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.

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10) Tip for December

Over the years, farmers and gardeners have noticed that soil gains a bit of fertility when it is covered up--even by something that has no nutrients,  like snow or plastic.  Why? Nobody knows!  But you don't have to understand it to profit fro...
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1) Tip for January

Don't give up on growing onions. Big firm bulbs are simple once you know the facts about how onions  grow:1) Onions are not roots. The true roots emerge from the little plate on the bottom surface of the onion. The bulb itself is made from the swo...
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2) Tip for February

Planning for Space, Time... and a Bunch of Other Things This is a departure from our usual action-based tip format, but taking time to think and plan now will avoid a lot of headaches for the rest of the season.We've tried to make it simple--how o...
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3) Tip for March

When starting seeds this month, remember that the most important part of the plant is invisible--the roots. How the roots develop will shape everything else about the plant, and will determine your success or failure in the garden. Once you...
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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...
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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...
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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'...
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9)Tip for October-November

Just as perennial plants survive the winter by going dormant (literally meaning "sleep",) seeds can have winter dormancy also. The seeds of milkweed (monarch butterflies favorite) do this, and so do the seeds of fruits, berries, and many herbs.Se...