Monthly Archives: July 2013

Seeing with your heart

My market gardens are infested by slugs and snails this summer. What use they serve, Heaven only knows — but Heaven comes to visit my gardens now and then, and arrived the other day in the person of my grandson, … Continue reading

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Beets and greens

Plant beets now for a late crop. (I understand what beets do the next day, I really do, but plant anyway.) Germination is slow and tricky, so keep the bed moist on hot days, and mulch lightly. The trick is … Continue reading

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A primer on Sunflowers

Plant them. The blooms will face east (almost always).  The sprouts are healthful and delicious. End of primer.

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Salad greens

Who came up with the idea of summer salads? I mean lettuce and radishes ripen in spring, cucumbers come later, and¬†tomatoes and peppers the latest of all. Nobody’s getting together in a salad bowl, I can tell you. Most lettuce … Continue reading

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Peas

When you’re absolutely certain you’ve harvested all the pods off your pea vines, pull the vines down to see how right you weren’t.

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