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Too late to sow lettuce seed?

Disaster struck four times in a week and a half—torrential downpours that wiped out all but six of the lettuce plants that had sprouted from seeds I planted July 30. To compensate, I drove over to Sharp’s at Waterford Farm…

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What’s in a name: Vates collards

Today was an odd demo garden workday. We had a big thunderstorm at SIX-THIRTY A.M., thank you, and after waiting for the rain and waiting in the traffic I got to the garden about two hours later than usual, and…

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Amazing: 108,000 fall veggie plants

The mile-long gravel lane to Sharp’s at Waterford Farm begins with a helpful sign: “Rough Road. Slow Down. Enjoy the Scenery!” and ends near two shaded greenhouses holding, over the next month, 108,000 veggie plants getting ready for fall transplanting—delightful…

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Weather alert: cooler beginning today

Cooler weather arrives today—on the average, that is. That may be hard to imagine with temperatures hitting the high 90s on most recent days and 100° yesterday, when the Heat Index Value in many areas reached 115°. But it’s true,…

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Planning for the Fall Garden

This is a guest post by Howard County Master Gardener Kent Phillips. Kent’s blueberry cage was featured in an earlier post, and you also may have seen him in several of our food gardening videos, including the one embedded below….

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Fall Container Gardening

Container gardening is possible well into the fall. I tried it for the first time this year with good results. In early September I planted endives, a lettuce mix, and arugula in large plastic pots using a mixture of commercial…

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Seasons end, but not quite

At mid November, after several frosts, the life of our garden is fading out. Deep green plants that were prolific a few weeks ago are now wilted brown. But careful inspection reveals treasures yet to be harvested. Some tomatoes and…

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