Garden Update 6-2-18

Lettuce and Herbs

With all the rain we had in the Northeast, the garden is doing really well this season.

We have already harvested asparagus, lettuce, cilantro, spinach, kale and arugula this season.

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Double-Digging a Garden Bed

I decided to try a new method this year for preparing my garden beds called double-digging.  The double-digging method requires removing the top 12 inches of soil so that you can loosen the soil below.  According to the experts, there are several reasons for taking the time to do this; better drainage, aeration of the soil, and it helps facilitate root penetration.

There are three key tools required for this method; a garden spade, round point shovel, and a spading fork. I started this process out using a garden spade to edge the garden bed. I drove the spade deep down into the soil re-establishing a new edge around the perimeter of the bed.

Garden Spade Edging a Garden Bed

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Shagbark Hickory Syrup

A bottle of shagbark hickory syrup.

Syrup from bark? What is this about? That was my first reaction when I came across a stand selling Shagbark Hickory Syrup at the Ned Smith Festival today. What I found was a small, local, husband and wife business that produced a sweet syrup from the bark of a Shagbark Hickory tree. Now they had my attention.

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