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Reminder: deal with those winter weeds!

Since we’re having a nice stretch of real spring weather, even if you are not quite ready to plant yet it’s a great time to get out and hoe up the weeds that have loved our mostly-warm winter. If you…

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Beat the weeds with a “stale seed bed”

Winter annual weeds like chickweed, henbit, and deadnettle can quickly overrun early planting beds. Turning these weeds under brings more weed seeds to the surface to germinate and the healthy winter annual weeds sometimes reestablish after turning with a fork…

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From Romaine With Love

A week or two ago, MG Pat Lynch sent out this photo of an interloper in her salad garden: photo by Sam Korper Since it looked so much like the rest of the Romaine lettuce it was growing with, she…

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Our 2013 Critter Protection Experiments

As you know, it’s an every day fight.  During the kale season – it’s not over yet – we are using – a fiberglass window screen to protect our greens again the cabbage moth.  The result is shown below: nice…

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What’s blooming in your garden?

Purple deadnettle Plants were blooming in our vegetable garden in the sunshine and 48°F temperature this morning, but the blooms weren’t of some prized edible that had survived our frigid winter.  Not surprisingly the blooms were on what we call…

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Year of Leafy Greens: It’s not always in the garden

Often when we think leafy greens, we think about kale, collards, cabbage etc…  But outside of your garden, some leafy weeds like dandelions, nettles, or purslane,  when picked young and without any chemicals added, are tasty too.  If you move…

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Year of Leafy Greens: Vegetables out, weeds in?

Purslane: Leafy Green of the Year? The University of Maryland Extension’s Grow It Eat It Action Team has designated 2012 as the Year of Leafy Greens, and I propose we celebrate by replacing our vegetable gardens with weed gardens. That…

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