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]

Gardening Round One is Done.

It's the second warm season planting season. If you're like me, you planted a gamble garden and you're on your way to a late June/early July crop of homegrown tomatoes. Hopefully I'll be harvesting tomatoes, cukes, squash, peppers in a few short … [Read more]

A Marty’s Acre Update

Gardeners watch the weather, and I'm no different. Early last week the forecast showed a pretty good chance of showers later in the week. I find it interesting when I hear people comment about wishing they could be right 50% of the time just like the … [Read more]

Weeds: The Catch-22 of Gardening.

Weeds, a necessity I say. I believe God put them on earth for a good reason. What?! Those pesky plants that seem so innocent when young, but as they mature they can take over an area in no time. Believe it or not, by reseeding themselves each … [Read more]

My Grandma, the foodie.

If you get our weekly enews articles then you've met my Grandmother Coulter, the War Cry Lady. She sold the Salvation Army's magazine in downtown Wichita for years, and never drove or owned a car. It was usually the bus or trike (my favorite) she … [Read more]

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]