Category Archives: O to T

Sowing dreams

(Beware, this is an essay. Once you begin reading you may not stop, and there goes five minutes of your life, *poof*. The harvest of possibilities to be found in a vegetable garden in early spring is worth more in some … Continue reading

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Discovery

“So that’s what hay looks like.”       –Queen Mary

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Onions

 I fell in love with onions for the first time when we began growing “Walla-Walla Sweets,” an onion you can eat like an apple. We began with 2,000 at our farmstand in Massachusetts, doubled that the following year, and finally … Continue reading

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“Greensprouting” potatoes

            This refers to a method widely used in Europe to get potatoes 2 or 3 weeks before anyone else. To do this, cut your certified seed potatoes such that each piece has two “eyes” in case one doesn’t sprout. Lay … Continue reading

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The humble radish

(Which you are soon to plant.) John Evelyn, in 1699, wrote a discourse on salads, in which he stated that the radish “affords a very grateful mordacity (biting quality) and sufficiently tempers the cooler ingredients” of a salad.  Isn’t that … Continue reading

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Sowing peas

            They always tell you to sow your peas as soon as the soil can be worked. Well, this is fine to say, but around here that means March. So what happens is that a day comes when the soil is ready, … Continue reading

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Breeding seeds

Breed your own seeds that are  perfectly suited to where you live. All you need do is select seeds from the most healthy and productive open-pollinated (not hybrid) plants you grow, save the seeds, and replant them next year. Select … Continue reading

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