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Summer vegetable review 2017

We’re having a remarkably warm October here in Maryland, and some of the summer crops are still producing, but really, the season is over and it’s just a matter of time before it all goes in the compost heap. This…

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The Three Sisters Garden

This year at the Derwood Demo Garden we acquired some new planting space, which I decided to use for a growing technique we just haven’t had the square footage for in many years: a Three Sisters garden. Growing corn, beans,…

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Cauliflower couscous, stuffed pumpkin, and other Thanksgiving yums

Happy day after Thanksgiving, all! The weather is so nice here that I hope all you gardeners are calling it Green Friday and getting out there to finish up fall chores. I cooked up a storm for Thanksgiving (not literally,…

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Into the heart of the squash…

Every vegetable deserves a closeup, right? To pull back a little… I cut into my last Piena di Napoli squash yesterday: (Never thought of my countertop as squash-colored before. Huh.) The occasion for making the cut (and the reason I’ll…

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Big squash update

Since my previous post on the subject, I’ve decided that my enormous squashes are perhaps not Rogosa Violina, but in fact Piena di Napoli (which are still green on the outside when ripe). I know, I should do a better job…

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Really big squash!

This is a squash I harvested today – I believe it’s Rogosa Violina ‘Gioia,’ an Italian butternut, assuming I’m not mixing my vines up. With good-sized Jarrahdale pumpkin (not grown by me) for size comparison. It’s supposed to turn tan…

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Indomitable Zucchini

Gadzukes plant still producing as of 14 October I can’t believe it’s mid-October and I’m still picking zucchini, especially considering the fact that the plants look pretty much like they’ve been run over several times by a small truck. I…

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