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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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Marty’s Acre Update

Gardeners watch the weather, and I’m no different. Early last week the forecast showed a pretty good chance of showers later in the week. I find it interesting when I hear people comment about wishing they could be right 50% of the time just like the weatherman. I’m one that tends to be amazed at […]

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 […]

My Grandma, the foodie.

If you get our weekly enews articles then you’ve met my Grandmother Coulter, the War Cry Lady. She sold the Salvation Army’s magazine in downtown Wichita for years, and never drove or owned a car. It was usually the bus or trike (my favorite) she rode to run errands from her home on Woodland in […]