A new year, a new Acre.

Walking through the garden center today, I was asked about what my plans were for the Acre this year. What a perfect topic for the blog, I thought. This year, my plans are to plant the usual vegetable crops, tomatoes (Jet Star for sure) but I will … [Read more]

The Unspoken Competition

Everybody knew they were doing it, but didn't want to admit it. The word on the street was that there was no way what was happening could happen without ‘outside’ help. The results most people were achieving was sub-par, but acceptable, and it had … [Read more]

Lying fallow and ready for the plow.

I wasn't looking forward to cleaning up the Acre since I had sold the garden tractor with the bush hog mower deck that made cleaning up old plant material a snap. That was until Aaron Snook, a friend that owns Seeders, walked into the office on … [Read more]

Done with gardening, for now anyway.

Are you ever ready for the gardening season to be over? I hate to admit it, but I am. Oh, I love the fall gardening season and this fall's weather has been exceptional, but I’m really thankful for the frost we had last weekend to finish off the … [Read more]

2014 Thorns & Roses

The summer of 1968, our boy scout troop took a trip to the high adventure summer camp Philmont Scout Ranch, near Cimmeron, New Mexico. We departed in a passenger van from Eastgate Shopping Center early in the morning and spent the night in LaJunta, … [Read more]

Marty’s Fall Gamble

Gamble gardens are typically planted in late winter/early spring. I think of gamble gardens as planting vegetables earlier than recommended, if there is a window of opportunity with unseasonably warmer temperatures, and you are able to protect the … [Read more]

Recap: 2014 Iron ChileHead Competition

Chile Fest '14 was a blast this last weekend. Starting Saturday, setting up the area for the Iron ChileHead Cookoff and Brewoff first thing in the morning to taking down the shade structures late in the afternoon, it was non-stop. We've had Chile … [Read more]

Marty ‘Digs’ Potatoes!

I had to wait until it turned hot and dry to dig my potatoes. With a June's record rainfall, the potatoes at the Acre really did well this year. At least the plant part grew well. Typically, I find myself checking the status of the potatoes under … [Read more]

This is the ‘Schlafly’ Acre.

Last weekend I made the trip to St. Louis for a couple of reasons. The first was to see granddaughters, Zoe and Izy. Oh, and their parents, too. The second was to deliver their new flock of ducks. They have become quite the urban farmers as most … [Read more]

Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

He went by Slim at Friends University. My guess is that his 6'4” frame weighed in at maybe 170 lbs, running around the track in school. Dad carried mail in the war, his service years took him through North Africa and Italy. I should have interviewed … [Read more]