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All you need to successfully grow plants are three elements:

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If you are new to gardening, a seasoned gardener or a Plant “Angel of Death,” I can help you.

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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

SSG: Modern Victory Gardens in 2020

SSG: Modern Victory Gardens in 2020

What are Modern Victory Gardens in 2020? In this episode, we discuss Victory Gardens and our thoughts about how to start gardening in these difficult times.

SSG: Gardening and Growing Mushrooms in Virginia

SSG: Gardening and Growing Mushrooms in Virginia

In this episode of the Small Scale Gardening Podcast, Mr. Tactical Jay and I discuss gardening, growing microgreens, and growing mushrooms in Virginia.

A 3-Step Planning Process for My 2020 Garden

A 3-Step Planning Process for My 2020 Garden

I talk about the 2019 Garden Season, discuss my 3 step planning process for my 2020 garden, introduce Whole30 and provide the final list for my 2020 Garden.

What is Small Scale Gardening?

What is Small Scale Gardening?

I define Small Scale Gardening & discuss why it is a game-changer for new gardeners; veteran gardeners; older or physically challenged gardeners; & renters

6 Lessons Learned from the End of My Garden Season

6 Lessons Learned from the End of My Garden Season

It’s a wrap: my 2019 Outdoor Garden Season is over. I talk about the 6 Lessons Learned from the End of My 2019 Garden Season, and hopefully you will pick up a thing or two that you can use in your own garden!

Frost is Coming: How to Extend My Garden Season

Frost is Coming: How to Extend My Garden Season

Frost and winter are coming rapidly! I discuss the damage frost can do to plants and talk about how to extend my garden season. There are low cost ways to do this, and we are going to talk about them and implement some immediately.

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