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August 8, 2019

I took this photo yesterday, before the storm. You know, when we had several weeks of high temperatures and no rain. I would say that I was doing *ok* with watering. I mean, there's a lot that's growing and green, though my cherry tomato plants are shedding leaves in r...

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...

June 6, 2019

I'm pleased to share that I haven't seen evidence of groundhogs in my garden for several weeks now. I know that it got me good twice. After the first time, I used old concrete edging bricks to block its access under the chainlink fence.

But since it couldn't squeeze und...

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 1, 2018

This morning, I pulled back the row cover to inspect my garden for the first time since the polar vortex gave us two weeks of continuous below-freezing temperatures. I had a feeling that the losses would be catastrophic. For comparison, here's a photo from November 30:


July 20, 2017

I'm not Martha Stewart and this is not Pinterest. Even though I consider myself an experienced and knowledgeable gardener, not everything goes according to plan all of the time. After all, gardening is a collaboration with Nature. When I get the balance right and my ga...

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September 12, 2019

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