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Some Observations on High Tunnels

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High tunnels are a great addition to a production program in our climate as it enables earlier harvests for growers.  I haven't been here long enough to assess whether our intense light breaks down greenhouse films prematurely, but so far they seem...

Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Spring gardening tips

Natural garden stakes near Puerto Montt, Chile

Ants are already running up and down the fruit trees, so now is probably a good time to put an insect barrier around the trunk.  I have found that if I put a strip of very fluffy quilting fleece around the trunk before wrapping it in paper tape...

Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Permaculture: A Gardening Philosophy

Photo credit: Big Pine Paiute Tribe

Do you recycle?  Compost?  Plant a vegetable garden?  Have fruit trees?  Raise chickens?  If so, you are already practicing permaculture.  A while back, a fellow Master Gardener shared an article about permaculture, which...

Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Potato primer

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Originating in the Andes regions of South America, potatoes quickly became a staple food in much of Northern Europe, from there spreading to Northern India and beyond. There are many areas of the world, however, that have not embraced this humble...

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Starting from Seed

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You may choose to sow your own seeds to grow interesting cultivars, or to regrow last year's magnificently-producing vegetable. My friend has saved seeds from her tomatoes for the last 6 years. They are now well-adapted to the Bishop climate and thrive...

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 4:36 PM

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