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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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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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Raised Beds in the High Tunnel

Raised Beds in the High Tunnel

Raised Beds I’ve missed fresh greens from the  high tunnel a lot this winter. Watching the melting snow this week, I realized we’ll probably get to re-cover the tunnel earlier than expected. All we need (ha ha…we need everything) is the poly and to make a few repairs, and for the snow to melt around the frame and more to not fall, and the wind to not blow while we get a tremendous potential kite on the frame and secured….

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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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Finding Peace of Mind Outdoors

Finding Peace of Mind Outdoors

Finding Peace of Mind Outdoors I wrote this yesterday morning when I was disappointed and disheartened. The state of the world and the inability to visit with friends online without having a lot of hate and discontent thrown at me is upsetting. I needed to set some boundaries with people who are not used to me saying “sorry…no…” Self-preservation is important, and that involves not setting myself up as a target in some topics that get ugly fast. I headed…

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