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Early Fall/Late Summer Garden – Pictures and Observations

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Tomatoes

All except one tomato plant gave up producing about 6 weeks sooner than usual. That means no tomatoes for me in December and/or January.

The most beautiful and most productive tomato plant was the one in the fence border close to my back door. It’s still producing! And it’s why I’ll have […]

Garden notes and pictures – May

Eating asparagus, some strawberries, onions, various lettuces and greens, rapini, collards, radishes, parsley, sorrel, and thyme.  Potatoes are growing quickly so “new” potatoes are not too far in the future.

Garlic and Onions

After that nice rain we had yesterday I noticed that about 8 garlic plants had turned brown over night. I pulled them up right away because I’ve had that happen before.

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Garden Talk – mid-April

Looking at the garden from a distance there’s not much too see. Nonetheless, I took pictures so you can get an idea of what’s going on.

The tall blue/green is winter rye.  That’s where most of the tomato plants will go.

The low light green is mache flowering and going to seed.  (It’s hiding the winter lettuce from view.)

The light purplish haze to […]

Asparagus – A Variety to Consider – Unconventional Planting Thoughts

When I first started my asparagus bed about 18 years ago I bought 1 year plants.

The two varieties were a delicious purple hybrid and also a green variety which I think was Mary Washington. Both seem to be favorites of most suppliers along with the hybrid, Jersey Knight .

I followed traditional planting advice.

What I’d Do Today

If I were just starting […]

How’s Your Garden Doing? – Comparing Notes

It always seems advantageous to know how others are faring with plants that we’re growing in our own gardens – or with plants that we might want to grow in the future. It gives us that much more information (from the other person’s experience) to add to our base of knowledge. That can, sometimes, give us just the edge we need to help us […]

Garden – Strategy for Better Overall Garden Health

We eat mainly what we grow and there are very few vegetables that I buy from the grocery store — even in the winter.  And when I do they’re organic and in season.  I wouldn’t pay even a penny for a tasteless store bought tomato or cucumber.  Nor do I buy onions or potatoes. (Yes, I know— I’m spoiled.)  I consider myself blessed that […]

Asparagus – Roasted with Sun Dried Tomatoes

I was cleaning up this morning and I came across a recipe that was included with my asparagus roots ordered from Cook’s Garden: Roasted Asparagus & Sun Dried Tomatoes.

I’ve never fixed it because I don’t have my own sun-dried tomatoes but I hope to remedy that this season.  Whether my plans for a dehydrator work out or not, I’m going to freeze some […]

Asparagus – Sweet Treat of Spring

One of Spring’s earliest and sweetest treats is asparagus. How to cook asparagus is the key to keeping it sweet.  And although there are dozens of asparagus recipes on line, the most simple ways allow you to better enjoy the sweetness.

Two spears ready to harvest.

Although you hear a lot about steamed asparagus they can’t hold a candle in sweetness to sauteed […]

Growing Asparagus

The succulent young shoots of asparagus is something asparagus growers look forward to in the warm days of spring.  If you’ve only experienced canned asparagus you won’t relate to that since fresh asparagus are as far from the canned ones as day is from night.

While writing this post I spoke to one of TMG’s readers on the phone.  Forty years ago, she and […]