The April harvest: It’s not easy having greens

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Those of you who have even a passing familiarity with what we do here know that I am a crappy gardener. I have grown bitter collards, anaemic snow peas, wormy cabbages, and, perhaps most notably, watery giant squash – and that’s just above the ground! Look below, and you’ll find I hold the world’s record […]

Thinning: A Crowd-Sourcing Project

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I know I’m not the only one who has trouble thinning seedlings. In fact, I struggle with the whole philosophy of planting more seeds than you need just so you can snip the life out of two-thirds of them just as the little proto-plants stretch their legs. Is there a reason we can’t simply figure […]

Roots for the home team

Parsnips, with an egg for scale

Do you want the good news or the bad news? We’ll start with the good news. The good news is that our hoophouse has successfully extended our growing season. Granted, it’s gotten an assist from the warmest winter in human memory, but it still felt good to be out there in January, harvesting the parsnips […]

Let the gardening begin

A thorough soak, post planting

It began inauspiciously. Every year, the Cape Cod Organic Gardeners, who patiently tolerate our presence on their roster, put in a bulk supplies offer through NOFA, the Northeast Organic Farming Association. The order consists of several thousand pounds of soil, seed starter, compost, fertilizer, and various other supplies. So far, just about all we’ve brought […]

Soil Q&A

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I know you’ve been looking forward to another in my gripping Agronomy Series, so you’ll be happy to know that I got my soil test results back from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst lab. Now that I’m an adult, I don’t take tests very often. Although I’m tested all the time, it’s in the […]