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Playing catch-up

That’s what I feel like I’m doing this time of year in the garden, as weeds run rampant and there can never be enough watering. But it’s too hot to weed today, so time to play catch-up on the blog!…

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Kent’s blueberry cage

Some people like to keep birds in cages. Kent Phillips, a Master Gardener in Howard County, likes to keep birds out of his cage. Each June, Kent and two helpers assemble a 10’ high by 10’ wide by 60’ long…

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Blueberry soup

Last week it was mint, and this week I’m figuring out what to do with the blueberry harvest. Besides the usual pick, rinse, and put on counter in colander whereupon they disappear magically. I have three mature high-bush blueberries that…

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Blooming edibles

Here at Grow It! Eat It! we’re going to start participating in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day on the 15th of each month, but in our own style focusing on edibles. Hm, May is a hard month, chez Erica at least….

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A mouth-watering rose

I love roses—especially the edible ones. Just look at the photo of the simple, white, elegant blossom set against its background of deep-green leaves. What a perfect picture it makes on May 15, a stunning spring day here in piedmont…

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Time to thin our raspberries

I really don’t like thinning new canes of our red raspberries. Removing about half of them seems counter-intuitive. More canes, more berries—right?No, more isn’t always better in our gardens. Why?The reasons are similar for many fruits and vegetables. Good spacing…

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Putting your small fruit plants on hold

My small fruit plants arrived at home before I could plant. Here’s what I did to “store them”. In all cases, keep the plants cool and out of direct sunlight and keep the roots moist: I opened the box they…

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