Month: July 2009

An Experiment in Back Yard Sustainability

Here’s an interesting video from YouTube about back yard sustainability. Janaia Donaldson is interviewing Scott McGuire from Oregon about the project he’s running in the backyard of his rented property. The picture is lagging but that’s worst in the first 10 minutes when they talk face to face. After that they take a tour in

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Month: July 2009

Why Do Earthworms Come Out in the Rain?

Photo by Squeezyboy. Birds normally take cover during rain but not the blackbird. It’s running around out there in the garden getting wet, but it pays. A lot of earthworms are crawling to the surface as fast as they can, just to get eaten. Sad story. For the earthworm at least. But why on earth

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Month: July 2009

Tomato and Cucumber Plant Spacing

Planting three tomato plants in one grow bag creates a mess, although the self-watering boxes are prepared for three plants having three internal tubes reaching down into the water. When you’re dealing with cucumber plants it’s even too much with two plants in each grow bag: One cucumber plant in each grow bag is a

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Month: July 2009

Successive Planting

The new potatoes are just about gone for the year and that leaves the soil bare. This is bad because rain will wash nutrients down into the ground, therefore it’s good to have something growing all the time. In the picture you’ll find six new rows of spinach ready to take over from the potatoes.

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Month: July 2009

Month: July 2009

Month: July 2009

How to Grow King-Size Red Beets

It pays to watch the soil moisture closely if you want large vegetables. I’ve had good results this year using my garden logging system. Actually my vegetables have gotten a little out of hand. I think the cat is a bit scared too 😉 : I’ve been kind of obsessed with soil moisture now that

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Month: July 2009

Month: July 2009

Month: July 2009