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The Vegetable for Flower Lovers

It may seem hard to believe, but there are gardeners who can’t be bothered with vegetables. For a vegetable lover such as myself, every vegetable is interesting and unique, but one this year has stood out – for its flower!…

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Community Garden Transitions: Still Moving

The move from 26 to 12 had just begun, but I needed to finish. No time for delay. Back I went to extract the rest and the word “extractive” seemed particularly appropriate in this instance. That is what I was…

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Community Garden Transitions: It Starts

Community gardeners forget that we are renting our land. It was with considerable shock that I got the news on January 23rd that a playground was going to occupy a part of our community garden. How could this happen without…

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Community comes alive in Takoma Park Community Garden

Gardening life is in full swing for community gardeners at Sligo Mill Overlook in Takoma Park. In year four there is enough cohesion that every gardener has put down wood chips to clear pathways and keep them weed free. The…

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16th Century Gardening, Vilandry France

  Seedlings outside the greenhouse It was not without some sadness that I left the lovely salad greens yearning for a proper salad plate in my Takoma Park community garden, not to speak of the young seedlings awaiting transplant so…

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Community gardening in Takoma Park

On this leap year, February does not feel like it should. The wonder of opening up plant covers and discovering life within have long since faded with constant opening and even some harvesting during this unusually warm month. Still, as…

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End of Season Reflections on Bitter Gourd

Last year I taste tested bitter gourds prepared a few different ways and it drew so much attention that I found myself writing down recipes that would never have been recorded. Despite all that creativity, I noticed that my family’s…

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