Letter to the Editor

Gardening by the 'threes'

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Dear Editor,

If you want a wagon full of produce in the fall, you need to plant now. Your over-taxed yard is going to grow weeds or it can grow a garden. It is up to you.

It will take 15 minutes a day on average to grow $1,000 worth of crops in your yard with free water, free fertilizer and without tilling.

So just consider the "threes" of gardening:

Three cents buys a tomato seed, three dollars buys a tomato plant, or $3 for a pound of tomatoes, it is up to you.

If you want to really try something off the wall start growing on the roofs of your building and of course there are lots of road ditches and river banks that would love to have some herbs growing there rather than weeds.

Bill Donze,


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  • This is a year, me thinks, that shouts that everyone should plant a garden. Don't tell the city you are trying to use 'free' water though. Plant something good for the body, plus the soul.

    Shalom in Christ, Arley Steinhour

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Tue, Apr 29, 2008, at 5:47 PM
  • With the price of produce going up along with the price of gas(the main cause), It's a damned good idea to grow a garden. If you wait till June to plant potatoes, the long keeper variety will last in your basement all winter long and with a little mulch, you won't have to pull weeds and they are easy to grow.

    Onions are another easy to grow vegetable and the long keeper variety keep over during the winter in the basement. Plant the type that come in a rubber band bunch and you'll get twice the sized onion by late summer/fall than you will by planting the single bulb type that you see selling loose in a box. A trick to getting softball sized onions is to plant them along the top side of a long mound. A little horse poop tilled in helps too. After planting the onions, cover the ridge/long mound with fresh grass clippings. keep the clippings from actually touching the onion sprout, and you'll never have to pull weeds, plus the soil stays moist and drains away from the onion keeping it from rotting.


    -- Posted by Jim Foster on Tue, Apr 29, 2008, at 7:41 PM
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