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Book Review:  A Rich Spot of Earth

Book Review: A Rich Spot of Earth

A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello by Peter J. Hatch This is a lovely coffee table book.  It’s split into two sections – one telling the history of the Monticello gardens, and the second featuring vegetables that are found in it.   Being a gardener, I really enjoyed this glimpse […]

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This week in the garden: Finally picked my first squash (it was a cute round lemon squash)! Squash Borer – 2, Mama Tutu – 1.  I lost 2 plants to the dreaded vine borer, but saved one!  I managed to cut the borer out of the squash and replant without separating the vine completely from […]

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This week in the garden: Picked our first ripe tomato! Several ripe blackberries. Lost a squash plant to the dreaded squash vine borer.  HATE. Those. Things. Pulled up a lot of borage plants that had completely taken over the tomato plants. Having pollination issues — not enough bees! Okra seedlings coming up… seems like I […]

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This week in the garden: Plants seem to have taken off a lot this week. Baby cilantro seedlings popping up everywhere. Lots of lettuce & peppers. Cucumbers starting to form. Squash plant growing and starting to make fruit. Lots of green tomatoes, none turning red yet. Our first ripe blackberry!  

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Top left: Squash bloom Top right: Borage pods/seeds Bottom right: Zinnia Bottom left: Pasilla Bajio peppers  

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Book Review: Grow Great Grub

Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces by Gayla Trail First of all, the photography in this book alone makes this book a worthwhile read.  The pictures are absolutely beautiful!  As far as information, it is a great book for a beginning gardener with not a lot of space.  It covers the basics of gardening […]

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This week in the garden: Tiny tomatoes! Finally! Peppers are rocking! Green beans are too… I think we’ll have enough mature ones to enjoy a batch for dinner next week! All types of squash plants are blooming, although the plants themselves are still pretty small. Cucumber plants are starting to flower, but they’re not quite […]

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Top Left: Potato Leaves/Flowers Top Right: Roma Green Beans (bush) Bottom Right: Nasturtium flower/leaves Bottom Left: Oregano clippings

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This week in the garden: LOTS of blooms!  Tomatos, peppers, green beans, borage — all sorts! More rain.  Yay!  My plants just respond so much better to God’s watering system than mine. Harvesting some lettuce for salad.  Yum. The pole beans are starting to climb their trellis. Potato plants are thriving.

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Top Left: Borage leaf & flower Top Right: Cilantro pods/seeds Bottom Right: Tomato leaf Bottom Left: Grape leaf

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