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Got Excess Produce?

Are you starting to harvest more produce from your vegetable garden than you can use, preserve or give to friends?  Food pantries nationwide continue to report increasing difficulty meeting the growing need for assistance. If you’re not sure what to do with your bounty, visit www.AmpleHarvest.org to find a local food pantry eager for your excess produce.  Please share this information with other MGVs and the general public, and urge your local food pantry to register.


Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel is a great ornamental edible, with ferny fronds that add textural contrast in plantings, as well as tasting great. Both the leaves and stems have a light anise flavor. There are also cultivars with dark foliage for color contrast in ornamental plantings and types selected for their enlarged base. To learn more about this versatile plant, read this article...

Black swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes

If you’ve seen a large, mostly black butterfly lately, chances are it was a black swallowtail, a very common butterfly of eastern North America.  The colorful caterpillars feed on many herb garden plants while the adults nectar at a variety of flowers. To learn more about this species and how to encourage it in your garden, read this article...

Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’

July brings out the fireworks, but if you’d rather have visual explosions in the garden than pyrotechnics in the sky, consider the annual purple fountain grass cultivar ‘Fireworks’. This ornamental grass offers pink variegated foliage in an arching form that provides great contrast in color and form. Learn more about ‘Fireworks’ grass in this article...

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