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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 Trial Results

I seem to always plant too many varieties of tomatoes, if that’s even possible.  This year at the first tomato planting day I started off with that story, we’ll see how it works out. I decided to do an unofficial fertilizer trial on the row of ‘Jet Star’ tomatoes planted.  ‘Jet Star’ is my go […]

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 […]

Introducing: Myography

We’ve come a long way with technology. Take photography for an example. With today’s telephones, we take a pretty good picture and edit it by making it clearer, lighter, darker, more dramatic, grunge it. We have the opportunity to change it more ways than imaginable. Once that’s done, it can be loaded onto the internet, […]

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 […]

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 […]