Category: Gardening

6 Tools I Can’t Live Without in the Garden

I try to do as much as I can by hand in the garden. This is partially because I try to live as frugally as possible. But it’s also because I’m unwaveringly stubborn. Just ask my wife! When we first started our market garden, I had grand delusions of farming 3 acres with only a

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5 SMART Goals To Implement In the Garden Next Season

It’s important to set goals.  When it comes to our market garden, I try to have a few clear objectives to work toward each season.  We grow on 3 acres, partially for profit as well as for our own consumption. Every year, our desire is to get better at what we do. Better systems. Better

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Where We Buy Our Seeds

I seem to always have my mind on spring. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the middle of winter, or at the end of summer. The next spring planting is never far from my thoughts. I love every minute of the researching, planning and organizing that goes into our garden pre-work each year. Plotting out

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Our Biggest Mistakes In Market Gardening

  Starting a market garden sounded like a good idea… Raspberries. Tomatoes. Broccoli. We would grow all the things and the people would rejoice! This may not be exactly what was on my mind when we first set out to grow produce for our community. But I can honestly say the picture I had in

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5 Reasons Why Seeds Don’t Germinate (And What You Can Do About It)

You know that feeling you get when you do all the things you’re supposed to do, but then what you expect to happen…doesn’t happen? I’m thinking about the garden here. Spring finally comes after a long winter, and you’re anxious to get out to plant the garden. You’re looking forward to fresh veggies, and you

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6 Practical Ways to Battle Weeds in the Garden

One thing is certainly true about all weeds. We hate them! I know you’re with me on this. It’s not necessarily the labor of pulling weeds that gets under my skin. It’s the time it takes to do it. When I’m pulling weeds it means I’m taking time away from other jobs that are more

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A Complete Guide to Growing Potatoes

The Irish know a thing or two about potatoes. Like the old wisdom of planting potatoes on Good Friday. Whether doing so actually brings luck, I can’t tell you. But it’s usually our goal to start getting our potatoes in the ground by then. What about you? Will you be planting potatoes this year? Growing

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Starting Seeds Without a Greenhouse

When we were still in the dreaming phase of starting our market garden, the visions we painted in our head always seemed to include a few greenhouses. Large, beautiful caterpillar shaped vessels filled with flower and vegetable starts. Can you picture them? But as we moved into to our first year of production, we quickly

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6 Vegetables That We Always Transplant in the Garden

Here in Iowa its 10 below and everything has been frozen for a week now. Its times like this that April can seem so far away. But January is an important month for us, as its when we do much of the planning and initial prep-work for our market garden. Plots and crop rotation are

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