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Your Old Farmer's Almanac editors occasionally share our reflections, advice, and musings—and welcome your comments. too.

June 11, 2009

I think I learned something last weekend about growing tomatoes. A woman at the high school plant sale told me that tomato roots like warmth; they shouldn't be set deep in the soil. Then she picked up a six-pack of long, leggy tomato plants. She pointed at the “bumps” at the bottom of the stem. “Those are new roots,” she said. “Instead of digging down, when you set this plant, dig horizontally. Lay the root ball and the stem in the horizontal 'hole' up to the first leaf. Pull that leaf off.... more

June 11, 2009

I discovered composting rather late in life—but it's never too late to start or, if you get lazy, start up again! Here are tips on how to compost. Composting is a natural process that allows micro-organisms to break down live matter and turn it back into plant food to keep the cycle of life going. Growing up, my family used to spend hours raking leaves into those giant heavy-duty trash bags that take hundreds of years to biodegrade! What do you compost? Most anything organic. This includes:... more


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