Monthly Archives: March 2011

Garden flowers

I always grow flowers in the garden – flowers for picking, for the dinner table, for the bathroom counter, for the nightstand. For the neighbors. America has gotten away from flowers, except for funerals and weddings. And yet, what pure joy … Continue reading

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Brussels sprouts

 Yes, I know, I know. But I love these baby cabbages, especially after a few frosts. They become a delicacy then at my house. I plant a summer crop for market, but for pure eating pleasure I grow for winter. … Continue reading

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More on broccoli

            Broccoli is not only what Eliot Coleman calls “the perfect vegetable,” because it produces a main head and then smaller side heads after that, but is a powerhouse of health.  It and other members of the Brassica family produce … Continue reading

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Broccoli

Broccoli. What a beautiful plant, maybe the finest in the garden, with its dinner-plate leaves and blue-green glow. I grow for beauty as well as food, so I surround broccoli plants and purple cabbage with orange and yellow marigolds – … Continue reading

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Welcome to Spring!

The equinox occurred at 11:26 a.m. today, Sunday. We made it!

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Pepper starts

I am convinced that those who offer opinions of vegetable growing simply look up other opinions and offer them as their own. Do this, don’t do that. But where’s the evidence? Repeat something often enough and it becomes truth. Well, … Continue reading

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beginnings…

This note I received today. “I’m attempting to plant a garden for the first time and have found the literature I’ve read so far to be confusing and not clear enough for someone who is a complete beginner. I’m glad … Continue reading

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The wristwatch

At age 9, I was the sole proprietor of a lemonade stand on North Avenue in Westport, CT. I wanted to look important, so I had with me a collection of National Geographics to read, lest anyone think I had nothing … Continue reading

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The don’t eat ’ems

We have descended into the garden and caught three hundred slugs. How I love the mixture of the beautiful and the squalid in gardening. It makes it so lifelike. –Evelyn Underhill

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Brassica shields

            It’s about time to start brassica seedlings indoors (in zone 6 anyway), because 5-6 weeks inside and they’ll be ready to set out,  then 60-70 days to maturity. That puts me at the June farmers’ market with a nice … Continue reading

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