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July 18, 2019

I feel like I haven't been posting enough garden photos lately. Since we're in the height of summer, there's a lot going on. Take a look:

When I planted these Titan sunflowers in the middle of my community garden plot, I failed to take into consideration that they would...

July 11, 2019

Coincidentally, before the newest NOAA news release came out, I was looking at and thinking about the climate data that many gardeners use to plan their planting schedules: the frost dates. The Farmer's Almanac has a handy frost date calculator. Just plug in your zip c...

July 4, 2019

On a whim, I bought one tomatillo seedling this spring and planted it at the end of my community garden plot. I had never grown tomatillos before because I didn't think I had enough space...they grow to be huuuuge. And has it ever grown! It's probably 4 feet wide and t...

June 27, 2019

Hooray, I was able to grow celtuce to a harvestable size, despite it getting munched on by a groundhog...twice.

In this photo, I have removed all of the lower leaves to reveal the tasty treasure inside, the stem. (My husband thinks they look like long-necked Alolan Exeg...

June 20, 2019

Hooray, my melon vines in the big blue pot are flowering. Soon, there will be cantaloupe, honeydew, and galia melons. The red leaved plants in the center of the pot are either amaranth or celosia. I don't know for sure because the plants weren't labelled when I bought...

June 13, 2019

One of the joys of gardening in a community space is admiring the gardens of one's neighbors.

Of course, in nearly every garden plot (with the exception of mine because I'm growing them in my backyard for easier access), I found tomatoes. One gardener planted nothing bu...

June 6, 2019

I'm pleased to share that I haven't seen evidence of groundhogs in my garden for several weeks now. I know that it got me good twice. After the first time, I used old concrete edging bricks to block its access under the chainlink fence.

But since it couldn't squeeze und...

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...

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