Jul 012011
 
Gardening in a bucket, growing plants upside-down.  9 plants to plant in it.

My bucket garden exists for two reasons.

First, I wanted my culinary herbs close at hand to the kitchen. I have a raised bed veggie garden about 100 feet from the house, but I started gardening on my porch rails so I could grab some basil or chives without hiking to the garden.

Second, my regular garden spot is partially shaded. Many veggies can deal with 4-6 hours of sunlight daily, but tomatoes aren’t one of them. Tomatoes need FULL sun, 6-8 hours a day, and my garden spot just doesn’t provide that.

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Jun 282011
 
Gardening in a bucket…growing plants upside-down.  Part 1, making the planter

Do you have a hard time finding a good spot to garden? Is your yard too shady? Do you live in a apartment and want to avoid evection for digging up open spaces for your veggies?

Well…you might try gardening in a bucket. Give your vegetables a unique look at the world…let them grow upside down!

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May 272011
 
15 things to keep you busy on Memorial Day weekend

Reading time: 4-6 minutes   Memorial day weekend is here, and if you’re like me you sometimes find yourself wondering what to do on a holiday weekend, especially with everything you have to choose from in the summer. On the other hand, if you REALLY ARE like me you have bigger problems than just trying to fill your spare time on Memorial Day…problems like trying to avoid the men in the little white coats carrying straitjackets… Since you already have so many options for the weekend that you are probably walking around confused, trying to decide what to do and

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Apr 102011
 
Putting in a garden and “putting by”

Smart gardeners work with, not against, what they have. Sure, we amend soil with nutrients…NATURAL nutrients, not chemical garbage produced in a lab. A common term for what we do with soil is “building” good soil, and that is what we do…build, not deplete and destroy.

A good example is my garden area…

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Aug 182010
 

Let me stop ya’ right there. NO, I don’t think they have cows in the back room. I’m from a small rural town and I do know what a corn field looks like. It just never occurred to me that those middlemen between the farmer and me were unnecessary AND, to be honest, bad for me nutritionally and bad for the planet in how the food got from farm to plate.

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