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Gardeners like to compete with each other over who has the worst soil. You wouldn’t think we’d be proud of this, but what can I say, we’re a strange bunch. One will argue for his hard clay, baked in the sun, another for her sand, without a trace of organic matter. I’ve got my own…

Garden Wrap-Up

Last night was our official first frost, right about at our new average (official last frost date is about October 7 here, but the last 9 years have been increasingly late). I was wholly unprepared – I forgot to check, and had meant to harvest the last batch of Tulsi. Ah well. Green tomato pickles…

“…and that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.” – Guy Clark Guy Clark’s song is true – and over here we’ve got homegrown tomatoes and true love coming out our ears. The true love can be put up for winter until it is chilly and huddling together for warmth looks good, but the tomatoes, well, they…

The Glut

It is that time of summer here – the one where you can’t eat all the vegetables pouring out of the garden, and the farmers can’t keep up with all the stuff their farms are producing, and many things that are precious and rare much of the year are cheap and abundant. Besides eating yourselves…

Garden Doom…No, Not Really

I wrote this post in 2008, which was one of my worst gardening years ever – I made the insane mistake of setting the deadline for _A Nation of Farmers_ for June 1, which meant I spent most of the planting season in front of my computer. But I knew I wasn’t the only one,…

Reaching the hellacious end-of-book period where I do nothing but merge endlessly with my computer. Thus, low on new content. So you can read this stuff instead. First, check out “Little House in the Ghetto” which will be going on my blogroll just as soon as I figure out how to change my blogroll. Waking…

Perennial Plants from Seed

Note: This is a repost from ye olde blogge (which, I am informed by the kind gentleman who is helping me debut it will be back to function by early next week – thank you all for your patience!). Aaron Newton and I are starting up our farm and garden design class today, and we’ll…

25 Plants You Should Consider Growing

Note: This is a rerun from ye olde blogge. As the book deadline approaches, expect to see some of my previous opi making appearances here. Since I’ve got more than 1000 of them, it shouldn’t be too boring, I hope. I hope this one will help some of you in garden planning this year. There…

At first glance, swept yards, derived from Africa, at one time traditional in the south and now mostly the province of a few, aging African-American southerners; and Cottage Gardens, invented in Britain under the feudal system and now evolved into a trendy ” flower garden style” meaning mostly a mix of abundant plants and mulched…

Garden 2010: The Calendar

Note: This is a repeat from ye olde blogge, because I think this is a really useful, and probably obvious tool that wasn’t obvious to me. It has made everything so much easier. I also wanted to put in the plug for the Ozone House Calendar! Those of who know me in real life will…