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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 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 […]

Early Summer Gardening

Mid May at The Acre is part planting summer crops and part maintaining previously planted crops. Planting last week included filling in a few more peppers from where I had planted habanero pepper and tomatillo seeds, just to see how well direct seeding these items would work. Well, it didn’t work. Either they didn’t come […]

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 […]

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 […]

A new year, a new Acre.

Walking through the garden center today, I was asked about what my plans were for the Acre this year. What a perfect topic for the blog, I thought. This year, my plans are to plant the usual vegetable crops, tomatoes (Jet Star for sure) but I will try to limit the number of varieties from […]

The Unspoken Competition

Everybody knew they were doing it, but didn’t want to admit it. The word on the street was that there was no way what was happening could happen without ‘outside’ help. The results most people were achieving was sub-par, but acceptable, and it had become the norm. Those with outstanding results were claiming their superior […]

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 […]