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7 Easy Foods to Grow If You've Never Gardened Before

When you don't even know what color your thumb is, the thought of growing your own food for the first time can feel pretty intimidating. But not to worry—there's a wide variety of easy foods to grow if you've never gardened before. Here are seven fruits, vegetables and herbs that will go from seed to side dish with little help, along with growing tips, harvest know-how and must-try recipes.

Related: 6 Foolproof Herbs for Gardening Newbies

6 Foolproof Herbs for Gardening Newbies

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A burst of basil in a summer Caprese salad. That waft of muddled mint in your frosty mojito. Nothing makes a recipe sing like a few snips of fresh herbs. But all this flavor doesn't come cheap: even at a totally nongourmet supermarket, a handful of the fresh stuff can cost up to several bucks.

How to Cook Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is perhaps the most versatile winter squash. It's sweet and light when cooked, but also substantial enough to stand up to both long cook times and quick sautés. Though available all year, winter squash is best enjoyed during harvest season—late summer through early winter. It's also a super-nutritious food. Like other varieties of winter squash, butternut squash is packed with antioxidants and fiber. This is your one-stop guide for how to shop for and store butternut squash, delicious ways to cook it, and why it's so good for you.

How to Pickle Anything (No Canning Necessary)

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There are certain things I will never understand in this world: the rules of cricket, how fish reproduce, quantum harmonic oscillation…and people who don’t like pickles. That last one is probably the hardest for me to grasp, however.

Because: come on, pickles taste amazing! Snap into a perfectly crisp gherkin that’s sopped up plenty of gleeky vinegar, fresh herbs and just a hint of salt and tell me you’re not in briny heaven. Sneak a dill spear into your next burger and tell me it’s not tangily enhanced.