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Nov 15, 2022
By Michael Rupured

Fall Garden 3.0

My third serious attempt at a fall garden is in. This time, I started all the veggies from seed. Tootsie “helped.” Back in June, I started some Foxgloves and Canterbury bells inside. These beauties are biannual, blooming in the second year and then dying. I’m testing my hypothesis that going through winter triggers bloom — not the age of the plant. Will fall-planted specimens do as well as those planted in spring? I predict shorter stalks with fewer blooms. Two flats of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards, cabbage, and spinach went under lights in early August. Once they came up, I moved the flats to a shady spot outside. Keeping Tootsie away was a challenge. She didn’t bother the plants, but …

Feb 25, 2021
By Michael Rupured
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Late-winter Veggies

My second attempt at a winter vegetable garden has been more successful than the first. I can’t really take credit. Success came down to an unusually wet and cool September followed by months with only light freezes. The bar is admittedly low. Merely surviving the winter is a success. Months of root growth will pay off later for annual flowers. Any harvest is icing on the cake. My approach to growing vegetables is more than a little random. I don’t have room for a full-on vegetable garden and don’t want more than I can eat or easily give away. Mixing produce in with flowers works for me. Spinach is my biggest success so far. Freshly-picked leaves have been turning up …