Gardening

InChapter 12 of 19 in her 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with Erik Michielsen, author, food writer, and rooftop gardener Cathy Erway shares how she is innovating her vegetable garden to be more sustainable. Over the course of her first season, she learns the importance of making the garden work within the existing environment and how sub-irrigation can improve efficiency. Erway also learns to apply traditional Japanese composting technique to enrich the soil. Erway is the author of “The Art of Eating In: How I learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove.” She writes two blogs, “Not Eating Out in New York” (www.noteatingoutinny.com ) and “Lunch at Six Point” (http ). Erway earned her BA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. View more videos at

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Master Gardener William Moss demonstrates how to clean and hone your garden tools to keep them sharp and rust free.

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Patti Moreno, the Garden Girl, shows you how to build an inexpensive raised garden bed. Start are garden today. Read great companion text to the video here: www.gardengirltv.com SUBSCRIBE TO MY FREE MAGAZINE: visitor.constantcontact.com

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Tomatoes are one of my favorite garden plants.This is my new raised bed I made for my my tomato plants this year. It’s 4 foot by 6 foot and made out of untreated lumber. I used framing brackets and square head screws to assemble it. One you have the cut wood at home, it really only takes a few minutes to put it together with a battery powered drill. I dug out 3-4 inches of the old grass and dirt to make the bed deeper and to get rid of some of the clay soil underneath. To fill the bed, I used perlite, peat moss, Pro Mix, Happy Frog Organic soil, regular potting soil, a small bag of composted manure, mushroom compost, earthwork castings, Just Right Xtra soil-less mix, gypsum, and glacial rock powder. After planting, I added coco mulch to finish. I watered in the plants at planting time and due to the mulch and rain, have not had to water once since! Please leave a comment to have a chance to win a free packet of tomato seeds and a hand seed sower as well and please rate this video! Thanks for watching!

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Some gardening tips that have helped me

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Learn how to make a cover for your Raised Garden Bed – hoosierhomemade.com

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A wild family of great horned owls nested in a suburban backyard in spring, and were still hanging around as late as July in the hot Sonoran Desert of Arizona.


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Grab a cup of coffee or soda or glass of juice and join me in my indoor wonderland of green where I explain how to achieve realistic gardening expectations as well as show some more tips on successfully growing various organic vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos, bush beans…and even potatoes! I’m having a great day today, but it’ll be even better if I could get you to take a few minutes to hang out with me. It’s always funner when you drop in. 🙂 ps: I promise not to throw potting soil this time, ok? Backyardhomesteader: www.youtube.com Help Feed hungry families: www.americanseedalliance.org Randy and Mandy

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