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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...

March 7, 2019

After tonight, we're expecting to see temperatures remain above freezing for the next 10 days at least (yes, even with the snow on Friday). Jackpot, time to start planting! I intend to begin planting small cold-tolerant salad-y stuff this Saturday. If you are looking f...

February 28, 2019

At the end of my Rooting DC talk (link is my slides on Google Drive), an audience member came up to me and said "if you hadn't told us that you have stage fright, we never would have known." I had openly shared about my enduring stage fright right at the top of my talk...

February 14, 2019

I know, I promised an outstanding turnip recipe in my last post. I found one, I just haven't had the time to make it yet: turnip gratin. What caught my eye with this particular gratin recipe is that you bake it in three steps. Using a heavy skillet (not a ceramic or gl...

February 7, 2019

I think this headline from the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang summarizes the latest weather weirdness rather well: "Washington's temperature leaps to record high of 74 degrees, less than a week after it was 10 degrees." The article goes on to state that we saw...

December 13, 2018

Even though it's been frosty all week, I'm still growing vegetables outside. That's the power of straw mulch and row cover. Just be sure not to harvest anything frozen or you risk your greens turning to mush when you bring them indoors.

It was 34F and the water was iced...

November 29, 2018

Winter gardening expert Eliot Coleman observed that when the hours of sunlight drop to less than 10 hours per day, plant growth comes to a crawl or stop. He called this period of time 'Persephone Days'. In Washington, DC, our Persephone Days span from November 17 throu...

November 8, 2018

Looking to beat the winter blues? Head outside to our local public gardens. Meadowlark's evening display of holiday lights begins on November 9 while Brookside Gardens' display begins November 16. For daytime holiday cheer, head over to the US Botanic Gardens (starting...

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...

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...

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