Author Archives: awhitesall

Mother Nature’s mood swings

100 degrees in the hoop house on April 10 – I put the divorcer in the window so it would cool down. Today there are piles of snow along both sides that slid off after yesterday’s snow dump.  At least … Continue reading

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Take that, Old Man Winter

It was 70 degrees in the hoophouse yesterday!  (and 30-something outside). I planted onions, direct-seeded some beets and began working up the dirt on the east side to plant spinach and lettuce. The soil on that side has a section … Continue reading

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First ones in, last ones out

Looks like we’re back where we started. I pulled the remaining tomato and pepper plants out of the hoophouse last weekend. The tomatoes were totally dead, the peppers were droopy – time to call it a growing season for those … Continue reading

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Invaders

I thought I was raising tomatoes – turns out I was incubating tomato hornworms… It’s kind of a unique sense of horror to notice one of these big ‘ol caterpillars scarfing on your tomato plants, then move in for a … Continue reading

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Confession time

The most prolific plant in my garden is not in the hoophouse, but in a 4×4 box just beyond my back porch – a single yellow squash plant that has Little Shop of Horrors written all over it. I am … Continue reading

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Dog days

Whoa, no posts since the 14th…That’s not good. The most momentous thing that happened in my backyard in the last two weeks was, hands down, the Chelsea Fair.  The fair is always a fun/exhausting week. We eat a lot of … Continue reading

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Bug trouble

Yaaagh! I have bugs. Specifically, creeping bugs, flying bugs and biting bugs. It has become apparent that I need some poison for them, and soon. The only problem is, I’m really kind of afraid to go into the hoophouse right … Continue reading

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