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Late Fall Greens: Chard Recipes

In our garden only leafy greens and root crops remain.  The last lettuce got hit by a hard frost, the spinach was finished off in our salad last week, and arugula stands in scruffy flowering patches.   Chard and kale … Continue reading

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Time to Keep Garden Pests Under Control

It’s been a great growing season.  We got an early start and have had a decent mix of rain and warm sunny days.  Now that your tender seedlings are reaching up toward the sky, it’s a crucial time to prevent … Continue reading

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New Growth: Seedling Inspiration

It’s still the perfect time to plant seeds!  We are not quite to our May 1st frost-free date in Somerville, so hold off on heat-loving tomatoes, basil, eggplants, and peppers.  Cilantro, spinach, lettuce, peas and dill are great choices to … Continue reading

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Seeds vs. Seedlings

With these early warm temperatures, many people are starting to think about summer vegetable gardening.  And it’s the perfect time to start your own seeds!  I usually start tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants in the second half of March and most … Continue reading

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Gardening with a Changing Climate

Last weekend I planted lettuce, spinach, and pea seeds in the buckets on my porch.  The soil was toasty warm and over-wintered chives stretched as tall as my hand.  I wish I had measured them – I swear they grew … Continue reading

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Backyard Gardening: Putting the Garden to Bed

This post is a bit overdue, we put the garden to bed the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Given this year’s temperatures, we could have done it on New Years Day! Putting a vegetable garden to bed in the fall isn’t truly … Continue reading

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Backyard Gardening: First Harvest

This post is far overdue: we harvested the first delicious greens from the backyard garden months ago. In fact, the lettuce and arrugula we planted after clear-cutting the spinach is now ready to eat!  Summer has a way of running … Continue reading

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