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Plantidote of the Day 2011-09-29

brussels sprouts

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Brussels sprouts

A relative of cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, Brussels sprouts are one of the unsung joys of the vegetable kingdom. First, growing in the garden, they look like something from a Dr. Seuss book. Second, they are absolutely delicious. Third, they're full of nutrients, including glucosinolates, the same compounds that made broccoli famous. Four, they have a fairly decent shelf life in the refrigerator, unlike some veggies. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2011-09-29

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The National Heirloom Exposition

The largest heritage produce exhibit ever, with heirloom vegetables from all 50 states. Discussions and workshops on seed saving, home gardening, marketing, food politics and farming with recognized experts. Includes a Trade Show with more than 250 vendors, and poultry and livestock exhibit, too! Read more about The National Heirloom Exposition

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Plantidote of the Day 2011-03-03

ornamental kale

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Kale is such a pretty vegetable that it's often used in landscaping, as a garnish and even as an element in bouquets. (Actually, the one shown above is in a front yard, between roses and sage.) What a shame! Kale is way too delicious to be used as nothing more than decoration. Plus, as a cousin of broccoli and cauliflower, it has important health benefits, including fighting cancer. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2011-03-03

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Plantidote of the Day 2010-11-18

carrots at Eliot Coleman's farm stand


Correntian Valley Girl was traveling in Maine one summer when she shot these beautiful carrots, just a small sample of the produce available at Four Season Farm.

Four Season Farm is an experimental market garden in Harborside, Maine, owned and operated by writers Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman. The farm produces vegetables year-round and has become a nationally recognized model of small-scale sustainable agriculture.

Winter sowing report

In January and February, I said I'd try some winter sowing, and, this being May, I'm here to report back that I met with great success and am very happy with the technique! To recap:

1. The insight is to mimic nature's processes for germination, in a somewhat more protected environment than simply sowing seeds into the ground. In this way, we can get a jump on the growing season, yet with hardier plants. Read more about Winter sowing report

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Fall Food and Flowers

Sorry I haven't had the time to gardenblog. I've been, well, in the garden too much, and too wiped out after canning and harvesting to do pics. But I have some. I missed a period for good pics but I'll show some results instead. First up: Fleurs. Hecate has some going still, and I do too:
DSCF0305Mums did well, if a tad slow, this year. Nice and bright. Read more about Fall Food and Flowers

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