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TAG : heirloom gardening

When and How to Harvest Broccoli

 Photo by Rebecca Anne ColeHarvesting broccoli at the right time can be tricky, especially if the weather turns hot all of the sudden. Broccoli heads tend to bolt without warning when temperatures soar above eighty degrees. Once the heads start to flower, they are past the point of harvesting. ...

My 2019 Garden: A Collection of Many Projects

Gardening is work but can also be play. In fact, for me, the fun makes the work tolerable, particularly when considering the demands of growing everything in containers or straw bales in my hot and humid Raleigh climate. Located in my driveway (because that is where the sun shines best), my ...

Companion Planting to Maximize Garden Space

Photos by Rebecca Anne ColeWhen I first started my garden I made sure each vegetable variety had its own designated row. I wanted my garden to resemble a compact version of a farmer’s field, with meticulous crops carefully maintained in systematic rows.  While my garden looked neat and ...

Starting Tomatoes from Seed

When most people think of heirloom vegetables, the tomato comes to mind. Here in Maryland, we love our tomatoes, and no vegetable garden is complete without an heirloom tomato plant. Many common tomato plants can be found for purchase in early May, but availability and variety are ...

When and How to Transplant Cabbage Seedlings to the Garden

Photo Credit: Rebecca Anne Cole Cabbage seedlings, those precious little plants that have been nurtured so tenderly throughout the winter months, will eventually need a final place to call home. The effort expended to start each plant from seed, careful watering and adjusting under grow lights ...

Priceless Advice of the Heirloom Variety

January is often a time of reflection for me as I ponder the experiences of the prior year and make plans for the season to come. As the seed catalogues start filling my mailbox, I can’t help but spend some time going through my garden journal from the prior season, reflecting on the ...

How Seed Swaps Inspire Heirloom Gardening

A few years ago, my husband and I decided to leave the big city and move to my hometown. We didn’t know what to do once we got there, but we were determined to settle down where we could breathe fresh air, hear birds singing, and see the stars at night. One snowy weekend right before we ...

How I Saved the Ivan Tomato – It’s all in the Story

Firstly, this is not a story that can be told in one blog post, so you’ll have to come with me on this ride to hear pieces and part of the Journey. When this all began, I was working as a professor for a local all-women private college, where I had been happily teaching for five years. My ...

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