• July's best tip

    And the winner is…

    BY:Josh and Brent

    There were so many wonderful tips, we tried several of them ourselves and look forward to seeing the fruits vegetables of our labor. Our gardening guru of the month, Rebecca Kolls has chosen the most useful tip for getting seeds started. And the winner is… CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) who used toilet paper rolls as […]

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  • Purple Peruvian Fingerling Potatoes being cut into "seeds."

    Planting Potatoes

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Everybody calls us crazy for planting our potatoes as early as we do. Everybody except our neighbor Michael, that is. Each year we call to be reassured that we’re not jumping the gun even though every single byte of online potato planting instruction warns us otherwise. “Nah,” Michael reassures us. “In Russia, they plant their […]

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  • Ramps and eggs

    Ramps and Eggs

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Doesn’t everyone love getting something for free?  We certainly do!  That’s why we love finding the hidden stashes of Mother Nature.  When we returned home from this season’s wild leek scavenger hunt, we couldn’t wait to eat them (like everything, the shorter the time between their home in the ground and their home in your […]

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  • Baskets are great for carrying harvested wild leeks. Excess dirt will be shaken off while walking and fall to the ground.

    Hunting the Wild Leek

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Our friend Bob Sutherland (who you’ll remember helps us plant our garden seedlings) sent us a email a while back asking if we’d like to join some friends of his on their annual wild leek hunt. Yes! We replied. Yes yes yes! Having lived in New York city for so many years, we’re well aware […]

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  • The first tomato seedlings sprout.

    The Great Tomato Race

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    And the winner is…Wapsipinicon Peach! Last week you’ll remember we started our seeds in the SUNY Cobleskill greenhouses, assisted by Bob Sutherland. The first tomato seedlings popped up yesterday. The Wapsipinicon Peach variety germinated the quickest…which we take to be a good sign since it’s also one of our favorites. Named after the Wapsipinicon River […]

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  • Little Marvel Pea Seed.

    Sowing Peas

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    We’ve always dreamed of getting our peas in the soil on St Patrick’s Day as many “old-timers” suggest. We never have. Though our raised beds tend to warm up to a workable temperature about a week before the ground does, they’re still giant solid muddy ice cubes on the day we drink green beer. We […]

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  • Windsor Fava Bean Seeds.

    Sowing Fava Beans

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    Whenever we have visitors from the UK, they seem to go crazy about Fava beans. It’s a sure sign of spring for them. Since we have a short, cold growing season, our fava beans don’t come until July at the earliest, but they’re still one of the first things that go in the ground each […]

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  • One of our raised beds, completely ready for planting.

    Spring Raised Bed Prep

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    Okay. We’re bad.  Maybe even a little lazy. Most all of the information you’ll find about raised bed gardening will instruct you to thoroughly clean out your beds each autumn before they freeze and are covered with snow. But, if you’re like us, by the time late October comes around, you pretty much don’t want be […]

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  • Mama's little baby loves rhubarb, rhubarb...


    BY:Josh and Brent

    This weekend as the little shoots of rhubarb poked through the thawing earth,  I couldn’t help but singing Garrison Keillor’s little ditty. I also couldn’t help but think of rhubarb compote over fresh goat milk yogurt and, of course,  strawberry rhubarb pie (we’ll present both recipes as soon as the crop is ready to harvest). […]

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  • More seedlings emerge at SUNY Cobleskill

    Beekman Seed Starting at SUNY

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Saturday morning found us at the beautiful and wonderfully maintained greenhouses of the Plant Science Department greenhouses of SUNY Cobleskill. This past winter, Bob Sutherland, SUNY Cobleskill’s Floriculture Instructor and Greenhouse Manager, graciously agreed to help us out with the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Garden. You see, because we commute between the city and the […]

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