjoyed…

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The Rhythm of Family...Natural Bug Spray - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com & SouleMama.com

Natural Bug Spray Recipe

By Brittany Scott

It’s the end of August.and I am so fed up with battling mosquitoes.  I know they are God’s creation and all…and I know that they have a great purpose in our ecosystem, but they drive. me. crazy!!!!! They steal so much joy out of an otherwise lovely day! …

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Back Yard Triage...5 Tips to Bring Life to Your Outdoor Spaces - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Back Yard Triage: 5 Landscape Design Tips to Bring Life to Your Outdoor Spaces

By Doug Scott

I know…with these hot and humid days we’re still having, you probably don’t want to be outside in your yard for very long. But now is actually the perfect time to think about your yard, because in the fall…which is just around the corner…it will be the perfect time…

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Irish Garden Shed - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Irish Garden Shed … Clearly, Not Your Everyday Shed

By Doug Scott

  Early last year my mother-in-law did a post on RYGblog about one of her friend’s beautiful potting shed . If you haven’t seen it…check it out…because you’ll see that not only is it incredibly functional (why most people want a shed), but it is gorgeous as well (something…

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Easy Eggplant Parmesan Recipe - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe…So Easy and So Good!

By Brittany Scott

As some of our veggies start to peter out, I can count on our eggplants to continue producing beauties even into early fall.  What a beautiful vegetable…but one I don’t think I enjoyed eating until just a few years ago.  My mom made me try one of her eggplant dishes…

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Fall Vegetable Garden - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Planting Your Fall Vegetable Garden…Get On It!

By Doug Scott

Planting my fall vegetable garden always sneaks up on me…and this year is no different. So in the next couple of days I’m going to try to jump out from behind the eight-ball…clear-out my very spent summer flowers & veggies…finally…and get my fall veggies in the ground. And…

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Stamping with Okra - Redeem Your Ground | RYGblog.com

Stamping with Okra…Yes, Okra!

By Brittany Scott

Here’s a little craftiness for you crafty gardeners…stamping with okra!  Yes…okra!  When you cut off the head of the okra there is such a charming and unique shape to be found inside the rough, elongated exterior that makes for an adorable stamp.  So if your garden is producing way…

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