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Joshua LeDuc

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since Mar 25, 2019
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On 4/20/19 my wife and I moved out to an old farm on 27 acres from the suburbs. Starting over is a lot of work, but I'm looking forward to the challenge. I'm planning on developing a robust vegetable garden, orchard (food forest), and want to get some livestock.
King William, VA
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Recent posts by Joshua LeDuc

greg mosser wrote:i mulch my garlic beds heavily with leaves right when i plant them. they never have a problem finding their way to the light.

I have been getting the pelleted carrot seeds (from Johnny's) lately.  You pay a little more, but I find there is much less waste and I don't have to thin them later.  
2 weeks ago
For many of us, it's going to be brussels sprouts season soon!  We love to blanch/steam the sprouts till tender, then sear on a pan with evoo, red pepper flakes, sliced garlic, and salt.  So easy but sooo delish!
1 month ago
I was wondering too.  I always use shredded wood ships in my perennial/flower beds!
T Blankinship - Same here!  Got it about a year ago from Amazon for $80.  Maybe we got the last two copies!!
3 months ago
Make a huge batch of spaghetti sauce!  Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, summer squash/zucchini, mushrooms, onions, carrots, maybe some ground beef and/or pork sausage.  Good to have a few bags around in the freezer for a quick winter meal that will remind you of summer's bounty!  
3 months ago
One of our favorite summer dishes is shrimp shish kebabs.  grill shrimp, onions, cherry tomatoes, peppers, summer squash and mushrooms on skewers.  When veggies are finished, mix them with a good vinaigrette.   Serve over herbed couscous.  Walla!!
3 months ago
That sounds great!  Thanks for the source Jamie.

Do you know if this is a perennial in zone 7?
3 months ago
Where I live in 7B, arugula can be grown year round.  It will withstand frost and cold weather in the winter and actually grows better in cooler weather because it doesn't bolt as quickly.  In the summer it is prone to bolt, but if you start new seeds every few weeks there will be a new flush of baby arugula in the garden all summer.  

Also, it's really easy to save arugula seeds. Just wait until the seed pods are dried out, pull the plant, and whack the plants on a piece of cardboard on your patio.  Then you can make a crease in the cardboard and let the little seeds roll into a plastic bag at the cardboard's edge.  
3 months ago