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Culinary Adventures Start In Your Garden

A spaghetti garden requires a few more plants than a ketchup garden, but might be even more rewarding for older children. This themed garden requires Roma tomatoes, oregano, onions, basil, garlic and parsley to use for basic ingredients. These plants will continue to produce all season long and can be the basis for a wide variety of spaghetti sauces.

Culinary adventurers may want to try a traditional bolognese sauce, or be very adventurous by adding part-skimmed milk ricotta for a creamy texture or simmer the sauce with a handful of pitted and squashed olives, capers and a few anchovies for a salty Mediterranean version.

A Truly Unique Theme

For those who are interested in taking the culinary adventure even further, there is the vegetable stir-fry themed garden. This garden requires eight plants: bell pepper, red onion, yellow squash, snow peas, bok choy, broccoli, eggplant and garlic.

The vegetable stir-fry garden may be more appropriate for the advanced gardener, but those with a culinary flair will enjoy having these diverse ingredients available all summer long. A basic recipe for stir-fry can be embellished by adding a variety of herbs, swapping out ingredients and adding unique ingredients like tofu and edamame.

Taking Care of Themed Gardens

Taking care of themed gardens is easier with the help of Gardener's Blue Ribbon brand. Plant labels are a must in helping to identify seedlings throughout the growing season as plants can change their looks. The experienced gardener may not have trouble identifying plants, but a novice will need help. Involving the kids in writing the plant names on the labels is another way to keep them interested and to help them learn about plants throughout the summer.

Staking aids are also helpful for keeping plants from becoming damaged from their own weight as they grow. Basil, in particular, can become top heavy and can benefit from being staked. The Ultomato Tomato Plant Cage is a superior caging system for tomatoes that is easy to use and can be enlarged to support the tomato plant as it grows throughout the season.

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