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New ideas: favas and parsnips

Adrian Higgins just gave me two great hints in his column in today’s Washington Post.  First, the idea of planting fava beans in the fall to overwinter.  I’ve tried favas a couple of times in the spring, only to give up…

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Early Harvest: Root of the Problem

Root, Root, Root for the Home Grown I cannot believe I’ve harvested beautiful rutabagas on April 25 and May 9, but I must, because we ate four in a medley of roasted root vegetables late last month and will eat…

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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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Green Ice becomes green slush: My mini-greenhouse fails

My cheap mini-greenhouse after two winters’ use The mini-greenhouse I made by cutting the bottom from a plastic storage box failed during recent frigid temperatures. I picked lettuce from the mini-greenhouse every month during the 2011-2012 winter—one of the warmest…

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Season Extension

I like to try to maximize the amount of time my garden is in production.  I do this by using two methods.  The first is to plant cold tolerant crops like kale, broccoli, spinach and other hardy vegetables.  The second…

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Carroll County’s Kay Sedlak shares her green thumb!

Master Gardener Kay Sedlak shares her wealth of expertise and and a lifetime of experience on “Extending the Gardening Season” during the continuing GIEI Classes being held at the Carroll County UM Extension. In addition to sharing her “green thumb”…

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Winter solace in our raspberry bed

Raspberry bed before cutting & weeding Yes, I did mean “solace,” not “solstice.”  Solstice was last month.  Solace was two hours this afternoon. Just after noon when I looked out our kitchen window, the sunny scene beckoned me to come…

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