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Why I Love Fall Gardening

I love fall gardening, especially after the dry, hot months of August and September.  Most of the bugs of summer are long gone, although I’m still spraying BT for imported cabbage worm larva and hand picking Harlequin bugs.  The hard…

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Eat your greens – ALL of them!

They’re good for you, and you don’t want to waste food, do you? Now sit down and… Sorry. The mom in me got a little out of hand there. But we’re in the middle of greens harvesting season, and I…

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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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The unpredictability of spring greens

Spring has given us the usual roller coaster of temperatures and conditions, though on the whole chilly and wet has been winning out over hot and dry. One result of this has been a big difference in the success rate…

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Successes and disappointment with cool season crops

So, today I decided to remove my row cover and do some weeding around my intensively planted cool season crops.  Well, there were lots of seedlings of dead nettle and chick weed to be removed, lots of successes and some…

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Rome-anesco

MG Robin Ritterhoff, who has been on assignment in Rome*, took this photo at a street vegetable market: Just in case you, like me, feel the need to look at evidence that it’s not freezing cold and snowy everywhere. Has…

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Update: greens post-Polar Vortex

I promised an update on how various protected and unprotected vegetable plants fared in the recent cold snap. We heard from Gordon Clark on his greens before the single-digit cold; here’s what he had to say about what happened next…

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