Special Methods

Growing vegetables in a greenhouse

Growing Vegetables in a greenhouse allows you to enjoy flavorful vegetables out of season.  Being able to watch the production is a treat for the soul in the dark days of winter.  Here is a list of things you’ll want to consider before beginning this endeavor: Plant selection:  There are many vegetable varieties that have …

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Square Foot Gardening

“Square Foot Gardening” was created by Mel Bartholomew in a 1981 book.  He made substantial updates to his technique with the latest version of his book. Square Foot Gardening basically involves growing vegetables in 6-inch deep bottomless boxes made of lumber.  The boxes are filled with a potting mix called “Mel’s Mix,” which is 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, …

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Straw Bale Gardening Organically

“Straw bale gardening” is a unique way of growing food by planting in a composted bale of straw.  The technique has been around since at least the 1960s.  The straw is partially composted and then planted in the same way as planting in the ground. The advantages: Straw has extraordinary water holding capacity.  Stalks of …

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