Category Archives: seeds

But if you deadhead…..

After expounding upon the merits of deadheading in a recent post, it occurs to me that I need to also present another side of the issue.  Deadheading does produce more flowers overall, and does keep the plants and the gardens … Continue reading

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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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First Frost

The arrival of the first frost is always a mixed blessing, mostly sad because it means the end of the growing season, but a bit of pleasure because it brings a long list of to-do’s to an end as well.  … Continue reading

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The Good

June is whizzing by, and before memory fades, I want to record many of the “good things” that are happening in the garden, whether a result of careful planning or happy accident.  The beautiful elder above is a happy accident, … Continue reading

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The Beet comparison

I’ve mentioned before that I plant radishes (usually French Breakfast) with my slower-germinating seeds as a nurse crop, and because they germinate so quickly, they mark rows to speed mulching.  Mixing radish seed into other small seeds like carrots helps … Continue reading

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Fava update

On March 7th, I planted fava beans for my first time ever.  I learned about them in England, but really grew to love them over the years we’ve visited Italy.  They remind me of a lima bean (butter bean for … Continue reading

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Smallage, or Cutting Celery

This week, I received word that George, the husband of a dear herbal friend passed away.  George and Charlene had a lovely and full life, and learning of his passing brought back lots of memories.  One was a day they … Continue reading

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