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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...

April 25, 2019

This is going to be a light post this week. I was in a car crash on Monday night due to the other driver's negligence. I'm physically ok with just some soreness and mild abrasions on my left arm from the airbag; I'm still working on being emotionally ok about it. Thank...

April 18, 2019

Here is the view over the fence of my community garden plot as of Friday:

From the bottom of the photo and going back into the distance: broccoli raab, alternating rows of lettuces and radishes, baby bok choy, alternating rows of lettuces and Japanese baby turnips, Sout...

April 11, 2019

While most of the veggies I grow in my garden are annuals, last fall I added a perennial vegetable, 'Victoria' rhubarb. Over the winter, it entirely died back, but the root must have survived because it's growing new stems and leaves now.

To hide the less-than-attractiv...

April 4, 2019

A couple weeks ago, my husband and I, along with my parents, spent a few days in Pennsylvania. Part of our trip included a visit to Longwood Gardens, our first time. I would love to go back, as it's impossible to see everything in one day. Besides, a visit in the...

March 28, 2019

I've posted previously (twice!) about DC area spring plant sales. I love these sales because you can pick up a ton of high quality plants while supporting our public gardens and horticultural institutions.

March 21, 2019

So basically, I got no grapes off my backyard grape vine last year. While part of it probably had to do with the weather, I think most of the problem had to do with improper pruning. I did a lot of reading about grape vine pruning: University of Maryland, Penn State, N...

March 14, 2019

I wasn't able to start planting on Saturday because the soil was too wet from all the rain. Today's forecast calls for a high of 70F, so I'm busy planting all the things!

Here's what I'm growing in my plot at Pomegranate Alley Community Garden:

For my backyard garden, I'...

March 7, 2019

After tonight, we're expecting to see temperatures remain above freezing for the next 10 days at least (yes, even with the snow on Friday). Jackpot, time to start planting! I intend to begin planting small cold-tolerant salad-y stuff this Saturday. If you are looking f...

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