Category Archives: Backyard Gardening

Big Finish – Glass Gem Corn

The Glass Gem Corn is winding down and I will have a couple more ears to harvest over the next few weeks but today was really the big finale with 4 ears harvested and two that were almost* entirely in … Continue reading

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I Can’t Even – Glass Gem Corn Harvest

Yes.  It is just that beautiful!

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July Garden Update

Under the best of circumstances July is an awkward time for the garden. Spring greens (spinach, lettuce, cilantro) still in the garden have bolted or browned, strawberries have stopped producing anything but dozens of straggly runners and asparagus has transmogrified … Continue reading

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Roma Wasn’t Built In a Day

Roma math: A decent batch of homemade tomato sauce with enough to freeze or can for future use requires a minimum of 15-20 lbs of roma tomatoes. The average day on the urban farm (with 16 roma tomato plants in … Continue reading

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Food With a Story – Mortgage Lifter

When was the last time you ate a tomato and considered the intrigue and controversy surrounding it’s provenance? This big guy, sold by Baker Creek under the name Mortgage Lifter is almost ready to harvest and when I save the … Continue reading

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Towering Tomatoes

The view standing next to my Hartman’s Yellow Gooseberry Tomato. The view a few steps back.  This tomato plant has already over taken the 8 foot bamboo support pole and I need a step ladder to access the top with … Continue reading

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Seeing Red (And Green)

Today’s garden science lesson:  pill bugs can produce offspring up to 3 times per year and they like strawberries.  Not all of the strawberries, of course, just a pill bug sized sampling of each. I picked berries between the intermittent … Continue reading

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The New Normal

The phrase “the new normal” usually has all the cheer of a dark, grey storm cloud with it’s reference to sluggish GDP growth, wage stagnation and growing wealth inequality, but there is another new normal that is happening parallel to … Continue reading

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I Break For Blossoms

I took a break between tending to existing plantings (pruning, mulching, thinning, tying up) and starting on seeding new plantings (cilantro, cucumber, edamame, squash and zucchini) to enjoy the blossoms that beginning to pop up around my garden. Sugar Ann … Continue reading

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Berry Delicious

First* strawberry of spring! *technically the third one to ripen, but the first one that I beat the birds to.  The strawberries are now covered enough to keep birds and squirrels out but let the pollinators in.

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One Boy, Three Sisters

Me:  Let me snap a picture before you plant the rest of the seeds. 9yo:  Sure, but let me grab the dibber first! I served in an advisory capacity last weekend as my 9 year old planted Glass Gem and … Continue reading

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A Berry Short Haircut

Last fall I had a niggle as I watched the lush, green growth of the strawberries yellow in some places and brown in other.  I made a cursory search for winterizing strawberries and fall strawberry preparation and did not find … Continue reading

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Green Mulching

While looking for a readily available, organic mulch to compliment my semi-composted pine needles, I have learned that the list of mulching styles and materials is truly endless.  The list of possibilities include but is not limited to: sheet mulching, … Continue reading

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Finally Spring – Garden Update

The average last frost date for this area has come and gone and the lowest nighttime temp forecast through the end of the month is 41.  I think spring is finally here to stay! The French Breakfast Radishes are speeding … Continue reading

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Avant Garden

The single, yellowed leaf I found on one of my paste tomatoes at the end of February was actually the opening shot of a fungal tug-of-war that will likely continue for the whole of 2016’s growing season.  The Septoria Leaf … Continue reading

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