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Seed starting and soil testing: a Master Gardener outlines his spring gardening progress

In mid-February, I started my Gypsy, Monty, and Green Magic broccoli, Snow Crown cauliflower, Lacinato kale, several types of lettuce, and some Big Blue salvia. Italian flat-leaf parsley was started in mid-January. Most of these transplants will be planted in…

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Hardening off vegetable transplants

I grow all of my vegetable transplants under fluorescent lights in my basement.  (To find earlier blogs on growing transplants under fluorescent lights, just search the blog for “fluorescent lights”.)  Before planting them in the garden, these transplants must be…

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Pruning Blueberries

Despite all of the snow and rain we got yesterday, it’s that time of year to start thinking about pruning your blueberries.  I could write several long paragraphs showing before and after slides, but that really wouldn’t explain all of…

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Starting transplants under fluorescent lights

Well, it’s just about time to turn on my fluorescent lights and start growing onion and cabbage transplants for the garden. Other cool season transplants get started later in February. In February 2013, I wrote a blog about germinating seed and growing…

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Winter Gardening and Climate Change

So, living in Howard county Maryland, our USDA plant hardiness zone recently changed from 6b to a warmer 7a, which raised USDA’s extreme minimum temperature from -5 to 0 degrees Fahrenheit.  This and other evidence indicates that our climate is…

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Giving Thanks

With Thanksgiving coming  up, I’m thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for.  But since this is a vegetable gardening blog, I’ll give thanks to the wonderful gardening year which has produced such a wonderful bounty of…

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A Colorado Intrepretation on Raised Bed Construction

Having recently returned from Colorado, I thought I would share a unique method of rapidly assembling a raised bed.  While this method probably works well in Rifle, Colorado where rainfall during the summer is minimal, It would not work in…

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