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June 28, 2018

I observed something curious and slightly frightening the first time I grew yardlong beans: the plants were covered in wasps. Instead of panicking, I did some reading and discovered that yardlong beans have extrafloral nectaries. While flowers produce nectar to lure po...

June 21, 2018

On Monday, I overheard someone say, "it finally feels like DC." It was 93F. And that's why I choose summer veggies that thrive in the heat. Let's take a tour of the backyard veggie garden and see how everything is doing.

The beets (reddish leaf shown here) and carrots (...

June 14, 2018

In my garden, I've given up on growing yellow squash, zucchini, and pattypan squash (collectively known as "summer squashes" of the species Cucurbita pepo) for three reasons:

  1. They take up too much space. Summer squash grows as a bush that can reach 4 feet in diamete...

June 7, 2018

This is my third post tracking the progress of my front yard makeover. I started at the end of March and posted a first update in early May.

I love color. It can feel like a challenge to achieve bold color in the shade since most of the largest flowers require full sun....

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