During World War II, 20 million victory gardens helped feed America. Today's gardeners are in it for the ultrafresh food, of course, but also for the pleasure and health benefits of digging in the dirt. Here, a guide to modern seed-sowing.
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Farm to Bottle
Vodka Belvedere's new Bloody Mary vodka needs nothing more than tomato juice: It's infused with black pepper, horseradish, bell pepper, chiles, lemon and vinegar. $35.
Mario Batali's zucchini fritters include rocambole garlic, a super-pungent hardneck variety.
Avocado, Orange and Jicama Salad
Feta is a fun, briny addition to this salad's Mexican mix of jicama, avocado and cilantro.
Gardens: Edible Education
Visitors can literally chew the scenery at these vegetable and herb gardens cropping up at botanical gardens across the US.
Gardens: Green Cleaners
Mrs. Meyer's produces powerful, all-natural cleaners like this spray, which has a subtle rosemary scent and works on all kitchen surfaces. $4; mrsmeyers.com.
Naturally antiseptic birch bark extract is combined with essential oils of basil and blue sage in Caldrea's earth- friendly, multi-purpose cleanser. $12; caldrea.com.
The detachable bottom of Replenish cleaner contains enough concentrate for four bottles; just replace an empty soap capsule and add water. $8; myreplenish.com.
Photos (l to r) courtesy of: Mrs. Meyer's, Caldrea, Replenish.
Gardens: New Floral Designs
Gardens: A New Crop of Shops
Dig Weed whackers and wine go hand-in-gardening-glove at places like Santa Cruz, California's Dig, which hosts a weekly pop-up restaurant in its greenhouse. This avocado, orange and jicama salad (left) is from artist MB Boissonnault.
Pitchforks & Tablespoons The Austin shop sells everything from gardening tools to wines by the glass.
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