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Sex lives of squashes?

Barbara Damrosch scores again in her “A Cook’s Garden” column in today’s Washington Post. Column title: “The sex lives of squashes? Relax, it’s just lunch!” Damrosch suggest you concentrate your culinary efforts by cutting primarily male blossoms. And then she…

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Scratching the gardening itch

One of our demo gardeners emailed me after last week’s workday to say she’d come down with an irritating rash on her forearms. She wondered if she’d found some poison ivy (which is possible) but also said she’d spent much…

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Playing Matchmaker – or How to Hand Pollinate Your Zucchini

It’s that time again, folks. The time of year I get out of bed just a little earlier than usual to provide a little insurance out in my garden. Yep – cotton swab in hand, before I get dressed for…

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For squash, sometimes late is better than early

I’ve just played my annual personal “joke” on the Burpee Seed Company. I’ve just planted the seeds of Burpee’s Early Prolific Straightneck squash, one of our favorites. The paradox is that the last week of June is not considered “early”…

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Grow It, Decorate It, Eat It

Nature gives us wonderful decorations in each season! Autumn is ushered in with chrysanthemums and cornstalks but the ornaments are pumpkins and gourds. I love them in all their varieties. I especially like moonshine pumpkins. These white pumpkins are a…

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Winter Squash

Below are photographs of our butternut and spaghetti squash harvest. They are a couple of my favorite types of more than two dozen common varieties of winter squash. They are prolific, easy to grow, and very nutritious. They are called…

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Vegetable love

It was great to have so many people visiting our vegetable garden at the August 29 open house. Please come see us again on October 3 and 4, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 to 4, for the Harvest Festival. This…

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