Monthly Archives: July 2015

Making Hay While The Sun Shines – Part 2

Even before the surprise bounty of figs arrived on my doorstep Saturday morning, I had a hefty agenda for my first full weekend back home in my garden in 3 weeks. Serranos – picking them at both the green and … Continue reading

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Making Hay While The Sun Shines – Part 1

After three weeks of much longer than normal hours during the week and attending conferences on the weekends in service to my day job, I had a two whole days at home with my garden this weekend.  I found it … Continue reading

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Inadvertent Homage

…to Scarborough Fair on my deck. Companion planting 1670 style!  Here is the Simon and Garfunkel version if you need to get the song unstuck from your head.

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Saving Seed – Tomatoes

One of my goals for this year’s garden is to save more of my own seeds for varieties I know I will be planting year after year.  Saving my own seed moves my garden a little closer to being self-sufficient … Continue reading

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Green With Envy

Last fall when I decided that edamame would be a fun and delicious addition to the garden, the only seed variety available through Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds was a variety called Envy. The spring crop consisted of roughly 130 plants … Continue reading

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Canning – Green Beans

I received a wonderful offer today from a dear friend and colleague.  A hands-on canning lesson with fresh Blue Lake bush beans from her husband’s garden.  The photo below captures about half of his very productive garden.  He is growing … Continue reading

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Early July Update

This morning I started 22 strawberry runners and found another 8 that were already well established in the existing strawberry bed.  I began this year with 32 plants and I think I will start 2016 with double the number. The … Continue reading

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