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Swiss Chard: A Great Early Season Crop

  Plant Specifics Name: Swiss Chard Zones: Any Height: 18 to 24 inches Soil Type: Almost Any, but likes a lot of humus PH Range: 6.0 – 7.5 Preferences: Sun or Shade, Spring, Summer, and Fall.   Planting Guide I always plant Swiss Chard directly in the garden bed.  Some gardeners pre-soak the seeds but I’ve never had any luck with that.  I put them right into the garden about 1/2 inch deep and spaced 6 inches all around. Swiss Chard requires a good bit of water.  I start watering once a week in the Spring and Early Summer and … Continue reading

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Raised-Bed Gardening — An Introduction

So, What is a Raised-Bed and why should you use one? A Raised-Bed is as simple as it sounds.  The garden bed, comprised of soil and finished compost, is raised above the level of the surrounding ground.  This can be achieved by containing the Raised-Bed with some type of bordering material; Rock, Stone, Cinder-Block, or more commonly Wood.  Raised-Beds can also be border-less, the bed is simply piled up and planted into. As for why you should use one, It’s simply a shortcut to well prepared, fertile, and friable soil.  It’s much easier to dump compost and topsoil inside a … Continue reading

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