When a recipe calls for a garlic clove, that’s always a typo. They meant 2 or 3.

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Free compost

DSCN0992.jpgAutumn leaves are like a big load of free organic fertilizer. I hire a fellow to chop up and bag our leaves each fall, dump them in the garden, and I spread them out like a winter coat . Underneath, come spring, the soil will be black, rich, with too many wriggler worms to count. While you take a nap or cook blueberry pancakes, the worms will multiply, aerate your soil, fertilize it with their castings and leave free compost for you. Our kitchen swill we keep separately in a bin because it seems … well, more dignified.

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Fresh leeks

DSCN1459.jpgI love the taste of freshly-harvested leeks; royalty of the onion family. The white and light green parts are tastiest, so bury young plants deep and mulch high with leaves or such to blanch the stems. These are headed to leek & potato soup.

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The Sunday garden

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Autumn sprouts

DSCN1465Brussels sprouts are healthy and easy to grow. I snip off the growing tip of leaves in fall to put plant energy into the sprouts — which are delicious; the naysayers notwithstanding (roast them.) ┬áSprouts help prevent cancer with antioxidants and phytochemicals, provide bone-building vitamin K, boost the immune system with vitamin C, and fight inflammation and heart disease. They won’t do windows.

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A helping leaf

Romaine lettuce growing up in the shade of a broccoli plant to shade it and help keep it from bolting. (About 80 broccoli plants, actually.)

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Unintended consequences

Just a thought: I sprayed “Deep Woods Off” on my feet while sitting next the little garden pond, and it killed two frogs. Where I spray it on my feet it also kills grass. WTF, over.

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