Monthly Archives: October 2009

Better Than Kale? Yes!

Always on the lookout for cold-hardy, richly-flavored greens, and a sucker for anything billed as “popular in southern Italy”, I tried a new one this year. Spigariello liscia in early October. The plants have set a few buds that quickly … Continue reading

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Homemade Coldframe

After harvesting potatoes from my new bin, I started to think that setup — made from a three-bay compost bin — looked a lot like a coldframe. And the soil inside is better than any of the soil in my … Continue reading

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Overwintering Dahlias

I was 50 before I discovered dahlias. Part of it was about being a flower snob. Dahlias (like glads) were “out” for many years. But I’m sorry to say that it’s also about climate change. This variety is called Who … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Plant Garlic

Here in Vermont it’s easy to tell when the garlic should be planted. Look up at the hillsides. If they’re a blaze of red, orange and yellow, it’s time. Related Posts Growing Garlic Harvesting Garlic In most parts of the … Continue reading

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Favorite Potatoes

I found one of my favorite potatoes while on a garden tour in England about 10 years ago. On our way through the Yorkshire countryside on a soggy spring day, our small group stopped at a pub for dinner. Potatoes … Continue reading

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Favorite Fall Flowers

The fact that wild asters grow abundantly and in so many climates makes them a good choice for low-maintenance borders and butterfly gardens. A wild aster, thriving in a New England meadow. A reliable, low-growing aster called Woods Pink. An … Continue reading

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Our Product; Your Ideas

Our new Orchard Rack seems to be something customers have been looking for, though some folks are using it in unexpected ways. Our new Orchard Rack is not just for things that come from the garden. We love it when … Continue reading

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