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Do Our Plants Know That We Love Them

Do Our Plants Know That We Love Them   Many of you may regard the notion that we can have a kind of loving relationship with our plants as a bit odd, but in many ways this is a kind of natural idea to think about. We are certainly here with them on the Earth […]

Growing Herbs: The Right Kind

  Growing Herbs: The Right Kind Herbs are simple to grow, but there are so many kinds & varieties that one should start slow and from a good idea about just why you want them. The reasons may be many but they can be overdone. You don’t want to do that because they are a valuable […]

Getting Ready For Salads From The Early Spring Garden

 Getting Ready For Salads From The Early Spring Garden   Over the last two weeks we’ve used up everything left in the refrigerator vegetable drawer in preparation for salads composed of items totally from our garden of pots & Earth Boxes. We’ve had tons of Roma and cherry tomatoes right along for over a month […]

A New Way Forward In Gardening

    We are seeing significant changes in small-scale gardening and farming communities emerging in cities .  We are also likely to see many people increasingly move to back yard or even front yard gardening and more toward supporting co-operatives and wholesale farmer’s markets. Much of this is driven by economic issues, which also threaten […]

Mid-Winter Roma Tomatoes in Earth Boxes

  Mid-Winter Roma Tomatoes in Earth Boxes   In early October I started a mid winter garden on the back porch-lanai. We’re located in Florida, about 50 miles south of Tampa. It’s often cold and can even freeze now and then in November and January, but it’s been rather warmer than that the last two years. […]

Salad-Soil-Simplicity

  As early in the spring as possible, let’s say within a few days of the last possible frost, one should begin to plant as many kinds of lettuce and greens as possible. I usually throw in some seeds into close proximity to one another at 3-4 day intervals so that the greens are coming […]

Urban Gardening

  In 2007, the number of people living in the cities of the Earth for the first time ever began to exceed the number living in the countryside. This trend is expected to continue, and as the population expands will inflame the competition for critical resources. In some cases, competition between cities and farmers for […]

An Unexpectedly Great Pumpkin Patch

A 200 foot stretch of low land extended from the front of the barn to the back of our house.  Fortunately this low area was right next to a rock and pebble reinforced road which stabilized the trucks that brought heavy loads of hay to our loft.  Over the years, I got in the habit […]

Squash–Too Much Of A Good Thing

Squash–Too Much Of A Good Thing   There are many varieties of squash, but whatever you plant it’s important to consider planting only a few varieties and then only sparingly. Unhappily, it’s just too easy to wind up with too much for the family to eat, freeze, can or even give away. My favorites are acorn, […]

Planting on Uncultivated Soil

Planting seeds on uncultivated soil is initially a substantial challenge. This is a big first step in the transition to natural farming. In throwing seed onto bear ground we often lose a battle against birds and other pests that eat the seeds. Uncut straw thrown onto the ground in every which way in the spring […]