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Pictured above are pansies and pansy babies coming up all around them in the mess of spring, seeds which I did not have to buy, plant, or water! As every green thumb knows, growing a successful garden is relentless business.  Especially this busy time of year, I am always looking for clever ways to get myself more free time.  Though springtime in the garden is amazing, I wan't to break away and catch it in the mountains too!  One way I am finding myself more time is by growing self-sowing annuals.  These are crops whose life-cycles are one year long...

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Storing squash all winter long Early spring is famine time in many home gardens. Winter food storage is running out and spring crops are not yet. Not in our house! Ever since I started growing large amounts of winter squashes, its become a huge part of our lives, especially in early spring. Largely because we keep our winter squash in our living room its also become an unintended but welcome part of my identity. Visitors have come to expect dining in the midst of onlooking squashes of all shapes and sizes.   Storing winter squash is easier than fresh storage...

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Pictured above are 'Swenson Swedish' snow peas up and going in the cold, water-logged soil of early spring at Giving Ground Farm.  These peas germinated quickly and at the same time, something difficult to achieve in late winter soils without the help of a few pea germinating tips, my favorite of which are found below.  Impress your neighbors with the earliest peas, and get a warm and fuzzy feeling by sharing your secret/this blog post with them! Pushing the Pea-season Boundaries Yeah, yeah, we know, peas love it cool, moist, and as the back of every vague seed packet says should...

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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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Do you find yourself looking out at grass where you would love to see fresh tomatoes and lettuce growing, pollinators flying, and your children picking peas?  Clueless as to where to begin in achieving that dream though?  Turning sod or neglected soil into a thriving vegetable garden can seem intimidating, but with one weekend's work you can be well on your way to that garden of your dreams! Before we bought our farm, we cut our teeth in part by gardening in yards and on vacant lots- really anywhere we were allowed.  I have transitioned lawns, weed patches, and super-compacted-clay-dust-bowls...

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