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Fall Lawn and Vegetable or Flower Garden Preparation

Let’s talk about preparing your lawn, trees, shrubs, and vegetable or flower garden for winter, and how best to improve your soil during this time of year. Much of this Country seems to be clay soil, so first let’s find out how to improve problem clay soils. These procedures also apply to other types of […]

You Can Live on What You Produce – On Less Space Than You Ever Imagined!

While you endure the cold winter months why not plan for a really great vegetable garden next spring. Maybe even one that could provide some income in addition to the food you eat yourselves! Does anyone have children who need responsibility – and spending money? To illustrate the potential, I’ll describe the yields achievable by […]

Simple Mini-Greenhouses for Containers and Soil-Beds – Vegetable gardening, or Organic gardening

It’s not too early to begin preparing for early spring planting (it works for fall planting also)! By covering your containers, which we call Grow-Boxes, or Soil-Beds with “Mini-Greenhouses” using PVC arches and greenhouse plastic, you can be in your vegetable garden with cool-weather plants by the end of February or the first of March, […]

Protein From an Animal Or Vegetable Source – Which is Best & How Best to Do It!

For a vegetable gardening instructor to be talking about animals may seem inconsistent to some, but since both provide food they are closely related, so I will discuss the general topic a bit here. From age 12 until I left home for college I had the full responsibility for a cow, to which were added […]

Can I Grow Successfully in Hard Clay Or in Worn-Out Soils?

What Can I do to Grow In My Heavy Clay Soil? You do NOT have to replace your heavy clay soil with something better, nor do you need to add tons and tons of sand and/or compost. To start off you simply eliminate all weeds, dig or till the soil, measure and stake your garden […]

Controlling Pests and Diseases in the Family Vegetable Garden

Pest control is very important to the successful gardener! Cultural practices, such as eliminating all weeds and grass from your garden, including the outside edges, are very important. This will minimize pests and diseases’ opportunity to migrate in from other places. Also, maintaining dry wide aisles will reduce their opportunities for spreading. And growing healthy, […]

Concerned About Using “Chemicals” on Plants You Plan on Eating?

Two typical areas of concern about using chemicals in the garden are contamination of food & the ground water. A natural concern of many people is the use of mineral nutrients from commercial sources in their vegetable gardens. They want to know if minerals would, or even could 1) contaminate the food they eat or […]

Lots of Blossoms But Not Much Fruit – What’s Happening?

Following is a seemingly simple question, the answer to which is very important to having a successful garden. To answer it properly is not so simple, but it is worth knowing, so I invite you to pay close attention to each element of my response. Q. I have hundreds of blossoms on my tomato, squash […]

Little-Known Tips & Techniques for Growing a Highly Successful Garden Anywhere

I’m often asked by people how they can maximize the use of the limited space they have for a vegetable garden. Many urban dwellers only have a couple of hundred square feet of ground that’s sunny enough to grow a successful garden. Others, in the suburbs or in more rural settings, might have as much […]

Consider Market Gardening

Can a family be totally self-sustaining by using between 1 and 2 acres to grow, eat, and sell food? Yes! As a matter of fact, families in many countries are doing it, and they often have gardens much smaller than 1 acre. However, you should consider carefully what you are getting into. I’ll paint a […]

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