Author Archives: Irena

A Heat-Tolerant Leafy Green Vegetable Disguised as a Flower

A wonderful surprise for us in our 2014 trial garden was Jewels of Opar. Last spring, when I planted a couple of pinches of these tiny seeds in a flat in our greenhouse, I certainly didn’t imagine we would harvest … Continue reading

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Garden Huckleberries: a Fabulous Fruit for Jam

If you want to make great jam, syrup, or pies from annual fruits that you can grow in your vegetable garden, you’ll love garden huckleberries. We’re planning on starting our pepper crops any day now in Central Virginia, and soon … Continue reading

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Planning Crop Rotation by Plant Family

All plants are botanically grouped into families; there are hundreds in total. Most vegetable crops fall into just a few of these. The main vegetable families for our region are summarized with photos below. Like many gardeners, we plan our … Continue reading

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