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Using Vinegar in Your Garden

Howard Garrett talks about how to use vinegar in your garden. He uses it heavily diluted in the water he uses to water plants and in concentrated form with orange oil and soap as an organic herbicide for weeds.

Build a Netted Cloche to Protect Your Garden Crops

The Allotment Vegetable Growing Guy shows us how to build an easy-to-make netted garden cloche — a kind of crop protection frame.

He uses pressure treated wood and PVC in his construction. I’d be wary of both near my veggies and would probably used bamboo, but the design seems great.

“People can really take care of themselves if they are willing to do the work”

California seniors Myrna and Earl Fincher are organic market gardeners who dug themselves out of financial hardship through farming.

In the video Earl and Myrna show us around their farm operation: Earl’s unique electrical germination set-up, the seed sowing boards he built out of plywood and wine corks, the bird and bathouses he uses and sells (the couple try to attract birds and bats to eat insects, since they don’t use pesticides on their crops). Myrna also shows us her preserve storeroom. She cans and freezes a wide variety of foods. Earl and Myrna also keep chickens.

Myrna says “People can really take care of themselves if they are willing to do the work.”

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