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Sex lives of squashes?

Barbara Damrosch scores again in her “A Cook’s Garden” column in today’s Washington Post. Column title: “The sex lives of squashes? Relax, it’s just lunch!” Damrosch suggest you concentrate your culinary efforts by cutting primarily male blossoms. And then she…

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Sunflowers!

Sunflowers are a fun addition to the garden. Here are reasons everyone should grow them. Beauty – Sunflowers are beautiful. When the Illinois Blacksmith John Deere was choosing colors for his new plow, I bet he was looking at a…

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Veggie garden bloggers’ bloom day!

Here’s some of what’s in bloom in the vegetable beds at the Derwood Demo Garden today: Butternut squash and its relative, luffa: My favorite vegetable flower of all, okra: This is Star of David okra, and I’m looking forward to…

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The importance of being floral

Happy National Pollinator Week! I often talk about how important it is to grow flowers in vegetable gardens in order to attract beneficial insects, but it was really brought home to me yesterday during a Master Gardener Advanced Training class,…

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Tillage Radishes: Multi-talented Beauties

Billows of Tillage Radish Blooms When I first planted tillage radishes in early October of 2009 in my Baltimore County, Maryland garden, the intent was to biodrill. That planting turned out to be too late and on ground that was…

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A flower quiz

For Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and the end of school, here’s a quiz: what do all these flowers have in common? From the top: petunia, pepper, potato, nicotiana, tomato, and eggplant. We could also add wolfberry, tomatillo, brugmansia, calibrachoa, tobacco,…

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Too late for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

I went down to my vegetable garden today to take photos of other stuff I’m going to blog about soon, and was pleased to see that all my Blue Adirondack potatoes are in bloom. Blue potatoes have blue flowers! Which…

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