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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

December 20, 2018

It's been nearly a year since I first started writing about good bugs in the garden. That four-part series of posts became the basis for my hour-long talk for Rooting DC. While I've proposed a different topic for this year ("Resilient Vegetable Gardening in the Time of...

October 4, 2018

My husband and I were lucky enough to catch the Wings of Fancy live butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens on the weekend before it closed. If you missed it, check out the Smithsonian Natural History Museum's live butterfly pavilion, which is open year-round. At Brooks...

August 23, 2018

Back in January, I attended the Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture meeting as the topic was "Climate Change, Agriculture, and Our Food." I'm interested in how the reality of climate change will continue to affect us and how we as gardeners should adapt our practice...

July 26, 2018

Though we've seen a lot of rain this week, I've also been seeing a lot of bugs.

The proverbial lion of the jungle, this mantis has taken up residence in the potted coleus on my front steps.

There's a growing community of yellow garden spiders (I counted at least five!) a...

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