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The garden gets its own category because there’s almost always something going on. We garden in the typical fashion as well as using containers, high tunnels and raised beds.

Growing Tomatoes on Twine- Getting Started

Growing Tomatoes on Twine- Getting Started

Growing Tomatoes on Twine I’ve been growing tomatoes on twine since my market farming days. I don’t think it’s anymore work overall than cages. Our tomatoes are grown in the high tunnel on twine that is tied to the purlin. You can build a frame, tie twine to nails on the back porch, or do whatever works for you. Tomatoes don’t care what you use for the frame as long as they get enough sunlight (at least six hours a…

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June 9 2017 – In My Garden

June 9 2017 – In My Garden

June 9 2017 – In My Garden Are you gardening? Tiny or huge, urban to woodland, if you’re growing something, join us In My Garden.  Instructions on how to join are in that link. Basically, you’ll leave a link to a blog entry about your garden. We’ll visit your link and leave a comment. Building community one plant at a time! Join us. June 9 2017. It’s dry. So very dry. Yesterday afternoon I dragged the hose from the high…

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Building Raised Beds – High Tunnel Gardening

Building Raised Beds – High Tunnel Gardening

Building Raised Beds We’ve been building raised beds for the high tunnel. They’re simple to put together, rather plain looking but efficient. Gardening is a marathon this year, not a sprint. I’m not sprinting from season to season to grow enough food, not this year and maybe not ever again. There are ten beds in the high tunnel, about 320 square feet of growing space, and only two of us to feed. I think once we’re done building raised beds,…

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In My Garden – June 2 2017

In My Garden – June 2 2017

In My Garden June 2 2017 It’s that time again. I love following gardening blogs and it’s easy to find them when you leave your link in a comment. Leave a link, I’ll visit your blog and leave a comment. Let’s pull together a new gardening community. I will have a LOT to share this year between the newly redone high tunnel and the perennial gardens. How about it? Care to join me? Link back here to tell your readers…

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Covering the High Tunnel

Covering the High Tunnel

Covering the High Tunnel Covering the high tunnel is a four-person job that we accomplish with only the two of us. It’s a lot of work, and the work starts with duct tape. The uneven spots where steel pieces come together had to be taped to keep it from rubbing holes in the polyethylene cover over time. Doing this contributed to getting eight or nine years out of the four-year poly the first time we covered the high tunnel. Rolled…

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Expensive Fresh Vegetables – Covering the High Tunnel

Expensive Fresh Vegetables – Covering the High Tunnel

Expensive Fresh Vegetables Wow. It’s easy to lose track of the expense associated with buying fresh vegetables in the winter. We’ve had hoop houses and high tunnels for over a decade. This is our first winter in eight years without a tunnel. It’s uncovered to let the snow and rain wash the soil. Expensive fresh vegetables made up the majority of our monthly grocery shopping trip last weekend, and shoved me into accepting the cost of poly. I’ve been feeling…

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Starting Pumpkins and Squash Early to Extend Their Growing Season

Starting Pumpkins and Squash Early to Extend Their Growing Season

Starting Pumpkins and Squash Early I’m all about pumpkins—big, tiny, huge, warty, orange, white, or striped, if it’s a pumpkin I love it. Squash catch my eye with their lumps and bumps, smooth skin and deeply carved lobes. Both get bonus points for excellent flavor and long-term storage ability. Varieties the deer like are on my list. I bought pumpkins for the deer last fall and they’re still sitting in the food plot, nibbled on and passed up. If I…

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Hybrid Seeds – A Few Things You Should Know

Hybrid Seeds – A Few Things You Should Know

Hybrid Seeds I’m surprised by a few things when it comes to gardening. First, the lack of understanding in hybrid versus heirloom seeds. Hybrids are sometimes made out to be the villain of gardening. Second, the thought that USDA Hardiness Zones are “grow zones.” That one makes my eyes bug out. Rolling eyes are insulting and I’m probably guilty of doing it when I hear or read “grow zones.” Third, the unwillingness to start a garden before a specific date…

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Growing Corn in a High Tunnel

Growing Corn in a High Tunnel

Growing Corn in a High Tunnel Downsizing the garden has given me some wiggle room for experimenting. When you grow and do the same things year after year gardening gets monotonous. Without the need for thousands of plants and lots of variety now that I’m not market gardening I find new ways to get creative. Growing corn in a high tunnel was one of this year’s experiments. The experiment was a success so we’ll be growing corn in a high…

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October Garden List

October Garden List

October Garden List Are you ready to wrap up the garden? I want the work to be finished but I want someone else to do it. That isn’t going to happen so I’m getting myself organized with a list and planning an extra pot or two of coffee. If you feel the sudden urge to bring me a latte while I’m raking – don’t resist! 😉 The October garden is still a bit of work but who doesn’t love to…

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