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May 30, 2019

It's almost June, the trellises are back up, and I'm starting to plant my heat-loving veggies among the spring plantings: yardlong beans, winged beans (a new one for me, exciting!), Persian cucumbers, vining squash/gourds, and Burgundy okra. These veggies are all still...

May 23, 2019

I took this photo to show what's growing in my community garden plot: 'Piracicaba' broccoli, Southern mustard greens, mixed lettuces, giant sunflowers, edible hibiscus, and a single green tomatillo plant on the very end. But having just completed Charles Dowding's fant...

May 16, 2019

I usually wait until about mid-May (ahem, now) to plant cherry tomatoes, chile peppers, and basil because spring weather in DC is inconsistent at best. But even I was seduced by our unseasonably-warm April with several days in the 80s. So instead of making my annual af...

May 9, 2019

The Southern mustard greens in my community garden plot have been so productive that I almost can't keep up...almost.

For the harvest pictured above, I made a frittata. After giving them a 20-minute soak in a sink full of water to wash and refresh them, I briefly blanc...

May 2, 2019

In response to garden center customers' interest in pollinator plants for shaded gardens, I collaborated with my colleagues to write this blog post of recommended plants. But as I was thinking about it a little more, another question that I often hear from other garden...

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