Saturday, June 12, 2021

GardenDC Podcast Episode 63: Water Gardening and Koi Ponds

In this episode, we talk with Mike Gannon, owner of Full Service Aquatics, about water gardening and koi ponds. The plant profile is on Crocosmia and I share my impressions of the recent Philadelphia Flower Show.



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Friday, June 11, 2021

Fenton Friday: Summer Crops Started

'Sun Gold' Tomato seedling.
Photo by Jackie DiBartolomeo.

This week at the community garden plot, the interns and I planted two mounds of 'Cocozelle' green striped summer squash (basically a small zucchini), a 'Sun Gold' tomato, and two peppers - 'Shishito' and 'Lunchbox' - the latter of which I am very excited about as I love snacking on sweet peppers.

The fava beans are so plump now that the plants are falling over! I plan to harvest them this weekend. Today, we are getting heavy rains (yay!) and this follows on a week of blistering heat.

I think I will also pull a garlic out to test it too - I have a feeling they are all ready for harvesting early this year. 

I plan on starting okra either where the fava or garlic ones and then am debating on starting cucumbers next to that.

Elsewhere in the plot, the 'White Fordhook' swiss chard seedlings are settling in well. The strawberries are slowing down and sugarsnap peas are likely done after this week of intense heat, so I will plant green beans in their place. 

I also still have to clear out and set up an area for the several kinds of cutting garden flowers I have. The seedlings really need to get in the ground asap. 

How is your edible garden growing?

About Fenton Friday: Every Friday during the growing season, I'll be giving you an update on my community garden plot at the Fenton Street Community Garden just across the street from my house in zone 7 Mid-Atlantic MD/DC border. I'm plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 8th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.) See past posts about our edible garden by putting "Fenton" into the Search box above.

Monday, June 07, 2021

Monday Thoughts

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”
~ Luther Burbank

Saturday, June 05, 2021

GardenDC Podcast Episode 62: Edible Flowers with Denise Schreiber

In this episode, we talk with Denise Schreiber, author of "Eat Your Roses, Pansies and Lavender and 49 Other Delicious Flowers," about edible flowers. The plant profile is on Amsonia hubrichtii and we share our upcoming events and local gardening news!


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Friday, June 04, 2021

Fenton Friday: Fava Voom

 

This week at the community garden plot, the fava beans have started forming. They are blowing up like balloons! I'll give them another week and then start harvesting a few to try out. I am interested in eating them at the tender stage, rather than dried and saved. Got any good fresh fava recipes?

Elsewhere in the plot, the new summer interns started and we pulled the bolting broccoli plants finally and planted several 'White Fordhook' swiss chard seedlings in their place. We harvested the lettuces and pick strawberries and sugarsnap peas. I cut all the garlic scapes and have them in the refrigerator waiting for a spare hour to make pesto with them.

This next week, we should get the tomatoes and other summer crops in. I also have several kinds of cutting garden flowers I need to find the space for in the plot. Some of those may end up mixed in my home garden beds as well.

How is your edible garden growing?

About Fenton Friday: Every Friday during the growing season, I'll be giving you an update on my community garden plot at the Fenton Street Community Garden just across the street from my house in zone 7 Mid-Atlantic MD/DC border. I'm plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 8th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.) See past posts about our edible garden by putting "Fenton" into the Search box above.

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Introducing the Summer 2021 Interns

This summer, I have taken on three editorial interns. Look for their author bylines in our upcoming Washington Gardener Magazine issues and on this blog. Pictured above is the trio at our community garden plot during their first day of the internship this week. As a first assignment, I asked them each to write a short introduction to our readers...


Hello, readers! My name is Jackie DiBartolomeo, and I’m excited to be joining the team as an editorial intern at Washington Gardener Magazine this summer. I’m a junior journalism major and French minor at the University of Maryland. I am currently a staff reporter at the UMD publication, The Campus Trainer, covering everything from fitness to beauty. In my free time, I love to read and write fiction, and I am also a very outdoorsy person (here’s hoping we’ll go on lots of outdoor adventures at the magazine these next few months). This summer, I’m looking forward to bringing my writing experience to the magazine, and to expanding my knowledge of the gardening world.


Hi everyone! My name is Amanda Cash and I’m currently a senior at the University of Maryland College Park in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. I’m a broadcast journalism major with a concentration in public policy. I am hoping to gain more skills not only with my writing and editing through this 
internship, but also with gardening. I have a plethora of houseplants in my apartment, but I would love to learn more about outdoor plants and gardening. I have written, edited, and shot a variety of stories and TV news packages at Towson University, as well as the University of Maryland. This past semester, I was a news producer for the Capital News Service and over the summer I will also be interning at WBAL-TV11. I’m looking forward to learning more about gardening, helping publish a magazine, and making new connections!


Hi! My name is Molly Cuddy and I’m a rising senior at the University of Maryland from Hamilton, NJ. I am majoring in journalism with a concentration in film studies. I’m also a campus tour guide and I’ll be a teaching assistant for a professional writing class next semester. A few years back, I worked for an online teen magazine called Affinity, where I wrote about arts and culture. Ever since then, I loved magazine writing, and knew I wanted to make a career out of it, so that’s why I knew this internship was the perfect spot for me. Although I would consider myself a very amateur gardener, I’m excited to learn more this summer while also advancing my magazine journalism skills!




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