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Have Your Garden and Travel Too!

I’m going on a trip next week! It’s a big trip; I’m very excited. Lots of new experiences, wonderful things to see, delicious things to eat, relaxation and exploration. I feel very lucky. And let me just add: it was…

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Resisting Mosaic Viruses in Cucurbits

I grow most of my vegetables in a community garden plot: sunny, cheerful, with soil I’ve been improving with free compost for years now. It’s a good situation, but while community gardeners can share labor, tools, plants and seeds, they…

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How to Choose a Seed Catalog

Like holiday decorations, seed catalogs seem to arrive earlier every year. They bring a bit of color and freshness into a cold and often dreary season, and winter gives us the perfect chance to sit down and plan next year’s…

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Indoor cucumbers, and wild cucumber relatives

This month’s post is Proud Mom Edition. Both my sons enjoy growing plants inside their apartments – all that botanical indoctrination paid off! My younger son, Patrick, has now managed to grow food in his sunny 21st-floor Chicago flat: a…

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Garden update: beans, eggplant, chard

This has been a tough year for bean-growing, at least around these parts; both the Derwood Demo Garden and my community garden have seen large populations of Mexican bean beetles, as well as hungry rabbits.

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Garden podcasts: best distraction from the heat

It’s hot out there! And sure, you don’t need me to tell you that, but that’s what gardeners (and humans) do: interact by complaining about the weather. If you were smart, you got as many of your gardening tasks as…

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Tokyo Bekana Greens

Short post this month with a recommendation! If you like growing leafy greens, particularly the Asian varieties, but sometimes find the taste too bitter or spicy, here’s a good choice: Tokyo Bekana.

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