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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 […]

This is the ‘Schlafly’ Acre.

Last weekend I made the trip to St. Louis for a couple of reasons. The first was to see granddaughters, Zoe and Izy. Oh, and their parents, too. The second was to deliver their new flock of ducks. They have become quite the urban farmers as most of their back yard is now dedicated to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’ […]