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Keeping the plants covered

If there’s one thing you learn after living in Maryland for a while, it’s that spring is variable. (Not just in Maryland, of course, but that’s where I am.) Just when we’ve had some brilliant sunny days in the 70s…

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Succession planting in the seed-starting room

This is what my seed-starting situation looks like at the moment. Let me explain why. I’m sure some people have the perfect amount of space for all the seed-starting they want to do, and someday I will, but today is…

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Growing herbs in a cold frame

Well, we woke up to snow yet again this morning in Garrett County.  Will spring ever arrive in Mountain Maryland?  As we ponder that question, I thought I would share a trick that keeps a bit of green from our…

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Hardening Off Vegetable Transplants, Season Extension

Well, I guess I knew that winter wasn’t entirely over, but will it change my plans to put in some early season broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce, not likely.  Monday, I set up one of my cold frames and loaded it…

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Brassicas interplanted with red sail and buttercrunch lettuce

    What a beautiful rain we have had for the last two days.  It has given me a welcome reprieve from all of the weeding that needs to be done in the garden.  It’s also given me time to post a…

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Planting cool season transplants

    The somewhat unseasonable cool weather we have been having (29 degrees in Clarksville Thursday night) has made me postpone planting my spring broccoli and cauliflower.  While these plants will withstand cool weather, very cool weather causes them to form…

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Bill’s no-cost salad factory

Bill’s no-cost cold frame Bill Mitchell has been picking lettuce and spinach for salads since the third week of March in his two no-cost salad factories, cold frames he made from odds and ends he had on hand. Bill’s Black…

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