October 2007

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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As much as I’ve written and talked about my beloved kales, I recently realized just how much I’ve slighted the equally delicious and possibly even more talented collard greens. Maybe collards don’t deliver the same pizzazz as those beautiful kales, but they are by no means a homely or undeserving plant. They also deserve more respect in the garden because they are so nutritious and healthful.

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A recent comment posted here inquired into the possibility of relocating blueberry bushes that held special sentimental value for one Northern gardener and her family.

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Yes, it’s officially fall according to the calendar, but the vegetable garden is still lush, green, and continues to yield plenty of fresh organic produce. I’ve been gradually removing summer crops, including the heirloom tomatoes to make room for fall plantings. As usual the leafy greens account for the bulk of my fall vegetable production.

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