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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 […]

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 […]

Asparagus on Marty’s Acre

Your Acre can be any size, with any number or type of plants in it. From an apartment deck or patio, a space devoted to a couple of tomato or pepper plants in your landscape beds, a vacant city lot, or a garden comprised of a couple of acres or more. All that matters 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 […]

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 ( FeedingAmerica.org ). More importantly, nearly 16 million children go to school […]

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’ […]