2007

It used to be that the new vegetable seed catalogs would start to show up in my mailbox sometime after New Years. Well times have changed and guess what arrived in my mailbox right around Thanksgiving? Yep, the first new vegetable seed catalog of the year.

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Would you like to grow a vegetable in the garden that was prolific as grass in that you can cut it once, and cut it again, but it just continues to grow and yield additional harvests of delicious produce? Well that’s kind of the idea behind the veggies that are classified as cut and come again crops. Usually found in the form of leafy green vegetables, these baby veggies and micro-greens will provide you with the convenience of multiple harvests from a single planting.

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The November issue of the Gardening Secrets Newsletter has been published and distributed to all the gardeners on the subscription e-mail list. The feature article for this month’s gardening newsletter focuses on a selection of great gift ideas for the home gardener. Regardless of the budget or type of gardening involved there are tips for locating an interesting gift that will please anyone who loves to engage in the hobby of growing plants in the home or the garden.

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If you’re not familiar with heirloom apples you may be surprised to discover just how many varieties of apples actually exist and can still be found growing in local orchards and backyard fruit gardens. Following is a partial listing of the heirloom apples being cultivated in Central Pennsylvania landscapes.

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A recent article about rare backyard fruits described my first experience with the uncommon jujube fruit, which is also known as a Chinese Date. No, I wasn’t a bit impressed with this odd tree fruit that I had just tasted for the first time. Despite the so-so encounter with my first jujube I decided to keep an open mind about the worthiness of a jujube tree in the backyard edible landscape.

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Sure, I heard the freeze warnings that were broadcast over the weekend, but who pays much attention to the weatherman’s predictions these days? Besides the leafy greens and fall vegetables that occupy most of the garden have been anxiously awaiting a heavy frost to tickle and sweeten their hardy leaves for weeks already.

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While we’ve been enjoying balmy weather and an extended summer season here in Pennsylvania, I’ve started noticing reports of fall frosts striking gardens in other regions. Things are slowing down and some of the garden bloggers have closed up shop for the winter, but here are a few interesting links form around the Internet:

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While the most common fruit at the tasting was the apple, there were a number of rare and unusual types of fruits available for sampling including; paw paws, cactus pears, ju jube fruits (aka Chinese dates), home grown nuts, hardy kiwis, and assorted varieties of persimmons. These fruits may sound foreign and exotic, but they were all grown and harvested from the landscapes and gardens of the association’s members, or in some cases picked from trees growing wild in the local countryside.

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Ever since an earlier article about a couple of Goji Berry plants that I purchased for the garden, there has been a lot of interest and more than a few ideas exchanged on this site related to growing Goji Berries. Here’s a recent question that I received from Terry regarding winter care for his gojis […]

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