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Tomato Patch seduction season?

When I think tomatoes, I think seeds, plants, cultivating, and harvesting.  Washington Post columnist Barbara Damrosch has a more attention-grabbing focus: seduction!  I had the biggest smile of the week when I read the first sentence of her most recent…

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Cucumber and squash mosaic virus prevention

This fall I took over an abandoned plot at the South Germantown Community Garden, one of a network of community gardens run by Montgomery County Parks.  (My garden at home is increasingly shady, and I am so happy to be…

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Soup and Winter Squash

Winter squash taking over west side of the garden My summer squash did diddly this year — I planted seeds three times and three times the critters ate the plants before they could get to any size at all. Fortunately,…

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Two tutus for fall broccoli

Did tutu fabric protect Howard County Master Gardener Susan Levi-Goerlich’s broccoli from cabbage butterflies this summer? I checked with Susan last week at her plot at Westside Gardens, a part of Columbia Gardeners, Inc., to get a progress report. “Yes,…

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Grow It and (Sometimes They) Eat It

Gardening is full of surprises, especially for a novice like me. I became a Master Gardener in Washington County in April 2009. This is also my first year “seriously” growing food. For the past three years in Keedysville I grew…

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