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Fluorescent Lights, Seeds, Transplants

What to do on a cold January day?  I think I’ll finish replacing my old T-12 fluorescent fixtures in my light box with some new T-8 troffers (commercial ceiling fixtures) that I purchased at a big box store last week.  In…

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Saving your seed packets: how long are they good for?

Above are some of the many packets of seeds I’m considering using for this year’s demo garden. We received generous seed donations from High Mowing Seeds, Seed Savers Exchange, and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds also has…

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Have some baby plants

I mean, if other people can post kittens and infant hedgehogs all over the internet, I can provide some cute widdle brassicas, right? purple pak choi Red Russian kale EvenStar Landrace collards broccoli raab This is just a reminder that…

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Peanuts!

This photo is just because I like watching peanuts emerge from the soil so much. For the purposes of this Year of Root Vegetables, I am counting peanuts as part of that clan even though they’re not.  Don’t peanuts grow…

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What happened to my corn and bean seeds?

I was hoping to get around to planting snap beans last weekend. It didn’t happen. A co-worker planted a few rows last week and they are up and growing nicely despite the cool nights. Even with sufficiently warm soil (>55…

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Plague of locusts, anyone?

Well, not really, but tell me, are these or are these not baby grasshoppers on my indoor seedlings?  (If not, inform me what they are!) Since I’m still battling the aphids (after trying soap and water and then the sadly outdated…

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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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