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Experimental Growing

I s’pose much of gardening is experimentation, though some experiments are more forthrightly whistling in the dark than others. I’ve never had a cold frame before, though I know people who religiously seed things into frames made from old windows,…

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Fresh Herbs in Winter

Although I adore flowers and shrubs and trees, ultimately, I started gardening 35 years ago because I love to eat. And while I’m always hugely relieved when I finish canning the last tomato and freezing the last raspberry sometime in…

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22° and windy: Good-bye Red Sails

The last of my Red Sails lettuce surrendered to last night’s 22° F. temperature—and collapsed. It survived increasingly low nighttime temperatures over the last several weeks with frost-burned leaf tips, but 22° was just too low. This morning the nearby…

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"Tis the season to bundle up & hoe, hoe, hoe

Repeated heavy frosts have severely damaged the last of my lettuce, as you can see in the photo, so I’ve got to pull it up some windless day soon. But, hey, what are those small green plants growing in the…

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Cold weather gardening

Today, November 27, 2010, the temperature is about 40*F here in central Maryland and we keep growing vegetables in our garden! Presently, we are growing/harvesting broccoli, peas, carrots, scallions, green onions, parsley, cabbage, potatoes, garlic and green peppers. While the…

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Grow it, eat it in December

Even December yields a feast from the garden. Today’s breakfast is broccoli quiche. I love Fall broccoli. Maturing as the weather gets cold gives it a milder flavor than spring broccoli that matures as the weather gets hot. Fall broccoli…

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Harvest in the Snow

We don’t usually garden into December at the Derwood Demo Garden, but this fall we’ve been short on work days because somehow it always rains on Thursday, and so a lot that would normally have been harvested in the vegetable…

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