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Blue Jays in the Vegetable Garden: Friend or Foe?

I have a handful of blue jays that are VERY interested in hanging around my back yard this season. The seedlings in my vegetable garden beds are cautiously poking their heads up through the ground, hoping to have dodged the last frost and I’m worrying over them daily, wondering which…

Moving the Lilac and Will Row Covers Rescue My Veggies?

Three years ago I bought some foundation gardens from http://springhillnursery.com One was a shade garden (which is now in full sun and some of it is being moved around) and the other was a beautiful corner garden which I adapted to the space under my living room picture window. The…

Recipe: Orecchiette con cime di rapa

Original post here: http://janepell.wordpress.com/2010/04/09/so-many-raabs-so-little-time/ and has lots of info about Raabs of all kinds. 1 lb. orecchiette (little ear-shaped pasta) 1 or 2 bunches broccoli rabe (rapini), washed, roughly cut in 2-inch chunks 1 or 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 to 6 anchovy fillets Good pinch red pepper flake 2…

Planted Broccoli Raab and Patty Pan Squash

Change of plan! I intended for the whole 5th vegetable bed (E) to be Broccoli Raab, but while I was planting it today I decided that a 1/2 bed should be enough. 8’ x 4’, the size of a whole bed, is a LOT of Raab. 🙂 In the 2nd…

The Heat is On! Asparagus and Pole Beans Are Planted.

The asparagus is an exercise in patience on my part. From what I’ve been reading, I need to hold off on harvesting spears until the third season! I planted six “Mary Washington” crowns yesterday and now I just can’t wait to see them peek up through the 2”covering of soil…