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organic tomatoes: how to deal with powdery mildew and aphids

Tomato Lessons: Powdery Mildew, Aphids, and Why You Should Ignore Instagram

We’re pulling the tomatoes today.  What’s left of them, I should say. A full three weeks earlier than planned, the stalks are coming up, already leafless and succumbed to powdery mildew, and it feels like a failure. All season I’ve been avoiding Instagram photos of gorgeous tomatoes, unable to look at them without a pang […]

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Sunflowers in August at Good Heart Farmstead

The Waning Days of August

I noticed it the night we drove home from Maine.   8:30 pm, rain pouring down, headlights pushing through intermittent mist and fog as we navigated the backroads of Marshfield and Calais. And then again this morning, my alarm clock rising me at 5:15 to a dark room, despite the curtainless windows.  I pushed snooze

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The organic fall vegetable garden

Planting for a Fall Garden Harvest

  August brings bounty, when seemingly every crop is ripe and every harvest basket heavy. Zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, beets, lettuces, onions, garlic, beans, new potatoes, and more.  And I can’t forget about the basil, parsley, thyme, and sage, plus the cut flowers, brightening the fields and kitchen table. It’s a month when the end

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