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In the Garden

Consider growing a crop of Asian pears

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ive years ago we planted a small orchard of mixed fruit trees – with mixed results. True to their name, the “Reliance” peaches have been outstandingly reliable. Now if we could only beat the raccoons to the ripe fruit. We are learning that no amount of fencing, metal flashing or other deterrents is going to keep them from getting to those luscious fruits before we do. Next year we are picking the peaches green. We also grow a late variety of peach called “Veteran.” These are much larger than “Reliance” and delicious, but they bruise very easily, making them hard to sell. They are perfect …

Growing possibilities

Sunday, September 21, 2014

For years I have had a bad case of pergola envy. (If you are wondering, a pergola is a garden structure that looks like an arbor on steroids.) I would practically drive off the road rubbernecking back yards if a pergola was present. “What style was it? Is it just a shade structure …

In the garden: Tomato blight jinxes the best garden ever

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Best garden ever! I had been afraid of saying it out loud for fear of jinxing things, and no sooner had I said these words last week when the tomato plants began to show signs of disease. They were doing fabulously well until then. We ate our first ripe Early Blue Ribbon tomato …