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Advice From Master Gardeners, And A Rhubarb Consommé

gardener holding beets pulled from her garden in the winter

Extending The Harvest Season

These days, U.S. farm policy is blamed for a lot of things - even the nation's obesity epidemic. The idea is that billions of dollars in farm subsidies encourage farmers to grow too much grain. Prices drop, food gets cheaper and we end up eating too much. It seems like a simple equation, except it's not. Reporter Frank Morris of Harvest Public Media takes a look at what's really going on.

Farming In Indiana

Southern Indiana gardeners have a love-hate relationship with their clay-based soil. On the one hand, it contains plenty of nutrients. On the other hand, it retains water and can easily become swampy.

Ferrol Johnson of Abundant Harvest Farms doesn't mince words when talking about the difficulties of growing food in this area. He talks about what gardeners can do now to prepare their soil for next spring.

How Your Plants Can Survive Winter

When I asked Jami Scholl to talk about what gardeners should do these days to put their gardens to bed for the winter, she balked. "I don't know what to say, because I don't typically put my garden to bed. I utilize it all the time."

She gives advice to novice gardener Leigh Bush about how to grow successful spinach, kale and turnips this winter.

Move over chocolate cake! Chef Daniel Orr's recipe for Rhubarb Consommé with Strawberries & Mint is light and fruity dessert, and it will satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down.

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