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A Gross Of Tomatoes

It does roll good off the tongue, doesn’t it? or is it just me?… “a gross of tomatoes”… Except of course, they are not yet tomato plants, just 144 seeded cells with the promise of 144 seedlings. Seeded on Februray 22 (although the labels read […]

Planning for Tomatoes

We may have two feet of snow on the ground, but the early tomato seedlings have germinated. I do like to pick my first tomatoes in June, so I plant a few seedling in late January. They germinate in early February, and I keep up-potting […]

More on Growing In Hoop Tunnels

This is Swiss Chard in the garden today, unprotected, after weeks of cold weather, night in the teens (F/- 7 C to -12 C) and days of bone-chilling howling winds with gusts at 50 miles/ h (80 km). Not pretty, right? Certainly not much to […]

Summer Lunch

Summer has been cooler here than in prior years. So while tomatoes are really just starting to ripen and yield – finally!!!! – for real (a good 2 weeks past my usual tomato target date though), cabbage, kale (kale!!! in July! edible!) and lettuce greens […]

Peppers Before Tomatoes

That’s really not the way it’s supposed to work, but that’s how it’s working this year. Despite having started my tomato plants early in February, I did not plant most of them them until fairly late, and since they don’t hold as well in pots […]

S Is For Strawberries

Or is it for Swiss chard? because my chard is doing quite well, thank you very much. I am now harvesting two big bunches a week, and with all that rain, and that nice temperature, it’s growing and growing and growing – as you can […]

Asparagus!

or sparrow grass or sparr grass. But an asparagus by any other name is still an asparagus. I learned my lesson from last year: pick every single spear, the huge fat ones (some are larger than my thumb) as well as the skinny ones during […]

First Radishes

I am told that open-face radish sandwiches are an acquired taste. I am told – very firmly – that cream of radish-leaf soup is undoubtedly an acquired taste. Nobody’s perfect! I still plant radishes. Those ‘Radis de 18 Jours’ are young, crisp, mildly spicy and […]

Before The Rain

Before the rain is a good time to: 1. transplant Swiss chard 2. transplant lettuce 3. check on tomato seedlings in greenhouse. Sigh. Too early to transplant outside. BUT

Start! part 2

This is the 2nd article of a 2 part-series geared at first-time would-be food gardeners (Read Part I here) What should I plant? Not so fast! (aren’t you getting tired with me saying this so often?) Before you plant, you need a place to plant. […]