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Farewell Fall

Guest post by Kurt Jacobson On my morning dog walk the grass was frosted silver from last night’s cold temperature. The parsley and other herbs seemed to hang on through the punishing cold but soon they too will succumb to…

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Beans, beetles, and community gardens

Even though this is the Year of the Bean, not all our bean experiences can be positive. In fact, I can tell you in all honesty that I am done with growing pole beans in my community garden plot. I’ve…

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Links for February reading

Got your vegetable-related reading, here, for when the temperatures drop again. from Wikipedia Kudzu bugs are spreading into our region. Unfortunately they like soybeans nearly as much as kudzu. And they will overwinter in your house. 10 Superfoods Healthier Than Kale….

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Inexpensive stink bug trap

Source: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu “A Virginia Tech team of researchers has proven that homemade, inexpensive stink bug traps crafted from simple household items outshine pricier models designed to kill the invasive, annoying bugs. Researchers from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences…

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More snowy day citrus – Meyer lemon

I have had to deal with scale on calamondin oranges in the past. You are right, Erica, it is strangely satisfying!  This is my third season with this Meyer lemon. I put it out on the deck as soon as…

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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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