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Early Tomato Comparison-2018

It’s time for the potager’s early tomato comparison featuring this year’s competitors:   last year’s winning “Polbig” and this year’s challenger, “Siletz.”  Both were seeded and handled identically, and planted out the same dates, same number of plants (8), etc.   … Continue reading

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Orange You Sweet!

Orange is my happy color, and finding excellent orange veggies for my potager is always a goal.  The first orange bell pepper trialed was “Orange Sun,” not a great success because brown spots appeared before the pepper became completely orange, … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Aug 11

  It’s early August in north central Indiana, but it feels more like October!  There was a heavy mist enclosing all of nature, and a dew so heavy that it required rubber boots and a sweater.  Not a leaf was … Continue reading

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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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July in Review

  July has been a fun month, although there were really, really hot dry days mixed in with a few cool “September feel” days, and now ending with two days of lovely, gentle soaking rains.  The weather always seems to … Continue reading

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Drats!

You may recall a few weeks ago I optimistically, fingers-crossed, hoped that putting faded marigold flowers that resulted from deadheading around cucurbit plants would eliminate or at least reduce the amount of squash bug and borer damage.  (See the “Will … Continue reading

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Hickok Beans

  The bean succession planting plan devised over the winter has had some altering due to weather, but there have been a bounty of various beans all season.  A few new varieties were planted (to see the full list, click … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday-7/7

  Does it seem to you that we just wrote a “Six on Saturday” a day or two ago?  The days are whizzing by, which is why it’s important to take a moment and breathe deeply, especially if there are … Continue reading

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Harvest Monday-June 25

  Today’s harvest from the potager is mostly beans, which wasn’t supposed to be the case, but the best-laid, winter-agonized over plans sometimes just don’t work out correctly!  Likely due to unusual heat along with welcomed rain, not only the … Continue reading

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Harvest Monday-June 18

  Happily, we’ve reached that time of the season when it’s not “what can I find to harvest?” but “what do I want to harvest?”  Of course, picking crops at their peak determines much of what comes to the kitchen.  … Continue reading

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