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What’s with October 29?

Iced veggies, Sept. 29, 2011 Does October 29 have a grudge against gardeners? October 29, 2011, brought sleet and snow to coat our cool-weather veggies, such as lettuce, beets, carrots, and rutabagas.  Perhaps that was to prove those veggies can…

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Tomato Patch: Unlikely helpers for cleaning it up

Little Buck browses on trashed tomato vines Frost wiped out the Tomato Patch Saturday morning.  Suddenly tomato leaves hung on their vines like limp dish rags—if you’re old enough to remember what they were, literally—and green fruit littered the ground….

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Tomato Patch: Last supper

Last supper from the Tomato Patch We celebrated the approaching end of tomato season 2012 Wednesday evening with a plate of fresh-picked tomatoes and basil from our garden plus a sweet yellow pepper and some good mozzarella and balsamic. Our…

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Know your pumpkins?

A pumpkin may just be a pumpkin to you and me, but in “Cucurbita 101: A Pumpkin Guide” on the Vegetable Gardener website, Greg Holdsworth divides the field into four categories.  CLICK HERE here to learn more about these favorites…

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Berry Patch: I hated to do it, but …

Out-of-bounds strawberry plants  I hated to do it, but I’ve just uprooted and thrown away a barrelful of beautiful young strawberry plants.  Was I mad?  Delusional?  No, I was “following directions”—directions of strawberry experts. I used to be a strawberry…

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Fall veggies: Did I wait too long?

Better late than never?  Did I wait too long to plant my fall veggies?  I’ll confess that I’ve just transplanted my fall lettuce and rutabaga seedlings, and my fall chard has sprouted but the seedlings are barely large enough to…

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Tomato Patch: Should I take a hint—or two or three?

Heavy with seeds orstaring at weeds? Our thermometer read 54°F early this morning—a refreshing temperature for sleeping with open windows—but also a hint to central Maryland gardeners that fall is coming with a “first fall frost” sometime in October.  The…

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