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Veggie harvest Nov 18 07 

1. Don’t forget that this month’s Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop topic is Paths and Walkways. If you missed the original announcement, or if you want to participate but have forgotten how it works, you can find the original post here. We’ll be posting a wrap-up of this month’s topic on November 30 and announcing the next one (as well as the winner of this month’s little incentive) on December 1.

2. A few weeks back, I posted some information here about applying for a “Small Lots of Seed” permit from the USDA, for those of you who are interested in buying garden seeds from overseas suppliers. As a follow-up, I wanted to report that I mailed in my own application on November 4 and received the permit on November 20: not a bad turn-around time. Now, I need to get up the nerve to actually try using it. Have any of you already gotten one and successfully ordered seeds? If so, please let us know!

3. A little bit of bragging: The photo above shows a collection of veggies that I gathered a few days ago and passed along to Mom for Thanksgiving dinner, including ‘Carnival’ and ‘Buttercup’ squash, celeriac, rutabagas, parsnips, carrots, kohlrabi, radishes, turnips, and ‘Shelta’ mini-cabbages. Not the most bountiful harvest, perhaps, but also not bad for a veggie novice, I think. I’ve been growing various vegetables as ornamentals for years, but this is the first growing season that I really caught on to the whole growing-to-eat thing, and it’s been a terrific experience. I can’t believe I ever thought vegetable gardening was boring! (Ah, as I suspected, this confirms me as a gardening geek, with bonus points, according to Carol at May Dreams Gardens’ “You Might Be a Gardening Geek: Thanksgiving Edition.”)

4. At this time for giving thanks, we here at KapliPRO would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you all of you who have been reading, commenting, and generally making us feel so welcome here in the garden-blogging community. It’s been great getting to know all of you.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Nancy J. Ondra

Nancy J. Ondra

Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.
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