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Semi-novice Gardener – Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Adventure (vol. 2)

I’m back with a big update on our raised bed vegetable garden efforts!  It’s been eventful: wildlife has eaten some of the plants, we built a whole new raised bed from scratch, and we’ve begun harvesting some of our first…

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Climbing Cucumbers

Growing produce in the backyard is a great way to experience fresher, new flavors that I oftentimes could not get from a store and give me a feeling of independence. In times of uncertainty, it is rewarding to grow even…

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Resisting Mosaic Viruses in Cucurbits

I grow most of my vegetables in a community garden plot: sunny, cheerful, with soil I’ve been improving with free compost for years now. It’s a good situation, but while community gardeners can share labor, tools, plants and seeds, they…

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Indoor cucumbers, and wild cucumber relatives

This month’s post is Proud Mom Edition. Both my sons enjoy growing plants inside their apartments – all that botanical indoctrination paid off! My younger son, Patrick, has now managed to grow food in his sunny 21st-floor Chicago flat: a…

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Squash Family Pest Problem Tips

The squash plant family (Cucurbitaceae) includes many garden favorites- cucumber, summer and winter squash, pumpkin, muskmelon, and watermelon. Unfortunately, it’s a family vulnerable to some of the most consequential insect pest and disease problems. The names squash bug, cucumber beetle,…

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Cucumber tendril mystery

If you’ve ever wondered how cucumber tendrils grow and find the stuff they’re climbing on, whether it’s the trellis you put up for them or the trellis next door or a convenient tomato plant, watch this fascinating video: (via Mike…

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Cucumber and squash mosaic virus prevention

This fall I took over an abandoned plot at the South Germantown Community Garden, one of a network of community gardens run by Montgomery County Parks.  (My garden at home is increasingly shady, and I am so happy to be…

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