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Day 78 – Patty Pan Squash are Starting to Emerge!

Looked in the beds, under the canopies the Patty Pan Squash are making and see the beginnings of some squash!  The trick here is to pick them when they are the proper size.  This seems to be a matter of

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Gardenhacker Gauges!

There is an interesting way to share information via Google, using spreadsheets and charts, you can (according to Google) “put this code into any web page” and voila! There’s your chart – right there! So far, I haven’t been able

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Day 76 – Beans and Peas and a New Garden Experiment

The new garden experiment is: Miracle-Gro Garden Mix vs 1 part soil, 1 part Manure. Facing south, the left box is the Miracle-Gro, the right is the soil-manure mix. In the manure pile, there was some well aged manure (no

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Day 71 – Potatoes

The potatoes must just grow on sunshine. With the exception of the banana box beds, with little more than a handfull of dirt for each seed plus all the grass clippings they can stand, the potatoes don’t seem to care

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Day 71 – Broccoli

The Lasagna bed, with it’s added fertilizer (horse manure last fall, with a coating of grass clippings, left to “mellow” over the winter, followed with another layer of grass clippings) is feeding just about everything well, especially the broccoli. The

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Day 71 – Tomato Comparisons

Tomato plants are all a little small, but the one picked up at the Williamsburg Farmer’s Market is outdoing them all. Of the tomatoes from seed, the lasagna bed has the most green, while the hugelkultur bed is almost the

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Day 71 Bed Comparisons Snow Peas and Beans (plus a cuke or two)

The Lasagna bed is the definite winner, the wicking bed and the hugelkultur bed tied for second place, with the banana box beds taking last place. It must be noted that the lasagna bed was fertilized with a layer of

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Day 71 Continued: Squash in the Different Beds

Patty pan squash are a delicious summer squash that resemble a cross between an acorn and a UFO. They are delicious, reminding one of zucchini, though slightly firmer. Often times they are picked when only four to eight ounces (2-4″ in

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Comfrey Tea Composting Update – PU!

Within the first two days, the comfrey tea was looking dark brown, and not smelling at all. Great! I did it – or so I thought.  “I’ll just let it go for a week – let it get really ‘good’.”

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Aerobic Comfrey Tea Update

As mentioned in an earlier post, I was looking for and found my “bubbler” from the old tank, complete with the hose and a small air stone.  Cut down a lot of comfrey, put about 1/4 of a bucket full

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