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Turnip jack-o-lantern!

Got any big gnarly turnips hanging out in your garden, or have you discovered one at the farmer’s market? Tired of carving pumpkins for Halloween? Historically minded? You may want to try a turnip jack-o-lantern! Before pumpkins became the thing…

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Garden lessons learned 2015

Every year I try to think back over the growing season about things I’ve learned (often re-learned) about gardening, so here’s the Derwood Demo Garden version thereof for 2015. Not that the growing season is over, but maybe I can…

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Beans, beetles, and community gardens

Even though this is the Year of the Bean, not all our bean experiences can be positive. In fact, I can tell you in all honesty that I am done with growing pole beans in my community garden plot. I’ve…

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Sunscald

I brought home a tomato this morning (one of the smaller of my Rose de Bernes, which have been producing beautifully) which provides a classic example of sunscald, so I thought I’d share: Sunscald (you can read more about it…

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Swift Charge

I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure lately to read through some of my family’s World War II letters, which offer plenty in the way of (censored but inferred) exciting naval combat and accounts of life in wartime all over the…

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Twining direction in beans: true story or myth?

In other words, I’m so confused. 🙂 I’ve read over and over that runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus) twine clockwise, while most other climbing beans, in particular Phaseolus vulgaris, twine counter-clockwise. So I thought I’d do a post on that, and…

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The Brassica Bridge

I’ve just passed through that brief period of summer that I call the Brassica Bridge – the time when I’m still harvesting cabbage family plants from the garden and also starting new seedlings for the fall. “Bridge” is pure alliteration,…

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