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A couple months ago Marianne was raving about some pole bean you and her really liked. Something about it never really getting overmature? The Borlotto Pole Beans sounds familiar, was that what she was talking about? I usually just buy all of my vegetables from Johnny’s, because they have a really good catalogue for beginners. They give a lot of information on how to grow things, and what the differences are between the varieties. For those of us who need hand-holding, it’s really good. However, I was quite disappointed this year. They seem to have cut back on their selection of vegetables, and branched out more into the herb/flower/gardening supplies. Considering the had the highest price I’ve seen yet for Wall O’ Waters, I wish it had just stuck to the vegetables. Thankfully, it has’t discontinued any my regulars, except for Laura Leek, but I found that on their website. Anyway, I’ve decided to at least look at other seed catalogues for vegetables this year.

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Talitha spent the last few years doing an absurd combination of work and school, and found it wasn’t very pleasant. Now she’s doing work, school and a garden, and life is a little better! She also enjoys photography and hand feeding her ducks. USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 AHS Heat Zone: 3 Location: rural; Southern Tier of NY Geographic type: foothills of Appalachian Mountains Soil Type: acid clay Experience level: advanced beginner Particular interests: herbs, vegetables, cutting garden, cottage gardening

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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rosemarie hanson January 5, 2004, 9:45 pm

Fortex string beans – they were awesome! I posted up above about the rest of my ordering.