Our Potato Experiment

It must have been twenty years ago when I first heard of this idea: you lay seed potatoes on the surface of cultivated soil, heap soil and / or compost over them, and then once the sprouts poke through, heap more soil.

ShepherdOur Potato Experiment

The Ole Carrot – Radish Trick

One of my favorite time and space saving tricks (described in detail in my books) is one that I first learned fro my grandfather and then improved on. What he did was to mix a little sand in with carrot seed when he sowed it so that there would be good drainage and the seeds would not be so close together and thus easier to thin. I learned to skip the sand and use radishes instead, which had a couple of additional benefits. Check out the video to see:

ShepherdThe Ole Carrot – Radish Trick

More Video on Early Tomatoes

Jim Surkamp was good enough to come back and shoot a second You Tube segment to follow up on how we are growing our tomatoes. We’ve actually got about four different ways that we are using…perpetually in search of the most efficient and most productive we can find. We’ll try to keep this up throughout the season…

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Online Veggies!

Well, it is clear I am going to have way more vegetables than my extended families can eat, so I have to figure out what to do with them. I spoke to a couple of vendors at the farmers market (downtown, Sundays from April to December) to see if I could set up a card table or something, but it seems out they are not really interested in having any new vendors unless they are certified  organic. Though I am – and always have been – organic there is no way I can afford to be certified just so I can set up a card table at the market. (Note: if you sell less than $5000 a year, then under …

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The Many Uses of Shade Cloth

The forecast this morning was not good: severe thunderstorms, strong winds, possible quarter size hail, and maybe even a derecho. What most concerned me (aside from how far behind I am on my successions) is the hail. The tomatoes, after getting frosted and then scorched are finally looking lush, and the last thing I need is to have them knocked down by hail. So as soon as it got light I went out to the garage and got my row cover hoops and shade cloth. I use a lot of shade cloth here in the summer; almost as much as the row covers I use in fall and spring — and at times I use both in tandem if I need to. …

ShepherdThe Many Uses of Shade Cloth