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It's almost America's birthday; and Mastergardening.com is excited to share it with all of you. Whether you plan to bake a homemade pie, grill food, or simply relax around the house with family and friends, we have everything you need to make this year's celebration enjoyable. Below, are a few of our favorite 4th of July things:

Pie Fillings from Country Gardens

If you regularly follow the Mastergardening.com blog, you'll know that I am no whiz in the kitchen when it comes to baking, well, anything. Country Gardens pie fillings for made for individuals like me. If you want to bring a homemade apple pie, cherry pie, or blueberry pie to your July 4th cookout, I suggest investigating in a jar of these great flavors. All you do is pour in the Country Gardens pie filling into a golden-browned pie crust, shove it in the oven, and voila! Homemade goodness in under 20 minutes. 

Betsy's Birdhouse

Home Decor

The birds are chirping "Born in the USA." Show off your spirited side by giving the birds a red, white, and blue patriotic birdhouse this week. If you aren't really a bird lover, show your true colors by waving an American flag in your front yard. 

Grills and Accessories

Although I can't bake, I love grilling food; and if you haven't invested in a smoker grill, I suggest you do so. The Bayou Classics Smoker Grill is ideal for smoking and grilling everything from individual cuts of meat to whole briskets, hams, and turkeys. And, make seasoning meats easy with a seasoning injector. No more pouring meat juice over the meat to keep it moist.  

Getting Picnic Ready 

A portable grill and cooler is the way to go! Why carry this, that and the other when you can get a cooler and grill all in one small unit? Oh, and did I mention it holds 22 cans? (You catch my drift.) Pair it with the Topanga insulated tote bag, your go-to bag for transporting food and drinks.

Now you're ready! Wave that flag; salute your country; and crack into the fireworks - #4thofJuly is here!

Summertime Baking 101

Admittedly, I am not the world's top chef; and when it comes to baking, forget about it. I see a recipe in a cooking magazine and think "okay, this seems simple." But, when it comes time to taking it out of the oven, the baked good hardly looks or tastes like the glamorous picture I [...]

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Warm Season Crops for Summertime Feasting

Summer is my personal favorite time of the year. Not only is it finally our chance to get a much-needed tan, but it's the perfect time to do a bit of outside gardening (hopefully with the kids now that they are out of school). Warm season vegetables require warm soil and higher temperatures - but [...]

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It's National Fruit and Vegetable Month!

Fruits & Veggies–More Matters® is a health initiative focused on helping Americans increase fruit & vegetable consumption for better health. The program is spearheaded by Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to help spread the word about the health [...]

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What is National Garden Week?

Beginning this Sunday, running from June 5-11, 2016, National Garden Week encourages gardeners of all levels to plant vegetables with pride and spread the good word of gardening organically within the community. Growing organic vegetables is a cost-efficient approach to providing healthy meals for families. By planting in your backyard garden, you can supply your [...]

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Incorporating Color into Your Garden

One beautiful thing about garden design is the ability to go over and above when it comes to color. With interior design its often harder to experiment with color, as colors need to complement each other and create the right atmosphere for each individual room. Your garden however is a haven for experimenting with color, and nothing compliments your [...]

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Gear Up for Memorial Day With These Cooking Essentials

We are just one week away for Memorial Day, a.k.a. the start of grilling season. I love entertaining friends and family; and outdoor cooking is my thing – burgers, grilled vegetables, the works. Here are a few of my favorite outdoor cooking items from Mastergardening.com that make eating healthy grilled food as easy as 1, 2, 3!1) Grills Brisket [...]

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Deer-Proofing Your Garden

The buck stops now. You’ve worked hard on your garden all Spring; and now that Summer is on its way, you can’t let the deer win. Here are a few tips you can use to perform effective deer control.1) Plant Perennials as a barrier around your gardenDeer rely heavily on their sense of smell to find an [...]

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What If I Have a Tick on Me?

Breathe in, Breathe out. You're going to get through this. Once you spot the tick, it is critical that you remove it at once. The sooner the better! Remember, you will have less than 48 hours to remove the tick before the possible transmission of Lyme Disease. Not all deer carry Lyme Disease; but why [...]

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It's Lyme Disease Awareness Month

In lieu of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, Mastergardening.com wanted to share facts about ticks to make you further aware of this troubling disease. Although there isn’t a current vaccine, there are antibiotics that can be prescribed by a physician to lessen the pains of Lyme Disease.Know the facts and manage your risk today. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Dept [...]

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