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A Bounty of Unintended Vegetation

Green sprouts everywhere, including a massive bounty of weeds. Too bad no one has “properly” marketed wild, organic microgreens at $20 per pound to the retail consumers. Some of the weeds that grow abundantly are edible, and is eaten in … Continue reading

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Oh Snap, Are You Chiving Me?

Farmers and weather, they either worry about too much rain or too little rain. There was a cold spell last week, but I hope from here on out we are solidly past the last frost date for the area. The … Continue reading

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A Slip Up

The sweet potato slips arrived this week, much to my surprise. They are a tropical plant and like temperatures above 70 deg F. They survived shipping from Maine, but within a day, started wilting. I put them in smaller containers … Continue reading

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All In The Allium Family

Day-am that was fast! Last week’s spring-planted garlic is popping up unabashedly. This time there is proper spacing between the plants. I contemplated popping out every other garlic bulb and replanting, but another allium needed a new home. There were … Continue reading

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Snap Peas in 9 Weeks

I am working on an excel spreadsheet that lists vegetables, earliest planting dates for region, field locations – essentially anything and everything that is required to plant crops. Snap peas are one of the earlier crops that can go in … Continue reading

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Spring Greening

The temperature rose steadily during the week and reached 80 on Sunday. There was a little bit of rain over the week and the garlic seems to be thriving. You can just make out tiny green clumps to the right … Continue reading

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It’s a Garlic Life

You can see evidence of autumn labor with garlic shoots breaking through. This was garlic planted on a whim, when I spotted forgotten hardneck garlics that looked like it had spilled from a crate by the barn. I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

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What Will It Be

I ordered seeds this weekend, about 60 different vegetables. What did I choose and why? I mostly picked open-pollinated varieties, which means there is a possibility of saving seeds for the next season. Growers who develop hybrids can boast certain … Continue reading

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Mystery Root

Is this a weed? A runaway vegetable? It grew very close to the edge where weeds have run rampant, so I’m not entirely certain this is an intentional crop. The leaves remind me of cabbage, but the root reminds me … Continue reading

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A Lesson to Savor

The bounty of herbs at the end of the season triggered the waste-not reaction in me. After harvesting quite a bunch of sage, thyme, oregano, and parsley over the weekend, I parceled it out for friends. I couldn’t quite figure … Continue reading

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