Category Archives: gardening

Livestock Bedding As Garden Soil

Every year we noticed seeds sprout, grow, and mature in the piles of bedding and manure from our cow barn. Mostly squash and melon seeds — quite naturally those seeds were available after feeding cattle the leftover squash and melon from our gardens. 

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Creating a Forest Garden

For years I’ve been fascinated by the concept of forest gardening. Elderberries grow in our woods, along with nut trees. But we’ve had little luck seeding logs with mushroom spores, getting ginseng to grow, or fostering the growth of berry … Continue reading

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The Method Is The Mindset

After all these years of the most gentle approach possible, I seem to be shedding the hairshirt of idealism that has always made gardening so difficult. It’s pretty obvious that these methods are easier. Much, much easier. Continue reading

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Year Round Indoor Salad Gardening, Fuss Free

Cold room, old seeds, and yet we’ve got tender flavorful salad greens thanks to the process Peter Burke’ shares in Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening. Continue reading

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Indoor Seed Starting Problem Solved

We were shocked by a 95% non-germination rate. The few seedlings that emerged died within days. Continue reading

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To Sunchoke Or Not To Sunchoke

Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes. What you need to know about growing, cooking, and um, digesting them. Continue reading

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Good Gardening Intentions Not So Evident

I mistake watermelon radish sprouts for weeds and pull them all out. The row I replanted, thinking the beets didn’t germinate, now contains both beets and arugula. Volunteer tomatillo plants plague me. Continue reading

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