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Not from Jerusalem, but everywhere else

The Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), or sunchoke, has its virtues.  It’s native to our region, tall with cheerful flowers in the fall.  It produces tasty tubers, edible raw or cooked, that are low in starch and rich in the carbohydrate…

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Peanuts!

This photo is just because I like watching peanuts emerge from the soil so much. For the purposes of this Year of Root Vegetables, I am counting peanuts as part of that clan even though they’re not.  Don’t peanuts grow…

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Onions and Leeks

    Well, my onion order finally arrived last week and while I’m getting a late start on planting my onions, I’m sure I’ll have a good crop.  I ordered three different long day varieties, red zeppelin, yellow sweet Spanish and copra. …

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Spring at the Derwood Demo Garden

We’re a few weeks into the 2013 season at the Montgomery County MG Derwood Demo Garden, and here’s what we’ve been up to: Starting new projects Moving things around Dealing with spring’s crazy temperature shifts Oh, and weeding, and sifting…

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What ails our root vegetables?

Bugs, as much as I respect   them,   I also fear them .  They are the root of all evil that ails our plants especially if we have all the other conditions met.  For this dilemma, I will turn to my…

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Aversion to Yams

or should I say Sweet Potatoes. Both of these root vegetables taste similar but they are not the same. My mom occasionally makes sweet potato rice porridge. This is a dish that is very popular in China. And even more so…

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Blanching The Leeks

Two pots of leeks, one blanched with straw the second waiting  Well, looks like we finally have spring – or maybe early summer – so I’m hauling the cool weather greens that I started in the greenhouse in and out…

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