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14 Tough Gardening Questions Answered!

August 14, 2014



Have you asked any of these tough gardening questions? Q: Why won’t my bell peppers grow well? A: Bell peppers? Seriously? I basically gave up on those stupid things a long time ago. So has John Kohler, so I’m in good company. Here’s the deal with bell peppers: they’re really touchy, whereas hot peppers and smaller sweet peppers grow […]

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A Multitool For Your Bugout Bag: A Leatherman Wave Review

August 9, 2014



When I was a kid I thought Swiss Army knives were the coolest thing ever. One of my friends had one. It contained everything from a screwdriver to a saw to a can opener and a toothpick. All those little fold-out bits and pieces fascinated me. As a young teenager, I owned a Chinese-made knock-off Swiss Army […]

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Problems with Raised Beds

July 31, 2014



Most modern gardening books embrace the raised bed as if it were the greatest invention since the Scots created peat-flavored alcohol. Raised beds are the modern way to garden. The good way. The BEST way. Let me count the ways they’re supertastic! 1. Raised beds give you good boundaries 2. Raised beds help the soil warm up quicker in […]

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Five Good Survival Knives

July 12, 2014



I’ve liked knives ever since I was a kid. I’m not a knife collector, per se, or a true knife aficionado. I don’t have expensive blades in cases, swords on the walls or a subscription to Blade Magazine. (Though now that I check out their website… NO… must… resist…) Anyhow – I’m a gardener. Gardeners are […]

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Make A Solitary Bee House (That Also Attracts GOOD Wasps!)

June 8, 2014



So you’ve planted an orchard. Or a food forest. Or a garden. You may have added irrigation, planned in some nice cover crops or perhaps picked up a metric donkeyload of mulch along the way. Things are getting ready to grow. But are you ready for the next steps? Fertilization, water, pruning, weeding are hard […]

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Tilling By Hand With a Grub Hoe

May 6, 2014



A few weeks ago, I discovered a “new” favorite tool. I put “new” in quotation marks because the tool I discovered (rediscovered?) is in fact quite old. It pre-dates tillers, gasoline and the Industrial Revolution. It’s simple, tough and – in my newly enlightened eyes – indispensable for grid-down gardening and tilling by hand. If you’re gardening […]

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