Creating a Life of Plenty

December 7, 2017
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Gardening at Verdigris: A Greenhouse within a Greenhouse!

Winter gardening is a tricky business, but at our market garden, Verdigris, we are experimenting with ways of growing, or at least harvesting vegetables all year round.  I tested our soil this morning to see where we were with the … Continue reading

December 7, 2017
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Gardening at Verdigris: Seed Starting and Winter Gardening Experiment

Starting a market garden is a daunting task, but having produce available all year (or really, really close) is important for our potential customers and for our bottom line.  I have been using season extenders at our home garden for … Continue reading

November 19, 2017
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Gardening at Verdigris: Poly Tunnel Style Greenhouse

The first year of building our market garden “Verdigris” has been dedicated to infrastructure.  We built a propagation and seedling greenhouse, but we wanted another greenhouse built over garden beds to help us garden year-round and to use in the … Continue reading

April 18, 2017
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The Evolution of a Market Garden: Rain Catchment, Phase 1 at Verdigris

Given our organic principals, we naturally chose to collect rainwater at the new market garden.  This will help us ecologically as well as economically during the first year of the garden and beyond.  When we bought the property we understood … Continue reading

May 12, 2016
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Gardening in Colonial Williamsburg

Recently I was privileged to attend the 70th annual Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium sponsored in part by the American Horticultural Society. The theme was Trailblazers and Trendsetters. Our keynote speaker was Joe Lamp’l from the PBS Series “Growing A Greener … Continue reading

May 17, 2015
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Gardening Away From Home

  Recently, my partner and I expanded our garden outside the confines of our little urban plot. We applied for and were approved for a small patch in the Franklin County Community Garden program. Our 12’X12’ plot is part of … Continue reading

July 7, 2014
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A Master Class in Gardening: Part 2, Building the Soil Organically

The principles of sustainability have been forgotten over the decades since the industrial revolution and particularly since the advent of modern industrial farming.  The simple concepts seem so foreign and new age to us today because we have lost touch … Continue reading