Author: Thomas Wagner Nielsen

Sweet Red Apples and Big Potatoes

Autumn is here and these are apples from one of our apple trees in the kitchen garden. These are quite sour when they start dropping from the tree but we also have another tree with perfect sweet red apples that are perfect to eat right off the tree. These, on the other hand, are sour

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Author: Thomas Wagner Nielsen

Potatoes from Seed

This picture shows the result of my little experiment with growing potatoes from seed. It is indeed true that it is possible to propagate potatoes by using the fruits from potatoes. These potato fruits are the results of a natural pollination by insects or the wind. Just like a pollination of tomato plants will result

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Author: Thomas Wagner Nielsen

Preparing More Beds

It surprises me how much time it takes just to prepare the new beds. I could have spent this entire season just mowing the grass, rotovating, digging, raking, setting up the fence, and have had a comfortable time doing just that. I’m glad I planted the first potatoes when the first bed was ready though,

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Author: Thomas Wagner Nielsen

Crop Rotation

Crop Rotation Definition The practice of growing different crops after each other in the same area mainly to preserve the productive capacity of the soil. Different plants have different needs that have to be satisfied by the soil in order to get healthy vegetables. If the same type of crop is grown on the same

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Author: Thomas Wagner Nielsen

Author: Thomas Wagner Nielsen

Crop Rotation Plan

This picture was taken a week ago, and everything looks quiet and peaceful in the kitchen garden. Only footprints of wild animals passing by in the snow indicates that there is some activity going on although everything is frozen rock solid. There is not much to do in the garden at the moment besides cleaning

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Author: Thomas Wagner Nielsen

Garden Layout Software

Trimble SketchUp (formerly Google SketchUp) is a free software tool, which is great for garden planning. I have some things on my kitchen garden plot, that cannot easily be moved, like old fruit trees, a large concrete bed and a concrete composting tube. If it hadn’t been for these locked objects it would be really

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Author: Thomas Wagner Nielsen

Composting Scraps From Scratch

I’ve been busy emptying the old composting tube in the corner of the garden. It had been filled up with all sorts of garden waste throughout the years, and the resulting product actually looked like good quality humus. I wouldn’t use it in my vegetable beds though, since I’m rather picky about what goes into

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Author: Thomas Wagner Nielsen

New 2012 Kitchen Garden Clean Up

Here’s a couple of videos from my 2012 garden makeover. It’s just great to have a patch of soil again, but there’s work to it. These are before-and-after videos – I removed a lot of random bushes and plants to make room for vegetable beds: Actually, the before-video don’t show the tall grass and snakes

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Author: Thomas Wagner Nielsen

Easy on the Cherries Blackbird

Photo by Chris. P. The blackbirds tricked me this year. I had been watching the cherries grow more juicier each day, and after several weeks they looked like something taken right out of a Disney movie. Big, fat, dark red juicy perfect shaped wonders of nature. Well, I wasn’t the only one who had been

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