gardening, square foot gardening

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By Wendy S. Delmater on Mon, Jun 3, 2013 - 1:34pm

Checking the lower 40 - a daily routine

In farming, the "lower 40" is the quarter-section of your farm which is at the lowest elevation. It's the most productive land you have, unless you have a swamp, because that's where the water drains toward. 

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By Wendy S. Delmater on Thu, May 16, 2013 - 8:43pm

local example: Palm Bay, FL church community garden

Today I visited the garden behind the Riviera United Church of Christ, in Palm Bay, Florida. The church members donate all produce to a homeless shelter, and in the process are learning food gardening in their climate. Should times get tougher, they own twelve acres behind this large garden.

What follows is a photo essay describing some of the crops, methods and points of interest.

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By Wendy S. Delmater on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 - 9:54pm

your friendly, neighborhood predators

Our sustainable garden is organic.  We don't use chemicals--pesticides or fertilizers--but we get by with a little help from out friends. We have five-lined skinks, various insectivore birds, black racer snakes to eat rodents, geckos, dragonflies, wasps, spiders, toads, tiny tree frogs, ladybugs, praying mantises. They are my gardening assistants, my helpers.