Category: 30 Min.

30 minutes per day in the garden – can I do it? Can I find and use enough time saving and labor saving “garden hacks” to be able to keep the garden tended, weed free, productive in only 30 minutes per day? We’ll find out!

Day 80 – When a Wicking Bed Goes Bad

It appears there is a leak in the plastic under the wicking bed.  Within hours of filling it (twice), the reservoir is empty.  The potatoes at the end appear to be missing the water, too – they are turning yellow

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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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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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30 Minutes – Day 63: rain is a four letter word…

…we did have a sunny couple of days, but they’re always punctuated by overhanging clouds and rain on the weekends and days off.  Despite that fact, it is possible to dig in the old compost pile to create more beds

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Day 59 – Strawberries Everywhere, and Comfrey Tea

We came back from a much needed vacation, and have not needed to water the garden.  Weeding is another matter, at least around some of the beds, but no need for pumping water – it rained here at least as

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