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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...

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...

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...

February 7, 2019

I think this headline from the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang summarizes the latest weather weirdness rather well: "Washington's temperature leaps to record high of 74 degrees, less than a week after it was 10 degrees." The article goes on to state that we saw...

November 15, 2018

We saw our first fall frost over the weekend (a week late, according to the most current data) and we woke up today to our first snow. A month ago, on October 15, it was 74F! This is not normal.

These are photos I took of my garden yesterday.

My proudest accomplishment i...

October 18, 2018

My attempts at growing lettuce this fall have been total failures.

Recommended DC fall planting dates for lettuce are mid-August through the end of September. Lettuce is a cool-season annual, taking about 30-45 days to mature, depending on the variety. So counting backw...

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...

May 24, 2018

I actually planted tomatoes, peppers, and basil three weeks ago--about two weeks earlier than I had thought I would--because nighttime temperatures were to remain above 50F, according to the extended forecast. The warmer nights coincided with a heatwave, three consecut...

March 15, 2018

I don't have any updates from my garden this week because I've been away on vacation. I hope to accomplish most of my spring planting this weekend. In the meantime, here are some considerations for deciding what to plant in your vegetable garden.

#1: What do you like to...

March 1, 2018

Happy Anniversary everybody! I started this blog after giving my first gardening talk at Rooting DC 2017. I will be back at Rooting DC 2018 on Saturday to give an hour-long talk about good bugs in the garden and I'm so excited.

My primary goal for this past year of gard...

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