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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 […]

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 him in detail and journaled his war stories. He […]

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 […]

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 rode to run errands from her home on Woodland in […]

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 each chose maybe a couple dozen […]

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 to your already established flock. In order to make it a […]

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 ground around Washington’s birthday in late […]

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 accounting. Our Maker had given great Uncle Dan an ‘Acre’ […]

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 your range. Insect Control: This is a […]

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 enough to house 6 or 8 more, and a secure […]