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Tigger Melon

From Armenia, this heirloom seed is a member of the cucumis melo var. inodorus like the honeydew.  Very fragrant with a firm texture, these one pound melons are often confused because of their colors with the Rich Sweetness 123 –…

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Tomato Patch: Tale of two Big Mamas

Kent & his Big Mama tomatoes Big Mama has failed me again this year.  Like last year, her paste-type fruit is affected by blossom-end rot in disastrous numbers. If you aren’t sure what blossom-end rot (BER) is, here’s a description…

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Joyful cherries

I had nearly forgotten that it was time to check for ripe cherries on the small bush in my front yard, when I passed it on my way to have a walk last week.  The walk was dispensed with when…

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What is your garden teaching you?

A good time to observe–whendew still glistens “Grow It, Eat It” is a fantastic plan, but I’d add a step between the two: “Observe It.” I try to check what’s happening in our gardens at least once a week, usually…

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Grow It Eat It Demonstration Garden Update – Carroll County Master Gardeners

Visitor “Chris” pitches in to weed the CORE/Target/ARC Gardens at the Carroll County Demonstration Garden Master Gardener Intern Terry Willard is busy watering the “Food Forest” after a long dry hot spell.  This plot hosts an Arkansas Black Apple, two…

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Berry Patch: Picking raspberries early this year

Raspberries: four weeks earlier this year Ellen picked half of a small bowl of Heritage red raspberries this morning, nearly a month earlier than in past years. I was quite surprised a few days ago to see a large red…

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The mystery of the birdless blueberries

Some day I would like to have a well-built blueberry cage (like Kent’s) to grow many bushes in protected conditions.  For now, however, what I have is three bushes (with a fourth coming along) that are part of my landscaping…

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