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The Sky’s the Limit: Vertical Gardening

What’s a lazy farmer to do when she’s already weeding as much garden as she cares to tend?  Why go up, of course!  Much like urban housing, gardening has been reaching skywards for a while now.  There are as many ways to garden vertically as there are gardeners.  Let’s talk about a ...

Lessons in Intercropping

Oops!  That’s not supposed to work that way! Gardening is a science, but it’s also an art.  We can control things like location, how we amend the soil, and which seeds we plant.  This is the science.  But the weather is in God’s hands.  Some things work some years, and then are ...

Useful Winter Weeds: Chickweed, Bittercress and Henbit

It’s easy to get rid of weeds in your garden. It's what the majority of us do, although in most cases it's warranted there are times we are destroying valuable plants. Surprisingly, some weeds offer both medicinal and nutritional value. Examples are the winter weeds we will be looking at. ...

Storing the Harvest

Row after row of jewel toned fruits and vegetables line the canning room shelves.   Bags of halved peppers, green beans, peas, and corn fill the freezer along with foraged berries from the wild part of our land.  Dried tomatoes, herbs, and shelled beans fill colorful jars on the kitchen ...

Succession Planting for Lazy Chicken Feed

You plant your bush bean seeds and wait patiently until little green sprouts emerge from the ground.  Your plants grow, leaves unfurl, and flowers appear.  One morning you spy tiny beans hanging from the plants.  The beans grow longer.  You finally begin to harvest them for dinner.The next ...

Time to Plant the Winter Garden

Summer is moving past its peak and the summer garden is winding down.  The corn is harvested, late beans are coming in, and the last of the melons are waiting to be picked.  Many people are tired of planting, weeding, and harvesting by now and are ready to think of quitting the garden soon ...

Tantalizing Tomatoes

I have a confession to make.  I’m an unrepentant addict.  My addiction is tomatoes:  little ones, big ones, ugly ones, pretty ones, red, yellow, green, or pink.  I’m rather indiscriminate, except when it comes to taste.  And I don’t think I’m alone.  Admit it!  Aren’t tomatoes ...

Iris: The Rainbow Flower

Irises come in every color of the rainbow.  They are versatile plants, having a wide range of uses in the garden.  There is an iris for almost every garden need:  wet or dry, short or tall, spring or fall flowers, as specimen plantings or groupings.  You can have irises in bloom from March ...

Lazy Gardening Part Three: Growing Intensively

Now that you have no-till, wide growing beds in your vegetable garden, what’s the best way to maximize your harvest?  We discussed the first step, growing almost year-round, in the last post.  The next step is to plant in succession and replace everything you harvest with a new crop.  Use ...

Lazy Gardening Part Two: Growing Almost Year-Round Without Cover

Here in zone 6b we were told that it wasn’t possible to harvest vegetables for ten months each year unless we used some sort of extensive cover.  Not having the money to build a greenhouse or hoop house, and having too much wind to manage row covers well, we needed another plan.  Carefully ...

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