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Nutritious and easy to grow, tepary beans are one of few vegetables native to North America!  Heat and drought tolerant, tepary beans love to grow in alkaline desert soils like those found in the SW United States and in NW Mexico, where they have been important to the diets of native peoples for generations.  They don't love waterlogged clay soils, but other than that they could thrive in most gardens- especially organic ones as their fertility needs are low.  Quite productive for the amount of space they take up, we think tepary beans are an incredibly rewarding crop to grow and are excited to be...

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Pictured above is an unassuming little patch of mixed cover crop thriving in the cold, wet soils of early spring at Giving Ground Farm.  Here we see a mix of triticale, hairy vetch, winter rye, and winter peas quietly accomplishing the life-sustaining processes of fixing nitrogen, protecting soil from erosion, and adding organic matter to the soil in the form of green manure.  Learn more about applying this most economical method of soil building to your garden below!  Building Healthy Soil So you've removed a sod or weed patch and exposed the soil you want to start growing your vegetable...

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Drying corn for storage If you live in a dry climate like mine, corn can be air-dried for use as popcorn, flour corn, or seed. Allow the corn to dry down on the stock for as long as possible. I usually harvest mine before the first fall rain. The corn itself can be dried on the ear, but the husk can hold and attract moisture so much be removed before drying or risk the corn molding. Place on a wire or slatted table in a ventilated, preferably sunny area with enough space between the ears to allow about airflow. Check...

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'Thelma Sanders' Acorn Squash- Cucurbita pepo What an impressive little heirloom. These girls totally got the shaft in my garden this year, but they never seemed to notice. They were planted in the partial shade of a mugo pine, near the grassy perimeter of the garden, and more densely than I would have liked. Still they performed great! They got an average of 6 hours of full sun each day. I planted four 18” diameter mounds, thinning to 2-3 plants per mound. The mounds were 3' apart. The vines were vigorous and all stayed healthy, no squash bugs or the...

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Two New Turkish VarietiesThis past season we were so excited to team up with Two Seeds in a Pod to grow two exciting Turkish cucurbits:Badem MelonKilis CucumberTwo Seeds in a Pod is a unique seed company specializing in both Turkish/Anatolian and Appalachain seed varieties. Many of the Turkish varieties they grow, including these two,were commercially introduced to the U.S. by them!  'Badem' melon is a stuffing/pickling melon from Turkey, and we just loved it growing it! It's not a sweet melon, but has a lovely, fresh cucumber taste.  It's very juicy and produces early in the season.  When pickling, pick them young.  When...

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