One Garden Glove can Reap a Hundredfold

Hunger can be one of the worst feelings in the world. Just like this commercial's tag-line: You're not YOU when you're hungry. Now while this commercial is comical to most of us, hunger is a real issue that affects 1 in 6 Americans ( … [Read more]

Our Maker’s Rain

Rain from our Maker has something special in it. The Acre has been planted with beets, carrots, radishes, lettuce seeds for over a week now and I hadn't seen anything germinate, until today. After maybe .25” of rain last evening. Today, while doing a … [Read more]

Lesson Learned

Our family always had an Acre to tend. My first recollection was in the lot behind our house, Dad let my brother Wes and I plant whatever we wanted. I'm thinking we were 8-10 years old at the time when we would traipse up to the garden center and … [Read more]

I Suspect Fowl Play

So your original flock of chicks have all grown up and you're feeling a bit of 'chick fever', missing the first days and weeks of raising baby chicks. While it's completely natural to feel that way, it's important to take caution when adding chicks … [Read more]

When Marty Gardens: 3 Go-To Tips for Indoor Seed Starting.

Recently I introduced to my great Uncle Dan Binford. His Acre was actually 2+ acres of fertile soil on the west side of Wichita. I believe I previously listed it at a ½ acre, my bad Dan. His goal was to plant his first seeds (garden peas) in the … [Read more]

This is ‘Uncle Dan’s’ Acre

He came to Wichita from Haviland, KS in 1900. As a devout Quaker, Uncle Dan Binford graduated from Friends University in 1907 and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni award in 1956. He went on to retire from KG&E in 1946 as chief clerk of customers … [Read more]

I don’t wanna be a nugget!

By now we've learned that getting started with chickens can be easy as 1, 2, 3 and how much happier local free range eggs are compared to factory farmed eggs. In this post we want to talk about the birds themselves and the benefits they can bring to … [Read more]

Looks like their cluck ran out!

It was early fall 2013 and our flock was thriving. Our hens Bertha, Ivy, Bean and Oreo had become a part of our family and were dearly loved. They provided comic relief and gave us "eggcellent" breakfasts nearly every morning. They had a coup large … [Read more]

3 Tips to Get Your Flock Going.

So you're thinking about getting chickens, huh? Good for you! As you've probably read, if you've done some research, there are many, many benefits of raising a flock of your own. In case you haven't done your research and you came to Marty's Acre … [Read more]

Orie’s Acre

I can remember my grandfather Orie in wearing those bib overalls working in the greenhouse like it was yesterday. Grandpa was a master at propagation of our spring bedding plants. I specifically remember him taking cuttings of Santolina, a grey … [Read more]