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29 May / 2015

What’s in Your Dirt?

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The best way to figure out the state of your garden soil is to get in the garden and work the dirt.  Yes, you have to get dirty!  

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Books have been written about them.  Artists have replicated them.  Poets have been inspired by them.  They are incomparable to anything else in the home garden.  They are tomatoes.

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Ever wonder how Twinkies and other fun foods are made?  There’s a show on one of the food channels that demonstrates how huge complex machines fill hundreds of cakes with yummy cream at one time.  This technology allows Hostess to churn out  thousands of Twinkies per day.

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The Hatfields and McCoys.  Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.  Tomatoes and Potatoes.  

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Resist the urge to plant in your garden too early.  Not only do you have to worry about night-time frost, you also have to ensure the soil temperature is warm enough to enable your tender seedlings to survive.  By the second week in May, however, it is usually safe to plant seedlings in the ground in your garden.     

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Let’s talk about raised bed gardening.  Why?  Because everyone is doing it.  While there are some disadvantages to raised beds, many will agree that raised beds provide the perfect solution to several garden conundrums  –  such as lack of space, clay soil, etc.  In addition, raised beds can extend your growing season, especially if you have a cover.

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