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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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Tomato Patch: Solving my living-mulch problem

My living-mulch problem I showed you in a recent posting about the living-mulch problem in the Tomato Patch—thousands of seeds that had sprouted after I put down straw mulch.  I asked readers to send suggestions for solving the problem.  Let…

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Tomato Patch: Help solve my mulch problem

Straw mulch, May 31 I have a new problem—living mulch—in the Tomato Patch, and I hope you will tell me how you think I can solve the problem. I mulched most of my rows of tomato transplants in my usual…

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Newspaper ‘clippings’ about gardening

Ready to sit back and enjoy recent Washington Post gardening columns?  Here are six you might find interesting: Become a garden anarchist:  “Call it boot camp, and not all volunteers make it” by Barbara Damrosch, “A Cook’s Column,” March 8,…

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Derwood Demo Garden Update

This exciting photo shows the Montgomery County MG Demo Garden: Vegetable Division, as it looked yesterday morning (after we’d fixed all the row covers blown off by high winds).  We are four weeks into the season, having made an early…

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Violet Jelly

Last summer I found a recipe for violet jelly. It was pretty simple: violet blossoms, water, lemon juice, sugar (lots of it!), and pectin. It sounded great; all I needed was some violets. Fortunately for me, I quit paying for…

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Winter crop that never fails

Rutabagas … eaten Thanksgiving guests have long since departed.  We’ve just about liberated all leftovers from our refrigerator.  It’s now time to turn my attention to our vegetable garden. Not much that I planted remains to harvest.  I pulled the…

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