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Not putting the tomatoes in yet

Skinny tomato seedlings yearn for the sun “Have you put your tomatoes in yet?” The question echoes through all the vegetable gardens in chilly rain-soaked Maryland. And no, mine aren’t in yet, despite having sat on my back porch desperately…

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Effects of light, cold, and wind

Every once in a while we gardeners get a clear illustration of the effects of environmental factors in the growth of plants. Here are two that happened at my house recently – I’m sure you can come up with lots…

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The vegetable garden in a warm December

It’s going to be pretty chilly tonight, but the forecast for the coming week sounds a lot like the rest of December – unseasonably warm, and not the slightest chance of a white Christmas. We are breaking records both locally…

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Frost warning

Check your forecast! Light frosts are possible in some areas of Maryland this weekend. Probably time to get those last peppers harvested if you haven’t done it yet.

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Frost tolerant vegetables

Via Kitchen Gardeners International, here is an article about frost tolerance¬†of vegetables from Botanical Interests. Check tonight’s temperatures in your region to see if light or heavy frost is expected. If you still have summer vegetables growing in your garden…

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Notice: be aware of frost damage at the big box store.

As you probably realized this week, we had many days of temperature around the freezing point. At one time, here in central Maryland, the water in the potholes froze. We surveyed the frost tender plants at some of our local…

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Unexpected cardoon survival

Last year we planted cardoons in the demo garden, and they became impressive plants: although didn’t make it to flowering stage. In the fall, I cut down the stalks and prepared the roots for winter as suggested: mulching well with…

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