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It’s Tomato Time!

The Acre. It’s been too long since the last blog post. Now that gardening season is here, I should have lots of opportunities to share what’s going on in the acre. Friday, April 8th, I had a bit of time and thought it would be the ideal time to get some tomatoes planted at the […]

Marty’s Itch to Garden

Are you getting the itch to plant your Acre? I sure am, especially with the temperatures this week forecasted into the 70’s and no frost in the foreseeable future. I’m confident that we will have frost, even a hard freeze or 2 before our average frost free date in mid April. But this weather forecast […]

Marty’s 2016 Gamble Garden

Whatever profession you choose to go into, hopefully it’s because you enjoy doing the basics of the particular industry. Maybe owning a restaurant is what you always wanted to do because you enjoy cooking. Maybe you enjoyed working on and riding bikes and always wanted to open a bike shop (who would that be?!) You […]

Marty’s Acre Fall Garden

I was ready to be done with my tomatoes for the 2015 gardening season.  The Jet Star variety did well, and my fertilizer experiment was interesting.  Ferti-Lome Gardener’s Special definitely got the plants off to a faster start than the Foxfarm Tomato and Vegetable Plant Food, which was much faster than the earthworm castings that […]

2015 Tomato Trials at Marty’s Acre

Ok, I’m late in getting in my early spring garden. In fact, it hasn’t happened :(. And, I did not plant my gamble garden tomato plants in late February or in March. The bad news is that I’m not enjoying radishes, peas, lettuce now like some of those early gardeners are. The good news is […]

The benefits of Hi-Yield Weed and Grass Preventer

What saves gardeners an enormous amount of time, helps their plants grow faster, encourages fewer insect pests, and allows for spending quality time doing things you would rather be doing than pulling weeds?  – It’s a couple of applications of Hi-Yield Herbicide Weed and Grass Preventer. When it’s applied before the weeds seeds germinate at a […]

It’s more than just the weather.

February’s weather always teases gardeners. With temperatures in the 60’s for a bit, it’s easy to start thinking about planting things – not only cold tolerant varieties, but our summer vegetables as well. I enjoy planting a gamble garden, and typically plant some vegetables like tomatoes earlier than I should. That’s part of the fun […]

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 ‘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 […]