Rockgate Farm

  (Conway, Missouri)
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Urban Gardening

Well, it's almost that time again.

 I'm turning my dining room into a mini greenhouse complete with mood lighting. The cat keeps eating my baby herbs, so I've retaliated by feeding him dog food. That makes the dog mad and he retaliates by trying to eat the cat. What a circus.

 In my spare time between two and three o'clock in the morning, I am writing a manual on container planting. My take on "urban gardening". I've grown so tired of hearing "I don't have a back yard", and "I don't have room". If you have a bucket, a corner and a forty watt bulb, you can grow stuff. If nothing else, a nice patch of lettuce. I'm still growing peppers in my dining room from last year.

 So, if you have any creative ideas, share...I'll give you credit in print. In the mean time, Happy Planting Everyone!

 
 

Better Late than Never!

Got your plants out a little late?  So What.... No biggee!

  With the weather being so eratic this year, unless you have a hoop house, you most likely got your planting done late.  That's alright.  As long as your starts are not heat sensitive, and you have three months or so before the first frost in your area, you'll be fine.

  My farm is in the mid west.  As a rule of thumb, I plant my garden on Mother's Day.  I used to think that was late, and did try on several occasions to plant earlier, but this always proved to be a mistake.  Either the ground wasn't warm enough, or the spring rains rotted my plants.....for some reason or another....my garden would fail.  Didn't take to long for me to start searching for explanations.   I should have known that "It's not nice to (try to) fool Mother Nature". 

  This year, the garden went in late.  With the storms and tornados, the ground has been to wet to work.  Most of my early starts died on me, and I had to start them again...but the garden finally in.  Although not growing at the speed of sound, at least it's growing.  Need more sun then we've been getting.  But the weather forcasts are promising.  I'm so optimistic, I planted more seeds today.

  So, don't be skeered to plant late.  Just keep in mind the projected date of your first frost.  That will tell you if it's to late to plant or not.  A couple of weeks will not hurt, as a matter of fact, it may prove to be a blessing.  I always seem to have "stuff" at the market long after other vendors have harvested.  Looks like that'll be the case again this year!

 
 
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