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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 Wednesday afternoon. In the past, he had sent a […]

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 plants – both the vegetables and the […]

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, CO at the Koshare Indian Museum. What a great experience that […]

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 newly planted vegetables from frost. Looking back to a few weeks ago, my late summer planting of […]

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 ground, I didn’t this year. One thing I […]

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 weeks. My spring lettuce crop was exceptional, cole crops (broccoli, cabbage) were pretty […]

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 weatherman. I’m one that tends to be amazed at […]

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 year weeds actually reduce soil erosion from water […]

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 walk through in the Acre, I looked down at the rows […]

The Gamble in the Garden

Now I know why it’s called a gamble garden. Sometimes the plants we get in the ground outside of the perfect planting window don’t survive. Other times they do. I knew the weather was going to be turning cold…again, but I was really craving a good homegrown tomato. I thought I’d give some tomatoes a […]