Can anyone say ‘Grass Clippings’?

Organic Gardening, Our Homestead, Soil & Compost
I was bringing my daughter home from a birthday part for one of the children she babysits for... We passed a man on a riding mower going over what looked to be a good two acres of smooth green grass... it was beautiful. As we got closer, I realized he was BAGGING it. And of course, my composting mind went to, "I wonder what he DOES with all that grass?" And I started slowing down... My daughter (used to these shenanigans) said, 'Mooooom, nooooooo!' I said, "I'll only be a minute!" And I stopped and introduced myself to a man named Eugene. He proceeded to tell me about the 'old man' that he regularly delivers his 'green gold' to, that makes beautiful compost. But the old man had only recently…
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Green Run aMUCK.

Growing Food, Organic Gardening, Our Homestead, Soil & Compost
Okay, so last year I was begging for rain. They said Oklahoma was the driest it had been since the dust bowl. But THIS year, oh my... like they say, be careful what you wish for... The two raised beds are entirely tooo small to grow all this 'big stuff' zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, all my favorite summertime munchables. I need to make some new beds for next year... (note to self) As you know from reading about the creation of my garden the raised beds were filled completely with compost, grass clippings, shredded leaves, and a bit of horse manure from the local race track thrown in. Well, have I learned a lesson about compost ingredients this year. Last year most everything just couldn't take the dry summer heat, no…
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Integrated Pest Management Benefits Farm and Consumer

Organic Gardening, Organic Pest & Disease Control, Small Scale Farming
Today's consumer is educated and more and more people want to know about how their food is treated and where it comes from. Words such as "organic" and "sustainable" that were once reserved for a small population of foodies or environmentalists are now making their way into everyday vocabulary. As a result, farmers are reacting to this new shift in food culture and are learning about alternative growing and treatment methods. For three generations, The Orr Family Farm has been owned and operated by George S. Orr & Sons, Inc. Today, this 1,000-acre farm is managed by Mike and Mark Orr. And, two years ago, Katy Orr-Trenary returned to manage the farm's market. "Our family has a responsibility to the future stewards of our land, and to future customers," she…
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Planting Properly

Planting Properly

Organic Gardening
Healthy Beginnings No amount of watering or fertilizer will compensate for improper planting. On many occasions I have puzzled over the problems of plants only to discover they were planted six inches too deep or with their roots bound tightly. There isn't any mystery to good planting, just some common sense techniques. Dig the Hole First Before you un-pot your plant, prepare a hole fifty to a hundred percent larger than the plant's root ball. Work some compost, peat moss or other soil conditioners into the soil you've removed. When planting smaller perennials or bedding plants, rather than preparing individual holes, it may be simpler to amend a larger area and use a trowel to place the individual plants. In the case of large trees, it is generally best not…
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