Category Archives: garden planning

August possibilities

August has never been a favorite month.  It’s a signal that summer is nearly finished.  Most gardens are winding down.  Over the years at my herb farm, it was always the most disappointing business-wise.  Few people wanted to purchase plants … Continue reading

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A Succession of Peas, Please!

  This season, I’m tweaking the succession plantings to make my potager even more productive.  If crops (peas for example) are available for weeks, then we can eat them fresh and skip the energy (mine and the power company’s) it … Continue reading

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Winter projects

Gardeners often get frustrated during the winter.  Right now it is 4 degrees F, with gusty winds that make it feel even colder.  The gardens are covered not only with snow, but with an icy crust.  Tattered seed catalogs form … Continue reading

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And the BEET goes on!

  2018 has been declared the “Year of the BEET” by the National Gardening Bureau.  I adore beets, pickled, roasted, in soups and salads, so I was delighted to hear the news.  I’d already decided to grow more beets this … Continue reading

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Things I should have known by now

At my advanced age, the number of things that I haven’t yet learned (or have forgotten) is still surprising.  Here’s a few of yesterday’s revelations: Cleaning the Front Island, which is located around and under black walnut trees, without a hard hat … Continue reading

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Succession Planting

Many people have questioned how and why the potager is so productive.  There are several reasons.  For example, good drainage from raised beds, deep soil, and continual weed removal are assets to productivity.  Good drainage means an earlier planting start … Continue reading

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April review of the Potager

Although it was slow-going early in the month due to continual rain, seeding and planting is caught up for the moment.  The potager has really changed since April began.  Several beds have seeded crops growing, like this one with peas … Continue reading

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