Author Archives: brianbreczinski

About brianbreczinski

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

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.   Advertisements

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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 “Epic Tomatoes” by Craig LeHoullier.  I grew eggplant and dwarf tomato plants (seeds purchased from Victory Seeds, see Resources for more info on … 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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Two New (to me) Tomato Varieties

This year, I tried planting some new varieties of tomatoes.  Two indeterminate tomatoes that I tried are ‘Anna Russian’ and ‘Cherokee Green’.  They have been producing fruit for a few weeks now. ‘Anna Russian’ produces medium-large, heart-shaped, pink (red flesh … Continue reading

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Container Flowers

I like to grow annual flowers in various containers.  This year, cosmos, zinnia, and sunflowers have all done well in their flower pots. I’ve planted these cosmos and zinnia varieties before and they have always grown well in containers.  The … Continue reading

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Fortex Beans

We picked the first of the ‘fortex’ pole beans on Saturday.  This was my first time to try these beans and I didn’t expect them to be so large; the longest was about 10.5 inches (26.7 cm) long! We ate … Continue reading

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Radishes

I picked some radishes today in the rain.  I picked some last week too to thin the plants and make space, but those radishes were only about half this size. You can see that the seed leaves (the heart-shaped leaves close to the root) … Continue reading

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2017 Seeds Orders

I placed my orders for seeds on February 8th.  My main order was with Pinetree Garden Seeds (superseeds.com), which is where I usually order seeds. This was a pretty big order, so I’ll break it down into categories.  First are … Continue reading

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Update to 2016 Tomato Report

This fall, after I wrote the 2016 Tomato Report post, a disease that I suspect is a form of blight infected all my tomato plants.  This disease shows up every year.  It starts on leaves at the bottom of the plants and … Continue reading

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