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This Is Planting Season? Really?

Behind that shed, you can just make out the garden fence Woke up this morning – the fifth day of official calendar spring, mind – to snow. I’ve got baby leeks in the garden already, peeking out from beneath a…

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What’s with October 29?

Iced veggies, Sept. 29, 2011 Does October 29 have a grudge against gardeners? October 29, 2011, brought sleet and snow to coat our cool-weather veggies, such as lettuce, beets, carrots, and rutabagas.  Perhaps that was to prove those veggies can…

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High Night Temperatures Can Lower Yields

I am in fall gardening mode which means I’m still thinking about some of the state-wide complaints from gardeners about lower than expected bean, pepper, and tomato yields during the hottest weeks of the past summer (mid-June through mid-August). Although…

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You see that bright thing in the sky?

It’s called the sun.  Remember that?  Don’t look right at it. The disappointing (to me, at least) 2011 vegetable growing season is gurgling to a close.  At the Derwood Demo Garden, we are not yet finished working, but we’ll be…

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You know it’s too wet when…

… you have mushrooms in the salad table.  I’m sorry, but – mushrooms.  In my salad table.  At least they’re small. No, I am not going to put them in my salad. Aside from that, the fall salad table is…

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Ooh, she really DID!

Today was demo garden workday at Derwood, and I was anxiously waiting to see what happened as a result of the hurricane.  Well, on the whole we didn’t fare too badly – some tree limbs down in the shade garden…

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Oh Yes, she DID!

She came and went wreaking much havoc in her wake. Four of our trees, with the help of a soggy soil, needed to be straightened after Irene visited us Saturday night. The biggest tree of the lot was one of…

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