Tag Archive: planning the garden

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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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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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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Jun 13

Mid-June Garden Report 2015

  Tiny little wild strawberries are delicious and this year I actually remembered to toss a mesh net over them as they went into bloom. Only the few on the periphery were eaten by deer or birds or rabbits. Most years I forget to cover them and I get none. These were wonderful on my …

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Oct 23

Asparagus to sleep for Winter

It was 18 months ago in my garden when I planted asparagus from both seed and crowns. I wrote about the detailed process to prepare the beds and in this article I showed a picture of my healthy and robust fronds that were exceeding 9 feet in height!   At the end of the growing …

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Sep 17

Compost

  Compost is an essential component for the success of an organic garden. Composting is also an effective way to use up kitchen scraps and yard waste. Follow the link to a step-by-step guide with pictures showing how to make organic compost. In the picture above, you can see in the forefront- a tumbling …

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Mar 14

First Crocus!

First Crocus by Kevin Neary First crocus, how you make my heart sing! Sunshine and warmth with you bring. Oh, harbinger of that glorious Spring! Snow and ice are melting away Light grows brighter each lengthening day. The soil grows warm and though you will not last long. Behold, you are such a welcome little …

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Jan 05

Winter is time for planning the coming year’s garden.

Planning for the upcoming gardening season begins in the cold winter months. Seed catalogs arrive in the mail and consideration of how much space is available for planting must be accounted for. A preview of The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a helpful guide for estimating what weather patterns may prevail throughout the coming year. …

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