Little Hagins, Amish Paste and Rosso Sicilian Tomatoes

| May 6, 2014

The past few days have been spent getting quite a few of our tomato transplants in the ground. I didn’t realize it at the time but I planted 72 tomato plants earlier this spring! That is the most we’ve ever had, topping the 50 or so from last year. Now we are trying to find […]

Lots of Free Mulch – Worth Over $2,200…and Climbing

| April 29, 2014

Last week we had our first load of free mulch delivered to us here at Sheltering Woods by Quad Cities Tree Care – a tree trimming company from our area. Many tree trimming companies advertise free mulch giveaways mainly because they normally need to PAY to get rid of it. I think that’s really stupid […]

Lots of Leaves – The Best Soil Conditioner

| December 4, 2013

What is Soil Conditioner? If one thing defines this time of the year it is the simple leaf. They are everywhere! What do we do with them? Instead of purchasing a synthetic soil conditioner from the store, you could use all the leaves that nature provides to amend your poor soil. Put simply, a soil […]

Mulching In Hot Weather

| July 17, 2013

Now that July has bared its toasty teeth one of the most important things your plants need is ground moisture. When temps are in the 90s or higher, most plants will do most of their growing if given enough water, but this is also when water evaporates the quickest. In fact, you can see water […]