Author Archives: Ryan

About Ryan

Urban gardening at it's best (sometimes it's worst)! Adventures and learnings from going 100% lawn free in a D.C. row house.

Moving In

There are some new folks moving into the neighborhood, finally!  Construction was finished 2 winters ago, and the condo sat vacant for a whole year before some brave souls decided to take the plunge into real estate ownership.  I’m so glad … Continue reading

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Spring has Sprung

I have returned from my winter hibernation, or should i say cybernation?   I know, that was a pretty bad pun, but a wonderful way to start off the blogging season! The first (sort of, i’ve been doing lots of other … Continue reading

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Attack of the Squash!

I know, it’s been a while…i’ve been building this and got a bit carried away: A little orchid case- ok, not so little…i’ll get some more shots of that as i move some plants in and hopefully they’ll be happy … Continue reading

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Got Out The Good Camera

I was deadheading the yellow cone flower in the front yard (which is 7 feet tall!) over the weekend, and was amazed by the diversity of visitors in the garden.  Who knew?  so many different critters even in a city! … Continue reading

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Getting Ready For Fall??

Crazy to think that’s it’s nearly the end of august already!  I noticed the other day that the bed closest to the house in the front (north) yard is beginning to get some shade as the sun’s angle decreases.  sad … Continue reading

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You Can’t Beet That!

I know, terrible pun, but i couldn’t resist the temptation. Finally!  An actual beet harvest.  I love beets- roasted with goat cheese and balsamic vinegar; cold beet and yogurt with lemon; grilled with olive oil.  And, the beet tops?  forget … Continue reading

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The Blues

I’ve got the poor soil blueberry blues!  Well, i think it’s two problems: 1: soil acidity and 2: too much root competition. The 4 blueberry bushes that i planted last year have not done a single thing!  literally, they just … Continue reading

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The heat, the heat, the heat and the humidity…

Remember how i was saying that we’re actually having a spring- well, now, we’re actually having a summer!  i know you’ve heard of the record breaking heat, so i won’t whine (too much) about it.  The good news is that … Continue reading

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Cauliflower coming on

Going back to the theme of having an actual spring here in DC, the cauliflower is starting to form heads.  the usual DC “spring” lasts about 2 weeks before the temperatures rocket into the 90’s, with night only getting down … Continue reading

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First Garlic Harvest!

I noticed the other day that some of my softneck garlic was starting to yellow and lean over a lot.  I had a pang of fear that i was loosing my garlic, again!  last year’s garlic crop, everything but 8 … Continue reading

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