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Jul 10

Peas in a Pod…or not?

Fresh peas – follow this link to learn more. Two varieties I like to grow (and eat) are the sugar snap and snow peas. Both are edible pod varieties. There are, of course, other varieties which the shells are simply too tough to be eaten. For me the edible pod variety is best, because of their …

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Jun 01

Early June Garden Report 2017

As the summer months come upon us I take stock of what’s in the garden. The last couple weeks in May were quite rainy, but temperatures have been mild. Here is the list; Asparagus – is doing well in its fifth year and continues to fill out the plot. I’ve had several servings of fresh …

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Jan 03

Johnny Appleseed

Born September 26, 1774, in the town of Leominster, Massachusetts, John Chapman – aka Johnny Appleseed was an American pioneer frontiersman. In American folklore his name is legendary, but much of the legend is simply blown out of proportion. Many myths surround his life-story, but one thing is for sure; he was responsible for propagating …

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Dec 12

Ginseng

Known for its health benefits, ginseng has been used in Asia for more than 3,000 years. Ginseng – genus Panax., a perennial plant with fleshy root, found in cooler climates of North America and Eastern Asia. Studies have been done in Asia and Russia to assess the far reaching claims that ginseng as an adaptogen …

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Dec 11

Pumpkin Pie and…?

Autumn is a time to harvest a variety of richly colorful foods. Winter squash and pumpkins are members of the family of cucurbitaceae that we mentioned in a previous article. This link shares some of the many different varieties of pumpkins. Like many foods, pumpkins lend themselves to a wide range of uses. Of course, …

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Oct 19

Cucurbitaceae

I bet this is a new word for most readers. Cucurbitaceae (follow the link to learn how to pronounce this and many other new or difficult words) are a family of more than 900 plants in about 95 genera. Follow this link to learn more about plant families. The most important among the cucurbitaceae are; …

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Oct 10

The Colorado Cannabis Scene

As a follow-up to my post about recent travels to Denver, Co. I mentioned in that article the state of Colorado has legalized cannabis for adult use in the privacy of their own home. Under Colorado law it is now lawful for an individual to purchase up to one ounce of cannabis per day. Here …

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Sep 01

Garden report September ’16

Early in the season the broccoli performed well yielding 8 large heads. This summer’s best producer was the cantaloupe melon! The dozen fruit over about 4 weeks were some of the sweetest melons I have ever tasted!…and the first 4 were quite large and heavy. 12 sweet, juicy melons was a good harvest. It was …

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Jul 10

A Mid-Summer Morning

In the garden this morning. After a heat wave that lasted several days, we experienced a heavy, soaking rain yesterday. The garden is at its most lush under these conditions.   Leeks are doing well. Melons are showing an abundance of flowers, but not many fruit. Seems like a pollination issue, but the season is …

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May 13

Mid-May Garden report 2016

Regular readers know of my passion for gardening. In previous posts I have shared information about some of the bigger and longer term projects. This summer marks the 8th year since I moved back east. In 2008 I undertook the task of yet another long term landscaping and garden project. This endeavor took some planning, …

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