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Backyard Gardening

  • 10 Easy Container Vegetables

    If your thinking about creating a container garden, be sure to check out these 10 easy container vegetables.

  • 10 Mini Melons to Grow In the City

    With these small varieties, you can grow deliciously sweet summer melons without fearing they’ll take over your backyard.

  • 10 Ways to Be a Good Steward of Your Suburban Land

    Take back the land in your own backyard with these tips for ecological gardening.

  • 12 Tips For Growing Terrific Tomatoes

    Ensure you grow plenty of juicy ripe tomatoes this summer for eating and preserving by following these simple growing tips.

  • 14 Plants For Your Container Garden

    If you’re thinking about starting a patio garden these container-loving plants are worth a gander.

  • 15 Hacks For A Water-Smart Garden

    Don’t mess around with water waste this summer. Start putting these water-saving techniques into action now.

  • 3 Balcony-garden Essentials

    You don’t need a backyard to successfully grow vegetables for your home. Use these tips to get your balcony garden started right.

  • 3 Mushrooms to Grow In Small Spaces

    Improve your garden selection with these mushrooms any urban farmer can grow.

  • 3 Ways to Start the Spring Garden with Cold Frames

    Add four weeks to the front of the growing season by using cold frames to start your garden.

  • 4 Common Caterpillars and What They Mean to Your Garden

    Have you seen these worms wiggling around your crops? Find out if they’re friend or foe.


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  • Our Hugelkultur

    Location: Atmore, AL

    Day Job: Finance

    Why I'm Getting Dirty: The Wife and I needed something new and very different after 27 years of marriage. We always loved and kept house plants so we thought - why not gardening? Since then, our garden has become refuge providing therapy and welcomed exercise. I've dropped 58 lbs over two years. Plus, I love the tomatoes. So, this is our hugelkultur on 6/22/15 at age 2.5 years, give or take. The foundation is 3" - 4" rotted branches harvested from a neighboring wet, hardwood forest, most with that nice rotted wood feel and smell. Then, various things like a dusting of blood meal, bone meal, Mater Magic, Epsom salt, harvested grass clippings from the yard (no chemicals in 18 years), shredded leaves with leaf mold, lots of compost, hay straw, water, twigs, small branches, and just anything we felt was beneficial. The "hugel" as we call it is approximately 128" to a side and shaped like a square "U." Put your thumbs together and that's the shape. We never use pesticides or anything much stronger than Miracle Grow. Mostly, it's just lots and lots of compost and tea, hand weeding, water from my neighbors well which he has used on his garden for years and years with great results. We are newcomers in our relationship with the Dirt but we love it.

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