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Strawberries, Pests, and a Secret Weapon

June 2018

When someone brings up early summer or says “it’s June”, my mind immediately goes to strawberries. What an incredible berry. I don’t know about you, but the flavorful bite that these red berries pack is enough to make even a child smile. In fact a couple of friends of ours have a child who recently crushed a tupperware container of them like Popeye eating spinach…

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How To Prune Tomato and Pepper Transplants For Maximum Harvest

When you have shorter hair like I do, you tend to need your haircut quite frequently. For me, it seems that whenever I get mine cut, my hair comes back stronger and quicker than ever. This is not scientifically proven, but it’s a comment my stylist and I make almost every time I’m there. Let’s hope as I get older, this continues to be true!…

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2017 Vegetable Garden Totals

This year was the first year that I’ve ever tracked how much came out of the garden by weight. Normally, I’m fairly meticulous about what is being planted and where, but I’ve never taken the time to measure my efforts. And although it was quite tedious to weigh everything (especially the thousands of ground cherries) I thoroughly enjoyed the results. When I set out to…

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Harvest, Harvest, and More Harvesting

Coming to the end of August the weather is beginning to reach that point where it’s either really hot, or feels like fall. The days are even starting to get shorter. It’s around this time that the garden has reached its peak and is transitioning from summer crops to cold weather autumn plants like carrots, cabbage, and spinach. However a majority of our time is…

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Deadly Tomato Horn Worm – And How To Find Them

“The worm appearing on it was an object of much terror, it being currently regarded as poisonous and importing a poisonous quality to the fruit if it should chance to crawl upon it.” –  The Illustrated Annual Register of Rural Affairs and Cultivator Almanac (1867) John J Thomas Picture a large green caterpillar like creature with diagonal white stripes and a small red horn protruding…

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Green Beans, Peppers, and the Mystery of the Fallen Corn Stalks

At the beginning of the growing season, it’s hard for me to contain my excitement for that first harvest. I will check my plants daily, sometimes twice, to see if anything is ready to be picked. In August however, I don’t think a day goes by where something is not taken out of the garden. To be honest, it can be somewhat difficult to keep…

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June 19, 2017

Tomatoes and Peppers and Ground Cherries Oh My?

It is the middle of June and I thought it worth providing an update on my three oldest (aside from the perennials) plants of the year. At almost five months old, the tomatoes, peppers, and ground cherries are really coming to life in the garden. If this is the first you’ve heard of the experiment I am doing with these plants, check out the previous…

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May 28, 2017

Planting Everything

It is Memorial Day weekend and for many gardeners in my neck of the woods, that means planting time. This weekend is generally a good indicator that the worst is behind us as far as the weather goes (hopefully). I can’t say for sure that there haven’t been any freak accidents where in the first week of June a blanket of snow had fallen, or…

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May 7, 2017

Transplant Growth

It’s the beginning of May and yesterday while I was in the basement watering the tomatoes and peppers, I noticed how ready they are to be planted outside and thought I would give you a glimpse of what they look like. A little back story first. Towards the end of January I decided to start my tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, and ground cherries from seed in…

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