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summer flowers

I can’t tell you how many times I walked through the garden enchanted by the abundance of flowers and wished I could share its beauty, but the pictures didn’t reflect it. The blooms were too far, the angle was too wide, the light shone the wrong way, I could never capture the charm, not until this photo.
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beans

On 08, Aug 2015 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

The Kentucky Blue Wonder beans are in bloom and they look more like what I remember seeing in my grandparents’ garden during my childhood. I also remember that my grandfather couldn’t find enough ways to preserve the produce that springs forth from this horn of plenty – the climbing bean, so here are a few ways to deal with overflow crops if you are so blessed.
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ratatouille

On 06, Jul 2015 | No Comments | In edibles | By All Year Garden

One of the pleasures of growing a vegetable garden is watching small yields of different vegetables ripen at the same time, each one individually not enough for a meal, but together a bowl full of fresh and nutritious. This is how peasant folk dishes were created: recipes emerged out of necessity, recipes that now grace the pages of classic cook books and test the talents of even the most accomplished chefs. Read more…

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lemon balm

The scent of lemon balm is warm, citrusy and soothing, a fistful of good cheer on a cloudy day. This resilient herb will thrive in any garden and it is not fussy about the soil, sunlight or water, which is why some came to see it as a symbol for overcoming difficulty. Read more…

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new harvest

On 24, Jun 2015 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

I’m so excited to see the first produce getting ready for harvest, it’s almost time to start the yield table for this year. It rained a lot lately, for the benefit of squashes and cucumbers, the always thirsty plants. All the veggies are in bloom, and most of them have started bearing fruit.

It doesn’t seem to be a particularly favorable year for the eggplants, which lag behind their towering garden companions – the tomatoes, the peppers, the squashes, the beans. Read more…

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first tomatoes

On 15, Jun 2015 | No Comments | In advice, edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

The first tomatoes, from the Supersweet 100 variety. This year’s production is not overwhelming, but adequate. If you never grew tomatoes before and would like to start, here are the basics.

Starting tomatoes from seed is very easy, their germination rate is close to 100%, they grow very fast in their starting pods and faster still once transplanted in their permanent location. Read more…

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every shade of purple

Changing the color of the ground is another great way do delineate a space: a mass planting of orange flowers, a field of yellow tulips, a delicate cover of blue plumbago.

My garden decided to paint an entire flower bed purple this year. I’ve got every shade of purple, from mauve to indigo; low growing bugle weed, tall wavering alliums, delicate sweet violets, intense grape hyacinths, real navy blue hyacinths, and crocuses. Read more…

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green tomatoes

Every year the generous tomato plants bless us with an overabundance of fruit that doesn’t have the chance to ripen before the first frost. Tomatoes take their sweet time to figure out how to bear more and more fruit and their best and most abundant yield goes so far into the fall they don’t have time to finish it. Read more…

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magic betony

Did you know that betony was thought to chase away vengeful ghosts, evil enchantments and bad dreams? I’m not acquainted with its alleged magical properties or even the real medicinal ones (apparently it was a prized healing herb in the ancient herbal medicine collection, supposed to provide relief for headaches and gastrointestinal upset), I just love its graceful purple flowers that float above a thick rosette of oblong leaves whose edges look like they have been decorated with a paper crafts crimper. Read more…

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love in a mist

On 21, May 2015 | No Comments | In plants | By All Year Garden

Because of the late start of the season the annuals are a few weeks behind schedule. Not the tomatoes, mind you, they tower over the garden dwarfing their companion plants, but the annual flowers, most of which are just now starting to bloom. They sprouted from under the perennial foliage a little shy, the colorful rosettes of the zinnias, the tall spikes of French mallow, the cheerful moss roses. Read more…

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