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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...

May 23, 2019

I took this photo to show what's growing in my community garden plot: 'Piracicaba' broccoli, Southern mustard greens, mixed lettuces, giant sunflowers, edible hibiscus, and a single green tomatillo plant on the very end. But having just completed Charles Dowding's fant...

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...

May 9, 2019

The Southern mustard greens in my community garden plot have been so productive that I almost can't keep up...almost.

For the harvest pictured above, I made a frittata. After giving them a 20-minute soak in a sink full of water to wash and refresh them, I briefly blanc...

April 25, 2019

This is going to be a light post this week. I was in a car crash on Monday night due to the other driver's negligence. I'm physically ok with just some soreness and mild abrasions on my left arm from the airbag; I'm still working on being emotionally ok about it. Thank...

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 28, 2019

I've posted previously (twice!) about DC area spring plant sales. I love these sales because you can pick up a ton of high quality plants while supporting our public gardens and horticultural institutions.

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...

March 14, 2019

I wasn't able to start planting on Saturday because the soil was too wet from all the rain. Today's forecast calls for a high of 70F, so I'm busy planting all the things!

Here's what I'm growing in my plot at Pomegranate Alley Community Garden:

For my backyard garden, I'...

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