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All you need to successfully grow plants are three elements:

light, nutrients and water.

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Blue Ribbon Articles and Podcast Episodes

Intro to Rain Gutter Grow Systems

This is one of our most popular posts on Small Scale Life. In my experience, I have found that gardeners struggle to water plants routinely, especially if that person works a job away from home for extended periods of time (i.e., sales, transportation, medical positions or public service positions).  I have found a method of gardening that meets all of these needs.  This method is a type of Wicking Beds called Rain Gutter Grow Systems, and in this post, I am going to introduce you to these systems.  

Vertical Garden 101: Introduction to Vertical Gardening

 Space is always a premium in gardens, especially when you are a renter.  I had to get creative using space to grow food, and one creative way to expand is to capitalize the unused airspace.  This post is an introduction to vertical gardening, and additional articles will cover how I built and maintain the vertical gardens I am used in 2016.

How to Build Vertical Garden Planters

In this post and episode, I will discuss the following topics:

  • What is a vertical garden?
  • Benefits and challenges of vertical garden planters
  • Materials needed to build vertical garden planters
  • Step-by-step guide for building vertical garden planters

How to Prune Tomatoes to Improve Production

In our small gardens, I am here to grow produce, not leaves and branches.  I can’t eat those!  One way to increase your tomato production is by pruning tomatoes.  In this episode, I am going to discuss how to prune tomatoes to improve the health of your plants and to grow more tomatoes.  Buckle up, buttercup, because we are going to talk about aggressively pruning those plants!

Urban Farming Advice 

Michael Bell and Scott Hebert return to discuss urban farming advice and best practices. Topics discussed during this podcast includes their farms, their markets, typical yields, watering crops, harvesting product, successfully marketing products and potentially expanding their operations.

Urban Farming with Michael Bell

Inspired by some of my heroes including Gary Vee, Curtis Stone and JM Fortier, Michael is carving out his organic footprint in a quiet spot six miles from down Downtown Dallas.  It is pretty cool talking with Michael, and I learned a lot from him.  Whether it is starting your own small business (not necessarily urban farming) or getting fit, I think there is something for everyone in these next two podcasts!

Latest Harvest from the Garden

Tipping Points and Getting Back to Basics

Tipping Points and Getting Back to Basics

In this 217th Episode of the Small Scale L:ife Podcast, I talk about Tipping Points and Getting Back to Basics. We have seen bank collapses before, and it didn’t go well for us in 2008. It is a reminder to get back to Small Scale Living. A big component of that is growing and preserving our own food in vibrant and productive gardens.