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Monthly archives for August, 2009

Harvesting Garlic

Harvesting Garlic
Garlic may be my very favorite crop. Nothing else in the garden provides so much pleasure for so many months for so little effort. Here’s the prize: cured, trimmed and ready to be stored for the winter. Garlic may be my very favorite crop. Nothing else in the garden provides so much pleasure for so many months for so littl [...]

Time to Harvest Potatoes!

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When potatoes are ready for harvest, the plants look pretty shabby. Earlier in the season I wrote about planting potatoes in a re-purposed, three-bay composting bin. We had a very rainy year and the potato plants loved all that moisture. Most of them grew to almost 4 feet tall. The crop looked promising, but a funny thing about growing potat [...]

The Best Intentions

The Best Intentions
Think you’ve had a hard year in the garden? You’re not alone. Vegetable gardeners are calling this season the worst in recent memory. A squash plant in our display garden, during better times.   A squash vine borer, one of the many challenges of summer 2009. More than 50 percent of the squash plants in our d [...]

Dazzling Dahlias

Dazzling Dahlias
Dahlias flourish in full sun and their vibrant colors are hard to beat, especially when planted large groups. Started from potato-like tubers in the spring, they start blooming by midsummer and reach their peak in the dog days of August, filling the gap between fading early summer annuals and fall-blooming asters and mums. A mix of l [...]

Freezing Sweet Corn

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Use an angel food cake pan (or a bundt cake pan) to make it easier to shave the kernels off the cob with a sharp knife. I used to grow enough corn that we could eat it for dinner every night during August and still have enough to freeze for winter. Once you’ve been eating home-frozen corn for a few years, it’s difficult to be sati [...]

The Heart Wants

The Heart Wants
Why is it that we gardeners can’t be happy with the plants that thrive in our own zone? Don’t we have enough challenges, what with diseases, pests and foul weather? In my zone 4 garden, I have a stewartia, a shrub that’s usually hardy to zone 6 or maybe 5. Though it’s come through two winters just fine, this [...]

Autumn’s Secret Garden

Autumn’s Secret Garden
Plant peas in late July to early August for a delectable fall harvest. For lots of folks, the Secret Garden isn’t a physical place; it’s a time of year. These savvy gardeners enjoy some of the sweetest harvests of the year when the rest of us are already raiding our freezers or resorting to supermarket vegetables. If you think of sw [...]

Frog Island

Frog Island
Floating planter doubles as a gathering place for backyard frogs. Frogs have made a home on the Islandscapes planter. I went out to Frog Island this morning. It was hot. My husband had mowed a path to it, bless him, so I wouldn’t have to worry about startling snakes or them startling me in the tall grass. Frog Island is [...]
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