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Yummy Recipes for you to follow using your harvest!

Recipes with Apples star
With the coming of Fall comes cooler nights, the trees turning shades of gold and red, and... Apples! Here are some luscious recipes for using your apple harvest, and for saving your excess apples for use throughout the year.

Green Cuisine star
Green is lean. Green is good. Green is scrumptious - made more so with the knowledge that you grew all the vegetables and herbs yourself (or swapped with a neighbour or maybe bought from the organic market). The taste buds of all who share will thank you for your efforts with requests for more!

Herbs in action - NASTURTIUM star
Make good use of your Nasturtium green seeds and pickle them for the joy of using your own home-grown produce. Making these ‘poor-man’s-capers’ makes sense too. So easy to grow, so easy to harvest, so easy to use, they will make a good hostess gift too and it’s your container garden in action!

Recipes with Pumpkin star
Baking pumpkins are perfect for growing in your container garden – the plants are relatively small and can be trained onto a trellis, and the pumpkins can be easily supported until harvest. Here are some recipes for using your harvest in heart (and tummy) warming ways throughout the winter.

Recipes: Tomatpes and Peppers star
Tomatoes and peppers can be easily dried in your oven or dehydrator for use in sun-dried tomato recipes, and for storage over the winter. It´s very easy and takes less than half a day in the oven to achieve what could take several days in the sun. Here are your tips for preparing and storage.

Red Pepper Relish star
Growing your own food and herbs is so rewarding – so much so that nobody can describe it adequately … you have to grow something yourself to really appreciate what they mean. Recipes abound for whatever you do grow. Here is a delicious recipe for a relish that goes with barbecue fare. Yum.

Spanikopita Spinach Pie star
You've grown the spinach, the dill, the spring onions and the parsley so why not add a few more ingredients and make delicious spinach and feta triangles using phyllo pastry? They are certainly moreish, a easy recipe to make for cocktails and snack parties and friends will want to know your secret.

Tomato Recipes star
What can you do with tomatoes? You can pickle, can and preserve them, jam them, sun-dry them, sauce them, mash, slice and dice them – yep, keep going! The versatility of tomatoes in the kitchen seems never-ending so whatever you do with your homegrown or organic tomato crop, enjoy the results!

Using Basil - Four Recipes star
Why do we grow herbs? For their fragrance, pleasure, their looks, the garden, for health, medicinal and home purposes and of course, to enhance our cooking. You are growing Basil in a containers not so? Here are four favourite recipes garnered from friendly cooks including my Granny. Enjoy!

Using Freshly Cut Herbs star
Here are some ideas for instant uses for your cut herbs in your home. You know about them, you may have thought about them but do you do them? One of the simplest ‘gardens’ you can have is to display a cut selection of your favourites in glasses on the kitchen window sill for a daily dose of calm.

Vegetable Stock star
When you start to grow your own veggies in containers, the joy of putting them to use in the kitchen is just too good to describe - the achievement alone has its own fragrance! Making a simple vegetable stock is a wonderful way to use up your produce; besides, you can also make some vegetable water.

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