Author Archives: brianbreczinski

About brianbreczinski

work: chemist, NMR manager; hobbies: gardening, reading, photography, electronics, biking, woodworking

Spring Flowers 2018

I planted some more spring-flowering bulbs two years ago.  These photos were taken on May 5th; the flowers have finished blooming now, except for the grape hyacinths.  The bulbs were all purchased from Van Engelen (see Resources). First up are … Continue reading

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Containers for Growing Vegetables

Last summer, I decided to try growing some vegetables in containers.  I selected some 5 gallon (19 l) buckets because they are labeled as food-safe and they are relatively inexpensive.  These buckets had three ring-like features on the bottom and … Continue reading

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Eggplant With Three Seed Leaves

One of my eggplant seedlings has three cotyledons or seed leaves.  I’ve found extra seed leaves on my vegetable plants before, but only on cabbage family seedlings (see previous posts Seed Coats, Seed Leaves, True Leaves, & Mutant Kale and Mutant Mustard). … Continue reading

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Huge Seed Leaves

I planted ‘green tiger zucchini’ summer squash for the first time this year.  I was surprised to see that they grew huge seed leaves, or cotyledons, that are much larger than those of other squash I’ve grown.  I  measured the leaf … Continue reading

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2018 Seeds Order

I placed my seeds order yesterday to Pinetree Seeds (superseeds.com), my usual seed source (see Resources).  I don’t need many varieties as I have a lot of seed left over from previous years.  Here are the vegetable seeds I ordered: … Continue reading

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New Buds on Surinam Cherry

After I moved the Surinam cherry and some other houseplants into the house last fall, I forgot to water them for several days.  The cherry lost most of the leaves from the upper half of the tree.  Now, it’s started … Continue reading

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Why Are Cranberries so Sour?

Glenn Facey explains in his blog: NMR of Cranberries. Why Are They So Sour? TL;DR version:  Organic acids (malic, citric, quinic, and benzoic) contribute to the tart or sour taste of cranberries.  

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Carrots and Beets

Early this week, with rain and freezing weather predicted, I decided to dig the rest of my carrots and beets.  I got home early to dig them before it got dark, but still ended up digging in the dark, cold, … Continue reading

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Container Vegetables

This year I tried something I hadn’t done before, growing vegetables in containers.  I got this idea from the book “Epic Tomatoes” by Craig LeHoullier.  I grew eggplant and dwarf tomato plants (seeds purchased from Victory Seeds; see Resources for more … Continue reading

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More Tomatoes

A quick look at five tomato varieties that are producing fruit in my garden at the moment: I grew the first three last year and wrote about them in my 2016 Tomato Report; the two on the right I wrote … Continue reading

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