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Jim’s row cover protects kale into January

Jim M. pulls back row cover that protects kale After Irene M. of Columbia noticed a mention of row covers in my recent posting about my mini-greenhouse, she sent me an email note: “Jim has had a row cover on…

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Frugal Gardener: Greenhouseperhaps becomes mini-greenhouse

Frosted greenhouseperhaps afterDecember 29 flurries We’ve had temperatures as low as 22°F and snow flurries in late October and December.  So how’s my $13.67 greenhouseperhaps doing? My inexpensive—ok, cheap—greenhouseperhaps is a plastic storage container from which I cut the bottom. …

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Prepping in Winter

I view people who manage to put their gardens beautifully to bed for the winter with envy – and a little suspicion. I simply can’t believe anyone has that kind of time and energy in the fall. They must be…

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Gardeners, rejoice!

Today, Thursday, December 22, has the shortest day and longest night of the year.  Yesterday, today, and tomorrow all have nine hours and 26 minutes of daylight, but today is one second shorter than yesterday, and tomorrow will be three…

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Tomato Patch: Tomato plants for holiday decorating

Ready for the mantle? Veggie growers will have to admit the University of New Hampshire has come up with a brilliant idea: Tomato plants as holiday decorations and gifts. This tomato grower is smiling from ear to ear, and beyond,…

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Cutting lettuce in December

Simpsons Curled (left) and Red Sails lettucecut December 2 We’ve had many hard frosts during the last few weeks.  One morning the temperature was 27°F at dawn.  Many mornings our lawn is frosty white.  What am I harvesting from the…

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The thinking season; and whither stink bugs?

In theory I am all in favor of year-round gardening, using season-extension techniques to produce food even in the dead of winter, and probably I will do more toward that goal in the future, but… it’s nice to have a…

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