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How to Pick and Keep the Perfect Pumpkin – Featured Video

Searching for a pumpkin for the Halloween season?  Watch this video from NC State Extension about picking and storing pumpkins. Learn more about pumpkin and winter squash at the HGIC website.  

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Resisting Mosaic Viruses in Cucurbits

I grow most of my vegetables in a community garden plot: sunny, cheerful, with soil I’ve been improving with free compost for years now. It’s a good situation, but while community gardeners can share labor, tools, plants and seeds, they…

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Squash Family Pest Problem Tips

The squash plant family (Cucurbitaceae) includes many garden favorites- cucumber, summer and winter squash, pumpkin, muskmelon, and watermelon. Unfortunately, it’s a family vulnerable to some of the most consequential insect pest and disease problems. The names squash bug, cucumber beetle,…

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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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