Planning Your Garden Part 4: The Fall Garden

Planning Your Garden Part 4: The Fall Garden

In the last few weeks,  we have harvested lots of fruits and veggies, and some plants have completed their season. The garden looks different. There are big pockets of emptiness, soil with nothing growing in it. Harvesting turnips, beets and carrots leaves beds empty. Pulling out the leaf baby lettuces after the third or fourth cutting of their leaves, and removing the sugar snap peas once the weather heated up, left open holes in the earth....

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Planning Your Garden Part 3: Saving Seeds

Planning Your Garden Part 3: Saving Seeds

As spring has yielded to full summer, you might be seeing your garden overflow with produce. You might even see flowers or fruits that got away – that you didn’t see when they were ripe, and now what? You can pick them and toss them in the compost, you can leave them on the vine, or you can prepare to save their seeds. You might think that saving seeds is for the advanced gardener. What do I know about saving seeds, you might be thinking, but I...

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Pollinators: Birds, Bees and More in the Garden

Pollinators: Birds, Bees and More in the Garden

Each year at In the Gardens we invest ourselves in learning something new, or studying more deeply about an aspect of the garden. One year it was composting. Another year we explored companion planting. A different year our focus was learning about weed prevention while simultaneously enriching our soil. There are side journeys each year as well: unexpectedly we had to learn how to protect our crops more effectively from deer last year, and one...

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Planning Your Garden, Part 2: Flowers and Veggies Together

Planning Your Garden, Part 2: Flowers and Veggies Together

I recently learned something about why it’s great to plant certain flowers near specific vegetables. I knew a few basics: that marigolds deter pests and sweet alyssum is great next to your kale, broccoli, collards and other brassicas. But why? Well, let’s start with marigolds. And note that there are different varieties of marigolds. You can grow the average size, from about 18-24 inches high, or you might prefer, as I do, the dwarf size. These...

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Planning Your Garden, Part 1: Companion Plants

Planning Your Garden, Part 1: Companion Plants

“I planted peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil and zucchini,” a neighbor told me. “The tomatoes aren’t growing at all, and the cucumbers are really struggling. How do you get your vegetables to grow so full and productively?” I hear these questions often. There are some basics that might seem obvious: a spot with enough sun and soil, the proper amount of water. But there are many more elements that contribute to a successful garden that many of...

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A Special Volunteer!

A Special Volunteer!

Last Saturday I had the honor of seeing one of my former students become a bar mitzvah. It was especially meaningful because of the close relationships I have with so many members of his family, particularly with his grandmother Judy (Gunga, as she is known), who is one of In the Gardens’ main volunteers. And yet it was even more meaningful because this gentleman has been spending the last few months here working with In the Gardens for his...

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