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Home & Garden

2011

INSIDE: • There will likely be more vegetable gardens this year. • The hot color for this spring is honeysuckle. • Raised garden beds are the way to go. • Tips for organizing your garage. • Don’t forget to babyproof your house.

A supplement of the Lewiston Tribune


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Numbers of vegetable gardens are likely to increase this year By NORMAN WINTER

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Tom and Vivian Wards new Orlando home is built in the Craftsman style, with a deep front porch with angled pillars, gently-sloping roof with wide eaves and exposed beams, and porte-cochere at the side.

Craftsman style home is reborn By JEAN PATTESON OF THE ORLANDO SENTINEL

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Craftsman-style home of Tom and Vivian Ward looks so authentic that passersby assume it is a remodeled version of a house dating back to the early 20th century. Although the home sits in Orlando, Fla.’s Lake Lawsona Historic District, where many of the homes do date from the Craftsman period (19051930), the Wards’ home is brand new. Only the distinctive new-home smell gives it away. Originally, the couple planned to remodel the old house that sat on the lot, six blocks east of downtown’s Lake Eola. Once they discovered it was too decrepit to be saved, they drew up plans for a replacement. “To blend with this neighborhood, we could have gone Mediterranean or Bungalow, but we had fallen in love with the Craftsman style,” says Vivian Ward. “It is so warm, inviting and com-

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The kitchen and family room feature handcrafted cabinetry, typical of the Craftsman style. fortable. We’re very lowkey and laid-back. It’s a perfect fit.” Working with architect David Runnels and builder Carlos Posada, both of Winter Park, Fla., they designed their dream retirement home — cozy enough for two, but able to accommodate visits from their extended family. It includes two large guest suites, a master suite, a

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lot, the 3,800-square-foot house presents a modest facade to the street, but extends back quite a ways. The double garage sits behind the house, beyond a compact backyard. Typical of the Craftsman style are the deep front porch with angled pillars, gently sloping roof with wide eaves and exposed beams, and portecochere over the driveway. The interior also exhibits Craftsman styling: artistic stone, tile and stained-glass elements, 1930s-style lighting fixtures and draperies, quarter-sawn white oak floors, and exquisite cabinets. “We love the whole house,” says Vivian Ward. “But we are especially proud of the attention to detail.”

 Norman Winter is vice president for college advancement, Brewton Parker College, Mount Vernon, Ga., and author of “Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South” and “Captivating Combinations Color and Style in the Garden.”

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wood-paneled study and a spacious, open upstairs. The large kitchen opens to a dining room with coffered ceiling and a family room with fireplace. Beyond is a tree-shaded back porch with summer kitchen. In trendy terms, it is a “multigenerational, aging-in-place home.” Because of its location in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, the style and scale of the home, as well as details such as the setback from the sidewalk and drainage, all had to be approved by the Orlando Historical Review Board. “It fits our extended family and also fits into the historical nature of the neighborhood,” says Tom Ward, former chief information officer for Hughes Supply. Set on a narrow but deep

There is a good chance you are among the multitude that’s considering planting a vegetable garden in 2011. Somebody on Wall Street may be hitting it big right now, but you and I both can probably count a dozen reasons why a vegetable garden seems like a winning proposition. You may find yourself wondering where to start. Over the years I have humorously said the key to the green thumb is how brown it gets first in soil preparation. To be honest soil and soil prep is everything whether you are growing flowers or vegetables. The winning formula for success whether it’s been the heavy muggy clay to a sandier soil that drains in mere minutes, is to grow the garden on raised beds. Roots of bedding plants have to penetrate soils quickly, anchor plants, and absorb water and nutrients, often under adverse conditions. What many don’t realize is that in addition to water and nutrients the plants also need oxygen for proper growth. Soil texture plays the most important role in determining whether or not those three needs are met sufficiently to allow the plant to become established and perform to expectations. Desirable soil holds water while allowing for proper drainage. It also provides adequate oxygen for root growth. The raised bed is the best way to meet these needs. If you are buying into the concept you may be asking, well OK, what do I put into the raised beds. The best gardener I know and have watched for over a decade uses one-third topsoil, onethird sand and one-third compost. I have actually had the luxury of bringing in a truckload of my own prepared mix that was basically the same although it had a good quantity of fine pine bark (pieces less than ½ inch). No matter where you live in the country there are companies who compost either tiny bark pieces mentioned above, mushroom or cotton burr

compost, or some other back gold incorporating with sand, and topsoil to give you an excellent planting-medium. They sell this material in bags or bulk to garden centers, which in turn, sell it to landscapers and/or to you. If you are able to buy a sufficient amount they will sell bulk to you the same way they do garden centers. The raised beds do not have to be enclosed but it certainly makes things easier from the standpoint of weed control or turf encroachment. A rock, brick or concrete border is considered the ultimate but I really like using 2 x 12 lumber for the frames. If you are able you can build your frames and have the soil mix dumped in the boxes or in close proximity. I have made large boxes and series of smaller ones. Smaller boxes offer you the opportunity to tend or hoe from each side without actually walking in and compacting the soil with foot traffic. Another winning trait I have watched over and over is the utilization of cages for both tomatoes and peppers. These two vegetables always rank high in popularity. The cages made from concrete reinforcing wire allow the tomatoes and peppers to grow up vertically keeping the plants sturdy and upright. The canopy of foliage protects ripening fruit from sunscald and even small sized hail. With the addition of plastic, the cages can also become like small greenhouses should young plants be threatened by late frosts. More than likely it’s not planting season where you live but it is awfully fun to start the planning process and decide where to put your raised bed garden. The best reason of all to grow a vegetable garden is the sheer delight in harvesting and tasting the vine ripened produce.

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The food they get from backyard feeders represents “a nice compromise between our desire to see birds in our backyards and the birds’ willingness to take advantage of our largesse.”

food, so keep that in mind when you’re stocking the feeder in spring and fall.

Myth: Birds will starve if you stop feeding them in winter. “Birds have evolved over the eons as incredMyth: Feeders keep ibly adaptive, mobile birds from migrating. creatures,” he writes. “Migration is driven by That said, he does recominstinct and external fac- mend soliciting the help Myth: Bird-feeding is tors” such as the amount of a neighbor to keep your bad for birds. of sunlight and the chang- feeders filled when you’re Birds know how to ing weather, Thompson gone for, say, a two-week find food out in the “real writes. But, he adds, mi- vacation in the midst of world,” Thompson writes. grating birds do need extra winter.

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Paige and Brian Fraziers home in the Clarkston Heights has the look of an historic farmhouse, but its all modern.

Farmhouse is at home in Heights The Clarkston home of Brian and Paige Frazier mixes old and new By Robert C. Johnson Of Target Publications

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aige Frazier grew up in the small town of Mossy Rock, Wash. She’s always loved the look of old farm houses, and when the time came for her and her husband Brian to build their own home, she knew just how she wanted it to look. In a Clarkston Heights neighborhood of 1970s-era homes, sits a green house with dormers. Rather than looking like it fell from space into the neighborhood, it looks like an old veteran encroached upon by suburbia. The exterior is HandiPlank painted sage green. Damon Construction of Clarkston built the 2,300-square-foot home in 2006 and incorporated bits of Craftsman style (Paige’s other favorite era) into the house. Modern homes have rounded interior corners. Paige wanted old-fashioned right angles, and Damon was happy to comply. The light fixtures are all modern, but they look antique. The windows, too, are of modern components, but they are a three-grid style that looks vintage. The interior paint color is called Relaxed Khaki. Damon “was excellent to work with,” Paige says. He did all the work in the construction, with a couple of exceptions. Paige and Brian both work at Clarkston High School; she teaches English and he teaches shop. The entryway floor is hardwood laminate, which is used again in the kitchen and dining area.

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Garage got you groaning? Here are tips for cleaning and organizing By DEEďšşANN DURBIN

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Garages may have started out as a place to store cars, but gradually they’ve become a place to store almost everything else, from sports equipment to dog food to holiday decorations. As the weather gets warmer and the spring cleaning urge hits, it’s a good time to take stock of your garage. Is it a functional space or just a repository for junk? Are there more logical ways to store your belongings? Before you rush out and buy new shelving and cabinets, professional organizer Cindy Tyner recommends putting some serious thought into how you want to use your garage. She says the No. 1 mistake people make is pulling everything out of the garage first and then getting overwhelmed when they try to cram it all back in. “People go out and buy things, like storage systems and bins, and say, ‘This is what I need to get me organized,’ but the things don’t fit the pur-

$350 steel shelving. You can use old kitchen cabinets or buy new ones. Gladiator GarageWorks, a division of Whirlpool Corp., makes heavy-duty plastic tracks that run along the wall and can be fitted with cabinets, hooks or baskets. A two-pack of 48-inch-long tracks is $29.99; a six-pack of bins that fits into the tracks is $14.99. Kris Nielson, the CEO of Monkey Bar Storage, a Rexburg-based company that makes steel shelving systems, said people can spend as much as $10,000 on custom garages with fancy flooring, refrigerators and other perks. Associated Press His company, which has This undated photo courtesy of Monkey Bar Storage shows a garage organiza- 68 outlets in the United States and Canada, chargtion system by Monkey Bar Storage. es an average of $1,500 per garage to install steel poses they need,â€? said in a year, you need to ask fresh coat of paint can shelving systems, which Tyner, who owns an Ann yourself, does it make brighten the walls, and he says are designed for Arbor, Mich.-based or- sense to keep it? If it’s im- paints made especially durability and efficiency. “This is not your dining ganizing business called portant to keep it, how can for garage floors protect you use it? If it’s a family them from oil and gas room. It’s your garage,â€? Functional Spaces. Once you’ve decided heirloom, should it be sit- stains, and prolong the he said. ď Ź Use all your availhow to use your garage, ting in the garage where life of the concrete. Home you can have a variety of able space. For items you here are some tips to help Depot, for example, sells problems and moisture?â€? only need occasionally, you finish the job: 1-gallon cans of Rust-Olesaid Sean Hunt, president such as holiday decoraof Garage Specialists Inc., um Epoxy Concrete Floor tions, consider overhead ď Ź Pick a sunny day and a San Bernardino, Ca- Paint for $31.97. A gallon storage units. A 4-squareclear out all your belong- lif.-based company that covers up to 400 square foot Racor platform, for ings. Decide what will stay, cleans and organizes a few feet. example, holds up to 250 what can be donated and hundred garages a year. ď Ź Consider what kind pounds and can be lowwhat should be thrown ď Ź Once the garage is of storage you need. Costs ered with a cable system. away. cleared, sweep and wash vary significantly, from Hyloft makes a smaller, “If you haven’t used it the floors and walls. A $40 plastic shelving to less expensive overhead

storage system, measuring 45 square inches. If you want a workbench but don’t have a lot of room, consider one that folds into the wall. ď Ź Store things close to where you need them, and in logical places. All the gardening equipment should go together, for example, and the bike helmets should be next to the bikes. “Everything has got to have a home. Otherwise it just gets piled up and it’s a snowball effect,â€? Hunt said. ď Ź Store some things outside. Consider a deck box for children’s toys or a storage shed for gardening tools. Lowe’s sells Rubbermaid’s Roughneck storage shed for $299, for example. Tyner says you just need to make sure to use the new space properly and don’t let it become your new catchall for junk. ď Ź Consider hiring an organizer. Organizers can give you good ideas about how to use your space and keep you on task as you’re trying to decide what to keep and what to toss. Costs vary by region and project. Organizers will charge you more, for example, to buy and install storage units than to work with units you already have.

How to make wooden posts and fences last longer of dead branches and tree trunks are not so welcome at our fence posts and trelThere comes a time lises. Fortunately, many ways when every gardener needs to set wood in or on exist to slow wood rot in the garden. the ground. Perhaps it’s a solitary post stapled loosely with Chemicals Can chicken wire to which a clematis or trumpet hon- Do The Job eysuckle vine can cling. For finished lumber, Perhaps it’s one of many posts joined by high fenc- most people these days opt ing to persuade deer that for pressure-treated, or they can more conve- PT, wood. True, PT lumber niently eat from neigh- should not rot for decades, bors’ gardens. Perhaps but there are hazards asit’s the wooden sides of sociated with its use. Take your compost bin. care not to breathe any sawWherever wood is ex- dust generated when workposed to moisture, however, ing with this lumber, and it rots. Those same bacte- dispose of it in the trash, not ria and fungi that keep our the soil. planet from being overWood preservatives are run with an accumulation generally toxic to more

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The master bedroom gets plenty of light from windows and door to patio. It also features a walk-in closet with ample storage (below left.)

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The bonus room upstairs has plenty of room for games or speading out to watch TV. Note the window seat and built-in storage. continued from page 3 a bathroom between. To the right of the living room is the kitchen and dining area. Granite Concepts of Lewiston built the island, which is made of Yellow Tropic granite and features a gas range. The front of the island is beadboard, which fits perfectly with the farmhouse look, as does the laminate floor. Larson Cabinet Co. put in the kitchen cabinets; Paige showed them photos of what she had in mind and they did the rest. The antique pulls on the doors add to the effect of a vintage farmhouse, except carefully hidden are a built-in dishwasher and refrigerator. The dining area is just a few feet away, in front of French doors that lead to the patio and a hot tub.

Brian fenced the backyard and built the kids a playhouse and painted it to match the house. Off the kitchen to the left is the master bedroom. A door leads to the patio here as well. The master bath has two sinks, a linen closet and a natural tile floor. A walkin closet has plenty of room. At the top of the stairs is a bonus room, where the children can watch TV or play with friends. The family’s piano is here, too. Brian was busy teaching during most of the home’s construction, but he did the work on this room. He put in another of Paige’s beloved window seats. A small guest room is upstairs, too, with its own bathroom. The modern world may have overtaken Clarkston, but the past still feels like home.

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Close cropping is an easy way to gain garden space By DEAN FOSDICK

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Gardeners react no differently than anyone else when times are tough: They tighten spending and try to squeeze more from their budgets. Some turn to close cropping — crowding plants as a cheap and easy way to maximize yields from minimal space. Placing garden plants shoulder-to-shoulder is not a new idea. Native Americans are credited with introducing the “Three Sisters” concept, in which corn, beans and squash were planted alongside one another. The nitrogen-rich climbing beans used the corn stalks for structure, while the ground-hugging squash smothered weeds and reduced soil evaporation. The result: three interdependent and eminently edible crops produced from the same ground. If done right, massing plants in their growing beds is also an efficient way for urban gardeners to make the most of patios or decks, balconies or fire escapes. “Many gardeners find themselves in a situation of wanting to grow either more produce in the same amount of space, or grow similar amounts in a reduced area,” said Ben Sturtevant, a marketing specialist with Johnny’s Selected Seeds in Winslow, Maine. “This leads to finding ways to change methods or use new methods of production.” Traditional single-row spacing varies, but smaller crops like radishes, leaf lettuces and beets usually are assigned about a foot between the rows, Sturtevant said. Larger plants, including beans, cabbage and broccoli, generally are given 2 to 3 feet. Garden beds can be compressed, however, if managed properly. That includes letting enough air flow around the plants to prevent mildew, Sturtevant said. It also means using rich soil, said Derek Fell, author of more than 100 garden publications. “If you have a lot of nutrition in the soil, then a lot of plants won’t mind being crowded,” he said. Rather than planting in

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This photo courtesy of Dean Fosdick shows close cropping in raised beds in New Market, Va. Close cropping is a cheap and easy way to boost yields from small plots. Spacing between plants can be tightened when using traditional row designs or vegetables can be massed in square or diamond patterns such as was done in this raised bed setup. single rows, plant in square or diamond patterns, Fell suggested. “That’s used extensively in places like Britain where you have space limitations. You can get an amazing amount of production from tight planting.” Here are some spacesaving variations: l Grow vertical. “Cucumbers, some squashes, melons and tomatoes can be trellised very nicely,” Sturtevant said. l Succession planting. Get a new crop into the ground as soon as the

cool-season crop has been harvested. Replace lettuce, radishes and peas with something like beans, beets and turnips. l Inter-planting. Grow vegetables having different maturity dates side by side. A typical pairing might be radishes, which are fast maturing, with carrots, which take longer. Space also can be gained by planting a massed row of leaf lettuce between two rows of tomatoes. The lettuce can be eaten before the tomatoes grow tall enough to shade them out. l Use containers, “a

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Arlene and Don Worleys home east of Lewiston is a combination art gallery and museum, with plenty of natural light and high walls for display. Arlenes life in rodeo and Dons working career in aviation are displayed all over the house. Arlenes best parade saddle resides in the living room.

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o i n c i dence is a funny thing. Sometimes what you are looking for is just what you find. Don and Arlene Worley were moving back into the area in 2003 and needed a home that would accommodate them, their many interests and their grandson. What they found in the 3,300 square-foot home at Eagle Pointe suits them perfectly. A red, stamped concrete path leads to the front door and the foyer beyond with its coat rack made of horseshoes. To the left is Don’s den, which holds mementos from his hunting trips and his career as an airline pilot. He started flying in

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ABOVE: Tall walls and many halls make great photo galleries. LEFT: The combination of kitchen and two eating areas, including a large western table for 10 people, all open to the living room, makes for efficient entertaining with large groups. and the sunken floor adds to the feeling of height. Here are more mementos of a life lived in the West, with Arlene’s rodeo saddle, books, art and family photos. The ceiling fan has a rope incorporated into the fixture. On either side of the gas fireplace are cabinets and builtin bookshelves of knotty hickory. A sliding glass door leads to the patio, which

also has a stamped concrete pad that gives the impression of continuation from the front door. A barbecue is here, and the Worleys added an awning to block the fierce

Lewiston summer sun. Transom windows over the sliding glass door and the other living room windows allow plenty of air flow. To the left of the living room, and one step up,

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White is stunning in the garden landscape By Norman Winter

such an extent that it offers what I consider to be one of the most valuable traits any color has to ofWhite reflects light to fer the landscape. I really

what Mother Nature does in the forest. The dogwoods, which have swelling buds right this minute, will soon erupt into to bloom, attracting our attention to the glistening, reflective bracts in an otherwise dark forest. When spring arrives in your area with all of its glorious colors — purples, pinks, yellows and reds, the one color guaranteed to catch your eye every time is white. We all need to use white more often. In the south every gardener loves azaleas. The Southern Indica types like Formosa, Judge Solomon and George Lindley Taber are some of the most popular, but notice a garden late in the afternoon. Those azalea flowers start to fade or drop out of sight but one Southern Indica, the Mrs. G.G. Gerbing, is still glistening. In fact on a moonlit night it will still be showing out. This is one of the best old-time white azaleas around. In the north where the Southern Indica varieties are too prone to cold damage gardeners can achieve the same look with rhododendrons like Dora Amateis, an award winner cold hardy to 15 below zero. Most everyone loves the wisteria with the fragrant bluish-purple flowers hanging down like grape clusters. In my opinion, one of the most overlooked and underused wisteria is the white one. A white wisteria draping a fence or an arbor is a sight to behold. Use a white wisteria and it will give the instant perception you knew what you were doing in the landscape. MCT Another much overA Mrs. G. G. Gerbing azalea thrills until the sun sets in the evening and will still looked white shrub is the be reflective of moonlight shining on the garden. Chinese snowball virbuOf McClatchy Newspapers

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num. The snowball viburnum produces 6- to 8-inch glistening white blossoms. A close examination shows the bloom is really made of dozens of 1-inch florets. The blossoms almost resemble a cheerleader’s pom-poms. While three or four flowers would make a dramatic statement, know that the Chinese snowball produces them by the scores. It might make you wonder how the plant supports all of the huge blossoms. The Chinese snowball is a large shrub, well suited for large gardens where it can be enjoyed from a distance. It can reach 10 feet tall in five or six years. It is cold hardy in zones 7-9 so another great alternative is the Blackhaw viburum, though not quite as showy it is treasured by birds. Some of my favorite roses are white selections. The Cherokee Rose, Rosa laevigata, grows wild in

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Get ready: Spring’s hot color is honeysuckle By SARAH WOLFE

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Are you a tree hugger? Would you admit it if you were? The term “tree hugger” is frequently used in a less-than-favorable way to describe someone who is passionate about protecting the environment. But once you understand all the good trees do, you might be inclined to hug a tree and decide to do your part by planting a few. Trees are vitally important to our existence. We know that they produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, which helps remove dangerous chemicals from the air, land and water. In fact, one acre of forest can remove almost 3 tons of carbon dioxide from the environment every year. Also, its leaves work to collect dust and other microscopic matter from the air, reducing levels of particulate matter that can damage our lungs. Another crucial element to our existence is clean water. Trees help keep our waterways clean by stabilizing the soil and slowing storm water runoff, which prevents excessive sediment from eroding and washing into the water. That’s where it can choke the life from the surrounding aquatic ecosystem. Trees are also good at removing toxic heavy metals and other pollutants from the soil, keeping those dangerous elements from entering aquifers deep underground. Without trees, the

drastically depleting our country’s forests. That’s why it’s so important to support reforesting programs and to get involved in tree planting events wherever you live. Besides the environmental benefits, there are the monetary benefits to consider as well. Trees planted close to your home can actually save you money on your utility bills. A properly placed tree will reduce your cooling cost by shading your home from the summer heat. Tree leaves also release water vapor through a process called transpiration, which also serves to cool the surrounding air. During the colder months, a row of trees can serve as a windbreak to reduce heating costs and snow drifts. Established trees can also increase the value of your home by adding ‘curb appeal.’ A recent study by the U.S. Forest Service also suggests homes with established trees are less likely to be burglarized. So you see? There are too many reasons to not hug a tree and perhaps take on the moniker of a proud tree hugger. If you want to protect the health of the planet or just want to save a few bucks at home, there are many reasons to do your part and plant a few trees in your yard or community.

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Now that you’ve established a productive vegetable garden, how about growing some pancakes, pasta and home-baked breads on the side? Plant whole grains — cheap, low-maintenance grasses that produce edible seeds you can cook up raw (as you would rice), grind into flour, make into brews, or add fresh to salads and casseroles. Grains demonstrate that you don’t need blooms to beautify small spaces. Think amber waves of grain, or patches of waist-high ornamental grass swaying gracefully in the wind. Add thrift to the equation, too, because a little goes a long way. “A 1,000-square-foot plot planted with 23/4 pounds of barley seed will yield one bushel of barley,” says Sara Pitzer, author of the updated “Homegrown Whole Grains: Grow, Harvest & Cook Wheat Barley, Oats, Rice, Corn & More” (Storey Publishing, 2009). “If one bushel doesn’t sound like much, consider that one cup of raw barley cooks up to generously serve six people, and that most soup recipes — even ones making big pots of soup — call for only one-third cup of raw barley.” Grains also serve as nutri-

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This photo shows an assortment of edible whole grains in New Market, Va. Whole grains, like this nutritious assortment of whole oats, millet, rye and wheat flakes, flax, poppy, sesame and sunflower seeds, can be grown in small spaces to augment the produce harvested from home vegetable gardens. tious recipe fillers, replacing pricier ingredients in a meat loaf or stew. “Put aside what you can’t eat for planting the next year,” Pitzer advises. Whole grains usually recom-

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