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September 26, 2019

This is my last post to DC Potager. My husband and I are busy preparing for a cross-country move, to establish our own no-dig organic vegetable farm and to live closer to our families. Thanks for reading and happy gardening.

Love,

Amelia

PS: a small parting...

September 19, 2019

How's the community garden plot full of fall leafy greens doing? It's been having some ups and downs. The ups: everything is growing, yay! The downs: since I didn't use row cover as a protective barrier, the greens have been attacked by cabbage worms and harlequin bugs...

September 12, 2019

What's slightly less enormous than the cushaw vines that I grew in my community garden plot, while bigger than the snake gourd vines? Green pumpkin vines.

The green pumpkin vines grew up and over my 8-foot arched trellis, clearly unaffected by squash vine borer.

I s...

September 5, 2019

Probably the most successful vining vegetable this summer has been snake gourd. The stunning flowers from mid- to late July started becoming harvestable fruits about a month later.

This is 'Buag Ngu,' though I've been tempted to try a longer-growing variety.

The flavor i...

August 29, 2019

I decided to say goodbye to my enormous squash vines because I found that all of my developing squashes had been chewed on. Squirrels, probably. At least with autumn right around the corner, we have the opportunity to hit the reset button. So I started planting leafy g...

August 22, 2019

Admittedly, I hadn't been paying close attention to my cherry tomato plants for a few days. We already had this big bowl of ripe cherry tomatoes sitting on the kitchen counter that we were eating as quickly as we could. Once the bowl started to get low again, I went ou...

August 15, 2019

It's been said (and my experience confirms) that vegetables grow in two stages. First, they creep, seeming to grow slowly above ground, though I suspect that's because they are developing their root systems underground. And then they leap, seeming to take off with rapi...

August 8, 2019

I took this photo yesterday, before the storm. You know, when we had several weeks of high temperatures and no rain. I would say that I was doing *ok* with watering. I mean, there's a lot that's growing and green, though my cherry tomato plants are shedding leaves in r...

August 1, 2019

As I continue to figure out life with a fructan intolerance, I wondered how to enjoy the summer staple of pesto pasta salad. The solution: by making recipe adjustments, of course.

Let's start with the pasta part. Since traditional Italian pastas are made with wheat, whi...

July 25, 2019

The first female yellow garden spider of the season has appeared in my backyard garden. This makes the third summer of seeing them. Last summer, I counted as many as seven spiders at one time building webs among the trellises and tomatoes. They made so many egg sacs th...

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