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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...

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...

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...

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 30, 2018

It's been a while since I've discussed my front yard improvements inspired by Big Dreams, Small Spaces.

Here's what my yard looked like in late March, when I started:

And here's how everything is looking now, in late August:

Hold up: I haven't done anything special to the...

June 7, 2018

This is my third post tracking the progress of my front yard makeover. I started at the end of March and posted a first update in early May.

I love color. It can feel like a challenge to achieve bold color in the shade since most of the largest flowers require full sun....

May 31, 2018

It's almost June, so that means strawberries. I'm no longer growing large-fruited cultivated strawberries in my garden, just wild strawberries in my front yard as a groundcover. An in-ground strawberry patch takes up a lot of space and it's only productive for a small...

May 3, 2018

It was just over a month ago when I first posted about my front yard "makeover". Today, things are looking a lot greener.

Here's March 29, 2018:

And here's May 3, 2018:

Slowly, but surely, the New Jersey tea bushes against the house are getting bigger.  

For more color, I...

April 26, 2018

The veggies have finally grown large enough to actually be visible in photographs, look!

The back left bed has broccoli raab, black carrots, and mixed mustard greens; back right has collards, Japanese baby turnips, and mizuna; front right has Chinese broccoli, beets, an...

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