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             Watch the pilot of Gardening by Cuisine then make your pledge in support for this very important work to reach a national public television audience. Gardening by Cuisine is being dirstibuted by American Public Television. The money raised will go to paying their distribution fee.   The purpose of public television is to make quality media available to the general public for free.  They depend on underwriting support from corporations and support from the viewers. So please make your pledge and support my video series.  For 5 years, I have been making how to gardening videos and distributing them online for free.  I will recieve no compensation from public television for this programming. Any pledges over my goal of $20,000 will go toward the productions costs of completing the video series.  To get to the national broadcast level, I need your support.  Any amount is greatly appreciated and will go a long way toward bringing Gardening by Cuisine to a national public television audience.  Please pledge generously because I can't get there without you.  If you like what you've seen so far the only way to see the rest of the series is to pledge!

Gardening by Cuisine with Patti Moreno:  Series Synopsis

     Gardening by Cuisine with Patti Moreno is a half-hour TV series focusing on easy ways to grow your own food organically and make fresh healthy recipes your family will love. Gardening by Cuisine stars urban edible gardening expert Patti Moreno (HGTV.com & GardenGirlTV.com), the most watched garden video host online.  She brings you into her organic vegetable garden in the city and shows you how to create a low-maintenance food garden that produces the right amount of vegetables, fruits, and herbs families will actually eat.  Patti shows you everything you need to know to grow more food in less space with minimal work using her modernized urban appropriate raised bed gardening technique where she groups her plantings according to different cultures’ vegetables from Asian to Italian.               

In each episode, you’ll learn how to grow a popular vegetable, fruit or herb and Patti teaches you how to plant and grow one of her 12 signature cuisine food gardens in a raised bed.  Then with the homegrown organic harvest in hand, Patti brings you into her kitchen to make a family favorite healthy recipe so you can make the most of your garden bounty.  Apartment dwellers do not fear.  Patti covers all the bases by including container food gardening tips in every episode as well. So if you have a patio, a balcony or window box you too can “Garden by Cuisine.”

The TV Series is scheduled to air 13, half-hour episodes nationally on public television in Spring 2012 and is the companion video to Patti’s new book Gardening by Cuisine.

Gardening by Cuisine:  Episode Breakdown

Episode #101 - Culinary Herb Pesto Garden:  On this episode of Gardening by Cuisine, I'm going to show you how to make your own raised bed garden out of wood.  Then, it's all about herbs! You'll learn how to grow and maintain some popular culinary herbs in raised beds, and even in window boxes!  And then I'll share with you some handy preservation techniques, a delicious pesto recipe, and even indulge in a tasty herb infused cocktail!

Episode #102 - Asian Stir Fry & Salad Greens Garden:  On this episode of Gardening by Cuisine, become a garden gourmet by planting your own Asian food garden.  I’ll show you how to start these authentic Asian veggies in early spring by warming up the soil in your bed, planting this bed from seed, and how to make a hoop house to provide a warmer microclimate around your plants. Here I’ll show you how to grow authentic Asian vegetables that you can use to make salads and stir-fry.  Not only that, I’ll show you how to plant successive harvests throughout the growing season. Then we’ll go into my kitchen and make steamed dishes, stir-fry and Asian Fusion cocktails for a fresh from the garden Asian feast. Chinese takeout will never taste the same.

Episode #103 - Shaker Medicinal Herb Garden:  On this episode of Gardening by Cuisine, learn how to grow medicinal herbs just like the American Shakers did over a hundred years ago.  You’ll only have to plant this perennial herb garden bed once and tend to it year after year.  Medicinal herbs include bergamot, yarrow, echinacea, feverfew, lemon balm, and hyssop blue.  Shaker gardens were neat and tidy because they believed that your garden was a reflection of your soul. So in this episode, we’re making a square foot grid. That way your gardens can be neat and tidy. Then, I’ll also show you how to make teas out of the fresh and dried leaves of these old-time medicinal herbs.

Episode #104 - Very Vegan, Very Green Garden:  This is a food garden that will make vegans and vegetarians salivate.  It’s a salad garden that will feed you from spring to early summer then fall through Thanksgiving. Join me in my garden as I plant lettuces and greens galore like a gourmet mesclin mix, celery, cucumbers, Swiss chard and more--all from seed.  And believe me, you won’t be able to resist grazing from this food garden everyday.  Other garden pests like rabbits, squirrels, raccoons and deer will want to graze too, so I’ll show you how to make a protective wire cover for your irresistible greens garden.  It will keep the pests out and still allow the normal sunlight and natural rainfall to grow your garden.  Then try my vinaigrettes for a tongue tingling sensational salad everyday of the week.

Episode #105 - Mediterranean Summer Vegetable Garden:  On this episode of Gardening by Cuisine, learn how to plant a healthy Mediterranean summer vegetable garden and make tradition Mediterranean healthy dishes like a vegetable Caponata.  We’ll grow eggplant, zucchini, and culinary herbs like dill and cilantro to make these summertime healthy fresh from the garden meals. In the heat of the summer your plants will need water at the right time in the right place, so I’ll show you how to install drip irrigation.   This way, you can save time, save money, and save water.

Episode #106 - 1 Potato, 2 Potato, 3 Potato, 4 Garden:  On this episode of Gardening by Cuisine, we’re planting potatoes right in the back yard.  I’ll teach you easy techniques on how to plant, grow, and harvest a variety of potatoes as well as learn how to make a cold frame, so that you can extend your potatoes’ growing season and harvest fresh potatoes even in winter.  For the ambitious gardener, I’ll also teach you how to grow potatoes in a garbage bag and potato sack.  Then, we’re headed into the kitchen to make some all-important comfort food, creamy garlic chive mashed potatoes.

Episode #107 - A Berry Berry Good Garden:  On this episode of Gardening by Cuisine, we’re planting perennial berries that are berry berry good!  I’ll show you how to grow Alpine strawberries, North Country blueberries, thorn-less blackberries, raspberries and more, all in a raised garden bed.  Once planted, they’ll keep providing you and your family with fresh healthy fruit.  These are also great container varieties, so I’ll show you how to plant them in containers and install a drip irrigation system, so that even if you go on vacation you’ll be covered.

Episode #108 - Native American Three Sisters Garden:  On this episode of Gardening by Cuisine, I'm going to introduce you to heirloom seeds.  What better way to do that than by planting a traditional Native American three sisters garden using traditional hopi seeds.  The three sisters were thought of as the sustainers of life and represented the corn, beans, and squash.  We’ll plant those and add my twist of adding sunflowers and nasturtium flowers for the ultimate American garden.  This food garden is a great one to plant with kids, so I’m bringing my daughter into the act to help me plant, grow and harvest my three sister’s garden. Then, come into the kitchen to make a traditional blue corn tortilla and squash blossoms delight.

Episode #109 - Growing Up! Melon:  On this episode of Gardening by Cuisine, I’ll show you how to grow watermelon by growing them up.  Vertical gardening is all about maximizing your growing space, so I show you how to make and use a variety of trellises, so that you can have your own homegrown watermelon.  Then I’ll show you how to make a refreshing watermelon punch your family can enjoy on the patio.  I’ll also show you how to grow some of my other favorite melons, like cantaloupe and honey dew melon.

Episode #110 - Ay Caribe! Latin/Caribbean Garden:  Fresh flavorful Latin/Caribbean meals all start with a fresh base flavor, so on this episode of Gardening by Cuisine, I’ll show you how to plant the essential ingredients to make sofrito, the base marinade for many Latin Caribbean dishes, including rice, meat and poultry.  You’ll learn how to plant green peppers, onion, tomatoes, cilantro and on of the hottest peppers in Latin/Caribbean cuisine, habanero! Then I’ll show you how to make my mom’s sofrito recipe for a holiday roasted pork.  You can’t have a Latin/Caribbean meal without beans, so I’ll show you how to plant and grow red kidney beans.  You can’t grow beans without a beanpole, so I’ll show you how to make one yourself.

Episode #111 - Italian Mama Mia Best-Ever Marinara Garden:  The best sauces start with the best tomatoes, so on this episode of Gardening by Cuisine, I’ll show you how to plant and grow the best tasting tomatoes for making traditional marinara.  That’s not all; I’ll also show you how to plant the other essential ingredients, like basil, all in the same raised bed.  In my workshop, I’ll show you how to make a lightweight, but strong tomato cage to support your tomatoes as they ripen.  And of course, we’re going to make the best ever marinara sauce that even mama would be proud of. 

Episode #112 - The Fruits of Our Labor Garden:  On this episode of Gardening by Cuisine, we’re planting fruit trees. I’ll show you how to plant a bare root fruit tree and grow apples, pears, cherries, and plums.  You’ll also learn how to prune your fruit trees and how to espalier them so that you can grow fruit trees up against a fence, wall, in containers, or in the smallest of spaces.  I’ll also show you the best type of soil to use in your raised beds.  Then we’ll go into the kitchen and make fruit preserves.

Episode #113 - Native North American Edible Landscape
:  On the final episode of Gardening by Cuisine, I’ll introduce you to the easy to grow fruits native to North America. I’ll show you how to add American persimmons, cranberry bushes, elderberries, many more fruit trees, shrubs and bushes into your landscape.  Beautify and add value to your home, feed your family healthy organic fruit and save the planet all at the same time.  I’ll also show you how to install a rain barrel, so when you need to water your landscape, you’ll be doing it all with mother nature.  Then we’ll head inside the kitchen and make a traditional elderberry jam.

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