Previously, watermelon has not done particularly well in our garden – generally the growing season’s over before the watermelon are ripe. However, this year I used the old heirloom variety called Crimson Sweet, and we’ve been happily eating watermelon for several weeks.
Crimson Sweet is described as an AAS winner (1964) that’s crisp and sweet; has medium-red flesh and mild flavor; and is a very popular, old heirloom. The packet says the variety takes 85 days to mature. I started the seeds indoors; hardened the transplants off, and then planted them in the garden after all chance of frost was over.
They vines [...]
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Last year, our neighbors suggested we pick their raspberry patch while they were vacationing, so the “raspberries wouldn’t go to waste”. In one week, we picked and froze (see Sealing In Summer Flavor) enough raspberries to keep us supplied with delicious jam, cobbler, and pie over the winter. Since raspberries are perennial (come back every year), and we enjoyed them so much; I decided we needed a patch.
Because they’re perennials, it’s very important to select the right kind of plant, site, and planting arrangement for your situation. With careful attention to these details, a successful raspberry patch will produce for [...]
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Last year I put in a few rhubarb plants, and as I was walking through the garden this weekend, I noticed they were putting up flower stalks. I’ve grown rhubarb before, but I’d actually forgotten about the strange looking stalks. So, I decided to brush up on rhubarb.
Where It’s Grown
Rhubarb can be grown just about anywhere, but prefers full sun and needs a well-drained location. Two years ago I planted some in a protected nook, and those died, so last year I put some in one of my sunniest locations, and they seem to be thriving. I like to [...]
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