Simple actions, big results--

a small thing at the right time makes a big difference.

Here is our new calendar of  tips in progress. Not a complete garden guide, or reminders of routine chores--these are little-known and easy-to-do ideas that can have a big effect.


4) Tip for April

Garlic has been making roots and leaves during the winter and early spring. From now on, the bulb will form. The photo  was taken April 1 and shows one of our garlic plants--so far it looks like a leek. During the next 2 months, the bulb w...

5) Tip for May

Packed with electrolytes, vitamin, antioxidants, and no fat, watermelon is perfect hydration for hot weather. There is a watermelon for almost every climate, from Blacktail Mountain (earliest) to Moon and Stars (biggest). We have tricks to help yo...

6) Tip for June

It's easy to see that as empty spots appear in the garden, they fill up with weeds. More work for you, and less return for your effort.Garden books suggest sprinkling some lettuce seed in the gaps, as a "catch crop." Great concept--except th...
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7) Tip for July

Two Gardens in One--A nursery bed is like a magic trickNow is the time for gardeners in most places to start their fall crops.  But where can you put all of those fall vegetables? Many people wait until tomatoes and corn are over, so they have eno...
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8) Tip for August-September

 It's all about the roots.Did you know that when you plant cover crops, the roots make more compost than the tops?  Winter Rye makes 380 miles of roots per plant! When the tops are cut, those roots make compost right in the soil, so you don'...