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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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Cover crop seeds hold firm in 5+ inches of rain

 I planted barley, oat, and rye seed on October 6 for fall/winter cover crops. It was good to know that rain was expected the following week but I may have postponed my cover crop plans if I knew it would…

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Late Summer Beans

  New haricots verts and the promise of more Yesterday I picked my first batch of the second wave of haricots verts.   I’m so excited! Slim little things hanging in clusters off a small patch of French green beans that I planted…

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Getting reacquainted with the watering can

I had to go water my community garden plot this morning, because 50% chance of thunderstorms isn’t enough when there’s been barely any rain all week, and I have newly-planted seedlings in there. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s…

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For never was a story of more woe

… than this of Juliet and her Romeo. Otherwise known as: the weather is more and more unpredictable; pay attention!  I planted tomatoes and peppers in my community garden plot on Friday 5/10, thinking “surely this is late enough to…

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Pushing the Season – Protecting The Tomatoes

Tomato plants protected by Wall o’ Water It was 36F when I got up yesterday morning, above freezing, but last night, we had a definite frost. And I have ten tomato plants that I started from seed already stuck in…

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