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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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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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Roasted roots

Yum. I know, fennel isn’t a root, but it’s still yummy!  Was going to roast a chicken, and needed some veggies, so i went out to the garden.  The fennel really took off after the weather cooled a bit, and … Continue reading

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I’m So Tire’d

So, we’ve putting in some permeable pavers in the yard which means that we have an awful lot of soil to put somewhere.  Just our luck, we have an ugly slope that we were wondering how to level.  After some … Continue reading

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Eggplant Party

Oh boy, eggplant for dinner again?!  Yes, and you’ll like it too!  Growing your own veggies really tunes you into the idea of “in season”.  August is the season for eggplants.  As the weather cools, and the days shorten, eggplants … Continue reading

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irene cont’d

forgot to add that she took our only apple!  it was so big, and starting to redden on the edges, a few weeks away from ripe.  next morning: gone!  ripped clean off the branch.  guessing some squirrel got to it … Continue reading

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Oh, Irene!

Cheeky girl!  Sorry for disappearing for a bit, blog-land, but between the earthquake and hurricane, i’ve been a busy boy! All in all, it was a disappointing storm, especially when you consider all the buildup from the weather stations: those … Continue reading

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Deadhead

What?! Just kidding, i didn’t become a Deadhead and abandon the garden: i was trimming the flowers.  A well known-and sometimes dreaded (pun intended)- garden pastime is deadheading old bloomed flowers.  This simply means cutting off the flower to prevent … Continue reading

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Hi, my name is ryan and i’m a gardener

You might be a gardener if…you’re out spraying neem on your plants at 10:30pm on a saturday night in your slippers!  At least i’ll give the neighbors something to talk about. The silverleaf whitefly (kale and brussels sprouts) and spider mites (string … Continue reading

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Water Wise

Yay!!!  the rain barrel fairy visited us last night.  We’re part of DC’s RiverSmart Homes program, which is a group of subsidies designed to encourage people to reduce their landscaping’s environmental impact.  This includes less pesticide, fertilizer, and water use … Continue reading

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