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My pumpkins’s new friends

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to my newest ‘friend’: Public this is pickleworm – Pickleworm, this is public According to the University of Maryland Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC), this pest, a member of the Lepidoptera…

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Gingered Butternut Soup

Recently, I picked a small butternut squash from my garden; one of many we have growing freely. The question was, what to do with this guy? We can say the same thing with an apple from one of our apple…

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August 8: ‘National Sneak Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Day’

The other day I was talking to my neighbor, telling him about this interesting holiday, conceived by Pennsylvanian Tom Roy. At first he got a puzzled look on his face, and then he had one of those ‘A-HA!’ moments. He…

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Zucchini Wars

Last year, Bob posted some information about why he was planting his summer squash ‘late’ last year, namely to avoid the dreaded squash vine borer. Well, I’m not that smart (or I just really like to have my zucchini by…

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A squash experiment

Two problems came together in my home veggie garden last weekend.  One, the area in the back of the garden we expanded into two years ago is still not developed; all we’ve done is put down cardboard in anticipation of…

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If life gives you cushaws…

Here’s the last of the “pumpkins” my intrepid Halloween shoppers brought home from the farm stand.  It’s a cushaw squash, known either as Cucurbita argyrosperma or Cucurbita mixta depending on the source. Cushaws have a long American history, having been…

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Warty pumpkin soup

Yeah, there might be a better title for this dish.  But really, I started with a warty pumpkin: My family went a little crazy buying Halloween pumpkins at a great farm market north of home, and this was one of…

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