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June 21, 2018

On Monday, I overheard someone say, "it finally feels like DC." It was 93F. And that's why I choose summer veggies that thrive in the heat. Let's take a tour of the backyard veggie garden and see how everything is doing.

The beets (reddish leaf shown here) and carrots (...

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...

September 21, 2017

Tomorrow is the first day of fall, bringing us the freshest, tastiest apples. Apple butter, apple cider, apple pie, apple sauce...and 10 pick-your-own apple farms, ordered by proximity:

  1. Homestead Farm, Poolesville, MD

  2. Lewis Orchard, Dickerson, MD

  3. Butler's...

June 22, 2017

I've been dreaming about jam. See, we are entering peak summer fruit season: cherries, blueberries, peaches, blackberries, plums, raspberries, and more. Stone fruits and berries such as these make fantastic jam and jam is incredibly useful in all kinds of sweet an...

May 25, 2017

Ten DC-area pick-your-own strawberry farms, by proximity:

  1. Miller Farms - Clinton, MD

  2. Gorman Produce Farm - Laurel, MD

  3. Shlagel Farms - Waldorf, MD

  4. Homestead Farm - Poolesville, MD

  5. Swann Farms - Owings, MD

  6. Butler's Orchard - Germantown, MD

  7. ...
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