Category Archives: vegetable gardening

July in Review

“Fast and furious” best describes the changing gardens this month.  We’ve had a few hot, humid days that are typical of July here in central Indiana, but for the most part it has been cooler than normal.  Thus, many mornings … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday July 29

The gardens are changing fast as the daylilies fade away, but there are still things that bring a smile today.  This late, double-flowered soft peach daylily is becoming one of my favorites.    The bounty from the potager increases daily.   … Continue reading

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Potager June Review

  June was a month of huge progress in the potager, although it is still hard for me to believe that it has been a full month since the May review!   First of all, all those luscious rows of peas … Continue reading

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Fava Bean update

  I’m learning a lot more about fava beans, or broad beans.  Here’s what I did with the first batch, a simple adaptation of a recipe by Raymond Sokolov.  I picked up his MARVELOUS book, “A Canon of Vegetables: 101 … 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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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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Daffodils? That means pea-planting!

  Long before the advent of calendars, farm folk had sayings to help recall when certain chores needed to be done.  I like following many of these old proverbs, because in my experience they are generally more accurate than dates.  … Continue reading

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Lettuce Rejoice!

       I have to admit that one of my favorite plants to grow is lettuce (Lactuca sativa).  Not because it is easy, although it IS one of the easiest plants anyone can grow, or because it is tasty—although it certainly … Continue reading

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Free seeds!

My free seeds from Renee’s Garden arrived in the mail recently.  As a Garden Writer of America member, trialing seeds is one of the many perks of membership.  If you have not visited her website (www.reneesgarden.com) please do.  Not only will … Continue reading

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Last Harvest, First Harvest

Today I dug the very last of the potager’s 2016 crops: “Parisian”carrots.  This is the first time in forty years that I’ve left crops to overwinter in the garden.  Always before, everything not eaten immediately was harvested and canned, frozen, … Continue reading

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