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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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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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2016 Tomato Report

I grew six varieties of tomatoes this year.  Here is my appraisal of their performance in my garden. I usually plant indeterminate tomatoes.  This type of tomato will continue to grow and produce fruit until frost (or disease) kills the … Continue reading

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Shades of Green

The cabbage family plants in garden bed number three (Chinese (napa) cabbage, pak choi, radish, kale, turnip, and assorted greens) come in many different shades of green, plus the purple of one variety of pak choi and the red of … Continue reading

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Mutant Mustard

Two years ago, I discovered that I had a kale seedling with three seed leaves, or cotyledons, rather than the usual two.  I had another one show up this year. When I was planting chard, carrots, mitsuba, beets, and lettuce … Continue reading

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Yellow Jacket Problem Solved

We’ve been having a problem with yellow jackets this year.  They’ve built at least two nests in the garden and have attacked us on two different occasions, perhaps when we got too close to the nests or stepped on the landscape timbers the … Continue reading

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Radishes Are Up!

Most of the radish seeds that I planted a week ago have come up. In the middle right of the photo, there are a couple of mustard seedlings.  They are “volunteer” plants, i.e. they came up from seed produced by … Continue reading

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First Tomato Flower!

One of the ‘Park’s early season starter’ tomato plants that I planted on March 14th has produced its first flower even though it is still growing in a pot.  I saw the flower bud a few days ago and have … Continue reading

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Okra, Herb, & Tomato Seedlings

The seeds that I planted last week have been coming up over the past few days. Big okra seeds produce large, strong seedlings. All of the herbs seem to have germinated well except possibly the parsley.  Where two seedlings came … Continue reading

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Basil, Tomato, Pepper, & Eggplant Seedlings

My seedlings have been growing well.  They are in front of a west-facing window, but fluorescent lights provide a total of ten hours of additional light in the morning and evening.  Without the artificial lighting, the plants would be spindly … Continue reading

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