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Farming Worms

Farming Worms

We have been working on a new project in our garden for over a year now. We are growing worms! Emma tells me that I really shouldn’t phrase it like that because it sounds like I have a terrible medical condition! However I saw this thing online and I had to try it.

Some back round information: Summer 2012 we planted a bunch of tomatoes and tomatillos. We had a pretty decent harvest, but as the season should have just been really rolling, we saw our bushes dying daily. At first I thought it was a blight of some kind but nothing really matched up. We spent a few weeks doing all that we could to make the vines survive…

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Family Gardening

Family Gardening

My father in law has become quite the gardener, however now in his 70’s it’s not the easiest thing for him to do. So with the help of family members we get it all done.

For some years now he has grown onions, a sweet yellow onion that we love. He buys the onion starts locally and they are planted about February. The soil is enriched with compost and steer manure and watered with a drip system. These onions are fairly easy to grow, just amend your soil, water, and watch them go.

You know you’re ready to harvest the onions when the green tops fall over. Then you turn the water off for a few days while leaving the…

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Hazards of Growing Tomatillos

Hazards of Growing Tomatillos

My family loves as we call it green sauce. I guess it’s also called a green salsa or chili verde. The only way to make this in any quantity is to grow your own tomatillos. Now luckily these plants seem to grow very well and quite easily here in our desert. The first year we tried growing them it was pure experiment. We had never grown them before and had no idea what we were doing. We bought some plants and then sat back to watch. We thought we had done something terribly wrong when pods formed but were empty of fruit. So google here we come!

We found that the pods form first and then the fruit grows to…

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Marigolds

Marigolds

Is there an easier or happier plant in the world? Is there a more rewarding plant to grow, even for the youngest of us? I don’t think so!

If you buy 1 package of marigold seeds you can have marigolds for the rest of your life. When the flower head dries after blossoming you just gently tug it out and there you are, a handful of seeds to plant again. Marigolds are annuals, which means they only live 1 year. They grow, bloom their hearts out for a long summer full of color, then they dry up and you have to pull them out. If you have neglected to pull out the seeds then they will have fallen to the…

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