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Maple leaves are falling and we’re all going to die




I’ve received a lot of questions about the diseased Maple leaves falling early and whether they’re safe to compost. I’m terrible at this whole “don’t give an answer right away in order to drag readers along” so here’s the short … Continue reading






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We keep our harvest, but we don’t can




  By this time in the season many people have pulled out their ball jars, boiled their lids and are well on their way to filling their pantry with home preserved goods. We’re not doing any of that, and that’s … Continue reading






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Fungus is among us. Spray your tomatoes!




This summer has not been great for growing tomatoes. It was cold, then it was cold, and after it got hot, it then got cold again. Finally, as the weather seems to be warm long enough to keep the tomatoes … Continue reading






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Portly cukes and the people who eat them




  Despite best efforts, cucumbers sometimes go unharvested a bit longer than they should. By the time I find them, they’ll be a bit, well, portly. Once they’ve reached that size the seeds can be large and the flesh bitter. … Continue reading






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Easy compost turning with video




Turning compost can be difficult for people with limited upper body strength, a bad back or limited height, depending on the style compost unit you use. Plunging a pitchfork or shovel into a pile is easy, but lifting that material may … Continue reading






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Garlic: Eight good years




“You can’t always get what you want.” For eight years I’ve been growing all my own garlic, for consumption and “seed” garlic to grow the next year’s crop. Garlic is, as I’ve said previously, one of the easiest and enjoyable … Continue reading






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Saving scallion seeds




If you’ve got second year (overwintered) scallions, now is the time to save seeds.






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Garlic scapes




I love garlic. It is one of the easiest crops to grow, it keeps all year (if you grow the right varieties) and early summer it produces a “scape,” a delicious and fleeting delicacy. Before I go any further, there is … Continue reading






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Quick and easy rabbit protection




Cute and fluffy, rabbits can cause a lot of damage to your leafy greens, broccoli and more. While a hinged cover on a raised bed is great, it doesn’t make sense for everybody, especially if you don’t have a raised … Continue reading






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Potatoes with pupils




Briefly, here is how I plant potatoes with preschoolers. My preference is to set things up so it is as easy as possible, especially because I’m working with 3-5 year olds.






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