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Speed up Your Compost 5 Free DIY Compost Boosters

Compost boosters - box of moldy strawberries

Get Better Compost in Less Time Did you ever notice that some things compost beautifully, while other things bog down your bins? I try to keep an eye out for the exceptionally good compost boosters that I come across. These can be very handy if you keep big compost piles, because they help your compost […]

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How Much Food Can You Grow on 1/4 Acre?


An Organic Mini-Farm on a Small Suburban Lot How much food can you grow on a 1/4 acre lot? Not much, right… Maybe a small garden in the back yard… Think again! A group of roommates in Austin decided to stretch their small suburban lot as far as they could. And you won’t believe how […]

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How to Use Squash Pits for Bigger Garden Yields


What is a Squash Pit? If you’ve already read David the Good’s book Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting, then you might already be familiar with his ideas about “melon pit composting.” In this video, Marjory adapts his idea to create a rich planting bed for squash this spring. You can learn more […]

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Growing Boys and Growing Vegetables


Even though I have been growing gardens for 53 years, and boys for 39, I do not claim to be an expert at either! I did happen to run into two good ideas for growing both, however, while experimenting with my youngest son on his vegetable garden. My youngest son was 15 at the time […]

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How to Fertilize Your Container Gardens

Growing food without a garden is a labor of love. My own life as a vegetable gardener started out on a series of tiny balconies and in small window boxes. While I have since been blessed with much larger areas for gardening, I still hold a special place in my heart for potted herbs and […]

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