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Weedy Walk of Shame – Weeds in the High Tunnel

Weedy Walk of Shame – Weeds in the High Tunnel

Weedy Walk of Shame This is embarrassing. I wouldn’t show you this mess until I had an “after” picture. This is what I call the Weedy Walk of Shame. Or “that effing mess in the high tunnel.” One is polite and the other how I really feel. We took the cover off the high tunnel last November to let the rain and snow was away the mineral buildup in the soil. Parts of the soil were parched because they hadn’t…

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Favorite Weeding Tool – Wire Weeder

Favorite Weeding Tool – Wire Weeder

Favorite Weeding Tool As I’ve mentioned a few times this year, I’m dealing with a lot of weeds. Having the cover off the tunnel meant water to formerly parched soil, and that meant weed seeds germinating. I couldn’t find my favorite weeding tool, the Wire Weeder, and I couldn’t imagine keeping up with the weeds without it so I ordered a new one. It’s worth every penny. This weeder allows me to weed under and around plants easily. It disrupts…

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July 14 2017 – In My Garden

July 14 2017 – In My Garden

¬†July 14 2017 – In My Garden I missed this last week! I was at camp, watching the loon chicks grow and writing. A lot of writing. And a lot of cleaning out, a spring cleaning that hasn’t been done at camp in quite some time. It’s now July 14 2017 and wow! The high tunnel beds went nuts while I was gone. I can’t believe how much everything grew. It’s doing a lot better in this new soil than…

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Peppers Love Coffee Grounds – Gardening Tip

Peppers Love Coffee Grounds – Gardening Tip

Peppers Love Coffee Grounds We are a no-food-in-the-trash household. Not even coffee grounds. I save coffee grounds year round to use in the garden. They’re a great soil amendment. Coffee grounds add organic matter to the soil and provide food for earthworms and the rest of the micro herd. Did you know that peppers love coffee grounds? For more tips on growing peppers, follow the link. Peppers like nitrogen and coffee grounds are full of it. You can mix the…

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June 30 2017 – In My Garden

June 30 2017 – In My Garden

June 30 2017 – In My Garden Welcome to the June 30 2017 edition of In My Garden! I’m under a deadline (something I’m not used to anymore!) so there won’t be a lot of story telling about what’s In My Garden this week. Not much has changed other than plants are growing well. I have a couple of new things to share. If you’d like to join in this week you may leave a link to a gardening post…

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June 23 2017 – In My Garden

June 23 2017 – In My Garden

June 23 2017 – In My Garden Where did the week go?!? I worked a few hours in the high tunnel this week. I’ve overfilled one raised bed and planted it. It’s overfilled to make up for settling as the organic matter breaks down, water swishes the sandy loam around, and the soil finishes settling. I planted three more pepper seedlings, and then I seeded bush beans, carrots, over seeded basil, and reseeded chamomile. A free range tomatillo plant was…

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Pruning Young Tomato Plants – Control Space, Help Prevent Disease

Pruning Young Tomato Plants – Control Space, Help Prevent Disease

Pruning Young Tomato Plants Pruning young tomato plants starting with the first branches and again as soon as the first sucker appears will help concentrate the growth up the vine rather than from extending branches. This is particularly important in helping to prevent late blight. Late blight can start as early as June here when the conditions, humid and windy, are right. Late blight travels in the wind. Pruning helps air flow to keep the leaves and soil dry. The…

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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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