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Gleaning Results in Bountiful Harvest, Less Food Waste

“Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.” This passage from Leviticus 19:9 refers to the ancient practice of…

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Saying Farewell to An Old Friend

So the time has come to say goodbye to my strawberry patch of four years. Ahhh we had some good times together. It pained me to pull it up, but it wasn’t producing as much as it has in the…

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Yes, we have strawberries

Strawberry shortcake with ourhome-grown berries We’ve been eating strawberries fresh picked from our backyard garden—first just plain berries—then on cereal, pancakes, and waffles—on shortcake with milk—and under vanilla ice cream.  We’ve made a batch of freezer jam too.  We’ve given…

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Berry Patch: I hated to do it, but …

Out-of-bounds strawberry plants  I hated to do it, but I’ve just uprooted and thrown away a barrelful of beautiful young strawberry plants.  Was I mad?  Delusional?  No, I was “following directions”—directions of strawberry experts. I used to be a strawberry…

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Berry Patch: ‘Thou shalts’ and ‘Thou shalt nots’ of strawberry planting

Delivery box of strawberry plants As my bundle of 25 Allstar strawberry plants sat in our refrigerator while I waited for our rare but frigid weather to warm to my liking, I studied up on strawberry planting. As I leafed…

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Berry Patch: Grow strawberries again?

Should I plant another bed? Decisions, decisions, decisions.  For 10 years or so I’ve grown strawberries here at Meadow Glenn.  Three years ago, when the last planting petered out after five or six years, I started thinking about planting a…

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