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The Importance of Compost in Gardening

If you have been following along with the Frugal Gardening 101 series, you probably know that my raised bed garden is not producing as we had hoped. In fact, we have only gotten a handful of vegetables so far.

Conversely, our “back 40 garden” is growing like gang busters! It was started almost 2 months after the raised bed garden and the plants are already bigger and healthier.

The difference between the two?


The back 40 garden was tilled in an area where goats have lived for years. In addition to the droppings that had been worked into the soil, 10 tractors full of aged compost were added and tilled in before any seeds were planted.

In our raised bed garden, we did not add compost, but relied on watering with Miracle Gro.

The difference is clearly visible! We hope to harvest squash, cucumbers, and okra from the back 40 garden soon and we will definitely be adding compost to any future gardening projects!

How is your garden doing? Post your link below and remember to follow the linky rules:

1. You must link to a specific relevant post on your blog.
2. Your post must include a link to at least one of the Gardening Gals.

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Rabbit Droppings as Garden Fertilizer

Remember when I told you that, on the advice from a Smockity reader, I used rabbit droppings as organic fertilizer? It worked!

I carefully dug shallow trenches between some of the rows in my raised beds and added the pellets, covering them loosely, and watering well. I made sure not to let the droppings come into contact with the leaves or stalks of the plants.

I didn’t incorporate the droppings into every row for a very scientific reason that is too complicated to explain here.  Okay, it was because I didn’t have time, but it turned out to be scientific because it gave me pretty conclusive evidence that the rabbit droppings almost immediately affected the growth of the plants.

The rows without the droppings continue to grow very slowly, and the rows with the droppings are much taller, and greener than those. Hopefully, this will continue and the produce will be more plentiful. We are even seeing some evidence of that already!

Lookie! Corn!

Here is a view with my 7 year old, so you can see how tall the corn is.

I am definitely planning to add more rabbit droppings to my garden!

Now it’s your turn. How is your garden doing? Link up directly to your gardening post below, and remember to include a link to one of the Gardening Divas in your post, so your readers can join in the fun.

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Gardening Mistakes and Lessons Learned

We have been talking this week about the lessons we have learned from our gardening mistakes this year.

This is why:

That is our harvest this week, besides a handful of beans the kids ate up while standing in the garden. (Okay, I ate a few too!)

To give you some perspective, that small purple potato is about the size of a golf ball.

I’m sure there will be more mistakes and more learning, but here are the things we hope to do differently next year.

  • Use plenty of  compost and fertilizer in the soil before planting.

I now understand the importance of enriching the soil for better outcome!

  • Plant more of each item.

Since we are a family of 10, I should have planted an entire raised bed with only beans. That would have given us enough beans for a meal every few days, instead of only a handful each week.

  • Plant earlier.

Some friends are sharing their abundant harvest with us and have told us that they started their garden earlier than we did, and used a special frost cloth to protect the plants from freezing.

Have you made any gardening mistakes this year?

Link up your gardening post below, and remember to include a link to one of the host blogs so your readers can enjoy this roundup of garden goodness!

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Adding Organic Fertilizer to Your Garden

In the comments of my last gardening post I got some advice to add some organic fertilizer, in the form of rabbit poop, which we have plenty of, to my garden.

I dug some shallow trenches between my slow growing plants and shoveled the… er, fertilizer in before covering it up and watering it well.

Hopefully, that will make a difference, and my plants will begin to produce like crazy in short order!

Now check out Amy’s Finer Things and Getting Freedom From Debt to see their gardens, and then go ahead and link up your gardening posts! Be sure to include a link back here so your readers can join the fun.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

My garden isn’t doing so hot.

Most everything is still living, but we don’t have very much produce at all. I have harvested 2 small tomatoes and a handful of peas and beans.

And that’s it.

I was thinking that I just needed to be patient, until I started to notice that my friends on Facebook and in real life have plenty of zucchini, beans, lettuce, and tomatoes.

I water regularly, use Miracle Gro, and the garden gets plenty of morning and midday sun, so I’m guessing the problem is inadequate soil.

We did not incorporate compost into the soil, since our compost pile was just begun this year, but I believe that would have helped.

How is your garden growing?

Be sure to check out the gardens of my Frugal Gardening 101 co-hosts:

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The Three Sisters Planting Method

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The “three sisters” planting method is an old Native American trick that makes use of the tall corn stalks as a pole for beans to climb. Then squash or another spreading vine is planted nearby to be used as ground cover to keep weeds out.

I waited until my corn was a few inches tall before I planted the pole beans and … was it squash or cucumbers? (shrugs) I can’t remember which, but I guess I’ll find out soon enough. Both squash and cucumbers are spreading vines, so they will both accomplish the ground cover goal.

Here is a wide shot of my raised bed garden. You can see the three sisters in action at the bottom left of the picture. (Don’t ask what is going on in the middle bed.)

And here is a close up of the three sisters.

Now it’s your turn! Do you have a gardening post to link up? If you do it will appear on 3 super cool blogs which include:

But first a little lecture.

AHEM (Smockity clears throat.)

It has come to the attention of the management that there are some of you linking up without putting a link in your post to one of the super cool host blogs.

That is pretty much like the time in college when I  a certain someone allegedly kept parking in the “faculty only” parking lot because it was such a short walk to her class and no one really noticed, that is until the day she got a parking ticket and learned her lesson.

If you park your blog here, you MUST have a parking sticker. And we are about to start passing out violations. Do NOT make me turn this car around! Do you hear me?!

There now. Do we all understand the rules? Okay… GO!

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