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Tomato Patch: Should I take a hint—or two or three?

Heavy with seeds orstaring at weeds? Our thermometer read 54°F early this morning—a refreshing temperature for sleeping with open windows—but also a hint to central Maryland gardeners that fall is coming with a “first fall frost” sometime in October.  The…

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Time to start fall brassica seedlings

I know we aren’t even at the summer equinox yet, but its time to start thinking about starting fall broccoli and cauliflower.  Here’s the scoop, work backward from the date you want to harvest your crop.  Let’s take my favorite…

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Really cool information for gardeners

Frosted sungold tomato (Nov. 11, 2007) Whenever two gardeners chat these days, one almost always asks the question, “Have you had a frost yet?” The temperature here at Meadow Glenn was 38°F. this morning.  I thought there were frost crystals…

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Tomato Patch: Last pickings

The end is near The diseased leaves and vines of Tomato Patch 2011 told me it was time to pick the last of this year’s tomatoes and tear out the nearly dead plants—three or four weeks before I usually do…

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Tomato Patch: Beginning of an early end?

Tomato Patch 2011: An early end? Sometimes the Tomato Patch gets too much of a good thing—rain. Early in the season I searched the sky for signs of rain clouds as I filed my drip-irrigation buckets.  In the last month…

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Tomato Patch: Is it "mealy, mushy" time?

Celebrity tomatoes (and a stink bug)when the temperature was under 50 this morning The thermometer got me to thinking this morning.  It was 43.7°F just before sunrise, the lowest temperature in the Tomato Patch since I set out the plants in…

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Time to plant veggie seeds

Now’s a great time to plant vegetable seeds. What? Didn’t we do that in March, April, and May? Well, yes, our spring seed-sowing frenzy made us feel great, and we’re eating the veggies we sowed then. Our little cool-weather veggie…

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