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Update: greens post-Polar Vortex

I promised an update on how various protected and unprotected vegetable plants fared in the recent cold snap. We heard from Gordon Clark on his greens before the single-digit cold; here’s what he had to say about what happened next…

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Greens in the depths of winter

Today’s super-cold temperatures made me think about winter gardening, so I asked Gordon Clark, Montgomery County MG and Project Director of Montgomery Victory Gardens, how his low tunnels were faring. He reported that in anticipation of the cold he harvested…

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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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Pests in a Packed House

Puppy playing keep-away early on a still-frosty April morning It’s still cold as I write this (at least ten degrees below ‘normal’). I went out with the 75-pound puppy and played catch (actually it’s more like keep-away since once he…

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Green Ice becomes green slush: My mini-greenhouse fails

My cheap mini-greenhouse after two winters’ use The mini-greenhouse I made by cutting the bottom from a plastic storage box failed during recent frigid temperatures. I picked lettuce from the mini-greenhouse every month during the 2011-2012 winter—one of the warmest…

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I Declare War on Deer. The Sequel.

I wrote a blog post about my solar powered electric deer fence in July 2009. I DECLARE WAR on Deer and Rabbits! Now, 3 years later, I have captured the effectiveness of my substantial efforts on video. I arrived home…

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Frugal Gardener: Closing my mini-greenhouse

Last mini-greenhouse lettuce crop I’ve closed my mini-greenhouse for the summer.  I grabbed the two handles and pulled straight up, moved the green-house aside, and looked at the three lettuce plants that still had been growing inside—two Green Ice and…

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