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Getting reacquainted with the watering can

I had to go water my community garden plot this morning, because 50% chance of thunderstorms isn’t enough when there’s been barely any rain all week, and I have newly-planted seedlings in there. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s…

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Kitchen adventures: squash and beets

I recently came into possession of a Very Large Squash (one of the zucchetta rampicante or tromboncino tribe, which get enormous but stay tender) and naturally decided that I was going to make ridiculous amounts of zucchini bread and freeze…

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One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, A Bushel

Well, I got some volunteers (left to right, Tyler, Grace and Connor) to help me harvest my red Noland potatoes this morning.  My help is built low to the ground, which makes it easy for them to pick up the…

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Root vegetables

Beware of the root vegetable thief.   I caught Mary in my garden the other day harvesting some of my delicious root vegetables for the daughter and grandchildren.  Mary is making away with carrots, early onions, kohlrabi and two varieties…

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Garden bounty

Here’s most of today’s harvest at the Derwood Demo Garden: photo by Darlene Nicholson Isn’t that lovely?  Artistic arrangement by MGs Darlene Nicholson and Millicent Lawrence: It took some time and I was not allowed to add in some of…

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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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