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Tomato Patch: Time for green manure?

Green manure–or something else? I’ve bought many bags of composted manure over the years, and when I opened them in our garden, the manure was dark brown.  When I buy a pickup load of composted horse manure and shredded leaves…

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Pulling the devil’s hair

What’s that–a piece of yellow string? Have you found any devil’s hair in your garden? The devil has been primping in our garden. I know because I’ve found devil’s hair. Devil’s hair has other common names that indicate the fear…

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Damrosch: Don’t hoe weeds, eat them

Why slave away weeding your garden when you can eat many of those weeds? In her “A Cook’s Garden” column in today’s Washington Post, Barbara Damrosch lists common weeds that—with a little oil and some seasonings—make for good, tasty eating….

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Jabberweedy

Or, the muse seized me.  Explanations before poetry. I’ll be telling you more about our North American Greens and Herbs Bed (I think that’s what we’re calling it) which is a little sample of plants in those categories that were…

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Poison ivy: Bye, bye

Leaves of three, let it be! Birdie, birdie, in the sky,Dropped a poison-ivy seed in my garden….For some reason I never memorized epic poetry. But apparently a bird ate a poison ivy seed and deposited it in our garden. I…

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Dandelions: Weeds, food, cancer killers?

Cancer killer? When I see a dandelion growing in my veggie garden, I reach for my hoe. Other gardeners may stoop to pick the new leaves of a young dandelion plant to add to their next salad. But this humble…

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Eat your weeds, garlic mustard edition

Here’s an inexpensive dinner idea:  mashed potatoes and… weeds? Garlic mustard (Allaria petiolata) is an invasive thug in our landscapes and wild areas, taking over large areas if left unchecked.  I’ve certainly got my share of it in my yard….

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