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The Three Sisters Garden

This year at the Derwood Demo Garden we acquired some new planting space, which I decided to use for a growing technique we just haven’t had the square footage for in many years: a Three Sisters garden. Growing corn, beans,…

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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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Last of the Summer Beans

French and Italian bean beds in August I’m only slightly late with this post, especially since now that the evenings are cooler, I’m looking at a yellowed bunch of bean plants. But since I see that beans are still on…

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No, Google, not rice with beans

One of the crops I tried for the first time this year was white rice beans.  I got the seed as part of our community garden seed-saving project (it was sent to us free from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds) and…

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Beans by Any Other Name

  Bean plants before the zukes grew, produced and collapsed Our beans have begun to come in – a great blessing, in my books, because I love French green beans, those slim little things that look like they were cradle-robbed…

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Mexican bean beetle babies

It’s Mexican bean beetle time!  I love this shot of the fuzzy little yellow larvae (and pupae) taken by Derwood Demo Garden co-leader and photographer Darlene Nicholson in the garden this week: Mostly for the perfect way they’ve spaced themselves…

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What’s Eating My Beans?

Many veggie gardeners notice sizable round holes in their bean leaves in May and June but can’t see any obvious pests. The feeding pattern is much different from Mexican bean beetle, a more significant pest. Photo: J. Traunfeld, UME  Two…

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