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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...

August 29, 2019

I decided to say goodbye to my enormous squash vines because I found that all of my developing squashes had been chewed on. Squirrels, probably. At least with autumn right around the corner, we have the opportunity to hit the reset button. So I started planting leafy g...

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...

October 11, 2018

If you had taken your houseplants outside for the summer, now is the time to bring them back indoors. The forecast for the weekend has low temperatures just below 50F. While this brief dip may not be fatal to the tropical plants we enjoy as houseplants, they don't tole...

September 27, 2018

As promised, I converted my garden from summer to fall last week. Once again, the raised beds are wrapped with row cover fabric to protect the Brassicas from cabbage white caterpillars. Meanwhile, the compost bin is overflowing from all of the spent tomato and gourd vi...

August 16, 2018

It was just last week that I posted about the peak of summer in the garden. But gardeners always have to think ahead to the next season. It's no coincidence that I posted about fall veggies at this same time last year.

Departing from last year, I'm dropping my obsession...

November 30, 2017

End of November in the garden looks like this:

I know, pretty boring, right? But that's only if you don't look under the covers. Here's what's hiding in the bed in the top left corner of this photo:

Check out that color! The tall purple leaves are 'Rubine' Brussels sprou...

November 23, 2017

Isn't it wonderful that Pi(e) Day comes twice a year, both on March 14 and the fourth Thursday of November?

While Fall Pie Day is commonly celebrated with pumpkin pie, I grew up in the South and so I also have a deep and abiding love for sweet potato pie. Two summers ag...

November 2, 2017

October's warmth allowed my fall vegetables to grow at record speed. Check out these beautiful mustard greens:

I planted this fabric bed on my patio with a mixture of Asian greens and the red mustard (right side) in particular has really taken off. I think it will make...

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