Category Archives: kitchen gardens

Heirloom scallions

I love to grow alliums, be they garlic, shallots, chives, garlic chives, or onions in general.  I plant 9 varieties of hardneck garlic in autumn.  I plant yellow, red, and white onions from sets each spring to get an early … Continue reading

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Fava questions

I fell in love with the flavor of fava beans during trips to England and Italy, and since they are not available in markets here, I’m determined to grow my own.  Long-time readers may remember my first dismal attempt last … Continue reading

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Shovel ready!

One thing a gardener learns early on is to follow the old adage, “Make hay while the sun shines.”  Timing can be crucial in many things, and especially in gardening.  Decide to sleep in instead of deadheading those chives, and … Continue reading

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If you go away…..

things happen!  D and I decided to go to the Memorial Golf Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.  Normally, I would hate to leave the gardens, but things were pretty well caught up (at least until I can start hauling mulch) and … Continue reading

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Is May over already?!?

How can that be?  By the end of May, the gardens are planted and mulched, and it’s time to make elderflower syrup and enjoy the June roses with feet propped up, or leisurely strolling the gardens, admiring all the work … Continue reading

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The Thymes they are a-changing

    Thyme is one of the best-loved of all herbs.  A versatile and durable perennial, its creeping branches can soften the harshest of rock walls, turn a stone into a comfortable tuffet or make a sunny bank into a fragrant … Continue reading

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Rain again…and again

Three glorious days of sunshine, so I frantically planted veggies in the potager for long hours on the first two.  Almost all of the tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, climbing melons and beans, many lettuces, edible flowers, more cippolini and Italian red … Continue reading

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Thwarting the birds

Last year, I was overjoyed to begin picking a quart or so every few days from the strawberries I’d planted in the potager.  They were older plants moved from the prior Cook’s Garden at the farm, so were off to … Continue reading

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A Day of Firsts!

After a long spell of cold, rainy weather it is suddenly 87 degrees and total sunshine!  The slight drawback are the 50 mph winds that are really drying things out.  I’ve had to water the flats on the outside benches … 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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