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A Swede By Any Other Name

A Master Gardener friend who recently traveled to the UK brought me back a packet of seeds. Specifically, ‘Gowrie’ rutabaga seeds from a company called Mr. Fothergill’s. Except because these are British seeds, they’re not called rutabaga, they’re called swede….

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Vegetable garden planning: what doesn’t start from seeds

As you’re planning your vegetable garden for this year, you’re probably thinking seeds, seeds, seeds. But not everything in the garden needs to begin with seeds. In some cases, plants started by someone else are a convenient or even economical…

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Adventures in container food gardening

Several years ago I had to give up my backyard vegetable garden because the trees nearby were casting too much shade. I was lucky enough to find a community garden plot, which is where I now grow my tomatoes, peppers,…

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The start of the potato harvest

So what’s a grand parent to do with young boys who only want to watch TV and play computer games.  Well, good thing I have a garden and potatoes that need to be dug.  The vines on my Banana fingerling…

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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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Yukon Golds stored in the ground for the winter

So today was grandparent duty day and I picked up my newly minted 5 year old grandson Tyler from preschool at 1 pm.  It was still such a nice day, I thought he and I could dig up a few…

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Wireworms in potatoes

I apologize for the upcoming images. It’s really not possible to make this pretty. This year, for the first time that anyone in the Derwood Demo Garden remembers, we had an infestation of wireworms in our potatoes. photo by Darlene…

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