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About auntie beak

Auntie Beak is the resident garden geek. She blogs at auntiebeak.com. Stop in for a visit!

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thanks to maggie koerth-baker over at geek site boing-boing for bringing this npr story to my attention. apparently, the geniuses at monsanto figured that, because it was sooo hard for them to create roundup resistance in crops, the weeds wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Jumping the Season, Update

so dirtynailz asked me to do a follow-up on the Mad, Mad I Tell You post about how i saw an, as it turns out, extremely optimistic 10-day weather forecast and went out, in february, and planted peas and spinach. … Continue reading

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Mad! Mad, I Tell You!

Here’s some madness from our dear friend and tech wizard, Auntie Beak: okay, you’re gonna all think i’m crazy, but this morning i looked at the 10-day forecast, and saw 40′s all the way, and only 3 of the next … Continue reading

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Heirloom Madness

Hi, all! Auntie Beak here (remember me?). I just popped by to tell you all about an article I was just reading on NPR on heirloom vegetables. This paragraph jumped out at me: Today, heirloom crops have become so popular, … Continue reading

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World’s Hottest Pepper

I am the first to admit that I like spicy foods. But I’m also a Rhode Islander, and to me, “spicy” is a jalapeño pepper or two in my homemade salsa. So you can imagine my wonderment when I read … Continue reading

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Pints of Pickled Peppers

I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but I like this part of the gardening calendar best. Not because it’s time to relax, although of course it is. Not because I get to take stock and plan for next year, although … Continue reading

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Neck Pumpkin!

Dirtynailz post about pumpkins reminded me that you must all be breathlessly awaiting the final installment on my original post from March about Neck Pumpkins, White Greasy Beans, and Blue-Podded Peas. You are, right? Well, you can finally breathe, because … Continue reading

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It’s All About Lunch

This is the best of times and the worst of times for my tomato plants. The worst of times because the clever new system I decided to use this summer to hold up my plants, the “Florida Weave,” was a … Continue reading

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Scary Wildlife!

Ok, so maybe not so scary, unless you get up real close, but I found this wandering around in my driveway this morning. Auugh! It’s a teeny tiny lobster! But it’s really a crayfish. Most crayfish species breed this time … Continue reading

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My Obligatory Verbena Bonariensis Post

I couldn’t resist chiming in on the Verbena Bonariensis lovefest here on DiggingRI. I too love this plant. It blooms all summer, it’s drought tolerant, and it’s just lovely. I have it in and around my Black Lace Elderberry, and … Continue reading

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