This will give you the earliest garden
The Wealthy Earth
by Jim
1M ago
It’s called winter sowing. Save a plastic container like the one in the picture. I poke 9 holes in the top and 9 in the bottom. I do that by heating up the tip of a Phillips head screwdriver over the gas flame on the stove. Then push it through the plastic. Easy. Mark the top of the container with whatever you plan to grow. This one is half rosemary and thyme.  Moisten soil with warm water and fill container to the top. Now add your seeds. Lots of them. Thinly cover with more soil and close the top. Then leave the container outside in your sunniest location. Do no work. Check container on ..read more
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Prepping your square foot garden for winter and….
The Wealthy Earth
by Jim
3M ago
Setting you up for major success in the next growing season. While my work for making compost is done for the year-at least the active part-there’s one last item that I’ve done for years to continue improving the tilth of the soil.  If you live in an area where there’s freezing temperatures but can still work your soil it’s not too late. I remove 4-5 inches of soil, add a layer of fall leaves, and then put the soil back on top. When you come back in the spring to plant, you most likely won’t be able to find any leaves. The earthworms have been doing their job all winter long.  This i ..read more
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Trick to growing massive amounts of anything
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by Jim
6M ago
I’ve been a little slow this summer with the blog. But it’s been a great year. We’ve had another record breaking summer of heat which is good for some things but not for others. My favorite-lettuce-is tough when it’s that hot. I’ve written an ebook that teaches you how to successfully do that.  Now it’s fall and I’m wanting to have lots of salad greens into the deep winter season. The picture says it all. Put some potting mix in a small container. This one is 4X7″. Heavily sow your lettuce (or whatever you’re growing) seeds and cover lightly with soil. Do all the right things-water, provi ..read more
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How to have a really early square foot garden
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by Jim
1y ago
Or any garden for that matter. This is how I do it. I use many different kinds of containers but this one had 4 blueberry muffins from a local store. Clean it out and then poke holes in the top (6) and bottom (4). I use a screwdriver that’s been heated over a flame on the stove and then push it through the plastic. Make it easy! I then fill with moistened potting mix. This container isn’t very deep so it will be used for salad greens type of crops. No root crops in this shallow of a container. I then seed fairly heavily so that when they come up I can separate them into individual starts to pu ..read more
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Farewell for a season, with one final tip
The Wealthy Earth
by Jim
1y ago
As we enter the winter holiday season, many have put their gardens away for the year and are taking a much needed break from the work but hopefully benefited with an abundant harvest. I wish you the best of what the season has to offer and hope to see everyone again in a few months.  My last tip of the year is for those who want to get an early jump on the spring season. It requires no work after seeding the tray. Simply take a plastic container of your choice (Costco rotisserie chicken carton is great), moisten some potting mix and then fill the container up to the top. Spread seeds gene ..read more
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The efficiency of a square foot garden
The Wealthy Earth
by Jim
1y ago
This might look like a boring picture but there’s a lot too see. The pole coming out of the ground was once a  very thriving cherry tomato plant growing vertically in only 1 square. That’s it. Our evening temperatures have been mid- low 50’s and that marks a change with tomatoes. It changes the  quality of the taste and they become mushy and begin to fall off. There were still a lot of green cherry tomatoes on the plant but there’s not enough time for them to ripen.  Looking more closely, you’ll notice 3 areas of lettuce coming up in the front of the square. I planted this ..read more
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An arugula story
The Wealthy Earth
by Jim
1y ago
I’ve never liked arugula. It was always to spicy, too hot. I could pick it out of a mixed salad right away without even seeing it.  One evening I was at a really nice restaurant where they had a set menu for the event I was attending. When I got there the salad dish had already been placed on the table. It was very good. I heard the server (old school = waiter) tell the person next to me we were eating a mixed arugula salad. What? I couldn’t taste that edgy salad green at all! Sure enough, as I looked closer I could spot the arugula. I asked the server where they got it and he told me it ..read more
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An experiment with green beans in the square foot garden
The Wealthy Earth
by Jim
1y ago
I’ve always grown beans, lots of them. You name the variety and I’ve probably tried them. Blue lake, Fortex, Provider, Kentucky blue, slenderettes, tenderettes, both pole and bush varieties.  The thing I don’t like about each of these is you have to stay on top of them. Wait a week too long and you end up with tough, fat pods that don’t taste very good. And it’s easy to do because they grow so fast. Even still, if you don’t harvest in time the plant begins to shut down production.  This year I found the bean I will grow from here on out. They are French filet beans. Smaller yes, but ..read more
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How to grow great leeks
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by Jim
1y ago
If you want to grow really awesome leeks this is the way to do it. Because you typically won’t find them (or anything else if you’re a northern gardener) in nurseries it’s important to learn how to do it yourself.  Start these inside in early summer. Mine were started on June 11th. You’ll want to plant them in a container that’s deep as the picture shows. If you start them in something that’s too short, you wont’ be able to do the next step. It’s now time to plant them outside. All you do is pull the entire soil block out of the metal container and begin to separate into individual leeks ..read more
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This made that…
The Wealthy Earth
by Jim
1y ago
Remember the last post about Costco rotisserie lettuce? By breaking it up and planting in the SFG’s, we’ve had 20 squares of lettuce just like this. That’s 80 bunches of leaf lettuce! We’re still eating! The cost to do that was about $2. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t save money growing your own  food. What’s the cost of a head of leaf lettuce these days? Two dollars? (and going up!) That’s a minimum of $160 you saved just in the spring season. Keep in mind, this is a multiple harvested crop-at least 2 cuttings, maybe 3-4 per square! And, it’s all organic because you’ve done it ..read more
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