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Planting Out The Peas

Snow peas planted along staggered fencing They were starting to yellow, so it was time to get them in the ground, but the weather has seesawed so much and the critters are so prolific that I wasn’t sure I wanted…

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Brassicas interplanted with red sail and buttercrunch lettuce

    What a beautiful rain we have had for the last two days.  It has given me a welcome reprieve from all of the weeding that needs to be done in the garden.  It’s also given me time to post a…

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Planting cool season transplants

    The somewhat unseasonable cool weather we have been having (29 degrees in Clarksville Thursday night) has made me postpone planting my spring broccoli and cauliflower.  While these plants will withstand cool weather, very cool weather causes them to form…

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Harlequin bugs bug me!

Harlequin bugs (Murgantia histrionica) are one of this region’s worst vegetable garden pests, and I thoroughly dislike them, but I do have to admit they’re quite pretty. photo by Darlene Nicholson Their common name comes from the commedia dell’arte character…

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Derwood vegetable teams update

Our vegetable teams at the Derwood Demo Garden have been working hard to produce healthy plants and lots of produce.  Here’s how we’re doing. Beans Bush beans have been producing like crazy.  ‘Provider’ was our earliest and heaviest bearer (ten…

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Jim’s row cover protects kale into January

Jim M. pulls back row cover that protects kale After Irene M. of Columbia noticed a mention of row covers in my recent posting about my mini-greenhouse, she sent me an email note: “Jim has had a row cover on…

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Do Tomatoes Get Cold Feet?

No, tomatoes really don’t get cold feet but, then, why do they need socks? For protection from the ubiquitous Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs! Two Maryland Food Gardeners have submitted photos of the “Tomato Socks” they created to protect their tomatoes….

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